Author: Larry Read
KAMLOOPS, BC—The Wenatchee AppleSox sliced through the Kamloops NorthPaws as the two teams locked horns in a WestCoast League three game series at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium.
The AppleSox moved to 14-4 on the season as they swept the NorthPaws who drop to 4-14.
The series started a day late (Wednesday, June 21) after the opening game was rained out on Tuesday (June 20).
Wenatchee won the opening game 3-0 before taking both ends of a doubleheader on Thursday (June 22) . The scores were 9-6 in the first game and 9-5 in the second.
The NorthPaws will now hit the road for their longest road trip of the West Coast League season. The seven-game trip will begin in Corvallis against the Knights on June 24th and wind up at Elks Stadium in Kelowna, BC on Friday, June 30th.
The AppleSox are off until Tuesday, June 27 th when they entertain the Port Angeles Lefties.
Wenatchee and Kamloops have a rematch series set for Washington State. The games go July 7-9th.
A reminder that all West Coast League games are available via their website: https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/
Wednesday, June 21, 2023: AppleSox 3 NorthPaws 0
708 Fans were on hand for the first ever “Military Appreciation Night.” Wenatchee scored all their runs in the sixth inning. Two came off the bat of designated hitter Easton Amundson. The resident of Nampa, Idaho hit a two-run homer. He was 1-4 on the night with a run scored as well as the two runs batted in. Teammate Mason Strong (Santa Clara, UH) was 2-4 with a run batted in .
Kamloops was led by right fielder Tyler Glowacki (San Diego, CA). He was 2-4.
The combo of Quincy Vasser (Brewster, WA) and Cam Hoiland (Renton, WA) combined on a two hitter. Vasser evened his record at 1-1 on the year going six innings. He struck out five and walked two. Hoiland pitched the final three for his first save. He gave up a hit, walked three and struck out one. Tyrelle Chadwick (Kamloops, BC) was tagged with his second loss of the season. He was the first of three NorthPaws pitchers. Chadwick went five and a third, surrendering three runs, four hits, walking two and fanning five batters.
The game marked the season debut of Kamloops first baseman Robin Villeneuve (Gatineau, QC). He was 0-4 with two strikeouts.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598682
Thursday, June 22, 2023-Game 1: AppleSox 9 NorthPaws 6
The AppleSox came out strong scoring four runs in the top of the first inning and added deuces in the second and third.
Kamloops cut the deficit to 4-2 after the first inning and were down 6-3 after two innings. The NorthPaws cut the deficit to fours runs with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth and added one more in the bottom of the seventh.
Third baseman Marcus Harrison (Chandler, AZ) went 3-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored. Catcher Josh Williams (Clovis, CA) was 2-3 with three runs scored. Amundson and designated hitter Austin Ohland (Maple Valley, WA) were both 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
For Kamloops, they were led by centerfielder Jude Hall (Chilliwack, BC) who was 2-4 with two runs scored. Drew Giannani (Tracy, CA) was 2-3 with two RBI. Glowacki scored two runs and was 1-3.
The Paws debuted Bennett Freiter behind the plate. He was 0-3 in the game offensively.
Sammamish, Washington resident Bryce Johnson was the winning pitcher for Wenatchee. He threw four innings of three hit ball, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking two for his first victory of the West Coast League campaign.
NorthPaws starter Griffin Almond (Thornbury, ON) pitched two innings. He gave up seven runs on six hits, walking three and striking out two as he took the loss to see his season record drop to 2-1.
Kamloops stranded seven runners to Wenatchee’s six.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=601742
Thursday, June 22, 2023-Game 2
The NorthPaws battled back after being down 9-3 at one point in this contest. Wenatchee drew first blood with three runs in the third. With it 4-2 AppleSox, they added two in the fifth and three more in the top of the seventh inning.
Toby Haarer (Scottsdale, AZ) started on the hill for Wenatchee and went four innings for the victory. He had a four hitter with five strikeouts and a walk as he moved to 2-1 on the year. Hayden Walker (Albuquerque, NM) was one of five NorthPaws pitchers. Walker started and went four and two thirds with four strikeouts, eight hits, gave up six runs and walked four. His record drops to 1-2.
The AppleSox were led offensively by designated hitter Franke Carney (San Diego, CA) and centerfielder Josh Williams (Clovis, CA). Both were 2-5. Carney had two runs scored while Williams had two runs batted in and a run scored. Nick Putnam (Danville, CA) was 1-2 with two runs scored. Second baseman Sebastian David (Medina, Wash) was 3-4 with a run scored.
For Kamloops, Jude Hall (Chilliwack, BC) was 2-3 with a run scored. Giannini was 2-3 while Cooper Neville (Glendale, AZ) was two for two with a run scored.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598683
NORTHPAWS INFIELDER COOPER NEVILLE (GLENDALE, AZ):
“The only thing missing is putting it all together. We have really good pitching one day and then really good hitting another day. Once we all start moving together, we should see better results. Obviously it is a bit disheartening losing six games in a row.”
NEXT UP FOR THE NORTHPAWS:
After a day off, the North Paws will hit the road for series against Corvallis, Portland and one game with the Kelowna Falcons at Elks Stadium. Next home game for Coach Keith Francis’ crew will be Canada Day ( Saturday, July 1) against those same Falcons. The same two teams will do battle on Sunday, July 2nd as well. Opening pitch Canada Day is 6:35 PM. Sunday’s tilt has a 2:05 PM start time.
If you can’t make the games, they are all webcast on https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/ . Some home games will also be shown on Shaw TV in Kamloops (Cable 10 or 105 with Blue Curve).
The Molson’s Tailgate Party is hoppin’ before every NorthPaws home game. It runs Tuesday through Saturday 5-630 PM. The Party runs Sundays noon-1 PM. Hotdogs and a Pilsner are sold for $ 12.00 plus tax.