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Sox Hit the Road Again, Square Off Against Kitsap PDF Print E-mail

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The AppleSox are back on the road for the third time this season for a three-game series against the Kitsap Blue Jackets.

Wenatchee (15-3) is hoping to continue a red-hot 2012 campaign and stay atop the West Coast League's East Division. The Sox are currently two games ahead of Bellingham and own the best record in the WCL. The team debuted at No. 6 in Perfect Game USA's national list of the top collegiate summer league teams last week.

The AppleSox are fresh off a series sweep of the Klamath Falls Gems that completed the season sweep of the Oregon club. The sweep was Wenatchee's fourth series sweep of the season.

Kitsap (6-17) has experienced its fair share of ups and downs this season. The Blue Jackets got off to a quick start, winning four of its first five game, but has struggled to keep the momentum going. Kitsap is currently riding a three-game losing streak.

Game times are scheduled for 6:35 pm PST for all three games, which will take place June 26-28.

Following the series against the Blue Jackets, the Sox will return home for a four-game home stand against the Portland Dukes and Walla Walla Sweets, which begins on Friday. Tickets for those games can be purchased here or in advance at the Town Toyota Center Box Office. General admission tickets will also be sold at the Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium ticket booth, which opens one hour prior to game time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
Sox Sprinting to Hot Start, Look to Continue vs. Gems PDF Print E-mail

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After two non-league contests against the Central Oregon Bucks, the Wenatchee AppleSox are back in West Coast League competition tonight as they square off against Klamath Falls at 7:05.

The Sox (12-3) currently sit atop the WCL’s East Division by one game over the Bellingham Bells (12-5) and debuted at No. 6 in Perfect Game USA’s poll of the top collegiate summer league baseball teams. Klamath Falls (2-13) is still trying to get their season on track. Both Gems wins, ironically, came against Bellingham.

This is the second series between the two squads this season. The AppleSox swept Klamath Falls in Oregon last week.

Wenatchee has been no stranger to offensive fireworks over the last few games. Although not counted in the scorebooks or season standings, the Sox outscored Central Oregon 23-6 in two games - both of which were wins. AppleSox third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus had two two-RBI triples vs. the Bucks in last night’s contest.

Lawrence Chew will toe the rubber tonight for the Sox – his second start of the season. Chew currently has a 0.69 ERA and only sits behind Derek Callahan (0.53 ERA) for the best ERA in the WCL. Chew has thrown 13.0 innings for the Sox this season, striking out 15 while only issuing four walks.

Tonight is game one of the three game set. The gates at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium open one hour prior to game time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
AppleSox Continue Home Stand, Welcome Bucks PDF Print E-mail

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The Wenatchee AppleSox continue their longest home stand of the season tonight at 7:05 against non-league foe Central Oregon.

The Sox (12-3) are coming off a thrilling 3-2 win on Monday vs. Cowlitz (4-10) that clinched that series and now will set their sights on Central Oregon, before beginning a three-game series with Klamath Falls (1-13) on Friday. The games are part of eight straight home contests for the AppleSox.

Wenatchee currently sits in a two-way tie for first place with Bellingham (12-3) in the West Coast League’s East Division.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
Sox and Cowlitz Square Off in Inter-Division Battle PDF Print E-mail

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The AppleSox have returned to Wenatchee for a three-game series with the Cowlitz Black Bears and have done so in a big way.

The Sox (11-2) routed the Black Bears (3-8) last night 13-0 to win their league-best ninth straight game. The win moves Wenatchee one game ahead of Bellingham for the top spot in the West Coast League’s East Division.

The AppleSox used a six-run first inning to seize control of the series opener and never relinquished it. Wenatchee put up ten runs in the first three innings combined and used a stellar defensive performance in the victory.

Derek Callahan went 6.0 innings on the mound for the Sox, striking out nine batters and only giving up three hits. Josh Rapacz and Ryan Drobny each drove in three runs apiece, and Wenatchee never looked back.

The Sox return to the diamond tonight for the second game of the series at 6:05 pm. We will have special ceremonies in recognition of Father’s Day. Game three will be played on Monday at 7:05 pm.

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

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Chew Named WCL Player of the Week PDF Print E-mail

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AppleSox pitcher Lawrence Chew was named Co-West Coast League Player of the Week after picking up two saves in as many attempts against Bend and Corvallis last week.

The Hawai’i freshman saw action in 7.0 innings, striking out ten batters and allowing no runs.

Chew just joined the Sox last week after the team returned from Bellingham, but has already made a huge impact on the mound. His ten strikeouts rank him first on the club for relief pitchers and his two saves are tops on the club as well. He has only allowed four hits.

The southpaw just wrapped up his inaugural campaign in the Aloha State, where he posted a 2-3 record with a 2.40 ERA. Chew appeared in 22 games for the Warriors, starting three.

