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MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run to be Held in Wenatchee PDF Print E-mail

PHRThe Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, and Run competition is coming to Wenatchee this spring. The free event will be held at Paul Thomas Sr. Field on May 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and is sponsored locally by the Wenatchee AppleSox, Kimmel Athletic Supply, ESPN Radio 900 KKRT, and Biosports. Kids who sign up and participate in the event will get a free t-shirt.

Pitch, Hit & Run™ is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

“It’s exciting for kids in North Central Washington to be able to participate in this free Major League Baseball sponsored competition,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs, who is organizing the event.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2013 MLB™ All-Star Game®.

The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age and gender group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of Competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. The registration form can be downloaded by clicking here. Please turn the completed registration form back into the AppleSox office. For more information on the event call (509) 665-6900.

Event Details

When: May 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: Paul Thomas Sr. Field

Registration: Download the form here and turn it into the AppleSox office

Cost: Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Returning Starter Highlights Latest Additions PDF Print E-mail

DII 2Another piece of the last year’s AppleSox roster will be back to help in the team’s search for a second straight West Coast League title. Returning left-handed pitcher Trevor Lubking of Pacific Lutheran University will be joined by Central Washington University outfielder Ethan Sterkel and Whitworth Universtiy right-handed pitcher Dan Scheibe on the AppleSox this summer.

Lubking was a consistent fixture in the Wenatchee’s rotation in 2012, going 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA. The sophomore from Buckley is the top arm for PLU this spring. The southpaw is 8-3 with a 2.36 ERA and has earned National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division III Pitcher of the Week honors.

“He is definitely a guy that we plan on having back in our starting rotation again this year,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “He has had a great spring and was really good for us last summer.”

Sterkel, an Ellensburg native, gets to play college baseball in his hometown at CWU. He is hitting .359 with 15 RBIs this spring. Former AppleSox pitching coach Rob Hippi is in his first year in the same position for the Wildcats.

“He originally went to Central Washington to play football as a quarterback,” said Knaggs. “He is an athletic kid who can just about do it all. We might even have him pitch for us in addition to playing in the outfield.

A Richland product, Scheibe is in his sophomore campaign at Whitworth. He is 4-3 this season and his 3.50 ERA is the lowest for the Pirates. Last season he was named first team All-Northwest Conference after striking out 95 batters in 88 innings.

“One of our former players Brandon Harmon was his pitching coach at Whitworth last season,” said Knaggs. “His name came up last spring and he spoke very highly of him. We are glad to have him set to join us this summer.”

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.

Pictures: Attached photographs are courtesy of the Pacific Lutheran University, Whitworth University, and Central Washington University Athletic Departments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Many Local Ties Among NWAACC Signees PDF Print E-mail

WVC Website copyA total of four players from three different Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges schools will be a part of the AppleSox in 2013. Wenatchee is receiving right-handed pitcher Beau Kerns and left-handed pitcher Mitch Yada from Wenatchee Valley Community College, infielder Stockton Taylor from Everett Community College, and right-handed pitcher Colton Loomis from Community Colleges of Spokane.

Kerns returns to the AppleSox after being a member of the team’s starting rotation in 2012. He went 4-2 with 2.55 ERA and logged a team-high 63 innings last summer. The sophomore out of Lewiston, ID, is 3-1 for the Knights with a 2.31 ERA.

“He was a workhorse for us last summer,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “He is an extremely competitive pitcher who started out as a temporary player but threw so well that he turned into a very valuable contributor.”

Yada was set to be a part of the AppleSox pitching staff last summer, but could not play due to an injury. The Moses Lake product along with Kerns serve as two of the top arms for Wenatchee Valley College this season. The southpaw is 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA.

“Unfortunately he wasn’t able to pitch for us last season, but we are looking forward to him being a part of our pitching staff this year. He is lefty that has impressed me since I first saw him as a sophomore at Moses Lake High School,” said Knaggs.

Taylor, a Brewster native, is in his sophomore year at Everett Community College. He won NWAACC Golden Glove accolades last season and earned all-state honors for baseball during a successful multi-sport career at Brewster High School. He is hitting .365 with 21 RBIs this spring.

“He follows in a long line of Brewster products that have played for the AppleSox. He is a versatile player that can play any spot in the infield and outfield,” said Knaggs.

Out of Cashmere, Loomis will get to play in front of familiar faces this summer. As a senior at Cashmere High School he was named the 1A/B State Player of the Year by the Washington Baseball Coaches Association after going 10-0 with a 0.67 ERA and helping the Bulldogs to a state championship. The freshman is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA for the Community Colleges of Spokane, where his pitching coach is A.J. Proszek, who will serve in the same capacity for the AppleSox.

