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AppleSox in first home game in nine days...and new backstop.

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Medford at Wenatchee 7:05 tonight.  

 

This is Medford’s first visit to the Apple Capital.  The Rogues are new members of the WCL this season.  

 

Medford started the season with only five wins in their first 17 games.  They have turned things around.  Over the last 13 games they have won eight.  The Rogues just took two of three in Bend including a 10-4 win last night.  When the AppleSox visited the Oregon city last month, Medford took the first two of the 3-game series.  

 

Medford’s Baseball Past 

The Oregon city has had professional minor league baseball longer than another city in the West Coast League.  For 30 years the Rogue Valley community was home to teams in the Far West League and the Northwest League.  

 

Behold, a New Backstop

Fans tonight will have a new look at the game before them.  Thursday the long, long awaited backstop was installed.  The new black net replaces the brittle zip tie-filled backstop that has served Paul Thomas for 18 years.  The new net is several feet higher than the old one, and extends completely over the third base dugout thus offering much more protection from wayward foul balls for folks in the concession stand area.  The thing is a engineering marvel.  Gone are the half dozen or more vertical 2-inch pipes that supported the old one, along with the pipe running horizontally completely along the top.  This one is a high-tech, cable-supported, cutting-edge backstop...the only one miles and miles.  And with the black color it is less noticeable than old one.   

 

July 13 Games...Lucky 13th.  Best Date in History

A great day for Wenatchee.  In fact perfect...until last year.   They were 10 for 10 through 2011 and then got tripped up here last season by Kelowna 5-0.  On dates where the Sox have played at least 10 games (36 of them), the 10-1 mark is their best.  They are 10-1 overall, 6-1 in league games and 4-1 at home.    

 

Standings

North: Walla Walla 19-13, WENATCHEE 17-13,  Bellingham 16-14, Victoria 13-13, Kelowna 10-22

South: Bend 21-13, Corvallis 19-13, Cowlitz 15-13, Klamath Falls 15-15, Medford 13-18, Kitsap 12-23

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