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PLU Trio Enjoying Summer Ball Success

Outfielder Josh Takayoshi.
Outfielder Josh Takayoshi.

A trio of Pacific Lutheran seniors to be - Trey Watt, Josh Takayoshi and Robert Bleecker - are enjoying success for separate West Coast League teams in regional amateur baseball.

Takayoshi and Bleecker will see each other in the upcoming league playoffs. Takayoshi plays oufield for the Wenatchee AppleSox, who just repeated as WCL East Division champions. Bleecker pitches for the Kelowna Falcons, who placed second in the East Division. Wenatchee and Kelowna meet in a best-of-three series starting Aug. 11 for the right to advance to a three-game championship playoff against the winner of the West Division showdown between the Corvallis Knights and Bend Elks. Corvallis is the defending West Coast League champion.

Takayoshi is second on the Wenatchee team with a .311 batting average and leads the club with 32 runs, while Bleecker has a 1-1 record and a 3.79 earned run average in five appearances, including two starts. 

Watt was the staff ace for the Kitsap BlueJackets, finishing his season with a 6-3 record and a paltry 1.43 earned run average. Watt held opponents to a .212 batting average while leading his team with 10 starts. Watt had nearly one-third of his team's wins as the BlueJackets finished with a 19-25 record. 

All three Pacific Lutheran players earned first team all-conference honors a year ago and all will return as the Lutes attempt to win their third NWC title in four years.

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