“It was impressive watching him at Cashmere High School. He is a strike throwing machine and has a bit of a lower arm slot that can especially eat up right-handed hitters,” said Knaggs.

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.

Pictures: Attached photographs of Beau Kerns and Mitch Yada are courtesy of Wenatchee Valley College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Freshmen Added from Gonzaga and Portland PDF Print E-mail

GU-UP WebsiteA duo of position players from West Coast Conference programs will wear an AppleSox uniform this summer. Gonzaga University is sending catcher Joey Harris and the University of Portland is providing outfielder Ryan Barr to be a part of the of the defending West Coast League champions.

“We have a long relationship with both schools,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “These are programs that have provided us with high-caliber talent for a long time.”

Harris, from Claremont, CA, is in his first campaign with Gonzaga. The left-handed hitter has appeared in twelve games as a freshman with two starts.

“He has seen a lot of action behind the plate which is impressive for a freshman. On top of being solid defensively, it’s a luxury to have a left-handed hitting catcher,” said Knaggs.  

Barr is hitting .235 with nine starts for the Pilots this spring. The freshman from Irvine, CA, was teammates with current UCLA outfielder and former AppleSox player Ty Moore at Mater Dei High School. His senior year of high school he knocked in the winning run to help Mater Dei win the prestigious National High School Invitational.

“He is a good young outfielder that has been in the mix immediately in college. He was a highly recruited player from a special high school program and we are excited to have him,” said Knaggs.

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.

Pictures: Attached photographs of Joey Harris and Ryan Barr are courtesy of the Gonzaga and University of Portland Sports Information Departments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hawaii Providing Wenatchee Three Players PDF Print E-mail

Hawaii WebsiteA pair of freshman along with a highly ranked recruit from the University of Hawaii will join the Wenatchee AppleSox this season. Left-handed pitcher/outfielder Quintin Torres-Costa, infielder Andre Real, and infielder Kean Wong are set to spend their summer in Wenatchee.  

A product of Hilo, Hi, Torres-Costa was named the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Player of the Year in 2012. The southpaw was a member of the team that won the 2011 Senior Little League World Series. He is 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in his freshman campaign with the Warriors.

Real, out of Villa Park, CA, has been a regular in Hawaii’s starting lineup as only a freshman. He came to the Warriors after a successful prep career at Orange Lutheran High School, where he earned all-league honors. The versatile infielder is hitting .234 this season.

“These two freshman are going to come to us already battle tested which is a huge plus,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “Both are really talented players and we expect them to be big contributors.”

Wong, a prep recruit also from Hilo, HI, is the younger brother of Cardinals prospect and former Hawaii standout Kolten Wong. He was named the Hawaii state player of the year as a junior last season. He was teammates with Torres-Costa at Waiakea High School, where they led the school to a state championship in 2012.  

“They say he might even be farther ahead than his brother was at this point which is really saying something,” said Knaggs. “He has outstanding bloodlines and a bright future ahead of him.”

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.

Pictures: Photographs of Andre Real and Quintin Torres-Costa are courtesy of the University of Hawaii Sports Information Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Dirtbag Duo Headed to Wenatchee PDF Print E-mail

Long Beach WebsiteA storied college baseball program is providing players to the AppleSox for the first time as a catcher and pitcher from Long Beach State will be a part of the team in 2013. Catcher Eric Hutting along with left-handed pitcher J.C. Cloney are set to play in Wenatchee this summer.

The school’s official nickname is the 49ers, but the baseball program has been called the Dirtbags since the late 1980s for their style of play. They have made four College World Series appearances and have produced future major leaguers such as Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria, and Jered Weaver.

“We are really excited to be starting a relationship with them. They have a great coaching staff and you can’t say enough about the program’s history,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs.

Hutting has made an immediate impact as freshman, starting in fourteen of the team’s twenty games behind the plate. The Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, native is hitting .205 with 7 RBIs. He comes from a baseball family with two cousins, James Shields and Aaron Rowand, currently playing in the major leagues.

“That says a lot about his skill level if he is starting at Long Beach State as only a freshman,” said Knaggs. “To come to us with that kind of experience after only his first year is tremendous.”

Cloney, from Castaic, CA, is redshirting this season for Long Beach State. Last season as a high school senior he had 100 strikeouts and only 18 walks, leading his team to a league championship.

“He is known for his consistency on the mound,” said Knaggs. “He is currently out with an injury but is projected to be healthy and ready to go this summer.”  

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.

Pictures: Attached photographs of Eric Hutting and J.C. Cloney are courtesy of the Long Beach State Sports Information Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Alley Café New AppleSox Concession Operator PDF Print E-mail

Website-Ballpark FoodAn expanded menu highlights the AppleSox new partnership with the Alley Café as the team’s new concession provider at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.