Chew shares Player of the Week honors with Bellingham catcher Jarel Lewis. Both players helped their respective teams to five wins last week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
AppleSox in Three-Game Series in Klamath Falls PDF Print E-mail

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The AppleSox began their second road swing of the season last night with a 6-3 over the Klamath Falls Gems at Kiger Stadium.

The win moved the Sox to 8-2 on the season -- the best record in the West Coast League. Wenatchee has now won six of the last seven games between the two clubs and swept the series in Klamath Falls (1-9) last season.

The AppleSox will be back in action tonight at 7:05 pm for the second game of the three-game series. Listen live here.

Following the trip to Klamath Falls, the AppleSox will return home for a three-game series with the Cowlitz Black Bears beginning on Saturday, June 16.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Thirteen Former AppleSox Selected in 2012 MLB Draft PDF Print E-mail

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The Wenatchee AppleSox are pleased to announce 13 former players have been selected in this year's Major League Baseball Draft.

Listed below is a list of Sox alumni who were selected this week:

Player Team Round Pick AppleSox College
Royce Bollinger TEX 6th 216 2008 Gonzaga
Cam Schiller TEX 7th 246 2008-09 Oral Roberts
DJ Crumlich PIT 9th 286 2009 UC Irvine
Trevor Brown SF 10th 318 2010 UCLA
Cody Keefer MIA 15th 467 2009 UCLA
Owen Jones LAD 19th 596 2008,2011 Portland
Alex Phillips DET 21st 644 2011 Kentucky
Levi Dean SEA 23rd 701 2009 Tenn. Wesleyan
Kyle Johnson LAA 25th 777 2009 Washington State
Aaron Brooks SEA 26th 791 2011 Edmonds CC
Ryan Gorton OAK 31st 949 2009 Oregon State
Kris Carlson KC 35th 1049 2009 Wenatchee Valley CC
Breland Almadova ARZ 37th 1143 2011 Hawaii

 

 
Update: Tonight's Game vs. Bend PDF Print E-mail

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Tonight's game vs. Bend is still scheduled to be played despite rain that has moved through the area today. First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm with gates opening at 6:00.

If anything changes, we will let you know as soon as possible.

 

****UPDATE 6:41 pm - As of right now, we're likely looking at a delay. Hoping to know more around 7:00. Stay tuned for updates.

****UPDATE 7:01 pm - Tonight's game vs. Bend has been CANCELLED. Make-up date TBA. We will update you as the information comes available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Open 2012 Season in Bellingham PDF Print E-mail

 

The Wenatchee AppleSox will begin their q uest for a fifth straight division title and sixth overall league championship tomorrow when they travel to Bellingham, Wash. for a four game s eries with the Bellingham Bells. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday’s start time set for 6:05 pm.

Getting the nod on the mound for the AppleSox is Trevor Lubking, a freshman out of Pacific Lutheran. In 67.2 innings of work in his inaugural campaign, Lubking ranked third nationally in Division III in strikeouts with 77. The southpaw saw action in 14 games in 2012 for the Lutes, starting ten.

Wenatchee and Bellingham squared off six times in 2011, with the AppleSox taking four of those games. The Sox went 2-1 in Bellingham last season.

The AppleSox are coming off a West Coast League-best 39-15 season in 2011 that saw the club lead the league in virtually every major hitting category.

Following the road tilt, the Sox will return home for back-to-back three game home stands against the Bend Elks and the defending league champion Corvallis Knights. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
AppleSox Tap WSU, WVC, and SU for Talent PDF Print E-mail

WSU-WVC-SU_WebsiteThe AppleSox will be well represented by in-state schools this summer with the latest additions to the team’s pitching staff. Washington State University left-handed pitcher Bryce Jackson, Wenatchee Valley College left-handed pitcher Mitch Yada, and Seattle University right-handed pitcher Blaine Jones have signed to play in Wenatchee.

“There is so much talent throughout our state and we are fortunate to have these high caliber baseball programs provide us with players,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs.

The additions from Washington State University and Seattle University combined with the previous signings from the University of Washington and Gonzaga means for the first time in team history the AppleSox will have at least one player from all four of the state’s Division I baseball programs.

Jackson was a two-year captain at Southridge High School in Kennewick. He was named co-MVP of the Columbia Basin Big Nine as a senior after hitting .447 and recording a 3.10 ERA. He has appeared in seven games on the mound for WSU this season with a 2.84 ERA. The freshman has a twin brother Ty, who is also a member of the Cougar baseball team.

“He had some arm tenderness at the beginning of the school season, but we expect him to be healthy and ready to go this summer,” said Knaggs.

Yada is in his first season at Wenatchee Valley College after a successful prep career at Moses Lake High School. The southpaw has been dealing with a lower back injury this spring, limiting his availability for the Knights.

