Gene Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fair & Events Center
was buzzing on Tuesday.
The BlueJackets and Kelowna Falcons drew a season-high 1,109
fans to their West Coast League game, a 9-8 Kitsap victory. It, no
doubt, had a lot to do with the weather and Kitsap’s $2 Tuesday
promotion. General admission tickets are $2 on Tuesdays, That’s
also the cost of a domestic beer, or a soft drink and a hot dog.
There’s only one $2 Tuesday left — Aug. 3 against Wenatchee.
Here’s a look at league attendance figures.
The BlueJackets continue their push toward a postseason playoff
berth tonight in Hoquiam. Kitsap’s playing Kelowna in
the Ken Waite Classic, a fundraiser held in honor of the late Grays
Here’s a story from the The Daily World on the event, which
included a youth clinic.
A West Coast League game and youth baseball clinic will
compose the inaugural Ken Waite Classic, scheduled for Wednesday at
Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam.
The event will begin with a free youth clinic, scheduled from 2 to
3 p.m. It is open to boys and girls in the 5-12 age group.
The Kitsap BlueJackets from the Bremerton area and Kelowna Falcons,
from British Columbia, will then collide in a West Coast League
contest scheduled for 6 p.m. The West Coast League is a circuit for
Proceeds from the game will be divided between the Grays Harbor
College athletic program and the Humbabe Revolution, the charity
started by the Waite family in support of the Seattle Cancer Care
Former Aberdeen educator/coach and Grays Harbor College athletic
director Waite died of cancer in January, 2009.
Admission is $5 for adults. Children wearing baseball apparel will
be admitted free.
Interestingly, both head coaches for the West Coast League game
grew up in Aberdeen.
Kitsap coach Matt Acker is a former longtime coach at Green River
Community College. Kelowna coach Kevin Frady is the son of Corky
Frady, a former Harbor resident who, among other things, was a
radio broadcaster for area high school sports during the 1970s and
’80s. The younger Frady has been an assistant coach at
Although neither attended high school on the Harbor, both coaches
participated in youth camps that Waite conducted.
Acker said the idea for the benefit game came from Waite, who
shortly before his death asked the Kitsap coach about the
possibilities of staging a fundraising game for Grays Harbor
Both rosters are stocked liberally with Northwest college
Kitsap’s Chase Anselment, a member of the University of Washington
baseball team, leads the BlueJackets in most categories and was
batting .345 at last report.
Tanner Nielson, who played for Green River, was batting .324 in
limiting at bats.
Two other Green River products, Cody Hebner and David Macey, have
been among the Kitsap pitching standouts.
Kitsap’s roster also includes Tyson Schmitt, a Chehalis High
graduate who plays for Centralia College. Schmitt, however, is
reportedly out for the season with an injury.
Kelowna standouts include Gonzaga’s Tyler Chism, who is batting
.308, and Oregon’s Aaron Jones, who was batting .407 in limited
Kitsap and Kelowna players and coaches will help conduct the