Wenatchee 5, San Francisco 3 last night
San Francisco Seals at Wenatchee 6:05 tonight.
Seals Leading Nonleague Opponent
This evening’s game is the eighth against the San Francisco Seals, the most against any nonleague team. NW Star Academy from Portland is next at seven, followed by the Portland Dukes and San Francisco Angels at six apiece. Note: I goofed yesterday when saying the Sox had three games with the San Francisco Angels. They had six. Wenatchee opened 2004 with three wins over the Halos. As of last night that leaves the AppleSox with a 14-3 record with California clubs.
Last night’s triumph was the 100th nonleague win in Wenatchee history. Nonleague stuff: They have 38 losses. They are 86-31 (73.5%) on the local diamond and 14-7 (33.3%) elsewhere. The last 64 nonleaguers have all been played in the “friendly confines.” The last road game was nine years ago on August 2, 2004, a 9-4 victory in Colfax over the Whitman County Diamondbacks. They have faced 49 different teams.
Mitch Yada, the AppleSox starting pitcher last night, started the game with 17 straight strikes. It was the third batter of the second inning (sixth batter total) before he threw his first ball.
“Chilly” August Night
The high at the airport yesterday was 80...the lowest high for a home August game in 10 years, and the second lowest ever. In 2004 there was a 76 and an 80. Since then 47 games have all had highs of 81-plus.
Postponed Walla Walla Game
The August 1 game with Walla Walla that got rained out will most likely be made up the 12th, if necessary. Depending on the final standings there my be no reason to play it Both the AppleSox and Sweets complete their schedules the 11th and the playoffs start the 13th.
When Connor Spencer and Ryan Barr rocketed back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning last evening, it was the sixth time this has happened in AppleSox history. Note: five of the six have come in nonleague games.
Oh, Those Memories
These nonleague games conjure up recollections of some past AppleSox opponents. Do your memories recall any of these visitors to Wenatchee – the DeMarini Giants (OR), Whitman County Diamondbacks (Colfax), Gresham Kings (OR), Yakima Paladin Knights (Yakima), Mountain Home Gunfighters (ID), Enderby Legionnaires (B.C.), Portland Cardinals (OR), Skagit Eagles (Mount Vernon) and Kelowna Jays (B.C.). On the road there were the Saskatchewan Yellow Jackets (B.C.), Wichita Titans (KS), Oxnard Dawgs (CA), Red Deer Riggers (B.C.), Liberal Bee Jays (KS) and of course the BC Firkin Blues (B.C.).
Can’t Get Much Closer
North. Wenatchee is half a game ahead of Walla Walla and a game in front of Bellingham...a reverse of yesterday. Games remaining:
Wenatchee: Three home Victoria, Three away Kelowna. Maybe a makeup with Walla Walla.
Walla Walla: One home Victoria. Three home Kelowna. Three away Bend. Maybe a makeup with Wenatchee.
Bellingham: One home Bend. One home Victoria. Three away Victoria.
Corvallis is a half game in front of Bend.
Corvallis: Two home Kelowna. Three home Bend. Three away Klamath Falls.
Bend: One away Bellingham. Three away Corvallis. Three home Walla Walla.
August 4 Games
The AppleSox started out great on August 4 and then faded. They went from 4-0 through 2008, to 1-3 the last four seasons. They are 5-3 overall, 4-2 in league games and 5-1 at home. A 3-2 loss to Bellingham last summer leaves them with a 1-game losing streak.
North: WENATCHEE 25-22, Bellingham 25-24, Walla Walla 24-22, Victoria 20-26, Kelowna 17-29
South: Corvallis 29-17, Bend 29-18, Medford 27-23, Klamath Falls 24-22, Cowlitz 22-25, Kitsap 16-30