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Repeat performance as Wolves lose to Tigers | Baseball

Coupeville High School baseball coach Willie Smith is starting to feel like Bill Murray's character in "Groundhog Day."

"We play the same game over and over and I say the same things but nothing really changes," Smith said after a 6-2 loss at Granite Falls Wednesday, April 23.

Lack of intensity, defensive errors, lack of focus on the mound and poor at bats have troubled the Wolves all season, and it was more of the same Wednesday.

Walks and errors staked the Tigers a 4-0 first-inning lead, and it was all but over when Granite Falls added two more runs in the second inning.

The game's one bright spot, Smith said, was the pitching of Korbin Korzan, who relieved C.J. Smith in the first inning.

After surrendering two runs in the second, Korzan blanked the Tigers over the final five innings and struck out four.

"With each outing he has had this year, he has got stronger and more confident, which is going to be huge for us as we move on in the playoffs," coach Smith said.

"Offensively, we were less than stellar," Smith said. "We continue to be our own worst enemies: swinging at bad pitches, watching good pitches go by and waiting for somebody else to get the big blow.

"Too many of them change their approach at the plate with each plate appearance and that mentality is leading to poor at bats."

The Wolves did have one quality offensive spurt at the beginning of the sixth inning, Smith said, when they scored both runs.

Kurtis Smith and Aaron Trumbull singled, then Korzan bunted for a base hit. A throwing error on the play scored Smith. Cole Payne followed with a run-scoring single.

Then things reverted and two strikeouts looking ended the threat.

Josh Bayne went 2-for-3 for Coupeville.

Coupeville's makeup game with Lakewood Thursday, April 24, was postponed again until 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Granite Falls (9-4, 10-5) comes back to Coupeville (5-8, 6-8) at 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, to wrap up the series.

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