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League play begins Friday for Knight softball team

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SOFTBALL (4-1)

Friday, Spokane (2-5) home.

It’s East Region play this weekend as the Knights begin league competition.  First up is Spokane, the only team in the East Region with a winning record against the local club.  It is also the school WVC has played the most…after 128 games the Sasquatch hold a 66 to 62 lead in wins.  But the Knights are the hot team of the two recently and have taken a good size bite out of Spokane’s lead by winning every game since 2011…that’s 13 straight, and going back to 2009 they’ve won 17 of the last 18.  On the local field WVC has won 30 of 55, and as a coach Shelly Pflugrath is 30-21 vs. the Sasquatch.

 

Saturday, Big Bend (1-3) home.

The Knights have even a longer streak going here than they do over Spokane.  Big Bend has been defeated by the Black and Silver 25 consecutive times…and by a cumulative score of 255 to 22 (that’s an average score of 10.2 to 0.9).  Overall the Knights lead the series 52-12 and are 28-5 at home.  Pflugrath’s record against the Vikings is 45-11.

 

Speaking of streaks.  One that really stands out is the number of consecutive wins the Knights have at home.  They have won an incredible 47 in a row.  The last time WVC was upended here in town was April 29, 2011 when Treasure Valley nipped them 8-7.  Come Friday that’s 2 years, 10 months and 21 days.

 

Home Openers.  When the gals blanked Pierce 2-0 Saturday that was their 12th consecutive triumph in a row in home opening games.  The last time they lost their initial game on the local diamond was 2002 to Olympic.  Overall through their 31 years in business the Knights are 24 and 7 in these games.

 

BASEBALL (2-6)

Saturday and Sunday, Green River (2-8) home.

Wenatchee Valley plays their final non-league games this weekend when Green River shows for a pair of doubleheaders.  WVC and GRCC go back to 1973 and have played 30 games.  Unfortunately for Knights, the Gators have done most of the chomping as they have won 23 of those contests.  But, at least the Auburn team has been willing to travel…25 of the 30 games have been at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.

 

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