“We are excited to be involved with the AppleSox. We are huge baseball fans and we look forward to being part of the ballpark experience in Wenatchee,” said Alley Café owner Steve Scott.

The Alley Café opened in Leavenworth in 1993 and has operated the Wenatchee Valley College cafeteria since 2006. They take over at Paul Thomas Sr. Field for the Red Lion, who will continue as a premium sponsor and hotel partner with the team.

Chicken wraps, ham and turkey hoagies, and taco salads will be added to the ballpark menu. The AppleSox-Pepsi cups will also return this season.

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
UC Irvine Trio Added to 2013 Roster PDF Print E-mail

UC Irvine WebsiteThe Wenatchee AppleSox will feature two position players and a pitcher from UC Irvine this summer. Infielder Connor Spencer, infielder Grant Palmer, and right-handed pitcher Andrew Morales are set to join the AppleSox.

The Anteaters have consistently provided players to the AppleSox since Mike Gillespie was hired as the school’s head coach before the 2008 season.  

“They are always a highly ranked program and we are proud of our longstanding relationship that we have had with them,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs.

Spencer has been UC Irvine’s top hitter this season as a sophomore. The Trabuco Canyon, CA, native has started every game and is hitting .426 on the year. As a freshman he had a .306 batting average and earned Big West Player of the Week honors.

“He is a strong kid that can flat-out hit,” said Knaggs. “He packs a punch at the plate and projects to be a middle of the order hitter for us.”  

Palmer, from El Segundo, CA, is in his first season with UC Irvine and is hitting .316 in eleven games. He redshirted last year at El Camino Community College. As a prep at El Segundo High School he helped his team the Pioneer League Championship his junior season.

“He is a middle infielder who is known for his superb defense,” said Knaggs. “It’s great to see that he is getting playing time in his first season at UC Irvine.”

Morales transferred to UC Irvine after playing the last two seasons at Rio Hondo Community College. The junior out of Covina, CA, flourished in junior college, compiling a 21-1 overall record and was named the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year. He is a perfect 5-0 this season with a 2.66 ERA.

“He can really pitch and we expect him to be one of our starting pitchers this summer,” said Knaggs.

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.

Pictures: Attached photographs of Connor Spencer, Grant Palmer, and Andrew Morales are courtesy of the UC Irvine Sports Information Department.

 
Thurling Hired as AppleSox New Radio Voice PDF Print E-mail

Spencer Thurling WebsiteA new voice will be behind the microphone this season as Spencer Thurling has been hired as the AppleSox new radio broadcaster. Thurling will announce every AppleSox game on the team’s radio home 560 KPQ and online at www.kpq.com.

“I’m excited for the opportunity and I can’t wait for the season to get here,” said Thurling. “Baseball is the sport I care about the most and I’m looking forward to the taking on the challenge of providing fans with a great broadcast.”

Last season he interned for the Binghamton Mets, the New York Mets Double-A affiliate, where he co-hosted the team’s pregame show. The Pepperdine University graduate traveled with and served as the school’s women’s basketball broadcaster for two seasons as a student. He currently announces high schools sports in the Denver area for the Colorado Sportscast Network.

“The AppleSox have been blessed with a reputation for bringing excellent talent to town, both on the field and off. Spencer continues that tradition by bring a great talent to our radio broadcasts. Our fans will enjoy listening and getting to know him,” said AppleSox owner/general manager Jim Corcoran.

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Announce 2013 Schedule PDF Print E-mail

Schedule Release WebsiteThe AppleSox have finalized the 2013 schedule, with the team’s fourteenth season beginning at home on June 5th against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series. The team will play a 58-game schedule that includes 31 home games.

"We're excited about this year's schedule because our fans will see two brand new West Coast League teams, plus a couple of non-league opponents that haven't visited Wenatchee in several years," said AppleSox owner/general manager Jim Corcoran.

Two expansion franchises, the Victoria HarbourCats and the Medford Rogues, have been added to the WCL and will begin play in 2013.The north division will include the Wenatchee AppleSox, Walla Walla Sweets, Bellingham Bells, Kelowna Falcons, and Victoria HarbourCats. The south division will include the Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Medford Rogues, Klamath Falls Gems, Cowlitz Black Bears, and Kitsap BlueJackets.  

In addition to WCL play, the AppleSox will have four non-league games. The team will host a pair of two-game series against the Everett Merchants and San Francisco Seals.

Single game tickets start at just $6 for adults and $5 for kids. Season tickets are available now and can be purchased by contacting the AppleSox office at (509) 665-6900.

