Add Emerald Downs Opener to Weekly Planner

In a weekend post, I overlooked Emerald Down’s season opener on Friday. So here’s an updated weekly planner for a sports fan looking for something to do this week:

 

Tuesday: The Mariners home opener vs. the ALWest favored Los Angeles Angels , 3:40 p.m. Ichiro won’t play, but he should be available for the rest of the nine-game homestand, which includes games Wednesday and Thursday against the Angels and three-game series against Detroit (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) and Tampa Bay (April 21-23). Are the M’s, off to a 5-2 start, for real?

 

Wednesday: Olympia at Central Kitsap baseball, 4 p.m., in a battle of Narrows League powers. If you want to watch some quality high school baseball, it’s not going to get much better than this. CK, deep at every position, visits Olympia, a perennial powerhouse, on Monday.

 

Friday: South Kitsap grad Aaron Cunningham and the Sacramento River Cats will be in Tacoma for the Rainiers’ 7:05 p.m. home opener. Sacramento’s the Oakland A’s affiliate and the the Rainiers are the Mariners’ Triple A farm club. This marks Tacoma’s 50th season in the PCL. For a look at their roster, check out this Tacoma News Tribune report, which points out that the Rainiers are over-stocked with first basemen on their roster. Here’s the Rainiers’ season schedule.

And don’t forget Emerald Downs, which is set for its 14th season fo racing. The ponies will be off and running on Friday at the Auburn track. Wasserman, the 2008 Longacres Mile winner, and 2007 Mile winner The Great Face, are tentatively set to run in Friday’s featured $20,000 allowance race. Post time for the first race is at 6 p.m. Forty new LCD TVs — five after every race — will be given away. You can find the season schedule here.
 

Saturday: Poulsbo’s Ryan Villopoto returns to Qwest Field with the AMA Supercross series, this time riding a 450cc. Villopoto’s missed the past four races with a virus, but was cleared to start riding again and should be ready to go in Seattle. The two-time Supercross lites champion was up to fourth in the points race before the illness and is now ninth. Here’s the points leaders coming into Seattle.

And if you want to stay closer to home, check out the South Kitsap Invitational, a track and field meet where many of our local athletes will be competing. The all-day affair gets started at 10 a.m.

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