Monday, June 27, 2011

Hello from Canada

The Sweets have successfully made it across the border into Canada.  The team left Corvallis at 4 a.m. on Monday morning, stopped in Seattle to switch bus drivers and arrived in Kelowna, B.C. at 4 p.m.  After a quick bite to eat, the team arrived at Elks Stadium at 5 p.m., just in time to warm-up and play catch.  It was the definition of show-and-go.

While the outcome was not in their favor, the players competed for nine innings and are showing signs of coming together as a team.  The trip has been a great way for the players to connect with one another and even with the losses, they should come home as more of a TEAM.

As far as the 12-hour bus ride goes, that was very interesting.  Most of the team, I think I was the only one that didn't, fell asleep on the bus for the first four hours or so of the trip.  Once passed Seattle, there were magnificent sites to see as we drove through the mountains.  Kelowna is a gorgeous town and we are looking forward to checking out the waterfront as a team tomorrow during the morning.  Kevin Hawk, a Falcon in 2010, has told us many a great story about the city of Kelowna and its many treasures.

Now, onto baseball...

Walla Walla- 5-11

- The Sweets dropped out of 2nd place in the East Division with their 7th straight loss and Bellingham's victory.  The Bells are 6-13 and a half game ahead of the Sweets.
- Walla Walla's seven-straight losses are one shy of the longest losing streak last year.
- Ryan Richardson has yet to walk a batter in 22 total innings this summer.  He has struck out 14 and allowed 19 hits.
- The Sweets are in the bottom three of both hitting (8th, .202), pitching (8th, 3.65) and fielding (7th, .955). 
- Despite hitting just .185, Brenton Allen has a .450 on-base percentage thanks to a team-high 10 walks.

Kelowna- 4-15
- The Falcons snapped a six-game losing streak with their victory on Sunday.
- Last year, the Falcons and Sweets split their six games.  W2 took two-of-three in Kelowna and the Falcons took two-of-three at Borleske.
- It was the 2nd shutout of the summer for the Falcons.  They shut out Kitsap 5-0 on June 15.
- During their six-game losing streak, all six losses came by three runs or less.

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