Despite struggles of Valleyite, Wenatchee finds itself in the middle of a playoff chase after key win on diamond

Good morning. With the heat expected to become a much bigger part of the weather for the remainder of this week – temperatures possibly in triple digits in the upper Valley from Wednesday to perhaps Friday (a little taste of Arizona in our own backyard, folks!) – a quick reminder to all of you that will want to head out on local rivers and lakes to cool off is to be careful. Even though it’s the end of July, the waters in some places are still being fed by mountain snowmelt so the water is going to be cold and it may be running a bit fast as well, so wear please wear proper safety gear if you will be out swimming this coming week.

Now to our diamond cuts this morning and we begin in college summer baseball.

Even though he’s been struggling, Mount Si High School grad Evan Johnson is in the thick of a playoff race with his Wenatchee Apple Sox. The West Cost League’s Sox moved to within a half-game of first place in the WCL’s North Division standings with an 8-5 win last night at home over Walla Walla. The win, combined with losses by division rivals Victoria and Bellingham, left Wenatchee in second place, just that half-game behind the Canadian-based HarbourCats, at 12-9 in the second-half schedule. Overall, the team is 27-21 on the season, and clinched no worse than a .500 record with last night’s victory, so regardless of the end results of the campaign, which will end this coming weekend, it has been a good one for the Sox and Johnson.

As for the Snoqualmie product, a senior-to-be at Northern Colorado this fall, he went hitless, 0-5, last night but is still hitting over .300 on the season.

The road to the postseason will not be an easy one. Wenatchee hosts the top team in the league, the Corvallis Knights, for three starting tomorrow (Corvallis is 30-18 overall on the season and is tied for first in the league’s South Division in the second half standings at 13-8), before finishing the season this weekend at Bellingham, potentially with a playoff spot on the line. And for Johnson, the history books will be on tap this week, as he seeks to break both the team and league season RBI marks – he tied the Wenatchee season RBI record on Saturday night with 48, and is just three away from doing the same across the entire 11-team league.

The three games against Corvallis tomorrow-Thursday are all 7:00 starts over at Wenatchee Valley College, then the weekend games are 6:30 starts Friday and Saturday up in Bellingham at Joe Martin Field, with a 3:00 start on Sunday.

We have one youth item this morning, with score and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

West Hills Vipers 9, Bellevue Honda 16U 1: Honda closed out its season yesterday down in Lacey with a loss to the Bremerton-based Vipers. Mount Si High School’s Will Caro was 0-1 for the Bellevue team in the contest.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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