Wenatchee 13, Kitsap 12 in 11 innings last night.
Northwest Honkers at Wenatchee 7:05 tonight.
This is the first time Wenatchee has faced the Northwest Honkers. Tonight’s visitors were founded in 2010 and are members of the Pacific International League (the AppleSox were in this league from 2000-04). The PIL is a seven-team league with three from Washington – the Honkers, Seattle Studs and Everett Merchants, and four from British Columbia – Kamloops Sun Devils, Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs, Langley Blaze and Trail Orioles. Honker fans travel a bit to view their home games as the outfit has four home fields –Shorecrest High School (Shoreline), Newport High School (Bellevue), University of Puget Sound (Tacoma) and Kent Memorial (Kent). Their record is 8-7 with three wins in their last four games. This team is not in the same summer collegiate baseball classification as the AppleSox and the rest of the West Coast League. From their website, “The Honkers is a team built with a culture that allows young baseball players to thrive as well as former collegiate players to continue on their career in baseball.” (Italics added.)
Harry the Honker. According to their website “Harry The Honker is the official mascot of the Northwest Honkers. Harry is a Canadian goose that flies south to the Pacific Northwest for the summers to enjoy and support the Honkers Baseball Club!”
Tonight’s game is the third of five nonleague outings this season. The home club has done well in these type games sporting a 102-38 record overall (72.9%), are 88-31 (73.9%) at home and have won the last 16 of 17 and 22 of 24.
Last night’s 11-inning Wenatchee triumph was Wenatchee’s 50th extra inning game.
The Sox are
- 28-22 overall. They’ve done OK in league outings where they are 28-16, but are winless in playoffs at 0-4 and winless in nonleague contests at 0-2.
- better on the road at 14-9 than they are at home at 14-13.
- currently enjoying a six-game win streak in overtime affairs.
- are 5-2 in five of these type games with Kitsap. The seven are the most against any opponent.
Most runs surrendered and still won game. How’s that for a new statistical category? The dozen runs given up last night are the most in franchise history when the Sox went on to victory. Three times before they were winners when giving up 11.
Of seven games this season, four have been decided by a single run. Wenatchee has won three of the four.
Buck 88 an Hour...What a Deal
Buy a $6.00 general admission seat and get entertained for 3 hours and 12 minutes, or mere $1.88 per hour. That’s the bargain fans at the last four home games have gotten. Add last night’s 3 hour, 19 minute contest to the three previous three-plus hour games and you’ve averaging 3 hours and 12 minutes of outdoor, fresh-air, entertainment watching America’s pastime. This is the first time in AppleSox history that four consecutive home games have exceeded three hours.
June 12 Games
A good day for AppleSox games. They are 7-1 overall, 3-0 in nonleague play and 5-0 at home.
East: Wenatchee 4-2, Kelowna 3-2, Yakima Valley 2-2, Walla Walla 2-3
West: Kitsap 4-2, Bellingham 4-2, Cowlitz 3-2, Victoria 2-3
South: Medford 4-2, Bend 2-4, Corvallis 1-3, Klamath Falls 1-5