Diamond cuts from the West Coast League on this Thursday…..

Good Thursday morning.

Diamond cuts on this Thursday and we have news from Wenatchee. The West Coast League’s AppleSox are headed to the playoffs, and joining them could be a trio, yes a trio, of Mount Si High School graduates.

The Sox blanked the visiting Ridgefield Raptors last night 5-0 at home in Wenatchee while Port Angeles fell to Victoria again, giving Wenatchee a playoff berth. The Sox and HarbourCats are tied in the league’s second-half standings at 17-6 in the second half, but with Victoria having already won the first-half title, the next-best team would get the berth, and in this case Wenatchee being that team, they get it. The Sox and ‘Cats are both 5 1/2 games ahead of Port Angeles with four games left in the regular season.

As you know, both Gavin Gorrell and Justin Lutz, who graduated from Mount Si in 2017, are with the Sox, but joining them late yesterday – and actually getting the start at second base last night – is June MSHS alum Spencer Marenco, who signed with Wenatchee after finishing his season with the Bellevue-based club team Boys of Summer 18U Blue. The Sox, as you may know, are coached by Kyle Krustangel, who will be Marenco’s college coach next spring over at Yakima Valley Community College, so the opportunity here for Marenco to get to know his new college coach and see how he does things is certainly going to be invaluable as we noted last night when we first broke this for you here.

Lutz, from Fall City and bound for Montana State-Billings this fall, went 1-2 playing right field while Marenco, from North Bend, saw play briefly in the first inning and made a nice defensive play to nail a runner at second base, but then was lifted without getting an at-bat. We’re told he’s likely to play tonight for Wenatchee then perhaps again this weekend when the Sox are down in Corvallis, OR, taking on the Knights to close out the regular season. Gorrell, also from North Bend, is not slated to pitch again until this weekend.

Wenatchee and Ridgefield wrap this one up tonight at 6:30 over at Wenatchee Valley College and then it’s off to Corvallis then the playoffs. Good stuff and we wish the Sox luck.

Also, elsewhere last night in the league:

Gavin’s cousin delivers for Pippins: Gavin Gorrell’s cousin Grant, who started the season with Wenatchee but is now with the division rival Yakima Valley Pippins, hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to make a statement this season. Well, he did that last night.

He went 2-3, his first two-hit game as far as we know of the summer, and also walked once, but despite all that, the Pippins could not hold an early 4-0 lead and fell down in Longview to the Cowlitz Black Bears 5-4 at Lower Columbia College.

Grant, who will team with Gavin at Boise State University this fall, is catching for the Pippins, who have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for awhile now, currently 8-16 in the WCL second-half schedule. YVP is at Cowlitz to finish their series tonight then wraps the season this weekend facing their division rival Walla Walla Sweets over at Yakima County Stadium.

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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