Valleyite Johnson moves into tie for league’s RBI lead, but his Wenatchee team sees playoff hopes crumble in dramatic fashion, plus news from the pitch

Good Monday morning. Quick note from your editor and that is with our summer coverage schedule wrapping up with no more youth baseball and softball action of note, we’re probably going to be a bit light on news items this week so be aware of that. Illustrating how light it is, we have just one this morning, and it’s a tough one for one local college baseball athlete.

Despite a 1-4 effort from Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson that saw him drive in two runs and move into a tie for top spot in the West Coast League’s season RBI race, the Wenatchee Apple Sox last night saw their postseason hopes dashed in the worst possible way – a walk-off hit.

Bellingham’s Kyle Stowers singled with two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, scoring teammate Austin Shenton with the game-winning run, completing a comeback from down 4-0 and giving the Bells a stunning 5-4 win at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham that kept them alive for the postseason and knocked the Sox out. Johnson, a 2014 Mount Si High School grad, now has 54 RBI’s on the season, a new Wenatchee club record, and is tied for that top spot with Kelowna’s Taylor Wright.

Thanks to last week’s smoke problems in Wenatchee that forced cancellation and subsequent move of the series between the Sox and Corvallis, the two teams were only able to make up two of three games, with the third being left open incase playoff tiebreakers required it. Well, even though the Sox are out, they play tonight anyway that third game as the result will determine whether the Bells or divisional rival Victoria goes to the playoffs from the WCL’s North Division. The game is in Wenatchee at 7:00, and Johnson will need just one more RBI to win the league’s RBI crown.

The Sox will also be looking for their 30th win of the season in tonight’s clash.

The game will be available on the TuneIn app on your phones or on the web at www.tunein.com. Search KCSY-FM and you can catch the game this evening there.

Also this morning:

Soccer: Despite Valley player’s contribution, Sky Blue falls in NWSL action
The New York/New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC pro women’s soccer team fell at home in Piscataway, NJ, this past Friday night, 4-1, to the visiting Washington (DC) Spirit, dropping SBFC under .500 on the season at 7-8-2 on the season.

2008 Mount Si High School grad Nikki Stanton, from North Bend, started in the midfield for Sky Blue in the contest and worked 66 minutes, firing one shot on goal, but recording no goals.

Sky Blue heads down to Florida this weekend for a game Saturday against the Orlando Pride.

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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