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Everett Merchants vs. AppleSox tonight...old rivalry, close series

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Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
 
Everett Merchants (17-6) at Wenatchee (18-12) 7:05 tonight.

This the fourth of five nonleague game his season.  Wenatchee is 3-0 so far...San Francisco Seals (twice) and the Northwest Honkers.

A revival of the old days.  Wenatchee and Everett battled 25 times back when they were foes in the Pacific International League from 2000 to 2004.  The two clubs didn’t meet for eight years and then last summer the Merchants came to town in early June for a couple games.  After 27 contests the AppleSox and Merchants have been very competitive.  Wenatchee is up 14-13 in the series, 13-11 in PIL games and trails 2-1 in nonleague encounters.  At Paul Thomas the two clubs are all even at 8-8.  The two split the two games a year ago.  Everett has a slight lead in runs scored at 132-129.
 
The Merchant roster has a real home-grown feel to it.  They show 27 players and all but one of the hometowns listed are in the Evergreen State...in fact all on the west side...in fact all in Pierce, King, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.  The one “outsider” is from Newport Coast, CA.  Everett currently is sitting in first place in the seven-team PIL with a 14-2 record.

According to the Everett website, “The team is composed of current college students, graduates, and former professional players. Many of these players have been selected in the professional draft, often more than once.”  Harold Pyatte, the head coach, has been with the Merchants for over 40 years between playing and coaching.

Three former AppleSox who played minor league baseball also played for the Merchants – Steve Mortimer (AppleSox in 2000), Ben Ruff (2011) and Aaron Brooks (2011).

Hot Dogs, Hot Coffee, Hot
Check out these estimated daily highs from the National Weather Service for the five-game home stand – Tuesday 99, Wednesday 95, Thursday 95, Friday 98 and Saturday 101.

Completely Opposite Directions
Bellingham beat Kitsap 8-2 last night. 
Bells 11th consecutive win (ties for third longest win streak in the WCL).  In Bellingham’s last 16 games they are holding opponents to 1.88 runs per game.
BlueJackets 12th consecutive loss (ties for second longest losing streak).  In those dozen games Kitsap is managing but 2.0 runs per game.
 
Standings
East: Yakima Valley 15-10, WENATCHEE 15-12, Walla Walla 12-14, Kelowna 8-19
West: Bellingham 19-5, Victoria 12-13, Cowlitz 11-15, Kitsap 8-16
South: Corvallis 17-11, Bend 16-12, Medford 14-11, Klamath Falls 8-17
 
Who’s Hot: Bellingham has won 11 straight.  Victoria has won 7 of 8.  Walla Walla has won 4 straight.  Bend has won 12 of 15.
Who’s Not: Kitsap has lost 12 straight.  Cowlitz has lost 6 straight.  Kelowna has lost 4 of 5 and 10 of 12.