AppleSox Season Highlights with Joel Norman

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Joel Norman

Voice of AppleSox Shares His Season Highlights

WENATCHEE, WA – Joel Norman, voice of the AppleSox, stopped by earlier today to talk about his highlights of the summer of baseball for Wenatchee, starting with an unbelievable catch by a short-time AppleSox player at Portland…

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Norman will stay on through the fall and winter to help the AppleSox in sales and promotions. We’ll feature more of our discussion with Joel next week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Fall Prep Sports Season Starts Today

We’re still a few weeks away from another school year starting, but today is the first day of practice for area fall sports teams across North Central Washington. Pending the smoke, you may see area football teams begin practice for their first games in just 16-days as the grid iron season kicks off August 31st.

That also means we’re THAT much closer to our first broadcast of the fall sports season as we’ll feature Eastmont in its home opener against Wilson High School right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Corvallis Tops Kelowna in Game 1 of WCL Championship

Well, even though the AppleSox season is done, the West Coast League playoffs continue. Trace Tamaro’s 3-run home run highlighted an 8-run first inning as Corvallis took game one of the West Coast League Championship series from Kelowna 17-to-6 at Elks Stadium…
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The Knights brought 13 men to the plate in the first inning and chased Kelowna starter Isaac Olson after just a third of an inning, allowing 7-runs on 5-hits.

Beau Philip was 4-for-5 with 2-runs and 2-RBI’s while Chad Stevens was 4-for-6 with 3-runs and an RBI to lead Corvallis offensively as the Knights had 21-hits in the game.
The best-of-three series now shifts to Corvallis for Game 2 tomorrow night at 6:35pm.

Paxton Hit by Line Drive, Hernandez Subs, M’s Lose

Seattle’s chase of Oakland in the Wild Card race literally took a hit last night as James Paxton had to leave the game after being struck by a line drive in his pitching arm…
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Thankfully, the X-rays came back showing no broken bones, but Paxton will miss at least one start. Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez was called on from the bullpen for the first time in his career and went 5-and-two-thirds innings, allowing a two-run home run as Seattle lost 3-to-2.

The Mariners scored first in the top of the first when Nelson Cruz drove home Mitch Haniger with an RBI single. Marcus Simien tied it in the bottom of the 1st with a lead-off home run off Paxton. The A’s took the lead with a two-run shot by Jed Lowrie in the 3rd.

Robinson Cano made his return to Seattle’s lineup last night, hitting second in the lineup and playing first base. It was Cano’s first action since mid-May after serving an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy. Cano went 1-for-4 at the plate with a 3rd inning single.

The loss dropped Seattle 3-and-a-half games behind Oakland for the final Wild Card spot in the American League.

Houston Falls to Colorado, Lead in West Down to 1-Game

Let’s see what else happened in the American League West as the race gets tighter and tighter…
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Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead, 2-run home run against Justin Verlander to power the Rockies to a 5-1 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. It was Houston’s 9th consecutive loss at home. That, coupled with Oakland’s win over Seattle, and the A’s now trail the ‘Stros for first in the West by just a game!

Paul Goldschmidt and Alex Avila homered to lead Arizona to a 6-4 win at Texas.

Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 3-for-5 with a 2-run home run and three RBI’s to lead Los Angeles to a 7-3 win over the Padres in San Diego.