“The WVC coaches raved about him,” said Knaggs. “We love it anytime we can get a player from our own backyard.”

Jones will be the first ever Seattle University Redhawk to play for the AppleSox. The school revived their baseball program in 2010 after dropping it in 1986. He will come to Wenatchee with West Coast League experience, having pitched in three games for the Bend Elks in 2010. The redshirt junior from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has a 1.59 ERA this season in seven appearances for the Redhawks.

“The Seattle University coaching staff has ties to our league and they have done a great job of reviving that program in a short amount of time,” said Knaggs.

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

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Attached photographs of Bryce Jackson and Blaine Jones are courtesy of the WSU and Seattle University Sports Information Departments. The attached photograph of Mitch Yada is courtesy of the Wenatchee Valley College Athletic Department. 

 

 

 

 


 
Youth Clinic Registration Forms Now Available PDF Print E-mail

Youth_ClinicsRegistration forms for the popular AppleSox Youth Instructional Clinics sponsored by Subway and the Nickel Ads are now available. The annual summer clinics are for boys and girls ages 6 and older who want to improve their baseball and softball skills. Forms can be downloaded  by clicking here. The clinics feature AppleSox coaches and players as instructors over three sessions that cover pitching, hitting, and general

The AppleSox offer three separate sessions with emphasis on; pitching, hitting and a general skills session. Each session runs for three days from 9:00 AM - Noon.

When:

2012
Session 1-Pitching: June 18, 25, July 2
Session 2-Hitting: June 20-22
Session 3-General: July 16-18

Early registration is $75 and late registration (day of the clinic) is $85.

For more information on the youth clinics 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 Sign Pair From Oregon State PDF Print E-mail

OSU_Website_2012Two players from one of the Pac-12’s premier baseball schools will call Paul Thomas Sr. Field home this summer. Oregon State University is sending a pair of freshmen, right-handed pitcher Riley Wilkerson and outfielder Ryan Howell to play for the AppleSox.

“We have had a great relationship with Oregon State for many years,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “They are a fantastic program and every player they have ever sent us has been very well prepared to play in our league.”

Wilkerson is the third Oregon State player that has hailed from West Linn, Ore., to play for the AppleSox, following in the footsteps of Cole Gillespie (2004) and Ryan Barnes (2011). At West Linn High School he was named Pitcher of the Year for the 6A Three Rivers League and was selected to the All-State team after going 5-3 with a 1.95 earned run average on the mound his senior year. He has started four games for the Beavers this season and is 1-0 with a 5.84 ERA.

“Getting an opportunity to be a starting pitcher at Oregon State as only a freshman is very impressive. He has a bright future and we are looking forward to having him as part of our pitching staff,” said Knaggs.

Howell was named the Bay Valley Athletic League Offensive Player of the Year after his final season at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif. He hit .466 as a high school senior, driving in nine runs and stealing seven bases. The freshman has seen limited action for the Beavers, appearing in six games this spring.

“Like most players who have not seen a lot of action in the school season, I’m sure he will be chomping at the bit to get out on the field when he gets here this summer,” said Knaggs.

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

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Photographs of Riley Wilkerson and Ryan Howell are courtesy of the Oregon State Sports Information Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hawaii Sending Duo of Impact Freshmen PDF Print E-mail

Hawaii_Website1The University of Hawaii’s top hitter along with a lefty arm are the latest additions to the AppleSox roster. Infielder Stephen Ventimilia and left-handed pitcher Lawrence Chew will spend their summer in the Pacific Northwest with the AppleSox.

“We have had a long relationship with the University of Hawaii and every year it is exciting to receive the high caliber players that they send us,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs.

Ventimilia has started every game for the Warriors and leads the team with a .313 batting average as only a freshman. The Monterey, Calif., product also leads the team with 19 runs scored and has 26 hits, which is tied for the team high.

“It’s really impressive what he has been able to accomplish up at the plate in his first season,” said Knaggs. “He is an excellent runner and could be at the top of the batting order for us this summer.”

Chew has made seven appearances this season, including one start with a 1-1 record and a 3.26 ERA. The freshman from Mililani, Oahu earned all-state honors from the Honolulu Advertiser in high school.

“He is a strike-thrower who also has very good off-speed stuff,” said Knaggs.

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

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Attached photographs of Stephen Ventimilia and Lawrence Chew are courtesy of the University of Hawaii Sports Information Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Two Toreros to Play for the AppleSox PDF Print E-mail

USD_Website_2012The University of San Diego will provide the AppleSox a freshman hurler along with one of the most highly touted high school shortstops this summer. The Toreros are sending right-handed pitcher Drew Jacobs and infielder Tanner Rahier to play in Wenatchee.

“The University of San Diego does an excellent job of recruiting and each year we reap the benefits with the talented players that they send us,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs.

