AppleSox and Mariners Suffer Thursday Night Defeats

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Bells Beat Sox 10-4

Bells Down ‘Sox 10-4, M’s Fall to Angels 11-2

WENATCHEE, WA – It seemed like LAST night was Friday the 13th for both the AppleSox and Mariners as both lost badly in their baseball games. Wenatchee committed four errors and allowed 6 unearned runs in a 10-4 loss to the Bellingham Bells…
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The only good news on this sour night was that Wenatchee’s Matt Morenco, Connor McCord and Evan Williams each had two-hit nights and Isaac Barrera drove in two runs.

Michael Spellacy took the loss on the mound, going five innings and allowing 3-runs (no earned runs) on 6-hits with 6 strikeouts. Carson Olson was the winner for the Bells, relieving in the 5th and allowing a run on a hit with three walks.

The AppleSox hope for better luck in Bellingham now as the home-and-home series shifts to Joe Martin Field. First pitch tonight is at 6:35.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the West Coast League last night…
WCL SCORES
Victor Cerny’s RBI-double in the bottom of the 9th gave Yakima Valley a 7-6 win over Corvallis at Yakima County Stadium. The Pippins took two of three from the Knights in the series.

Kaiser Weiss’s two-run double highlighted a 4-run 7th as the Bend Elks won at Kelowna 8-to-6.

Michael Newstrom and three relievers held Walla Walla to a three-hit shutout as Portland Pounded the Sweets 12-nothing. Gio Diaz also shined at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a 2-run home run.

And Port Angeles used a 7-run 5th inning to beat Highline in non-league action 9-to-6.

On the West Coast League Schedule tonight…
WCL SCHED
Port Angeles gets back into league play with the first of three at Corvallis. Cowlitz hosts Victoria. There you see Wenatchee at Bellingham. Bend takes on Yakima Valley. Kelowna travels to Portland. And in a non-league game, Walla Walla hosts the River City Athletics.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Hosts 2-Nights of Racing

Tonight starts a busy weekend of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…
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It’s the Jerry’s Auto Supply Thunder in the Valley tonight and tomorrow up at Fancher featuring the WESCO Winged Sprint Cars; the WILROC/ISRL Non-winged Sprint Cars; Northwest Focus Midgets; Can-Am Early Stock Old Timer Challenge; West Coast Vintage; and the WMRA. The heat races start at 4:30 tonight and tomorrow night.

Also coming up this weekend on the sports calendar…
WEEKEND
The Wenatchee Senior Softball league his hosting its year-end tournament at Walla Walla Point Park tomorrow and Sunday.

The “Hot Dams” women’s softball tournament will be Saturday and Sunday at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park.

And for boating enthusiasts, the Lake Chelan Poker Run is this weekend, hosted by the Lake Chelan Boating Club. There’s a show and shine to see many of the 62 registered boats in downtown Manson tonight. Then tomorrow, the teams will race the entire length of Lake Chelan, picking up poker tickets at various stops for a chance at winning cash and prizes. This is also a note to boaters on Lake Chelan to be on the lookout for fast-running, cigar-type boats tomorrow on the water.

Back Stiffness Costs Paxton and Mariners Loss to Halos

James Paxton lasted just 2/3rds of an inning, allowing two home runs in the process, as the Mariners fell to the Angels 11-2 last night…
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Team trainers walked Paxton off the mound and concern immediately went to whether “Big Maple” was injured. Manager Scott Servais said it was just a back issue…
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Meanwhile, Albert Pujols tied Ken Griffey, Jr. in career home runs at 630 with two round-trippers last night. Los Angeles finished with 15-hits in the game, four of which home runs.

The game got so out of whack that utility man Andrew Romine pitched the 8th inning. Dee Gordon and Denard Span each had two hits as the Mariners lost for the 5th time in their past 8 games.

Seattle limps towards the All Star break with the first of three interleague games with Colorado tonight as Christian Bergman starts against Antonio Senzatela at 5:40.

Also in the American League West last night as we open the Les Schwab Scoreboard…
AL WEST
Oakland scored 6-unanswered runs to come from behind to beat Houston 6-to-4 at Minute Maid Field. The A’s took three of four from the Astros to improve to 53-and-41 on the season, creeping to within 8 of Houston and 5 of Seattle in the A-L West.