AppleSox Down Bears 8-3, Mariners Hold on Against Rays

AppleSox Down Bears

AppleSox Beat Bears 8-3, Now Face Pickles

WENATCHEE, WA – The Wenatchee AppleSox completed its first home stand of the season with an 8-3 win over the Highline Bears last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field…
Wenatchee took advantage of five walks by Highline starting pitcher Connor Bensen and chased him after just one inning. The ‘Sox scored 1 in the first, 2 in the second and three in the third, highlighted by a 2-run double by centerfielder Taylor Poffenroth…

Voice of the AppleSox Joel Norman there with the play-by-play and video courtesy of the SkyFi Network. On the mound for Wenatchee, Tyson Yamane (yuh-MAHN-ee) earned the victory, going 7-innings and allowing just 1-run on 5-hits with 3 strikeouts.

Wenatchee improved its overall record to 4-and-2 with the win and now hit the road for a seven game trip through Oregon. They’ll begin tonight in Portland for the first of three with the expansion Portland Pickles.

Also in the West Coast League last night as we turn to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…
Yakima Valley downed Victoria 5-2 and Connor Mack’s walk-off, RBI-single in the 11th inning gave Bellingham a 2-1 win over Corvallis.

So the Bells and Lefties share the top spot in the West Coast League’s North Division with Wenatchee a half-game back. Victoria and Yakima Valley are a game back while Kelowna is 1-and-a-half games out of first.

72 West Coast League Players Selected in MLB Draft

According to a release from the West Coast League, 72 alums and current players in the WCL were selected in this week’s Major League Baseball Draft. Former Corvallis Knights infielder Nick Madrigal of Oregon State was the 4th overall pick in the first round, the highest WCL alum selection ever in the MLB June draft.

Wenatchee alum Hugh Smith was taken in the 5th round by the Detroit Tigers. Also, former AppleSox Drew Rasmussen was selected in the 6th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. For a complete rundown and to see the seven other AppleSox selected in the draft, go to west coast league dot com.

Seattle Hangs on to Beat Tampa Bay 5-4

It got interesting in the 9th, but the Seattle Mariners held on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays last night 5-4 in St. Petersburg, Florida…
Seattle starting pitcher Mike Leake was lights out for 8-innings but gave up a lead-off double in the 9th. Alex Colome came on in relief and gave up a three-run double before finally coaxing the final out to secure the win.

Leake improved to 6-and-3 with the win, going 8-innings, allowing 2-runs on 8-hits with 3 strikeouts and Manager Scott Servais couldn’t be happier about his performance…

Denard Span and Mitch Haniger each hit solo home runs to help give Seattle the early lead.

David Freitas got the start behind the plate to rest Mike Zunino and came through with a hit to continue a 3-run rally in the 3rd. Servais said he continues to be a nice surprise…

Seattle and Tampa Bay play again today at 4:10 with Marco Gonzalez going up against Wilmer Font.

Mariners Lead AL-West By 1-Game Over Houston

The Mariners were not able to gain in the American League West as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard again…
Houston took down Texas 5-2 and Oakland got by Kansas City 4-1. Los Angeles had the night off. So Seattle’s lead in the West is still a game over the Astros while the Angels are 4-and-a-half games back. The A’s are 7-and-a-half games out of first place.

Weekend Features Rams Football Saturday

There’s plenty going on in the valley on our weekend sports calendar…
It begins with Wenatchee Youth Baseball hosting a tournament for 9U and 10U teams are various sites today through Sunday.

The Grip It & Rip It men’s softball tournament gets underway today and goes through Sunday at Walla Walla Point park.

The Women will be busy at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park with the Riverball Tournament tomorrow and Sunday.

The Wenatchee Rams are off to a great start in Western Washington Football Alliance play with a 3-and-oh start. They’ll be hosting the Northwest Hurricanes Saturday night at 6 at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.

The same venue will turn over to women’s soccer Sunday as the NCW Alliance FC hosts Blackhills FC at 2 o’clock.