Saturday, August 13, 2011

Game 1 Success

Walla Walla @ Wenatchee (Game 2)

- The Sweets have just arrived in Wenatchee and are preparing for game two of the East Divisional Playoff with the Wenatchee Applesox.
- In the first playoff game in team history, the Sweets pounded out 14 hits and scored 9 runs to win 9-4.  A four-run third erased a 1-0 deficit and a three-run sixth put the final touches on the big win.
- The win moves Walla Walla within one game of their first-ever appearance in the West Coast League Championship round.
- Chance Kopacz, Alex Stanford and Kalani Brackenridge all had three hits for the Sweets.  Kopacz has now hit in five-straight games, including three multi-hit games.  In that span he has two doubles, a triple and a home run.
- It was the ninth time that Stanford has had three hits in a game this summer and Brackenridge's second, the first since a three-hit game on July 5.
- Kopacz also made several excellent defensive plays in right field.  He made a leaping over the should catch, pulled back a home run in right-center and made a sliding catch.
- Ryan Richardson allowed back-to-back hits to start the game, a triple and double, but rebounded and allowed just one other hit until the eighth inning. He earned the first victory in Sweets playoff history.
- Tim Culligan, WW's game two starter, was a member of last year's championship team in Wenatchee and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in a 5-2 Wenatchee loss against Bend.
- The right-hander was 4-3 on the summer but the Sweets were 7-3 when he pitched.  He's given up eight runs over his last 12 innings after allowing just one in the previous 22.

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