Jacobs, a native of Ventura, Calif., threw two no-hitters his senior year of high school. He is 1-1 with a 2.83 ERA in eleven appearances for the Toreros in his freshman campaign. An accomplished placekicker in high school, he has kicked a 57-yard field goal and was recruited to play football by San Diego State, Boise State, and USC.

“He comes highly recommended from their pitching coach Tyler Kincaid, who is a former AppleSox assistant coach,” said Knaggs. “He has an impressive fastball and has been a very consistent contributor in his freshman season.”

Rahier, from Indian Hills, Calif., is considered one of the top high school shortstops in the country. The University of San Diego commit was rated by Baseball America as the No. 29 high school prospect eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft.

“He is as highly touted as any high school kid we have ever signed to play for us” said Knaggs. “There is a risk for us to hold a roster spot for someone who could sign and go pro after the MLB Draft, but the risk is completely worth it to potentially have a player of his caliber.”

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

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Attached photograph of Drew Jacobs courtesy of the University of San Diego Sports Information Department.

 
AppleSox Add Trio from California Schools PDF Print E-mail

USF_and_Cal_Poly-1Three schools from “The Golden State” will provide the AppleSox players for the 2012 season. Cal Poly infielder Ryan Drobny, University of San Francisco catcher Tyler Schultz, and Glendale Community College pitcher Kirk Edson will join the AppleSox this summer.

As only a freshman Drobny was the starting first baseman on opening day for the Mustangs. The left-handed hitter from Danville, Calif., earned first team All-East Bay Athletic League honors after his senior year at San Ramon Valley High School.

“This summer he projects to play first base for us, but he is really versatile. He can play both corner infield positions and even in the outfield,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs.

It will be the first time since the 2008 season that the AppleSox have had a University of San Francisco player on the roster. Schultz, a Lakewood, Calif. native, was an accomplished two-sport athlete in high school. Not only was he named first team All-League three consecutive years for his work on the diamond, but was named league MVP as a quarterback at Lakewood High School.

“He is a left-handed hitting catcher, which is always nice. He comes from a phenomenal high school program and has a chance to be the catcher of the future for the University of San Francisco,” said Knaggs.

Edson, from Arcadia, Calif., is committed to transfer from Glendale Community College to the University of San Francisco. The freshman reliever has five saves and has yet to give up a run in over nine innings of work this spring.

“He is closing games for his community college and that is a role that he could potentially fill for us this summer,” said Knaggs.

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

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Attached photographs of Ryan Drobny and Tyler Schultz are courtesy of the Cal Poly and University of San Francisco Sports Information Departments. The attached photograph of Kirk Edson is courtesy of the Glendale Community College Athletic Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Sign Top Division III Talent PDF Print E-mail

PLU_GF_WebsiteTwo of the top Division III baseball programs in the northwest are providing the AppleSox with a pair of players this summer. Left-handed pitcher Trevor Lubking and outfielder Taylor Wattenberg from Pacific Lutheran University, along with infielder Derek Blankenship and catcher Josh Rapacz from George Fox University will spend their summer in Wenatchee.

Both PLU and George Fox play in the Northwest Conference, which features nine schools located in Washington and Oregon. PLU won the Northwest Conference Championship in 2007 and 2009 and has provided the AppleSox with key contributors Josh Takayoshi and Brock Gates in recent years. George Fox has put together sixteen straight winning seasons and in 2004 captured the Division III National Championship.

“Each year both schools seem to battle at the top of the Northwest Conference,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “Both have great coaching staffs and provide players that are well prepared to play in the West Coast League.”

Lubking is in his freshman season at PLU after a successful prep career at White River High School in Buckley. He was named the 2A South Puget Sound League MVP an All-State honoree after his senior season.

“He is a young lefty that they think is going to see a lot of time on the mound at PLU this season,” said Knaggs.

Wattenberg played his first two years at Columbia Basin College before transferring to PLU. Last season at CBC the Des Moines native hit .250 with 16 RBIs.

“After high school his family moved to Chelan, so this summer will be like he is playing in his own backyard,” said Knaggs.

Blankenship spent last summer in the West Coast League. The sophomore from Baker City, Ore. played for the Bend Elks, appearing in 28 games and hitting .237. His connection with the AppleSox coaching staff goes back many years. Blankenship’s father played for AppleSox pitching coach Rob Hippi in high school.

“He is a really neat kid and comes from a great family,” said Knaggs. “He will be a utility guy who will mostly be in the middle infield but can also go out in the outfield.”

Rapacz, in his junior year at George Fox, also comes to the AppleSox with WCL experience. The Richland native was a member of the Moses Lake Pirates in 2010, where he played in 19 games after his freshman season and hit .220.

“He will be our most experienced catcher this season,” said Knaggs. “It is such a nice luxury to have someone who has not only spent a lot of time behind the plate, but has also played in our league.”

