Long leads ‘Sox past Lefties

Sox Top Lefties 7-3

Ryan Long was brilliant Tuesday, striking out 9 Lefties over seven, scoreless innings as Wenatchee beat Port Angeles 7-3…

AppleSox top Port Angeles 7-3

Long, a six-six, 180-pound sophomore at Pamona-Pitzer College, hit the first batter of the game but then settled down to strike out at least one hitter over each of his seven innings.

Offensively, Cole McKenzie knocked the ball around the park with three hits in five plate appearances and score three times. Quinn Ayers and Hunter Montgomery also collected two hits in the Wenatchee 13-hit night.

It was Wenatchee’s first road win of the season as the AppleSox improved to 5-and-8 while the Lefties fell to 6-and-7. Game two of the three-game set is tonight at 6:35 with Henrik Reintersen going up against Dwayne Angebrandt.

Ridgefield continues winning ways

Also in the West Coast League last night as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

West Coast League Scoreboard

Dusty Garcia was 2-for-4 including a 2-run home run to lead Ridgefield to a 12-4 win at Cowlitz. The Raptors collected 19-hits in the game with three-each by Aaron Zavala and Grayson Sterling.

Andy Atwood was 3-for-5 with 5-RBI’s to lead Corvallis to a 14-5 win over Bellingham. The Knights also got three hits apiece from Jake Harvey and Brooks Lee.

Patrick Caulifield’s 3-run home run in the 5th inning was the difference as Walla Walla topped Portland 3-2. Ty Hueckman combined with five Sweet pitchers to strike out 11 Pickles and hold Portland to 2-runs on 6-hits.

Nick Nygard and Gage Walla combined on a 5-hit shutout of Yakima Valley in Kelowna’s 3-nothing victory Tuesday. The Falcons managed only 4-hits in the game but scored in each of the final three innings for the win.

Victoria feasted on Bend pitching with 21-hits in a 17-7 win at Royal Athletic Park. Frankie Niemann led the attack, going 5-for-5 with 2-runs and 4-RBI’s as the HarbourCats improved to 8-and-5.

Bells and HarbourCats lead division

Here’s what the current standings look like in the WCL North…

West Coast League North Standings

Bellingham and Victoria are now tied for first place at 8-and-5. Yakima Valley is 3rd at 6-and-6 while Port Angeles is 4th at 6-and-7. Then you have the AppleSox, 3-games out of first place and Kelowna, last at 3-and-8.

BJ Kuntz says many challenges lie ahead as the new Assistant Director of the WIAA

A big challenge facing BJ Kunts in her new job as Assistant Director of the WIAA is dwindling resources for member schools. She she may not have the answers, but is hopeful for the future…

Kuntz found out about landing her new job a week ago and the phone’s been ringing off the hook ever since…

Leaving her Alma matter where she’s worked since 1996 as a teacher and volleyball coach, and most-recently as the Dean of Students, Kuntz says leaving is not easy…

We’ll have more on our discussion with BJ Kuntz on her goals for the WIAA tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Royals run over Seattle pitching in 9-0 win

Whit Merrifield hit a 3-run home run in the 4th and a 2-run bomb in the 8th with 6-RBI’s to lead Kansas City past Seattle 9-nothing…

Kansas City tops Seattle 9-0

Meanwhile on the mound, Homer Bailey pitched 7-and-two-thirds innings of no-runs, 5-hits and 6-strikeouts to earn the victory. Seattle was held to just six hits in the game.

Yusei Kikuchi continued his struggles, going five innings and allowing 6-runs on 9-hits including two home runs. His record is now 3-and-5 on the season.

The two teams play the rubber match of the three-game set this afternoon at 3:40 when Marco Gonzales goes to the mound against the Royal’s Brad Keller.

Angels top Toronto 3-1

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

American League West Scoreboard

Tyler Skaggs worked 7-and-one-third innings of 1-run, 3-hit ball to lead the Angels past Toronto 3-1. Cole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin each hit solo homers for Los Angeles, as the Halos improved to 37-and-37 on the season.

Cincinnati scored three runs in the first inning off Justin Verlander and held on to beat Houston 3-2. All three Reds runs were solo homers off Verlander, whose record fell to 9-and-3 on the season.

Jake Bauers was 3-for-5 with a home run to lead Cleveland past Texas 10-3.
Ramon Laureano went 4-for-5 including a 3-run home run as Oakland exploded for 16-runs on 15-hits in its 16-2 pounding of Baltimore. Laureano’s was one of the Athletics’ 6 home runs on the day.