WENATCHEE – Hometown fans were able to view Tyler Burch’s continual transition from legion ball to the West Coast League Friday. Burch, a recent Eastmont High School graduate, just finished his duties with the Apple Valley Packers and earned the starting nod for the Wenatchee AppleSox. Other than a few minor control problems, Burch looked right at home at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, tossing six plus quality innings in a convincing 11-4 win over the Yakima Valley Pippins.
What’s in a name? Well, a lot actually (all due respect to Will Shakespeare’s Juliet). Just ask a Bush, a Baldwin or a Manning if their names came equipped with some extra stigmas, expectations or baggage.
KELOWNA, British Columbia — Based on the last few days, one would never know that the Kelowna Falcons are in first place in the West Coast League’s East Division and the Wenatchee AppleSox are in last place.
WENATCHEE – Momentum is a fickle beast. About halfway through Tuesday’s game at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium, the Wenatchee AppleSox threatened to give the home fans the dubious honor of witnessing an opposing no-hitter as Kelowna Falcons starter Matt Camby mowed through the lineup as if driving a John Deere.
CHICAGO — A federal judge ordered the NCAA to pay nearly $46 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to lawyers for student-athletes including former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon in their class-action antitrust lawsuit against the organization. The decision late Monday night by U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins came nearly a year after U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California said the NCAA violated antitrust law by barring athletes from sharing in revenue.
WENATCHEE – Attention all worms: be on alert. When AppleSox batters weren’t striking out against Kelowna Falcons starting pitcher Kendall Motes, they were pounding balls into the ground. Through five masterful innings, Motes fanned five and induced seven worm-burners Monday in a dominating 7-1 win over the Sox at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
WENATCHEE — In 1995, the plucky Seattle Mariners sold “Refuse to Lose” T-shirts featuring a pelican attempting to swallow a frog, yet the resilient amphibian clasped two “arms” around the white bird’s throat, declining to be gulped without a struggle.
WENATCHEE – Strikes in baseball are commonplace. Strikes across home plate, that is. Strikes in the sky beyond far from the umpire’s jurisdiction are not. In a game abruptly interrupted in the fifth inning by a lightning strike to the southeast of Paul Thomas Sr. Field, the Bend Elk came thundering back in the 12th inning to clip the Wenatchee AppleSox 8-7 in what the late Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus would describe as a “wild, wooly affair.”
EAST WENATCHEE — It takes time and commitment to excel in any sport, no matter how old the superstar. Three local youth baseball teams are headed down to Eugene, Ore. Wednesday morning to participate in the Cal Ripken Jr. regional tournament after stellar performances in their respective state tournaments held at the Eastmont 4 Plex Ball Fields on July 2-5.