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On the night of August 5th Wenatchee’s Andre Real casually plopped a double into right field late in a game with the Victoria HarbourCats. As Real lumbered into second base he seemed unaware of the significance of what his most recent hit meant. That double set the AppleSox and WCL record for most doubles in a single season for a team. There had been so much media attention following Ryan Barr’s pursuit of the single season individual doubles record that almost nobody noticed a league record was about to be broken. However, there is very little that slips by AppleSox scorekeeper Bruce Bennett, who made AppleSox fans aware of the situation during one of his daily “Bruce Blurbs.”
Real’s double vs. Victoria was the AppleSox 94th of the season breaking a mark set by Wenatchee in 2011. While Ryan Barr’s league record tying effort of 18 certainly helped set the pace, Barr was not the only ‘Sox player to hit an impressive amount of doubles in 2013. All 3 of the WCL’s top doubles hitters were from Wenatchee: Barr (18), Spencer (14), Slavin (14). Keep in mind that the record for doubles in a single season for an AppleSox player coming into the season was 14 set by Zach Mandelblatt in 2007. Brett Stephens fell 1 shy of the record with 13 two-baggers of his own. In all, the AppleSox would finish the season with 99 doubles. Take a look at the chart below to see who helped the AppleSox to the WCL record.