To view the full 2013 schedule click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Former Player Added as Assistant Coach PDF Print E-mail

Eric Lane WebsiteFormer AppleSox player Eric Lane has been hired to complete the team’s coaching staff for the 2013 season. Lane returns to Wenatchee after helping the AppleSox capture the West Coast League Championship in 2010. He is currently a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater Gonzaga University.    

“He knows how we operate and is very similar to previous coaches who have filled this role,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “He is a hard worker with a great attitude. It’s a perfect fit to have him back with us as a coach.”

He was a two-time NWAACC Western Division Most Valuable Player at Lower Columbia College and earned All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention after his junior season at Gonzaga.

“I loved my experience in Wenatchee in 2010 and I feel fortunate to return in this role,” said Lane. “The fans and community are outstanding and the AppleSox are a great organization to be a part of.”

The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Hire Proszek as Pitching Coach PDF Print E-mail

Proszek WebsiteThe AppleSox have tapped AJ Proszek, the current pitching coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane, to fill the same role in Wenatchee this summer. Proszek will work with AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs, who returns for his thirteenth season leading the team.

“He comes highly recommended from people I really trust and I think he is going to be a great fit for us,” said Knaggs. “I remember him as a player and it is nice that he comes to us with his experience of recently pitching professionally.”

The Chewelah native played in the West Coast League as a member of the Spokane RiverHawks from 2006-2008. He spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career at Spokane Falls Community College before transferring to Gonzaga University. He was drafted in the 38th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He pitched in the minor leagues for the Giants from 2009-2011.

“I’m excited for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to working with the pitching staff,” said Proszek. “I had a great experience playing in the West Coast League and hope our players this summer enjoy and learn from their time in the WCL like I did.”

Proszek takes over for Rob Hippi, who helped guide the AppleSox to four WCL Championships in his seven years as the team’s pitching coach. Hippi is beginning his first season as the pitching coach for his alma mater, Central Washington University.

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Attached photograph of AJ Proszek is courtesy of the Community Colleges of Spokane Athletic Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
2013 AppleSox MVP Cards On Sale PDF Print E-mail

T2013 MVP Card Graphiche 2013 AppleSox MVP cards have arrived!

Each MVP card costs just $20 and entitles the cardholder to four general
admission tickets to any AppleSox game in 2013.

These MVP cards make GREAT GIFTS for the holidays.

 
They are available at the Applewood Grill, behind the Stanley Center in
Wenatchee or at the AppleSox office during regular business hours.

If your club or organization is looking for a great no-risk fundraising
opportunity, groups can sell the MVP cards and keep $10 for every $20 card
they sell. For
more information call the AppleSox office at 665-6900 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Coach Offering Offseason Instruction PDF Print E-mail

Knaggs_CoachingAppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs is now offering individual or group baseball instruction at Wenatchee’s Sportsplex. Since joining the AppleSox in 2001, he has led the team to six league championships and is a four-time recipient of the WCL's Coach of the Year Award.

Knaggs served as Wenatchee High School’s head baseball coach for 20 years and was instrumental in bringing back American Legion baseball to the Wenatchee Valley. Before moving to Wenatchee, he spent seven years as an assistant coach at Gonzaga.

For more information and scheduling, call (509) 860-1937 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Ranked #6 in Nation PDF Print E-mail

Wenatchee finished the season number 6 in the end-of-season rankings, compiled by Allan Simpson of Perfect Game USA.  The Sox, who won the West Coast League Championship August 18th, finished 41 and 19 for the season.

 

Perfect Game called the Sox season a “mastery of the West Coast League”.  They also listed right handed pitcher James Kaprelian from UCLA as their top AppleSox prospect for the season, describing him as “dominant as prep talent in WCL; with excellent command of solid fastball/curve mix, plus great presence.”          

 

Perfect Game researched 25 summer collegiate leagues from around the country.  Other West Coast League teams in the national listing included Corvallis at #21 and the Bellingham Bells at #39.

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AppleSox Win 5th WCL Championship PDF Print E-mail

Champ_WebsiteSparks helps the Wenatchee AppleSox down the Corvallis Knights 8-3

Taylor Sparks knocked in three runs, sparking the Wenatchee AppleSox (4-2) to an 8-3 victory over the Corvallis Knights (3-2) on Saturday at Paul Thomas Field at Wenatchee. He homered in the fourth inning.

Tony Bryant also put together a nice outing. The Corvallis Knights managed just two hits off of the Wenatchee AppleSox's pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his 2-2/3 innings of work.

Derek Callahan recorded his second win of the year for the Wenatchee AppleSox. He allowed three runs over six innings. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered seven hits.

Trevor Frank was charged with his first loss of the year. He lasted just three innings, walked two, struck out five, and allowed five runs.

