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Wolves win thriller on Chan's hit | Baseball

By JIM WALLER March 25, 2013 · 11:58 AM

Morgan Payne fires to first for an out after scooping up a slow roller. / Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Drew Chan's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning produced the tying and winning runs in Coupeville High School's 3-2 baseball win over visiting Port Townsend Saturday, March 23.

The win was the second consecutive come-from-behind effort by the Wolves and evened their record at 2-2. Coupeville, 0-2 in conference play, hopes to get its first league win when it hosts South Whidbey (2-1) at 4 p.m. Monday, March 25.

Coupeville, held in check most of the day by Port Townsend starter Cody Russell, picked up a run in the third. Jake Tumblin singled, went to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a balk.

The Redskins, who loaded the bases but couldn't score in the fifth, finally scored in the sixth off four Coupeville errors. The errors were the only ones registered by the Wolves in an otherwise "clean game," according to coach Will Smith.

A single, stolen base and single in the seventh put Port Townsend up 2-1.

Aaron Trumbull, who was also the winning pitcher, started the Coupeville seventh by ripped a grounder under the glove of the Redskins' diving second baseman Joe Hoffman. A pair of wild pitches moved Trumbull to third. After a strikeout, Tumblin walked and stole second.

That brought up Chan. The senior second baseman, after  failing to get down a squeeze bunt, more than made up for the botched bunt by driving a clutch base hit up the middle for the win.

Chan wasn't the only hero. Ben Etzell pitched the first three innings and recorded five strikeouts. Aaron Curtin followed on the mound with two shutout innings. Center fielder Wade Schaef gunned down a runner at the plate in the fourth.

Trumbull finished the day with two hits, and Tumblin added three stolen bases and two runs.

Smith liked how his team battled back the past two games. The key, he said, was getting more aggressive at the plate: "We were taking too many good pitches."

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