“Wolves win big, lose big on home field”

Young baseball team having ups and downs early in its new season

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2000 7:00am
  • Sports

“For Coupeville’s Wolves, it’s been an up and down season on the baseball field so far this year.Already.After an 11-1 thumping of Darrington on Friday, the 1-3 Wolves slumped in a 15-3 loss to Forks at home Monday afternoon.The Forks loss was nothing to dwell on, Coupeville coach Willie Smith said. Forks is a bigger, 2A division school with a perennially strong baseball program.But mental errors helped the Wolves beat themselves. The game started with a 5-run first inning for Forks, all unearned. The Wolves rallied briefly with a 2-run fourth, but Matt Schmitz’ towering 3-run shot over the 312 marker in right field sealed the win for Forks in their own half of the inning.It was a different story on Friday. At home against Darrington, the Wolves blew open a tight 2-1 game with an 8-run fifth inning, led by Brian Gonzales’ base-clearing triple.The difference between the two games boiled down to a single key, Smith said – concentration.It’s a very mental game,” Smith said. Sometimes I don’t think we’re very mentally strong. That’s a big part of their development.”After a late Tuesday game at Friday Harbor, Coupeville will take on Sultan at home Friday at 3:30.”

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