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

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Attached photographs of Taylor Wattenberg and Trevor Lubking are courtesy of the Pacific Lutheran University Sports Information Department. Photographs of Derek Blankenship and Josh Rapacz are courtesy of the George Fox University Sports Information Department.

 
AppleSox Welcome “Damn Yankees” to PAC Feb. 28 PDF Print E-mail

Damn_Yankees_WebsiteThe AppleSox Baseball Club is excited to welcome the national touring production of “Damn Yankees” to the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee (before it goes to Seattle) next Tuesday, February 28 for two shows at 4pm and 8pm. This is one of the biggest productions to come to the PAC.

Winner of 8 Tony Awards including “Best Musical”, Damn Yankees is musical comedy about a middle-aged baseball fanatic named Joe who trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team in the pennant race against the New York Yankees, only to realize the true worth of the life (and wife) he's left behind.

Damn Yankees opens in 1956 Washington, DC, where Meg Boyd and other "baseball widows" around the nation's capital lament about losing their husbands, who can be found doing nothing but watching TV or going to Griffith Stadium, all to cheer their beloved Washington Senators to victory over the New York Yankees “Six Months Out of Every Year”. Disheartened by another loss for the Senators, Meg's husband, Joe, mutters that he would sell his soul to the devil for "one long ball hitter" on the Senators. As soon as the words come out of his mouth, he is greeted by Satan himself in the form of the charismatic conman Mr. Applegate. Click here to read the entire synopsis.

Tickets are $32 for Students, $35 for PAC Members, $37 for seniors and $40 for adults. Groups discounts are available – 10% off of groups of 10 or more, 20% off groups of 20 or more.  Here is a link to PAC website where you can see videos and learn more about the story. Click Here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Add Zags to 2012 Roster PDF Print E-mail

Gonzaga_Website_2The Wenatchee AppleSox roster will once again be loaded with Gonzaga Bulldogs as six Washington natives connected to the Spokane school are set to play for the team this summer. The group includes four freshman, right-handed pitcher Zach Abbruzza, right-handed pitcher Kevin Moriarty, left-handed pitcher Derek Callahan, and infielder Mitchell Gunsolus, along with two high school recruits – right-handed pitcher Taylor Jones and infielder Cabe Reiten – are set to spend their summer in Wenatchee.

“Gonzaga has been so good to us every year,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs, who spent seven years as a Gonzaga assistant coach. “It’s fun to look at their roster and see it dotted with so many former AppleSox players.”

Abbruzza was named the Washington Coaches Association 4A Co-Player of the Year last season after putting up a 1.03 ERA at Redmond High School. He earned numerous postseason awards after his senior season, including being named to the first team All-State 4A and Kingco Player of the Year.

“He is going into his freshman season as a pitcher, but there is a chance he could become a two-way player in the future,” said Knaggs. “In addition to logging innings for us this summer he could see some time in the field as well.”

Moriarty, a Shoreline native who attended Shorewood High School, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 47th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. The 6-foot-6 hurler has a fastball that touches 90 mph.

“We are excited to have him. I first heard about him last summer from a scout who talked about how impressive he was,” said Knaggs.

Callahan attended Edmonds-Woodway High School where he was named first team All-Wesco his senior season. He served as team captain for two years and threw a no-hitter during his junior season.

“At 6-foot-4, he is a big lefty that has a lot of potential. He has a bright career ahead of him at Gonzaga. ” said Knaggs.

Gunsolus came to Gonzaga from Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The middle infielder was named first team All-Kingco as the team’s starting shortstop. In addition to his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, he was also named second team All-Kingco in football as a quarterback.

“He is a left-handed hitting middle infielder who the Gonzaga coaches project as a future starter,” said Knaggs.

Jones, a senior at Kentwood High School in Covington was ranked a top 100 high school prospect by Baseball America’s. The 6-foot-7 prep was also rated by Baseball Northwest as the top right-hander pitcher and the third best pitching prospect in the state.

Reiten attends school at Academy Northwest, but plays baseball at Olympia High School. Last season as a junior the shortstop was named The Olympian’s All-Area Player of the Year and co-MVP of the Narrows League.

“Gonzaga is really excited about these two high school recruits,” said Knaggs. “They think both have the ability to be impact players as soon as they step on campus and want them to gain some experience before then with us.”

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

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Attached photographs of Zach Abbruzza, Kevin Moriarty, Derek Callahan, and Mitchell Gunsolus are courtesy of the Gonzaga Sports Information Department.

 
Four Anteaters Joining the AppleSox PDF Print E-mail

UC_Irvine_WebsiteFor the fourth straight season the AppleSox roster will feature players from UC Irvine baseball program. The Anteaters are sending infielder Taylor Sparks, outfielder Jeff Stephens, right-handed pitcher Sam Moore, and right-handed pitcher Kyle Davis to play for Wenatchee in 2012.

