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There were two pitcher’s duals going on simultaneously at extreme edges of the state last night. We’ll get to the one in Seattle in a moment, first we’ll head to Walla Walla. The Wenatchee AppleSox edged the Walla Walla Sweets 1-nothing to take two of three in the series last night. It was a night to strike, or be struck, as we hear from the “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman…

Joel Norman AppleSox Wrap 2021-07-23

Joel Norman AppleSox Wrap 2021-07-23

Utah’s Gavin Gorrell picked up his first win of the season in relief for Wenatchee, striking out 4 to give him 24 on the season in 22-innings.

AppleSox host Pippins tonight on NCWLIFE Channel

As Joel Mentioned, the AppleSox return home tonight for a huge series against the Yakima Valley Pippins at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium and we’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel. Eric Granstrom will have the play-by-play beginning at 6:30 with the pregame.

West Coast League Scoreboard

In other West Coast League action Thursday, at Civic Field in Port Angeles, Bryce Matthews’ 3-run home run highlighted a 4-run 5th inning for the Lefties to beat Ridgefield 9-8. Wes Chambers went deep for Ridgefield, who saw their 6-game winning streak snapped.

At Story Field, Michael Benz and three other pitchers combined on a 5-hit shutout of Portland in Cowlitz’s 2-nothing win.

At Yakima County Stadium, the Pippins completed a 3-game sweep of Bend with an 8-4 victory. The bottom of the order did the damage for Yakima Valley as Alex Shanks, Travis Holder and Aaron Plante each had 2-hits and combined for 5-RBI’s.

West Coast League Standings

As we look at the standings heading into the weekend, Wenatchee has a chance, with a sweep, to tie Yakima Valley atop the North Division. Since the Pippins won the 1st half title and if they win the second half as well, the team in the division with the 2nd-best overall record for the entire season would be the wild card team in the playoffs.

West Coast League North Division Standings

Right now, Bellingham has the second-best overall record in the North Division. Wenatchee and Walla Walla are 1-and-a-half games back of the Bells. Of course, this only matters if Yakima Valley repeats as champions of the 2nd half.

West Coast League Schedule

Here’s what’s on the schedule across the league tonight besides Yakima Valley at Wenatchee. Cowlitz visits Port Angeles. Bellingham hosts Ridgefield. Corvallis has a non-league game after getting the week off against Medford. And Walla Walla hosts Bend tonight at 7:05.

Manaea strikes out 13 in Oakland’s 4-1 win over Seattle

Earlier, we talked about a great pitching matchup on either side of the state. The other took place at T-Mobile Park where Seattle’s Chris Flexen faced Oakland’s Sean Manaea…

Oakland beats Seattle 4-1

Manaea was simply incredible, striking out a career-high 13 while earning his 7th win of the season…

Meanwhile, the only ball Seattle could seemingly get to came in the bottom of the 7th off the bat of Tom Murphy…

Chris Flexen took the loss, going 5-and-a-third while giving up 2-runs on 6-hits with 1-strikeout and 2-walks. Manager Scott Servais says you have to tip your cap to the work by Oakland’s starter…

The two teams meet again tonight at 7:10 with Yusei Kikuchi going up against Frankie Montas.

American League West Scoreboard

In other American League West play, Eric Haase, Zack Short and Victor Reyes all homered for Detroit as the Tigers beat Texas 7-to-5. The Tigers have won 7-straight.

Jack Mayfield’s 3-run home run was the difference for the Angels as Los Angeles beat the Twins in Minnesota 3-2.

Sounds shut down Austin FC on Ruidiaz incredible goal

And in MLS Soccer last night, the Seattle Sounders edged Austin FC 1-nil…

Sounds stop Austin 1-nil

Raúl Ruidíaz scored the game’s lone goal in the 67th minute to quiet a huge crowd on-hand in Texas…

GOLAZO: Raúl Ruidíaz scores a stunner from 40 yards vs Austin FC

GOLAZO: Raúl Ruidíaz scores a stunner from 40 yards vs Austin FC

The Sounders next match is Sunday at Sporting KC.