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Knight baseball begins league play today

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Wednesday, Walla Walla (9-1) away.

Somebody had to blink first.  It is WVC.  Both Wenatchee Valley (12 games) and Walla Walla (10 games) have yet to hit the road.  Today the Knights board the bus.  This will be the opening league series for both teams.  The Warriors haven’t treated the Knights real well the past four springs.  Through 2009 Wenatchee Valley only trailed WWCC by one game in the series 38-37.  But the Warriors got on a roll and have won 14 of the last 17 to now lead 52-40.


Saturday, Spokane (8-4) home.

The last two seasons Wenatchee Valley has gone 4-4 with Spokane…and that is good.  Prior to that the Knights were winning 30 percent of their games, and the Sasquatch lead the series 92-44.  Tight…four of the last five contests between the two have been settled by a single run. 


SOFTBALL (4-0, 10-1)

Yesterday Wenatchee Valley beat up on Skagit Valley in a doubleheader here.  The Knights took the opener 10-2 and then really unloaded on the hapless Cardinals 25-1 in the nightcap, well, actually afternoon cap.  The 25 runs scored and the 24-run margin of victory are the most since WVC blasted Grays Harbor 28-0 in May of 2012.  The 25 runs tie for fourth all-time for most in a game by WVC.


Friday, Columbia Basin (2-2, 3-7) away.

At 4-0 Wenatchee Valley College is already in an accustomed place – alone atop the East.  After eight straight games at home the gals hit the road Friday and head for Pasco to take on Columbia Basin.  The Knights have won 11 straight and 17 of the last 18 against the Hawks.  Overall WVC is 46-17 vs. CBC and is 22-9 on the Hawks field.  The first game with Columbia Basin was in 2000, the same year Shelly Pflugrath came on as coach, so she is also 46-17 against the Franklin County school.


Saturday, Walla Walla (3-1, 5-7) away.

The Knights and Warriors have had quite a competitive series since they first played in 1995.  Due to the current six-game win streak by WVC, the local college has moved ahead and taken a 42-40 overall lead.  In league contests only the two are knotted at 38 wins apiece.  In games in Walla Walla the home team is up 25-14.  Pflugrath has a winning mark vs. WWCC at 32-28.


Standings:  Wenatchee Valley 4-0, Treasure Valley 3-1, Walla Walla 3-1, Yakima Valley 2-2, Spokane 2-2, Columbia Basin 2-2, Blue Mountain 0-4, Big Bend 0-4.



 My rant for the day

Well, the nonleague baseball games are over, or as the WVC schedule calls them “pre-season.”  Now the schedule says the “regular season” begins.  Maybe up until now it’s been irregular.  It’s interesting to note that softball has no pre-season games on their schedule.  In fact the softball schedule does it correctly and doesn’t bother to try and designate categories of games.  The schedules of the other six sports at the college all do.  Look at the NWAACC site for standings.  They don’t have league and pre-season, they have league (well actually conference) and season…and all 12 of the Knights nonleague games show up there. 


Just a note.

I am still trying to complete the list of all the head coaches at Wenatchee Valley College.  I included a list of the coaches I have found in the February 12 report and was short four – 1947 tennis and 1947, 1956 and 1957 golf.  There is an Ed Grubb that headed the golf program in 1958 and 1959.  I hoped that if I could find him I might learn who the coach was the prior two years. Through some Internet poking around I found an Ed Grubb in Ketchum, Idaho, got a phone number and left a message.  Last week he called from Arizona and we had a delightful chat.  He’s a grad of both WHS and WVC.  But unfortunately he didn’t know who his predecessor was. 

If anyone has even a clue of who may have coached during those missing four seasons, I would sure appreciate it if you would contact me.