“We have a wonderful relationship with UC Irvine and every player that they have ever sent us has been so well coached,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs, who played for UC Irvine head coach Mike Gillespie at the College of the Canyons in Valencia, Calif. “Our approach to the game is very similar to their style. We both like to create a lot of action and keep the game in motion.”

Sparks, a freshman from Long Beach, Calif., is expected to make an immediate impact for the Anteaters. The 6-foot-4 third baseman was a 24th round draft pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2011 MLB Draft. In addition to his work on the field, he was a two-time Athlete of the Year at St. John Bosco High School.

“He is one of the most highly touted players of their freshman class,” said Knaggs.“He is a strong kid that will provide a powerful bat to our lineup.”

The only upperclassman of the group, Stephens is in his first season at UC Irvine after transferring from Sierra College. The junior from Navato, Calif. was voted a preseason junior college All-American and hit .357 at Sierra College last season.

“As a junior college transfer they expect him to come in right away and compete for playing time,” said Knaggs. “Our roster tends to skew younger, so he will be one of the more veteran guys on our team.”

Both Moore and Davis are candidates to log innings as freshman. Moore, a native of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., was named the 2011 Bay City League Most Valuable Pitcher after going 9-1 with a 0.89 ERA at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Davis set a single season record for strikeouts with 67 at Great Oak High School in Temecula, Calif.

“Each year we tend to get young arms from UC Irvine and these guys seem to fit the mold,” said Knaggs. “They are both guys expect to come in and battle for innings out of the bullpen immediately as freshman.”

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

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Attached photographs of Taylor Sparks, Jeff Stephens, Sam Moore, and Kyle Davis are courtesy of the UC Irvine Sports Information Department.

 

 

 

 

 
Husky Hurlers Set to Join the AppleSox PDF Print E-mail

UW_Website_GraphicThe University of Washington will provide a pair of arms to the AppleSox pitching staff in 2012. The Huskies are sending right-handed pitcher Aaron West and right-handed pitcher Tyler Kane to spend their summer in Wenatchee.

“During my time with the AppleSox we have had a lot of University of Washington players on the team,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “Last season was one rare years when we didn’t have any Huskies and it is exciting to have a couple of strong arms coming our way this summer.”

West had an outstanding summer campaign in 2011. The Snohomish native was named the Far West League’s top prospect after going 7-0 with a 0.17 ERA for the Humboldt Crabs. This season as a junior he is one of the University of Washington’s top starters with a 1-0 record and a 0.82 ERA.

“After tearing it up last summer he has kept that momentum coming into the school season,” said Knaggs.

Last season Kane led the Huskies in appearances, pitching in 25 games as only a freshman. Originally from Mill Creek, the sophomore spent last summer in New York with the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League where he 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA.

“He has some arm issues earlier in year, but he has already seen action this season,” said Knaggs. “It is especially nice with both guys that will be coming to us already with a good amount of collegiate experience under their belt.”

The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Bells on June 1st. The team will return to Paul Thomas Sr. Field to start a six-game homestand beginning with the home opener on June 5th against the Bend Elks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AppleSox Introduce Barden as New Radio Voice PDF Print E-mail

Jonathan_Barden_WebsiteThe Wenatchee AppleSox are pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Barden as the newest member of the team’s front office. In addition to serving as the AppleSox radio broadcaster, Barden will work year-round for the team as communications director and sponsor sales.

“We received over 75 applications from throughout the country.  The talent level was impressive.  But Jonathan’s enthusiasm and energy made him stand out in the crowd.  We’re very happy to have Jonathan join our organization,” said AppleSox owner/general manager Jim Corcoran.

The native of Murfreesboro, Tenn. will graduate from Mississippi State University in May with a B.A. in Communication. His broadcasting background includes serving as a guest announcer for ESPNU and co-hosting “The Sports Zone” television show at Mississippi State University. He has also worked as the public address announcer for the MSU baseball and softball teams

"I'm ecstatic to be a part of the AppleSox organization and can't wait to move to Wenatchee in May,” said Barden. “I look forward to working with a great group of people and having a strong presence in the community. I promise I will do the best I can to deliver quality broadcasts."

Fans can hear Barden broadcast every AppleSox game on the team’s radio home 560 KPQ or online at www.kpq.com. The AppleSox open the 2012 season on the road June 1st against the Bellingham Bells.

 
2012 AppleSox MVP Cards Now on Sale PDF Print E-mail

Punchcard_WebsiteLooking for the perfect gift for the baseball fan on your list? The AppleSox have all your bases covered!

The 2012 AppleSox MVP Cards are now available. The popular punch cards can be purchased at the Applewood Grill, 10 Down, and the AppleSox office. MVP cards are good for four general admission tickets to any 2012 home game, for only $20. As an extra bonus, the back of the MVP cards include a coupon for 10% off at the Applewood Grill in Wenatchee and 10 Down.