The AppleSox also broke another team record this year with a total paid attendance of 44,009!

The Sox would like to thank our fans and sponsors for all your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you in our 14th season in 2013.

A special thanks to Justin Allegri, Kevin Burke, Grant Olsen and Ian Dunn for stepping in as AppleSox broadcast announcers so our listeners could hear every exciting inning on KPQ!

 

 

 
WENATCHEE WINS PLAYOFF GAME #1! PDF Print E-mail

WENATCHEE WINS PLAYOFF GAME NUMBER ONE!

 

The Wenatchee AppleSox held off a ninth inning rally by Corvallis to hang on and beat the Knights 9 to 8 in West Coast League championship series play Wednesday night.  The Sox return to Wenatchee to host Corvallis for game #2 of the best-of-three series on Friday.

 

The first pitch Friday is scheduled for 7:05.  Plenty of great seating is available for the contest and tickets will go on sale when the gates open at 6 PM.  That is the only place tickets will be available for playoff games.

 

If a third game is needed to determine the league champion, that game will be played Saturday in Wenatchee at 7:05.

 
AppleSox Move On To League Championships PDF Print E-mail

The AppleSox beat the Bellingham Bells Monday by a score of 6 to 3, winning the best-of-three WCL division championship. The Sox now move on to the league championship series.


Game one will be played Wednesday in Corvallis with the first pitch at 6:40 pm.  The series then returns to Wenatchee for game #2. That game is scheduled for Friday, August 17th, at 7:05 pm at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. Game #3 (if needed to determine the best-of-three series) will be played in Wenatchee this Saturday, August 18th, at 7:05 pm.


Tickets for both Wenatchee games will be available at the ballpark ticket booth when the gates open at 6 pm the night of each game.

 
Game Three to Decide East Division Champion PDF Print E-mail

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After splitting both regular season series, it was only expected that the best-of-three divisional series between the Wenatchee AppleSox and Bellingham Bells would require all three games to declare a champion.

The Bells took Game 1 in Bellingham to open the divisional round after Adam Gunn tossed a five-hit, complete game shutout, but the Sox answered back in a must-win game last night, winning 4-1. The two teams have now split the season series at five games apiece -- so it's only appropriate for it to come down to one game to decide who goes on to the league championship series.

After the Bells pushed Wenatchee's season to the brink, there is still baseball to be played in Wenatchee after all. The winner of tonight's contest will square off against West Division Champion Corvallis on Wendesday.

The game tonight between Wenatchee and Bellingham will be played at 7:05 PM PST at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium. Tickets are available here and will also be sold at the stadium's ticket booth, which opens an hour and five minutes prior to game time.

***The team is encouraging everyone to wear WHITE to tonight's game.

 

 
No. 13 Sox and Bells Face Off in Divisional Playoffs PDF Print E-mail

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The 2012 West Coast League East Division Playoffs are set, and the No. 13 Wenatchee AppleSox and Bellingham Bells will face off in a best-of-three series beginning on August 11.

The AppleSox (36-17) and Bells (32-21) have ranked among the top two teams in the East Division virtually all summer and will now put two storybook seasons on the line on Saturday. The playoff format allows the No. 2 seed to host the opening game of the series so the two teams will begin the set at Joe Martin Field at 7:05 PM PST Saturday.

The series will then return to Wenatchee and Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium for Game 2 on Sunday, August 12, and, if need be, Game 3 on Monday. All start times will be at 7:05 PM PST -- even the Sunday contest, which typically draws a 6:05 PM start time.

The Sox and Bells split both regular season series at two games apiece.

The winner of the divisional series will go on to face the winner of Corvallis and either Klamath Falls or Cowlitz in the league championship -- also a best-of-three series. Klamath Falls can clinch a berth tonight with a win or a Cowlitz loss. If Cowlitz wins and Klamath Falls loses, the Black Bears would be Corvallis' opponent due to tie-breaker rules.

Tickets for the Sunday game are now available here and at the Town Toyota Center Box Office in Wenatchee. General admission tickets will also be made available at the Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium ticket booth, which opens an hour and five minutes prior to game time.

***Should a deciding Game 3 be needed, those tickets will be made available online as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 
Former AppleSox Coyote Remembered - Brent Visser PDF Print E-mail

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No. 13 AppleSox Set for Final Regular Season Series PDF Print E-mail

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The Wenatchee AppleSox (No. 13 in Perfect Game USA's rankings of the top collegiate summer league teams) and Kitsap BlueJackets are set to square off tonight at 7:05 PST in the final regular season series for both teams at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium.

The Sox (34-17) have clinched first place in the West Coast League's East Division and are coming off a split of the series with Bellingham. This marks the fifth straight year Wenatchee has clinched the pennant.

