Thursday diamond cuts

Good Thursday morning. Baseball on this Thursday and we head up to Canada for our college summer coverage this morning, starting it off in Victoria, BC, where the Wenatchee AppleSox could not close out their divisional final series with the Victoria HarbourCats. Victoria rallied from a couple of early deficits and forced a deciding third game tonight on Vancouver Island.

The HarbourCats took the game 7-2 tying their best-of-three series with the Sox at 1-1 in the West Coast League’s playoff clash. A pair of Valleyites played for Wenatchee in this one – Fall City’s Justin Lutz went 0-4 while North Bend’s Spencer Marenco was 0-3 with a walk and run scored. Both are Mount Si High School grads, with Lutz graduating in 2017 and Marenco back in June of this year.

The third and deciding game of this series is tonight at 6:30 up at Wilson’s Group Stadium in downtown Victoria and will be broadcast live on YouTube. Those of you who were with us last night saw the live link to the Victoria broadcast, and we will be providing one again tonight for you. The winner of this series will meet the league’s other divisional champion, either the Walla Walla Sweets or Corvallis Knights, for the league title starting tomororw. Walla Walla barely survived last night, needing a six-run ninth-inning onslaught to rally from a late hole to stun Corvallis 9-4 and force a third game at Oregon State University tonight. If Corvallis wins, it’s likely they’ll end up with home field advantage with the best overall record in the league this year, so the North Division winner (Victoria or Wenatchee), if the playoff format from this round holds, will get game one tomorrow.

Good luck to the Sox and the other teams tonight.

We head east up the Trans-Canada Highway now over the Rockies into the Canadian prairies for our next item.

WCBL finals set: The Okotoks Dawgs will be facing the Regina Red Sox in the finals of the Western Canadian Baseball League college summer playoffs, this after Regina won the league’s Eastern Division title last night with a win over Swift Current. Okotoks, based in Calgary, AB, won the Western Division crown Tuesday night beating Lethbridge. Pitching matchups have not been announced, but look for 2014 Mount Si High School grad Tanner Simpson, he of North Bend and a recent grad of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, to start one of the games on the mound for the Dawgs. He is 2-2 this summer for Okotoks with a strong 2.61 earned run average, and is coming off a complete-game shutout in which he struck out 11 Edmonton Prospects to help the Dawgs win their first-round series with their Alberta provincial rivals last weekend.

Game one is tonight at 6:00 in Regina, and also can be seen on YouTube. We’ll have a link to that later on for you here. The series is best-of-three and finishes Saturday night.

From the college summer circuit now to the pros:

Minor Leagues
North Bend’s Lane gets work: Pitcher Trevor Lane, the 2012 Mount Si High School grad from North Bend, got another outing last night for the Trenton Thunder as the New York Yankees-affiliated class “AA” minor-league team rolled to an 8-1 win over the Akron RubberDucks, a Cleveland Indians affiliate, in Eastern League action in Akron, OH. Lane worked the ninth inning and it was perfect with no decision recorded, dropping his earned run average to 1.88. His ERA has been good all season, so his effort last night continued his strong performance in 2019. Lane is in his fourth season with the Yankee organization and was drafted by them back in 2016.

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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