BlueJackets Draw 1,109 on Tuesday

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 Harbor legend.

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 college-aged players.
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 Alliance.
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 Kansas.

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 College.
Both rosters are stocked liberally with Northwest college products.
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 appearances.
Kitsap and Kelowna players and coaches will help conduct the clinic.

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