Kitsap (14-37) struggled to keep the wheels turning after sweeping their season-opening series with Cowlitz. That series is the only one the BlueJackets have won this season.

The Sox and BlueJackets played their first series of the season June 26-28 in Bremerton, Wash., and the Sox swept all three games, 10-6, 6-4 and 7-2, respectively. The series between the two squads dates back to 2005, and Wenatchee leads it 26-16. The Sox have won the last eight.

East Division Playoffs are Set

With the split of the series with Bellingham, the Sox clinched the East Division title, and Bellingham (31-20) has clinched the final playoff spot with Kelowna's loss to Walla Walla on Sunday. The divisional playoffs are a best-of-three round that will be played on August 11-13.

The first game (August 11) will be played in Bellingham, as the second-seeded team hosts the first game. The series will then move to Wenatchee for Game 2 (August 12), and, if need be, Game 3 (August 13). The times for Game 2 and 3 (if played) will be at 7:05 P.M. PST.

Purchase your tickets here or at the Town Toyota Center box office. General admission tickets will also be made available at the Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium ticket booth, which opens one hour prior to game time.

Hippi to Coach in Final Regular Season Series

The Wenatchee/Kitsap series marks the end of an era. AppleSox pitching coach Rob Hippi will be coaching in his final regular season home series.

Hippi will be making his return to his alma mater, Central Washington University, to serve as the pitching coach for the Wildcats. The move will bring Hippi out of retirement, but he said he's excited to have the opportunity to give back to his alma mater and was flattered CWU came after him.

Hippi has spent the past seven seasons as the pitching coach for Wenatchee.

 
No. 16 Sox and Bells Battle for First in East Division PDF Print E-mail

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The No. 16 Wenatchee AppleSox and Bellingham Bells will square off in a big divisional battle tonight at 7:05 to begin a four-game set at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium.

The Sox (32-15) are coming off a series road sweep of the Kelowna Falcons and have clinched a playoff spot in next week's divisional series. Bellingham (28-18) currently sits 3.5 games back after falling to Walla Walla 4-3 in the series finale.

The Sox and Bells split the season-opening series in Bellingham at two games apiece. The series has the same implications this time around. It's a battle for supremacy in the East Division.

Bellingham can clinch a playoff spot automatically if they sweep the series with Wenatchee.

The Sox come into this series riding a wave of momentum -- winning their last five contests in fairly convincing fashion. Wenatchee combined for 45 runs in four games against Kelowna.

Series Sweep Sweeter for Sox This Time Around

The Sox hadn't swept a league series since June 26-28 when the Sox took all three games from Kitsap. But this sweep meant more to Wenatchee for a couple of reasons. Aside from clinching a playoff spot, two Sox plastered their names in the West Coast League record books.

In the Monday contest against Kelowna, Tyler Kane set the single-season record for saves with his 12th. However, it didn't end there. Mitchell Gunsolus entered last night's contest tied for the league record in hits (66) and runs scored (39) but broke both in the top of the 7th inning.

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Purchase your tickets for tonight's contest here or at the Town Toyota Center box office. Tickets will also be available at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium, which opens one hour prior to game time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
No. 9 Sox Return Home, Conclude Series with Sweets PDF Print E-mail

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The No. 9 Wenatchee AppleSox are back home for West Coast League competition for the first time in over a week as they welcome the Walla Walla Sweets to conclude a four-game set.

Just as the July 2-5 series was split, this series has been done the same way -- the first two games were played in Walla Walla, and the final two will be held at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium. For the Sox, returning home couldn't come soon enough.

Wenatchee dropped the first two games in Walla Walla in heartbreaking fashion. In the series opener, the Sox (27-14) had a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th, but the Sweets (18-24) tied things up. After the Sox went down quietly in the top of the 9th, Walla Walla's Kris Paulino drove in Beau Fraser for the winning run.

In last night's affair, the Sox were trailing 3-2 with bases loaded and one out, but Josh Rapacz grounded into a game-ending double play, and the Sweets escaped with another victory.

The losses have made things extremely tight, as it pertains to the East Division playoff race. Bellingham has taken two games from Kelowna in their series, and now the Bells sit just one game back of the Sox for first place -- the closest the race has been since early June.

Wenatchee will travel to Kelowna for a four-game set on July 29 before returning home for another key divisional series with Bellingham, before ending the regular season with a three-game series against Kitsap.

Tickets to all games can be purchased here or at the Town Toyota Center box office in Wenatchee. Tickets will also be made available at the Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium ticket booth, which opens one hour prior to game time.

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Place Four on 2012 WCL All-Star Team PDF Print E-mail

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Great news came on Tuesday, when it was announced Wenatchee AppleSox have placed four players on the 2012 West Coast League's East Division All-Star team.

