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Wenatchee, Victoria go way back on the diamond

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Victoria at Wenatchee 7:05 tonight.      

Wenatchee vs. Victoria

This is the first meeting ever between the AppleSox and HarbourCats, but far from the last.  While the Sox play seven teams six times each, Bend three and never face Cowlitz, they square off with the Vancouver Island outfit nine times in their remaining 33 league games.     

The HarbourCats started the season like a house afire, winning seven of their first eight games.  More recently they have lost five of nine.    

The Apple Capital and the British Columbia Capital Go Way Back Tonight’s clash is no where near the first time Wenatchee and Victoria have met on the diamond.  For nine years from 1946 to 1954 both cities had minor league teams in the Western International League.  Wenatchee had the Chiefs and Victoria the Athletics and then the Tyees.  Note:  the local nine finished ahead in the standings of their Canadian counterparts six of the nine seasons.      

Some AppleSox Among League Leaders  

Batting  

Ryan Barr is 1st in doubles with 10, tied for 6th in runs with 14, 8th in at bats with 77

Andre Real is tied for 2nd in home runs with 3, tied for 2nd in sacrifice flies with 3, 7th in RBI’s with 13, 10th in at bats with 74  

Brett Stephens is tied for 2nd in strikeouts with 18, tied for 7th in walks with 11, tied for 8th in stolen bases with 6

Joey Harris tied for 4th in sacrifice bunts with 3  

Grant Palmer tied for 4th in sacrifice bunts with 3  

Brock Slavin tied for 8th in stolen bases with 6  

Pitching  

Beau Kerns tied for 1st in complete games with 1, tied for 2nd in games started with 4, tied for 1st in hits allowed with 31, tied for 10th in wins with 2  

Trevor Lubking tied for 2nd in games started with 4  

Jake Bruml 6th in innings pitched with 25.2, tied for 6th in walks allowed with 12  

Davis Engle tied for 10th in wins with 2  

Lars Rider tied for 10th in wins with 2      

July 2 Games  

The Sox are 6-3 overall, 5-3 in league games, 4-1 at home and have a 3-game win streak and have won five of the last six.      

Runs Galore  

Four games around the league so far this season have cracked the top 10  in the record book for most runs combined.  Sunday it was Medford 14, Klamath Falls 10, Saturday Bend 12, Kelowna 11, yesterday Kelowna 15, Bend 8 and earlier in the month Victoria 12, Medford 11  The 24 in the Gems/Rogues contest ties for the sixth highest combined total.  The 23 between the Elks/Falcons, the HarbourCats/Rogues and the Falcons/Elks (again) all tie for eighth.  Also the 11 Medford scored in a losing cause ties for third for most runs by a losing team.      

Standings  

North: Victoria 11-6, Walla Walla 12-9, Bellingham 11-9, WENATCHEE 11-10,  Kelowna 6-15  

South:  Bend 15-9, Klamath Falls 12-10, Corvallis 12-12, Cowlitz 9-9, Medford 9-13, Kitsap 9-15      

Who’s Hot: Kitsap has won 5 straight...after starting 4-15  Medford has won 4 of 5.   Who’s Not: Bellingham has lost 4 of 5...Yippee!  

In any North vs. South game, save for the Sox, may the South rise again.

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