Bend 5, Wenatchee 1 last night.
Walla Walla at Wenatchee 7:05 tonight.
Wenatchee vs. Walla Walla
Started in 2010
is 14-14 overall...14-12 in league games and 0-2 in playoff contests.
leads 6-5 at home
has a 1-game losing streak.
won 10 of the first 13 and and only four of the last 15.
In the AppleSox lowest-scoring 3-game series ever, the Sweets took two of three in mid June in Walla Walla. Between the two teams only seven runs were scored in 27 innings...WW 2-0, Wenatchee 2-1, WW 2-0. This is both the fewest runs by the Sox, and the fewest combined runs in any Wenatchee 3-game set.
Walla Walla comes to town as the number one team in the North (.548 to .545 over Bellingham). Wenatchee is third, a game and a half back. It’s a wonder the Sweets and the Sox are anywhere near the top as both have gone 4-8 in their last dozen games.
Tonight is Ed Knaggs 700th game as head coach of the AppleSox. He handed in his first lineup card June 1, 2001 when the Coquitlam Athletics were in town for a Pacific Coast League season opener. And Wenatchee won 6-3. In fact Knaggs got off to a great start, winning his first five games. Over 13 years he has compiled a record of 454 wins and 245 losses (64.9%). In league games he is 341-195 (63.6%), playoff 33-13 (62.9%) and nonleague 91-37 (71.1%). At his current pace (64.9 percent wins) the Sox skipper only needs 841 more games and he will have 1,000 victories.
Ed Knaggs has coached 341 players...some one game and a couple over 150.
Knaggs’ first team finished the regular season third in a 5-team division. For the past 11 seasons his teams have never finished out of the playoffs, completing regular league season competition with nine firsts and two seconds. His teams have gone on to capture a half-dozen league championships.
Ryan Barr did it. Another 2-bagger last night and he has now tied the league record of 18 doubles in one season. Tyler Christian also had a like number for Bend in 2011.
Conner Spencer is the leading hitter in the WCL. His average of .386 is tops. Oh, I know, the league site shows a 3-way tie for first, but if one goes beyond three decimal points the local first baseman is number one. (Always string the number out if it benefits your guy, otherwise go with the tie.)
Wenatchee has lost seven of their last eight games. The last time that happened was the end June and the beginning of July in 2010.
July 30 Games
The 30th hasn’t been a real good day for Wenatchee. They are 4-5 overall, 3-5 in league games and 2-1 at home. But they do have a 2-game win streak with victories in each of the last two seasons.
North: Walla Walla 23-19, Bellingham 24-20, WENATCHEE 23-22, Victoria 18-23, Kelowna 15-27
South: Corvallis 27-15, Bend 26-16, Medford 23-22, Klamath Falls 21-21, Cowlitz 20-22, Kitsap 16-29
Who’s Hot: Corvallis has won 7 of 8 and 13 of 15. Bend has won 6 of 8.
Who’s Not: Victoria has lost 5 straight and 10 of 13. Wenatchee has lost 7 of 8. Cowlitz has lost 4 of 5 and 8 of 10.