Today, the West Coast League released its list of players who have been selected to play in the 2012 West Coast League All-Star Game presented by NAPA, which will be played on July 24, 2012. The AppleSox selected were infielder Mitchell Gunsolus, outfielder Ty Moore and pitchers Derek Callahan and Tyler Kane.

This season, Gunsolus has ranked near the top of the WCL in batting average the entire season. The Gonzaga product is hitting .353 with 28 RBI. His batting average ranks fifth in the WCL, while his 28 RBI leads the league.

Ty Moore, who just recently turned down an offer to play with the New York Yankees organization to follow through with his commitment to UCLA, joined the AppleSox in mid-June but made an immediate impact. Moore is hitting .272 with nine RBI -- two of which came in walk-off wins versus Kitsap. Moore has had a solid defensive presence for the Sox in center field.

Derek Callahan and Tyler Kane have essentially been thunder and lightning on the mound for the AppleSox this season. Callahan leads the league in strikeouts (43) and is currently in the starting rotation for the Sox with a 1.67 ERA. Kane, who has primarily been used as a closer, holds a 1.40 ERA and just tied the WCL record for saves in a single season (11).

Here is the full list of players selected for the 2012 West Coast League All-Star Game presented by NAPA:

EAST DIVISION

C - Nate Causey L/R - Bellingham

Jerry McClanahan R/R - Kelowna

1B- Greg Friesen L/R - Kelowna

2B - Jace Conrad R/R - Kelowna

3B - Andrew Ely L/R - Bellingham

SS - Mitchell Gunsolus L/R - Wenatchee

Patrick Johnson S/R - Kelowna

OF - Jarel Lewis R/R - Bellingham

Ty Moore L/R - Wenatchee

Spencer O’Neil L/R - Walla Walla

Kyle Pearson R/R - Kelowna

P - Corey Carma RHP - Bellingham

Sean Hartnett RHP - Bellingham

Andrew Olson LHP - Bellingham

Cord Cockrell RHP - Kelowna

Brandon Marris RHP - Kelowna

Phil Maton RHP - Kelowna

Arturo Reyes RHP - Walla Walla

Hunter Virant LHP - Walla Walla

Derek Callahan LHP - Wenatchee

Tyler Kane RHP - Wenatchee

WEST DIVISION

C - Austin Barr R/R - Corvallis

Josh Graham R/R - Klamath Falls

1B - Bo Walter R/R - Bend

Josh Wong R/R - Klamath Falls

2B - Parker Miles R/R - Klamath Falls

3B - Austin Byler L/R - Klamath Falls

Caleb Whalen R/R - Corvallis

SS - Tanner Nielson R/R - Klamath Falls

OF - Nate Blackham L/L - Corvallis

Austin Diemer R/R - Cowlitz

Connor Hormann L/R - Corvallis

P - J.R. Bunda RHP - Bend

Darin Gillies RHP - Bend

Travis Radke LHP - Bend

Devon Barker LHP - Corvallis

Rob Dittrick RHP - Corvallis

Jorge Perez RHP - Corvallis

Cole Irvin LHP - Cowlitz

Mikey Murray LHP - Cowlitz

Felipe Perez RHP - Cowlitz

Colin Feldtman RHP - Kitsap

 
No. 10 AppleSox Welcome Bucks For Non-League Set PDF Print E-mail

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Following a thrilling 11 inning win against the Kelowna Falcons on Sunday night, the No. 10 Wenatchee AppleSox are back in action in a non-league contest versus the Portland Bucks tonight at 7:05.

Wenatchee (25-11) is coming off a series win against the Falcons and remains in the driver's seat for the East Division's top spot in the West Coast League playoffs. The Sox currently sit three games ahead of Bellingham for first place in the division.

This will be Wenatchee's third set against a non-league foe this season. The Sox are 4-0 in non-league games this season, defeating the Central Oregon Bucks and Portland Dukes twice.

Game tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the Town Toyota Center box office. General admission tickets will also be made available at the Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium ticket booth, which opens one hour prior to game time.

Gonzaga Teammates Leading League in Hitting/Pitching Categories

Mitchell Gunsolus and Derek Callahan have had their names atop the leaderboards in various statistical categories this season. Gunsolus, who at one point led the league in batting average, currently has the most RBI (28) in the league. Gunsolus is batting .353 this season, which ranks fifth in the league. His collegiate teammate, Callahan, leads the WCL in strikeouts (43). Callahan holds a 1.67 ERA and a 3-2 record through the 2012 campaign.

