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Second half begins for Sox, lots of important games

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Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
 
Wenatchee 22, NW Star Academy 0  last night.
 
Walla Walla (12-15) at Wenatchee (15-12) 7:05 tonight.
 
Wenatchee vs. Walla Walla
Started in 2010
Wenatchee: 
- leads 20-15 overall, 18-13 in league games and is 2-2 in playoff contests.
- leads 11-6 at home.
- has a 2-game winning streak.
- lost the first game and came back to take the next two in a series here last month.
- plays six games in seven day with the Sweets.  After this trio they go at it again beginning Monday in Walla Walla.
 
Getting To Know Your Neighbor
The AppleSox are in a run of 15 consecutive games against their three East foes.  They just had three with Kelowna, now six with Walla Walla, then three with Yakima Valley and another three with Kelowna.

Record Number Of Sox
When Cole Krueter started at shortstop Tuesday and Cody Simmons got in at catcher last night, the AppleSox now have used 39 players so far this season.  Then old mark of 37 was set last year.
 
Goose Eggs
The 22-0 Wenatchee win last evening is their 59th shutout.  This was the 40th at home and the 18th against a nonleague opponent. 

July 10 Games
The AppleSox have only played eight times on July 10th and its been a so-so ride...4-4 overall, 3-4 league, 1-0 nonleague, 3-2 home, 1-2 away and they have a two-game losing streak.  They did beat Walla Walla on this day 7-4 in 2010.
 
Wenatchee Fans, “Thank You Kitsap”
Record preserved.  AppleSox fans throughout the land were thrilled when lowly Kitsap (last in West Division) rose up to smite mighty Bellingham (12 straight wins) by a score of 12-3 last night.  Actually if the BlueJackets would have won 1-zip it would have been just as grand.  The Whatcom County outfit had won 12 games in a row and were right there threatening Wenatchee’s league-record winning streaks.  The Sox won 13 in 2005 and then 14 in 2011 to hold the two top spots on the league win-streak list.  Also, for the Bremerton club their skid of 13 straight losses ended.  The baker’s dozen is  the second longest in WCL history.

Playoff Peek
This season the three division champs and the second-place team with the best record make the playoffs.  The second half of WCL play has begun and at the moment Yakima Valley, Bellingham, Corvallis and Bend are the top four.  Currently Wenatchee is sixth.  They have the same record as Medford, but the Rogues hold the tie-breaker based on taking two of three from the Sox last month.
 
Standings
East: Yakima Valley 17-10, WENATCHEE 15-12, Walla Walla 12-15, Kelowna 8-19
West: Bellingham 20-6, Victoria 12-15, Cowlitz 12-15, Kitsap 8-17
South: Corvallis 18-12, Bend 18-12, Medford 15-12, Klamath Falls 8-19
 
Who’s Hot: Bellingham has won 11 of 12 straight.   Bend has won 14 of 17.
Who’s Not: Kitsap has lost 13 of 14.  Kelowna has lost 10 of 12.  Cowlitz has lost 6  of 7.  Klamath Falls has lost 6 of 7.

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