The Wenatchee AppleSox will begin their quest for a third straight West Coast League Championship Friday night, opening a three-game series in the Divisional Round with the Walla Walla Sweets.
The AppleSox have home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, putting game one of the series at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla on Friday night. The series will then move to Wenatchee for game two on Saturday and, if necessary, game three will also be played in Wenatchee on Sunday. Tickets to Saturday’s home game are available now by clicking here or can be purchased at the stadium when the ticket box opens an hour before game time.
First pitch for every game of the series is set for 7:05 pm. The winner of the series will advance to the WCL Championship and play the winner of the Corvallis/Bend series.
University of Kentucky lefty Alex Phillips will get the start for the AppleSox in game one of the series. Phillips is 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA. The Sweets will counter with Ryan Richardson. The Campbellsville University junior finished the year with the lowest ERA in the WCL at 1.53 and a 3-3 record.
The two teams, in honor of their names, are making a good natured bet. The AppleSox owner/general manager Jim Corcoran has wagered a box of apples from the Wenatchee Valley with Sweets general manager Zachary Fraser, who is countering with a box of Walla Walla Sweet onions. Corcoran said “our apples beat their onions any day, and we expect our boys will do the same!”
Below is a schedule for the Divisional Round and WCL Championship Series.
Friday, August 12 - Game #1 East Division Play-Offs - Wenatchee at Walla Walla. 7:05 pm first pitch.
Saturday, August 13 - Game #2 East Division Play-Offs - Walla Walla at Wenatchee. 7:05 pm first pitch. Click here for tickets.
Sunday, August 14 - Game #3 East Division Play-Offs - Walla Walla at Wenatchee (if needed). 7:05 pm first pitch.
Tuesday, August 16 - Game #1 Championship Series at East Winner
Thursday, August 18 - Game #2 Championship Series at West Winner
Friday, August 19 - Game #3 Championship Series at West Winner (if needed)