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AppleSox open with a game and a half

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Wenatchee 3, Corvallis 2 last night. They play again this evening at 7:05.

A game and a half for the price of one...a 14-inning, 3-hour and 49-minute game to begin the season.
And this wasn’t even the longest home opener in team history. The first game at Paul Thomas in 2010 also went 14 innings and took 4-hours and 32-minutes. (Kitsap won 9-6.)
In terms of innings last night’s affair tied for the fourth longest in team history, home or away. There have been one 16, two 15 and now four 14 extra frame marathons.
In terms of time it was the fifth longest home game in team history. The longest was the 2010 one mentioned above.

High was 86 at Pangborn yesterday. Hottest opening day ever? Nope. June 4, 2004 the San Francisco Angels were in town and the mercury topped out at 89. (The home team was also hot and won 16-1.)

Last night was the 208th 1-run game for the AppleSox.

Extra innings is not a real positive term for the local club. Last night was their 45th, and with the victory are now 23-22, or 51.1 percent. Their winning percentage for all games is 64.6. And get this, in the “friendly confines” the Sox are 10-13.

The game was the second extra inning game with Corvallis. The first was a 12-inning 8-7 nonleague loss on the home field on the Fourth of July 2001.

June 6 games
Wenatchee is 4-1 overall, 3-1 in league games and 3-1 at home. They have a 3-game win streak.

New Division Names
After a half dozen seasons of East and West divisions, the league picked the other two compass points and now we have North and South. Actually a North division is not new to Wenatchee. Back in the old days when the AppleSox first fielded a team, they were in the Pacific International League and their initial four seasons were in the North Division of that alliance (2000-03).

A couple new names appear in the standings this season as the league expanded to 11 teams, the Victoria HarbourCats and Medford Rogues.

Standings
North: Wenatchee 1-0, Bellingham 1-0, Victoria 1-0, Kelowna 0-1, Walla Walla 0-1
South: Bend 1-0, Cowlitz 1-0, Medford 1-1, Kitsap 0-1, Klamath 0-1, Corvallis 0-1

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