Kane Ties West Coast League Record

With Tyler Kane's save on July 14th against Kelowna, the University of Washington product tied the WCL record for most saves in a single season (11). Kane boasts a 1.40 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts to only three walks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sox Return Home, Host Big Series with Falcons PDF Print E-mail

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The AppleSox ended a nightmarish week on a very bright note last night, defeating the Corvallis Knights 4-0.

Wenatchee (22-10) allowed only two hits in what was a complete 180-degree turn from how things had gone throughout the eight day, nine game road trip. The Sox entered July on a tear at 18-3 overall, but since have struggled stringing together consecutive wins -- falling to 3-7 in their last 10 games. The win last night, however, went a long way in giving the Sox momentum as they head into a big series with Kelowna tonight.

The Falcons (18-12) sit three games back in the West Coast League's East Division after dropping two straight to Klamath Falls. The Sox still own a one game lead over Bellingham in the East Division, but the fact the three squads are separated by such a small margin makes this series ever important.

As playoff time nears, every win becomes more vital, and every loss is magnified that much more. The Sox will try to make sure they're on the right side of the shuffle when the playoffs arrive, and it starts tonight at 7:05 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium.

Tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the Town Toyota Center box office. General admission tickets will also be available at the stadium ticket booth, which will open at 6 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Fireworks to Highlight Game 2 vs. Walla Walla PDF Print E-mail

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The day many fans have been waiting for all season is finally upon us. Fireworks Night is set to take place tonight at 7:05 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium.

The complimentary fireworks show is sponsored by Cobb Asset Management/Marie Cobb and will take place following the conclusion of tonight's game between the AppleSox and Walla Walla Sweets.

The Sox didn't want to have to wait until tonight, however, to get the fireworks started. Wenatchee took game one 3-2 over the Sweets behind a dominant pitching performance. Derek Callahan got the nod on the mound and struck out eight batters, and Drew Jacobs and Tyler Kane finished things off with five and two strikeouts respectively.

Combined, the Sox pitchers struck out 15 Walla Walla hitters. That's only a pre-cursor of what's to come tonight.

Fireworks night is annually the biggest seller for the AppleSox, and this year appears to be no different. The Sox expect more than 1,500 fans to pack the main grandstand and general seating areas at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium tonight as the No. 3 AppleSox go for season win number 20.

Purchase tickets online here or in advance at the Town Toyota Center box office. General admission tickets will also be available at the stadium ticket booth, which opens one hour prior to game time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
No. 3 AppleSox Surging Into July, Prepare for Sweets PDF Print E-mail

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As the temperatures have started to heat up, so have the Wenatchee AppleSox. Actually, the Sox were never really cold.

Just shy of the mid-way point of the season, Wenatchee carries an 18-3 record, first place in the West Coast League's East Division and a number three national ranking by Perfect Game USA. But it doesn't end there. The Sox also have the WCL's second-highest team batting average (.299) and a 2.83 team ERA.

They'll put both to the test tonight at 7:05 when they play host to the Walla Walla Sweets (10-14) for the first of a four game set. The series will be split between Wenatchee and Walla Walla, with the AppleSox hosting the first two games and the Sweets hosting the second two.

Tomorrow is FIREWORKS NIGHT for the AppleSox! Following the conclusion of tomorrow's contest, fans will be treated to complimentary fireworks, courtesy of Cobb Asset Management/Marie Cobb.

Wenatchee has won seven straight league contests and 11 straight games overall. Walla Walla had won three straight before dropping the second game of a two-game set with Bellingham.

Although this is a new season with new players, there could be a little bad blood between the two squads. The Sweets knocked Wenatchee out of the WCL playoffs last season before falling to Corvallis in the championship.

Purchase your tickets here or in advance at the Town Toyota Center box office. General admission tickets will also be available at the Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium ticket booth, which opens one hour prior to game time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sox Return Home, Face Non-League Foe Portland PDF Print E-mail

 

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The Wenatchee AppleSox return home tonight for a two-game set against the Portland Dukes at 7:05 PST.

The Dukes, hailing from the West Coast League-Portland, are the second non-league opponent for the AppleSox in the 2012 campaign. Wenatchee (18-3) took both games from Central Oregon just last week.

The Sox enter tonight on a tear. Wenatchee has won its last seven league games and nine overall, moving the club 3.5 games ahead of Kelowna for first place in the East Division. The team is fresh off a series sweep of the Kitsap Blue Jackets – Wenatchee’s second straight series sweep.

The Sox moved up to #4 in Perfect Game USA’s poll of the top collegiate summer league teams with the sweep.

Game tickets can be purchased online at www.applesox.com or in advance at the Town Toyota Center box office in Wenatchee. Tickets are also available for purchase on the day of the game at the Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium ticket booth, which opens an hour before each game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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