Season tickets also make an excellent gift and are available now. A general admission season ticket costs only $110. Season tickets cover all 33 AppleSox home games for the 2012 season and any playoff games are included as an extra bonus.

Don’t forget to stop by the AppleSox online team store during your holiday shopping, which features a great variety of team merchandise.

For more information on any of the AppleSox gift ideas, call our office at (509) 665-6900.

 
AppleSox Announce 2012 Season Schedule PDF Print E-mail

FansThe AppleSox have finalized the schedule for the 2012 season, which will begin in Bellingham on June 1st and feature a franchise record 60 games.

The first home game will be Tuesday, June 5th as part of the opening six-game homestand against the Bend Elks and Corvallis Knights.

“We are pleased to announce that the AppleSox have added value to our 2012 season for fans and sponsors by adding an additional game to our regular season in 2012,” said AppleSox owner/general manager Jim Corcoran.

“For our 13th season we are excited to have our largest schedule in team history. We once again are looking forward to celebrating summer one inning at a time at Paul Thomas Sr. Field,” said Corcoran.

Six of the AppleSox games will be against non-league opponents, which includes the Portland Bucks and Portland Dukes of the West Coast League Portland, the WCL’s developmental league. The Central Oregon Bucks will also come to town for a two-game series. It will be the first trip to Wenatchee for the Central Oregon Bucks, who are a feeder team for the West Coast League’s Bend Elks.

The number of teams and divisional alignment will remain the same in the West Coast League for the 2012 season.

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 complete 2012 schedule click here.

 
AppleSox Broadcaster Moves On To Boise State PDF Print E-mail

Chris_King-A-Sox_WebsiteThe AppleSox organization bids a fond farewell to one of its own, Chris King, who is moving to Idaho to take a position with Boise State University, calling women’s basketball games and filling in during some men’s games as well.

King started with the AppleSox as the team’s radio announcer in 2008, while he was still attending Washington State University. After graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU in 2009 he came back to Wenatchee and began working for the AppleSox full time.

In addition to being the “voice of the AppleSox” for three seasons, King also served as the team’s communications director and in sponsor sales.

Affable, talented and diligent Chris made many good impressions while he was here. And here are just a few of the things people had to say about him:

Owner Jim Corcoran: “Chris reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age. We both graduated from the same broadcasting program at WSU and went in to the world with lots of energy and enthusiasm. We will miss Chris a great deal. But there is a deep reward in watching great young talent come through the AppleSox organization, whether they are players or broadcasters. We wish him the best.”

Bruce Bennett, team statistician: “I love sitting next to him. He does such incredible research, not only on our team but also on the opposing team’s roster, it was also an education listening to him call a game.”

Brian Adamowsky, Wenatchee World sports reporter: “Chris tells you what’s happening in such a way that you feel like you’re really there. He was so on top of everything.”

A search is presently underway for a seasonal radio play-by-play announcer, and a sponsor sales position that would create a year-round position, to replace Chris in 2012.

 
Wenatchee Baseball History Program a Hit PDF Print E-mail

Museum_Talk_PostNearly 60 people gathered to hear about Wenatchee's baseball history as part of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center's Afternoon Program Series.

Chris King with the AppleSox recounted the Wenatchee area’s more than 100-year old love of the game by talking about the days of town ball, when nearly every company, club and organization had its very own team.

He led off with a story about the first baseball game in Wenatchee, which took place in the late 1800s.

He talked about the days when baseball greats like Satchel Paige, Bob Feller and other Hall of Famers would come and play exhibition games with local all stars.

He also talked about the barn storming days when quirky teams like the famous House of David would come and play local teams. Hall of famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, an ex-Navy man who enjoyed his libations nearly as much as he did his baseball, pitched a game for the House of David in Wenatchee.

In the 20s and 30s, before television, American baseball fans turned out in droves to see these traveling teams play, and Alexander once said: “You want to see the world, join the Navy. You want to see the US, join the House of David baseball team.”

In fact in 1924 the Brooklyn Dodgers themselves traveled to play an exhibition game in Wenatchee and afterward four of the Dodgers got so drunk and rowdy in the hotel that after causing $200 in damage and beating up a bellboy they were thrown in jail. It took so long to get them bailed out that the team were forced to traveled on without them. The next night the Dodgers lost to the Everett Seagulls in what some call, “the biggest baseball upset in Washington state history.”

And of course King spoke about the Wenatchee Chiefs, the local minor league team established in 1937, which was a huge part of local sports culture for 25 years.

In addition to the tales of years past there was vintage memorabilia on hand, such as the Wenatchee Chiefs batboy and mascot Dale Noyd’s old jersey.

Noyd, who would reportedly received  the largest ovations of all during home games.

His jersey, as well as other old Chiefs memorabilia such as signed baseballs and a championship ring will be on display soon at the Museum as a part of the coming Wenatchee baseball history exhibit.

