Wolverines open season with 13-3 victory; Goff strikes out seven, Anderson knocks in three runs

Friday Harbor pitcher Kerri Goff struck out seven en route to a 13-3 victory on the road Tuesday over Coupeville.   - Scott Rasmussen
Friday Harbor pitcher Kerri Goff struck out seven en route to a 13-3 victory on the road Tuesday over Coupeville.
— image credit: Scott Rasmussen

Sure, patience may be a virtue. But it can also go a long way in helping set the table when an opposing pitcher can't find the strike zone.

The Friday Harbor softball team made the most out of a dozen base-on-balls and a hit batter or two to open the season with a 13-3 victory on the road Tuesday over Coupeville.

The Wolverines, who also tallied six base hits, needed only five innings to clinch the win as Coupeville fell behind early and trailed by 10 runs after the bottom of the fifth.

Friday Harbor scored five in the first inning and added another run in the second to take a 6-0 lead. The Wolves trimmed that deficit in half by tallying three runs in their half of the second, but were held scoreless the rest of the way.

Despite an uneven performance, junior Kerri Goff, a 14-game winner a year ago, allowed only four base hits in her first outing of the season. She struck out seven, walked six and, according to Head Coach Kevin Carlton, got bailed out a time or two thanks to several key defensive plays from her support cast.

"We made some really good defensive plays behind her," Carlton said. "She walked the first three batters she faced in the first inning and then struck out the next three. It's really the first time she's thrown this season with somebody else in the batter's box."

At the plate, sophomore Maggie Anderson had two hits in four at-bats and knocked in three runs to lead the Wolverines. Seniors Kelsie Carlton and Brooke Jangard each had a base hit and an RBI, and sophomore Elle Guard had a pair of singles in four at-bats.

With the win, the Wolverines also secured home-field advantage should they face Coupeville, a non-league opponent, in the opening round of post-season play.

Next: Friday Harbor opens league play at home Friday against Darrington (game time is 4:30 p.m,) and will host Meridian on Saturday in a pivotal match up with post-season implications. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 11 a.m. at Friday Harbor Elementary School.

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