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Knights take to the diamond this weekend

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With 15 days of winter remaining, spring sports at Wenatchee Valley College get under way this weekend.  The softball team begins season 31 with Shelly Pflugrath back for her 15th year as head coach.  For the young men the college begins their 47th season of the horsehide sport under Dustin Willis in his third year filling out lineup cards.



Saturday and Sunday, at Inter-Region Tournament, Lacey

Wenatchee Valley will begin the season with non-league games, two on Saturday and two more Sunday.  The first day they are scheduled to face Olympic and Lower Columbia, and on Sunday Centralia and Southwestern Oregon.

Olympic (1-3).  The Rangers already have played four games, splitting with Southwestern Oregon and losing a pair to Mt. Hood.  WVC has a four-game win streak going over the Bremerton outfit, with three of those being shutouts.  Overall the Knights lead the series 39 to 13 and Pflugrath’s record against Olympic is 8-6.

Lower Columbia (0-0).Wenatchee Valley has played the Red Devils once each season for the past three and prevailed every time.  This hasn’t always been the case.  The Longview school had quite a strong program for a number of years (they finished first or second in their region 13 times in 15 years between 1995 and 2009) and defeated the Knights a number of times.  Overall Lower Columbia leads the series 19-9 and those recent three wins give Pflugrath a 3-11 record.

Centralia (1-1).  The Knights and Trailblazers have only played eight times with the Black and Silver outfit winning all but one.  WVC has a four-game win streak going and Pflugrath is 6-1 vs. Centralia.  The Lewis County squad split a doubleheader with Clark on the weekend.

Southwestern Oregon (3-1).  With five consecutive victories in the past 10 years Wenatchee Valley has taken a 6-4 lead in this series.  The Lakers have played four games, splitting with Olympic and drubbing Grays Harbor two times.  Pflugrath has coached five wins in six tries against the Coos Bay team.



Saturday and Sunday, Edmonds and Everett here.

The Knights open the 2014 season with four non-league games in their own ball yard.  Two Snohomish County clubs, Edmonds and Everett, will provide the opposition with a game against each both Saturday and Sunday.

Edmonds (2-1).  Right out of the shoot Wenatchee Valley takes on one of the premier programs in the NWAACC.  The Tritons have nothing but first, second and third places in the North Region in 15 of the past 16 years.  They have won four NWAACC championships during that stretch.  Edmonds got in three games over the weekend.  They split with Mt. Hood and defeated Vancouver Island Baseball Institute.  The Knights have had their problems with ECC.  In 16 contests since 1997 they’ve managed but four wins and have dropped the last seven.

Everett (2-0).  WVC saw more of Everett last spring than any other team.  They played six times and all here in town with the home squad winning two of the last three.  Last weekend the Trojans began their season with a trip to Yakima Valley and topped the Yaks twice.  Initially the Knights and Everett were in the same league and the first 51 times the Knights played Everett they were all league contests.  There have been more games since league play ended in 1965 and overall the Trojans lead 52-31.