San Francisco Seals at Wenatchee 7:05 tonight.
Wenatchee vs. San Francisco Seals
This is not a new series. The Sox and Seals have a history. The Seals came to town barking twice before. Way back in their initial season in 2000 the AppleSox hosted this squad and upended them 6-4 and 9-5. The California team returned again the following season and once more went down to the Sox, this time 9-6 and 2-1. And that was not the end. There was the foreign soil part. The day after the that series ended Wenatchee headed north to British Columbia for a tournament in Kamloops. As did the San Francisco outfit. After winning two games in two days the AppleSox found the Seals in the other dugout on Day Three. And they beat them again, this time 3-2. Following a fourth victory and advancing to the championship, Ed Knaggs’ club faced S.F. for the fourth time in six days and their mastery continued...a 7-4 win for the title. So, the AppleSox vs. the Seals are 6-0 overall, 4-0 at home and 2-0 on neutral turf.
Hard to get up-date-info on these slippery Seals. Their website is not a model of “we’re on top of it.” Just the opposite. They show games through June 17, at which time they were 7-18. A lot of games are listed on their schedule since mid June, but nary one result. They are a traveling bunch though. In June they ventured to Alaska and played a dozen games. On the way north they stopped in Walla Walla where the Sweets whacked them 13-3 and 17-3. They found their way to Bend in mid July and beat the Elks 6-2, 10-5. Now there are here, and before heading back home they play at Bellingham Tuesday and Wednesday. They play in the eight-team Far West League and the standings show them in seventh place at 8-17. Who knows how up-to-date this is?
Wenatchee vs. California
The Apple Capital bunch has done pretty well against Golden State foes. There have had no games for several years, but during the franchise’s first four seasons Wenatchee had 13 outings with California teams. There were the aforementioned half dozen with the Seals, and there also were eight with five additional teams. The first California opponent was the initial nonleague game in AppleSox history. In June 2000 the Sox opened with seven league contests. On June 12 the Bay Area Rams came to visit and Wenatchee dispatched them 3-2. In 2001 is was back to the tourney in Kamloops for more Golden State action. The Sox opened with an outfit from Sacramento (no nickname known) and edged them 2-1. In 2003 the San Francisco Angels showed up for a 3-game series and the local lads suffered their first California loses. The Angels won 6-1 and 9-2 before the AppleSox rebounded for an 11-4 triumph. The ‘03 season was the year Wenatchee captured the PIL pennant and earned a trip to Wichita for the National Baseball Congress tournament. In their fourth game they defeated the Oxnard Dawgs 7-5, and then were eliminated 8-5 by the Santa Barbara Foresters. All together vs. California teams Wenatchee is 10-3 and 6-2 at home.
Rain, Rain Go Away
Thursday’s rainout with Walla Walla was the fifth contest at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium to be rained out in 14 years. The trend is not good though. After going 11 years with only two (none the first six seasons), there has been one game postponed due to inclement weather in each of the last three summers.
Nip ‘n Tuck North
Wenatchee is half a game ahead of Bellingham and a game in front of Walla Walla. Games remaining: Wenatchee: Three home Victoria, Three away Kelowna. Maybe a makeup with Walla Walla. Walla Walla: Two home Victoria. Three home Kelowna. Three away Bend. Maybe a makeup with Wenatchee. Bellingham: Two home Bend. One home Victoria. Three away Victoria.
August 3 Games
The AppleSox started out with five straight on this date and then dropped the last two. So they are 5-2 overall and 5-2 in league and playoff games. Their first August 5 contest was an 8-7 Pacific International League playoff win over the Seattle Studs. At home they are 3-2 and have a 2-game losing streak.
North: WENATCHEE 25-22, Bellingham 25-23, Walla Walla 23-22, Victoria 20-25, Kelowna 17-28
South: Corvallis 28-17, Bend 28-18, Medford 27-22, Klamath Falls 23-22, Cowlitz 21-25, Kitsap 16-29 Medford is hot.
The Rogues have won seven straight and 13 of 16. They now trail second place Bend by 2½ games. The Rogues have two games remaining at Cowlitz and end the season with three at home against last place Kitsap. The Elks have two more in Bellingham, then a monster three-game series at Corvallis and end at home with a trio against Walla Walla.