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Baseball Ranked 10, Setting Records

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BASEBALL (8-0, 12-2)
Uncharted territory. Wenatchee is 8-0 in CBBN play. A first. Never in the previous 45 seasons since the league started in 1967 have the Panthers won their first eight league games. Their best starts were 6-0 in 1971, ’73 and ’75. My research and records are a bit fuzzy prior to ’67. I believe the 1959 team coached by Mike Madland was 8-0 in the North Central Washington A League but I’m short complete info. I do have much better records for a few years prior, and the Tom Byrne coached Panthers won the NCWAL title in 1954 with eight wins in eight games (two wins each over Cashmere, Ephrata, Moses Lake and Omak).

And how about that 12-2 season record. It’s been three and a half decades since that last happened. Larry Schreck’s 1977 outfit also won a dozen of their first 14 games. The best start in school history, as near as I can tell, was the 1971 Panthers of Gene Baker who won their first 16 contests.

And all this winning hasn’t gone unnoticed. Both the Washington Baseball Poll and the Seattle Times have Wenatchee ranked number 10 in the state this week.

Tuesday, Richland (8-0, 13-3) home.
The BIG one. The two undefeated league leaders meet today right here in Rec Park. Wenatchee and Richland sport 8-0 records, with the Bombers ranked number five and Wenatchee number 10. RHS has been a pain for the local nine for years, particularly since 1996. During those 15 seasons Richland has won 28 of 30 and the last 13 in a row. They lead the series 63-23.

Friday, Walla Walla (5-3) away.
The regular season ends Friday in the southeast corner of the state when Wenatchee takes on fourth place Walla Walla. The two schools split a doubleheader last spring and have battled dead even since midway through 2003, with each team winning seven games. In 85 games since the league began in 1967 the Blue Devils have won 48 and the Panthers 37.

Wenatchee has won 11 straight. Last time that happened was 1976 when they won 13. The chances of running off 11 in succession go up when you outscore the opposition 97-13…that’s giving up a mere 1.2 runs per game.

Wenatchee has won nine straight on the road. Last time they earned that many was 1973 when they won 11.

Last Tuesday the Panthers beat Chiawana 15-0 and 11-0. The 26-run combined margin of victory in a doubleheader is most since the league started in 1967. The old mark was 25 in 1971 when they beat Eisenhower 10-9 and 27-3.

Standings: Wenatchee 8-0, Richland 8-0, Davis 6-2, Walla Walla 5-3, Chiawana 3-7, Moses Lake 0-8, Eisenhower 0-1

SOFTBALL (4-2, 9-5)
Friday, Richland (5-1, 10-3)) away.
With four wins last week the Panthers find themselves among four teams in the upper half of the standings with one or two losses (Walla Walla, Richland and Moses Lake each have one and Wenatchee two). The last time the Purple and Gold faced the Bombers was in the state tournament last spring and WHS won 5-3 and broke a 16-game losing streak to RHS. Wenatchee has had more trouble with Richland through the years than any other team in the league. Through 72 games the local squad has only managed 16 wins. And as coach, Brent Grothe is 6-34. By the way the Bombers are ranked number four in the state by the Seattle Times.

Last week Walla Walla was ranked number one in the Evergreen State. They split a twin bill with Richland and now the Blue Devils are number three and the Bombers moved up from five to four.

Standings: Walla Walla 6-1, Richland 5-1, Moses Lake 4-1, Wenatchee 4-2, Eisenhower 3-5, Chiawana 3-7, Davis 0-8

BOYS TENNIS (4-0, 8-0)
Tuesday, Richland (5-0) away.
The league title will very likely be settled this afternoon in Richland. Both the Panthers and Bombers are 4-0 and each only has one match remaining following today. Both schools finish against Davis. Have the Panthers and Bombers dominated the league? In the 12 seasons since the turn of the century one or the other has been conference champ, WHS eight times and RHS four. The local squad has captured the last three. Wenatchee has won three straight from Richland and leads the series 23-11. WHS has done well on the RHS courts winning 12 of 16 since 1977. In two dozen matches as coach, Ron Zielinski is 17-7.

Note regarding standings. For both boys and girls the standings are the best I can put together as of today. They may be accurate and they may not…but they’re close.
Standings: Wenatchee 4-0, Richland 4-0, Walla Walla 3-2, Moses Lake 2-2, Davis 1-2, Chiawana 0-4, Eisenhower 0-4

GIRLS TENNIS (4-0, 7-1) Tuesday, Richland (4-1) away.
In their final two matches the girls face the two teams directly behind them in the standings, Richland today and Davis next week. Wenatchee is undefeated and Richland has a loss to Moses Lake. Since 2005 the Panthers have defeated the Bombers seven straight years and now lead the series 21-13. Norm Armstrong came on as coach in 2000 he has won nine of a dozen against RHS.

Standings: Wenatchee 4-0, Davis 3-0, Richland 3-1, Moses Lake 2-2, Walla Walla 2-3, Chiawana 0-4, Eisenhower 0-4

Friday and Saturday.
A first as near as I can tell. Never before has either tennis team ever ventured beyond the state borders. That changes this week. Both the boys and girls are off to a neighboring state Thursday to participate in the 32nd Capital Classic Invitational Tennis Tournament hosted by the Capital High School Eagles of Boise…a 418-mile jaunt southeast. Don’t know about this year, but last spring this was a 32-team event.

BOYS SOCCER (2-8, 3-11)
Tuesday, Chiawana (6-4, 8-4) home.
The team plays their last home match of the season this afternoon. Four times in the past three years Wenatchee has faced Chiawana and each time the Riverhawks have been the victors. Last month CHS won 3-0 in Pasco.

Saturday, Richland (4-6) away.
This is the final league match of 2012. One of the two Wenatchee league wins was over Richland three weeks ago in the Apple Bowl, 5-4. The Panthers have had a great deal of success against the Bombers the past nine seasons, winning 11 of 13 matches. And coach Dennis Tronson has guided WHS to a 13-6 record in his 14 seasons at the helm. Overall Richland leads the series 21-18.

No CBBN teams made the Seattle Times’ top 10 this week. Last week Moses Lake was 10th, now they are 12th.

Standings: Davis 6-3, Chiawana 6-4, Eisenhower 5-4, Moses Lake 5-4, Walla Walla 5-4, Richland 4-6, Wenatchee 2-8