The sun shone brightly on a season- high 7,089 fans at Seafirst Stadium on Friday. A bit too bright, in fact, for Southern Oregon left fielder Duane Filchner.
By the time the sun set, however, Filchner still had a radiant feeling. His three-run homer in the fifth inning started the A's on an 18-6 comeback win over the Spokane Indians.
Nothing appeared special about the starts David Newhan and Chris Nelson had on Wednesday.
Appearances, in this case, were deceiving.
Newhan drove in two runs with a single and solo homer and Nelson, in relief, struck out 10 batters in four innings as Southern Oregon nipped Spokane 4-3 in the first Northwest League game at Seafirst Stadium in a week.
An incredible July transported the Boise Hawks to last year's Northwest League baseball title.
Boise apparently didn't wish to wait until the seventh month this time around.
The Hawks, 7-2 this year, are already pulling away from most of the Southern Division.
William Roland thought his hit would carom off the wall. Jonathan Albrecht thought his 3-and-2 pitch with the bases loaded was too low.
In Spokane's five previous Northwest League baseball games, all losses, Roland and Albrecht's hunches might have proved correct.
On a whim, Bryan Coyle's girlfriend and her mother pointed their car toward Spokane on Saturday, delaying a return trip to Vancouver, Wash., from Yakima.
Coyle made their trip worthwhile, and assured that they were quickly back on the road.
Long before he infuriated/delighted millions of Americans, Rush Limbaugh worked for the Kansas City Royals' marketing department.
The Royals fired Limbaugh after five years, but talk radio and television provided better avenues for the conservative torchbearer.
Judging the transition of Northwest League baseball shouldn't take any longer than one night.
Portland, the eight-team league's new member, opens Thursday against visiting Eugene.
The Rockies have reportedly sold 18,000 tickets for the game, which marks their return to the NWL after 18 seasons. If true, Portland would shatter the single-date attendance mark of 10,208 set by the Spokane Indians in 1986.
Don't consult David Letterman's "Top-Ten List" for the names of 1995 Spokane Indians players. Through Tuesday, the Kansas City Royals haven't assigned any top-10 draft picks to Spokane's Northwest League team.
First baseman Mark Quinn, an 11th-round selection from Rice, is the highest drafted player Spokane is assured to receive.
The Royals are conducting contract negotiations with players selected in last week's amateur draft, so a top-10er may still make it to Spokane.
They won't find out immediately, but several amateur baseball players are fated to spend a summer in Spokane after the events of the next three days.
Major-league baseball's amateur draft begins today in New York and lasts through Saturday. The players who will stock the Spokane Indians and other short-season Class A teams come mainly from the three-day draft. Typically, the Indians and the other seven Northwest League teams lack players from the first three rounds or so. Those blue-chippers often end up in long-season A or Class AA.
Yet success at the NWL level doesn't rely on top-10 draft selections. Middle-round selections who have extra college experience can be perfect NWL prospects.
Something about Chewelah must bring out the best in 800-meter runners.
"We tried to talk Hayden (Kristianson) into running the 800 last year and she wouldn't do it," said Chewelah senior Chris Frizzel.
State A track
"Didn't she just get done running?" asked the puzzled security guard as Amie Poteet dashed away.
As a matter of fact, yes. Poteet ran 3,200 meters on Friday and didn't mind logging a few more.
They call Frank Sinatra the Chairman of the Board.
Maybe Kevin Frandsen can take the name Bored by the Chair.
Frandsen, University High School's boys track and field coach, came within an inch of big trouble last week during a Greater Spokane League meet at Rogers High School.