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State softball preview: Omak, Brewster focusing on themselves

Omak softball coach Rick Duck doesn’t know anything about the Pioneers’ first-round opponent Chimacum. Duck instead is approaching Omak’s (14-7) showdown with the Cowboys (13-6) just like he has any other game, by focusing on fundamentals and aspects of the game that he can control.

State baseball preview: Wenatchee heads to Pasco two games away from perfection

The best motivation for winning can be losing, specifically if it’s one haunting loss that gnaws at a team over nine lonely months of offseason. Last season, the Wenatchee Panthers baseball team suffered such a loss. In the 2015 4A state baseball tournament quarterfinals, the Panthers led Decatur 1-0 in the sixth inning with ace Grady Miller on the mound.

Wenatchee FC falls to visiting Bellingham United

WENATCHEE — After heading into halftime scoreless in their home contest with Bellingham United on Sunday, Wenatchee FC conceded two second-half goals and couldn’t complete a comeback, falling 2-1 at the Apple Bowl.

Hill joins Wild front office

Tim Hill joins the Wenatchee Wild front office staff, taking over day-to-day business operations. Don West left the same post to pursue sports talk radio with KPQ earlier this month.

Wenatchee ace Miller to play for AppleSox

WENATCHEE — Grady Miller, a left-handed pitcher from Wenatchee High School, and Miceal Taylor, a right-handed pitcher from Oregon Tech, round out the Wenatchee AppleSox 28-man roster, AppleSox coach AJ Proszek announced on Tuesday.

Hot Tickets: It’s time: state tournaments resume today

It’s state tournament time. You won’t find many of these events in North Central Washington, but here are six events and six reasons you should follow your favorite team or athlete across the state.
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Prep focus: Wenatchee baseball wins twice, advances to final four

WENATCHEE — For a few fleeting moments Saturday, the Wenatchee baseball team was in trouble. After the Panthers took a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning of their 4A state baseball tournament quarterfinal against West Valley at Rec Park, the Rams quickly loaded the bases on three straight hits off Wenatchee righthander Brandon Graves, setting the stage for a grandstand finish with the middle of the Rams’ order coming to the plate.

Rams defense smothers Spokane in 22-8 victory

WENATCHEE — For a second consecutive week, the Wenatchee Valley Rams defense achieved scoreboard perfection, putting a dangerous Wolfpack offense in a sleeper-hold for 60 minutes on their way to a 22-8 victory over rival Spokane at the Apple Bowl.

Omak softball team wins CTL, advances to 1A softball state tournament

OMAK — Last season, the Caribou Trail League District 6 softball final featured the No. 4 seed topping the No. 3 seed to earn the lone berth to the 1A state tournament. There were no such upsets this season, but there was quite a bit of drama on display as Omak took home the CTL title and the league’s spot to state with wins over Cascade and Cashmere on Saturday.
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Prep spotlight: Chipman’s competitive fire fuels Cashmere

On the surface, no one would mistake Tyler Chipman’s pitching oeuvre for that of Felix Hernandez. Now, we’re obviously not talking about accomplishments and pro status. The Seattle Mariners ace is a future Hall of Famer while Chipman is a fresh-faced sophomore in the infancy stages of his baseball career. Understood.