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West Coast League wild about runs

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Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
Victoria (19-23) at Wenatchee (22-20) 7:05 tonight.
Run on Runs
What happened to pitching and defense?  The WCL record book is getting blasted offensively.  I mentioned earlier this month about the slow-pitch type scores being recorded...they haven’t let up.  For the previous four seasons the average number of runs per game was 9.06 (both teams combined).  This season that has shot up to 11.08, a 22.3 percent increase.  Check out these from the league record book and how many entries occurred so far in 2014.
- Most runs in  game, 7 of the highest 17 (41.2%).
- Largest winning margin, 6 of the highest 11 (54.5%).
- Most runs combined, 8 of the highest 17 (47.1%).
- Highest losing score, and incredible 11 of the highest 17 (64.7%).  That’s the losing outfit hitting double figures 11 times when in nine previous seasons it had only happened six times.
Keep in mind this year makes up 10 percent of the league’s 10-year life and its producing percentages way beyond normal.
The AppleSox have been part of six of these new marks.
- Most runs in a game, 17.  Ties for 15th (record 22).  17-4 over Klamath Falls.
- Largest winning margin, 16.  Ties for 4th (record 17).  17-1 loss to Kelowna.
- Most runs combined, 25.  Ties for 7th (record 32).  13-12 over Kitsap, 16-9 loss to Walla Walla and 15-10 loss to Walla Walla.
- Highest losing score, 12.  Ties for 1st.  13-12 over Kitsap.
As of 10 o’clock this morning the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 103 today.
July 29 Games
Something different...a home game.  On the 29th of July for the past five years the AppleSox have been on the road.  All together they played six of nine games on this date away from home and they have a good record to show for it, 7-2 overall, 6-2 league, 1-0 nonleague, 3-0 home and 4-2 away.  Last year they lost 5-1 to Bend.  The last time they played in the friendly confines on the 29th they blanked the Olympia Athletics 7-0 in a nonleague contest in 2008.
East: Yakima Valley 24-18, WENATCHEE 22-20, Walla Walla 21-21, Kelowna 14-28
West: Bellingham 30-12, Victoria 19-23, Cowlitz 19-24, Kitsap 18-23,
South: Corvallis 27-15, Bend 26-16, Medford 22-21, Klamath Falls 11-32