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AppleSox have won four straight, but need help to make the playoffs

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Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
 
Wenatchee 6 , Kelowna 2 in 10 innings last night.
 
Yakima Valley (33-18) at Wenatchee (29-22) 7:05 tonight.
   
Outside Looking In, But Not Eliminated
Where there life, there is hope.....It’s never over until the fat lady sings.....Down, but not out.....Hope springs eternal.....It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
 
Can the AppleSox make up two games on Bend between now and Sunday evening?  That is the situation if Wenatchee is going to participate in playoff baseball for the 13th season in a row.  The AppleSox need to win two more games than Bend and each only has three to play.  Wenatchee finishes at home against the hottest team in the league, while Bend finishes at home against the outfit with the league’s worst record.  The Sox face Yakima Valley, the East Division champs and winners of 10 consecutive games.  The Elks entertain Klamath Falls, a squad they’ve beaten six-of-six times this summer and has but 13 wins in 51 outings.  That’s it.  The AppleSox need to take care of business on the home front while they hope for a couple gems from K.F.
 
Wenatchee vs. Yakima Valley
The AppleSox opened the WCL season in Yakima and lost that first game.  They recovered nicely to take the next two, and then six weeks later traveled back to Yakima County Stadium and sweep the Pippins in three.  This will be the first visit by the new league member to Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium. 
 
Stuff
- Wenatchee has won four straight, tying their longest winning streak of the season.
- Home field advantage?  In WCL games on the road the Sox finished 17-10.  With three to go they are 12-12 at home.
- Bend could make record breakers out of Klamath Falls.  Since the league went a 54-game schedule four years ago, the fewest wins was 14 by Kitsap in 2012.  The Gems come to town with 13.
- The WCL record for most wins since 2011 and the 54-game schedule is 39 by Wenatchee in 2011.  Bellingham could match that if they sweep Cowlitz this weekend.
 
Scintillating Extra-Inning Stuff
- With extra inning wins the last two nights Wenatchee is now 5-2 this season in addition frame games, and all-time they are 32-24.
- The seven added-time games are a Sox record.  The previous high was six in 2008, ‘09 and  ‘11.
- This was the third time the AppleSox have had back-to-back extra-inning games.  They beat Moses Lake twice in June of ‘09, and Bellingham twice in July of ‘10.
- Far better results achieved when these games happen on the road.  Home 14-14, away 18-10.
- And far better results when a league contest.  League 32-18, playoff and nonleague 0-6.
- Must have been a coaching point of emphasis.  One huge area of improvement in 2013 and ‘14 has been winning extra-inning contests.  At the end of 2012 they were 22-22.  They are 10-2 the past two seasons.
 
August 8 Games
On the eighth day of the eighth month the AppleSox have played eight games.  Their record: 5-3 overall, 4-3 league, 1-0 nonleague, 2-0 at home, 3-3 on the road and they have a two-game win streak.
 
Standings
East: Yakima Valley 33-18, WENATCHEE 29-22, Walla Walla 25-26, Kelowna 15-36
West: Bellingham 36-15, Victoria 24-27, Cowlitz 22-29, Kitsap 21-30
South: Corvallis 33-18, Bend 30-21, Medford 25-26, Klamath Falls 13-38
 
Who’s Hot:  Yakima Valley has won 10 straight.  Wenatchee has won 6 of 7.  Bellingham has won 4 of 5.  Bend has won 4 of 5.
Who’s Not: Kelowna has lost 7 straight and 9 of 10.  Kitsap has lost 6 of 7.  Cowlitz has lost 4 straight and 5 of 6.  Klamath Falls has lost 4 of 5 and 9 of 11.
 

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