Good time to catch a Pumas game and more: Ackley, Charlie, Jackets etc.

* Pumas need you: I know there are a lot of folks out there who have had the itch, but for whatever reason haven’t been to a Pumas’ game yet. Now’s the time to go. It’s a great intimate setting at Memorial Stadium, the weather is supposed to be gorgeous and the hometown guys would really appreciate your support as they try to win a national PDL championship. Yeah, a national championship.

Kitasp plays the Thunder Bay Chill at 7:30 p.m on Friday. The Laredo Heat and Long Island Rough Riders play the 4:30 p.m. semifinals. The championship game is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. These are the best four teams in the 64-team league. Tickets are reasonable: $10 for adults, $5 for youth 4-15.  And you can get a weekend pass for $15 (adults) and $10 (youth) for all three games by going online at kitsapsoccerclub.com.

* Happy birthday Troy: Troy Kelly turned 33 on Tuesday. Born in Tacoma, but raised in Kitsap County, Kelly is playing in the Nationwide Tour’s Cox Classic in Omaha this week. He’s still seeking his first win on that tour, but is No. 4 in earnings with $208,559. He’s had two seconds and a third and two other top 25 finishes in 10 events.
* Sorry Charlie: I’m been a supporter of Charlie Whitehurst, but if there’s a knock against Whitehurst it’s his ability to be a leader. He doesn’t come across as a charasmatic player, someone that can rally the troops. I like his arm, and his coolness and all of that, but, as a source close to the team told me, Whitehurst could be released. Paying $4 million for a backup might be a little steep and the Hawks seem committed to Tarvaris Jackson. So don’t be surprised if they bring in a J.P. Losman or another veteran to serve as the backup.

* Ackley looking good: Terry Benish, a contributing blogger (Peabody) about all things baseball, especially the Mariners, had an interesting post about Dustin Ackley. His OPS (on-base plus slugging)  percentage is .942. How’s it compare to the other top second baseman in the AL?

 1. Ackley .942
2. Pedroia .893
3. Zobrist .873
4. Cano .844
5. Kendrick .807
6. Kinsler .780

I’m not a big numbers guy, but Ackley’s numbers don’t lie. The kid can play. Like I said the other day, as bad as the M’s have been, you gotta like what they’ve got going up the middle with Ackley at second and Dustin Ryan at shortstop. What Ryan did the other day, going to third on an infield single, doesn’t show up in the stat sheets, but heads-up plays like that win games.

* New course: Salish Cliffs Golf Club at Little Creek Casino in Shelton is scheduled to open next month. The exact date hasn’t been announced. The par-72 layout will play at 7,264 yards, longer than the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain.

* Tripleheader Friday: Did you see where the Central Kitsap School District has scheduled a tripleheader for football’s opening day on Sept. 2? Olympic plays Fife at 1 p.m., Klahowya takes on Steilacoom at 4 p.m. and Central Kitsap and Eastlake play at 7 p.m. Good move. Spokane used to do it all of the time at Joe Albi Stadium.

* BlueJackets winding down: Only three more chances to watch the Kitsap BlueJackets at home this summer. They play Klamath Falls Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There’s gonna be a surprise at Monday night’s game. If you’ve been a fan of BlueJackets’ baseball the last seven years, you might want to show up. Sorry, I can’t elaborate.

 

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