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Blaine Hardy, former AppleSox, now with the Detroit Tigers

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Klamath Falls 10, Wenatchee 8 last night.
Wenatchee (5-5) at Klamath Falls (3-7) 6:35 tonight.
6th AppleSox Reaches Majors
Blaine Hardy made his major league debut pitching for the Detroit Tigers this week.  Hardy was with Wenatchee in 2006 and led the team with a 1.44 ERA.  Along with Jason Hammel, Cole Gillespie, Clayton Mortensen, Tommy Milone and Steve Ames, the 6-2, 230-pound Hardy is the sixth former AppleSox to play Major League Baseball.  All except Gillespie are pitchers.  And what a staff Wenatchee had in ‘06.  Of eight pitchers to throw 25-plus innings, three of them were Hardy, Mortensen and Milone.

Don’t Cry in Your Sarsaparilla
Yes, the hometown club is 5-5, lost two in a row, three of four and is being outscored 64 to 52..  BUT, it has happened twice before to the Sox in WCL play and they rebounded for winning seasons and playoff appearances both times.  In 2007 they were 3-7 after 10 games and went on to finish second in the division and play in the first round of the playoffs.  And there were was last season.  After 10 contests they were 4-6, again placed second in the division, won their first round playoff series and played for the league pennant. 
Sox Socked
Look who’s leading the league in getting plunked.  Wenatchee batters have been hit by pitches 17 times in 10 games.  Individually Ty Jackson has been a plunkee five times and that ties for the league lead.
AppleSox Among WCL Leaders
Batting average: Caleb Wood 2nd, .436.
At bats: Trenton Brooks 1st, 45.  Sam Brown and Caleb Wood tie 6th, 39.
Runs: Trenton Brooks 7th, 9.  Cooper Elliott tie 9th, 8.
Hits: Caleb Wood tie 1st, 17.
Doubles: Ty Jackson 1st, 6.
Walks: Cooper Elliott tie 2nd, 8.  Ty Jackson tie 8th. 7.
Strike outs: Mike Livingston tie 5th, 10.
ERA: Calvin LeBrun 1st, 0.00.  Colton Loomis 6th, 1.50. 
June 18 Games
The AppleSox have played on the 18th of June every year except 2001.  They have an overall record of 9-5, league 7-4, away 2-3 and a one-game losing streak (lost to Walla Walla 2-0 last year).
East: WENATCHEE 5-5, Walla Walla 4-5, Yakima Valley 4-5, Kelowna 3-6
West: Cowlitz 7-3, Bellingham 7-3, Kitsap 6-3, Victoria 5-6
South: Medford 7-3, Corvallis 5-5, Klamath Falls 3-7, Bend 3-8
Who’s Hot: Medford has won 7 of 8.  Cowlitz has won 4 straight and 5 of 6, and in the 4 consecutive wins has only allowed one run in each game.  Bellingham has won 5 of 6.
Who’s Not: Kelowna has lost 5 straight.  Bend has lost 7 of 8. 

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