12 participants representing each team in the West Coast League took part in the Home Run Derby last night at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Oregon…
Second to the left is Wenatchee’s derby participant, Ryan Altenberger. The 5’10 165-pound junior from Xavier University was one of the smallest competitors in last night’s contest, taking place during the All-Star break in the W-C-L…
Thanks to the AppleSox Facebook page for the video of one of two Altenberger home runs. The finals would come down to the host team’s Gabe Gonzalez and Port Angeles slugger Matthew Christian…
So there you have it, Matthew Christian is the second-consecutive Leftie to win the home run derby. Ron Brown did it last year, launching one after another into Puget Sound in Port Angeles.
Altenberger, Cole McKenzie, Jake Saum and Sam Wyatt will all take part in tonight’s West Coast League All-Star game in Bend. You can watch it on the Elks’ Facebook page.
Altenberger WCL Player of the Week
Ryan Altenberger has been selected as the Moss Adams Player of the Week in the West Coast League. Altenberger went 7-for-19 while scoring 9 runs with 9 RBIs this last week for Wenatchee. He has helped lead the AppleSox to an 8-4 record to begin the second-half of the season. The Illinois native is hitting .297 in 34 games so far this summer. The junior-to-be had a .259 batting average in 45 games this past spring for Xavier.
The West Coast League Pitcher of the Week is Kelowna’s Matt Voelzke. He only allowed one hit and had 12 strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work this last week. The Kelowna hurler is 2-0 with a 1.39 ERA in eight appearances this season. A talented two-way player for the Falcons, he has also appeared in 20 games this summer as an infielder.
Gonzales and Mariners top Rangers
Marco Gonzales shook off a couple rough innings to start and settled in for 7-frames to lead the Mariners past Texas 7-3 last night at T-Mobile Park…
The former AppleSox bounced back from a rough outing in Anaheim a week ago to improve to 11-and-8 on the season. Gonzales allowed 2-runs on 7-hits with 4-strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.
Rookie Austin Nola continues to swing a hot bat as he connected on a 3-run home run to put Seattle up for good in the 2nd inning. He finished 2-for-3 with 3-RBI’s. Kyle Seager also hit a solo home run in the 8th.
Seattle and Texas go at it again tonight at 7:10 with Tommy Milone facing the Rangers. Texas has not announced a starter for tonight’s game.
Houston scores 7 in 3rd and beats Oakland 11-1
Also in the American League West last night…
Yuli Gurriel and Aledmys Diaz each homered in a 7-run 3rd inning as Houston blasted Oakland 11-to-1. Gerrit Cole was the beneficiary on the mound, earning his 11th win, going 7-innings and allowing 1-run on 2-hits with 11 strikeouts.
Seahawks to start season without Reed
As the Seahawks prepare for Training Camp to officially get underway Thursday, they learned yesterday they’ll be without the services of a starting defensive tackle…
Seattle defensive tackle Jarran Reed has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
The violation stems from a 2017 domestic violence case in which Reed was accused of assault. Reed was not charged or arrested. However, the NFL’s personal conduct policy allows the league to punish players regardless of legal outcomes.
The Seahawks said in a statement that they have “followed league and law enforcement protocol since the alleged incident in April of 2017.”
In a statement posted to Twitter, Reed wrote that he “totally” disagrees with the NFL’s ruling but takes responsibility for the situation.