One ex-Chiefs player actually came to the lecture this afternoon as well. Bill Osborn, one of the Chiefs pitchers in 1947 who received a round of applause from the crowd when introduced.

To learn more about the history of baseball in Wenatchee, visit the Museum Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

And if you have any Wenatchee baseball memorabilia please contact the Museum!

Article courtesy of Dominick Bonney and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center Blog.

 
Wenatchee Baseball History Program Oct. 20 PDF Print E-mail

Museum_TalkLearn about Wenatchee's baseball history at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center on Thursday, October 20th. The presentation will be hosted by the voice of the AppleSox Chris King and is part of the Museum and Cultural Center’s Afternoon Program Series.

The program will feature historic baseball photographs from the museum’s archives and cover the region’s strong baseball tradition. In addition to covering the Chiefs and AppleSox, the presentation will feature other Wenatchee baseball stories that include:

-          The Brooklyn Dodgers memorable trip to the Apple Capitol.

-          Presidential politics and baseball mix in Wenatchee.

-          The night two Hall of Famer hurlers appeared at Rec Park.

Date: 10/20/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors; museum members free

Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum

127 South Mission Street

Wenatchee, Washington 98801

 
AppleSox Highlighted in AARP Magazine PDF Print E-mail

AARP_ArticleThe AppleSox are part of the national recognition the Wenatchee Valley has received by AARP Magazine.

Wenatchee was one of five communities the magazine highlighted on their list of best/most affordable places to retire in the country.

The AppleSox are included in the article as the best night on the town in Wenatchee, saying “fall in love with baseball all over again with the AppleSox, part of the West Coast League, a wooden-bat summer collegiate league.”

The article is on page 57 of the September/October 2011 issue of the magazine. Click here to read the full article.

 
West Coast League Top Prospect Lists Released PDF Print E-mail

2011_Top_Prospect_ListSix AppleSox players were named to the post-season top prospect lists by Perfect Game CrossChecker and Baseball America. Perfect Game CrossChecker listed the West Coast League’s top 35 prospects that featured six Wenatchee players, while two AppleSox players made the Baseball America list ranking the WCL’s top 10 prospects.

Perfect Game Top 35 WCL Prospects

#11         Breland Almadova (Hawaii)

#12         Adam Nelubowich (WSU)

#24         Owen Jones (Portland)

#28         Cole Baylis (OSU)

#30         Scott Simon (WSU)

#35         Alex Phillips (Kentucky)

Baseball America Top 10 WCL Prospects

#6           Breland Almadova (Hawaii)

#7           Adam Nelubowich (WSU)

Click here to view the full Perfect Game CrossChecker prospect list for the WCL. Click here to see the full Baseball America list (Baseball America subscription required).

In addition to the 2011 AppleSox players that were recognized, there were many former AppleSox players that were included as summer collegiate baseball top prospects.

Western Major Collegiate League

#1 Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga)

Northwoods League

#44 Billy Moon (Gonzaga)

New England Collegiate League

#32 Matt Whitehouse (UC Irvine)

#39 Kyle Johnson (WSU)

West Coast League

#25 Royce Bolinger (Gonzaga)

#27 Ryan Gorton (OSU)

#32 Alex Stanford (Gonzaga)

 

 
Milone Hits Home Run in MLB Debut PDF Print E-mail

Tom_MiloneFormer AppleSox pitcher Tom Milone made his MLB debut Saturday, getting the no-decision after allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings. The highlight of the night for Milone did not come on the mound, but up at the plate.

On the very first pitch he saw as a major leaguer, Milone blasted a three-run homer. Only 26 players in MLB history have a hit a home run on the very first pitch they saw, and Milone became the first starting pitcher in history to accomplish the feat. After the historic blast Milone was cheered on by fans to take a curtain call. Click here to watch the home run.

Milone pitched for the AppleSox in 2006, helping Wenatchee capture the West Coast League Championship. He compiled a 5-1 record with a 2.61 ERA during his summer with the AppleSox. He was drafted by the Nationals out of USC in the 10th round of the 2008 draft.

“He was great for us in 2006 and was a part of an outstanding pitching staff that summer,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “He had a great demeanor on the mound and was a consistent strike-thrower with an excellent changeup.”

Milone joins Jason Hammel (Colorado Rockies), Clay Mortensen (Colorado Rockies), and Cole Gillespie (Arizona Diamondbacks) as the fourth former AppleSox player to reach the major leagues.

The left-hander compiled a 12-6 record with a 3.22 ERA for Triple-A Syracuse this season, striking out 155 and walking only 16 in 148 1/3 innings. He was named the Washington Nationals 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 12-5 with a 2.85 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg.

*Photograph courtesy of the Syracuse Chiefs.

 
AppleSox Ace Named WCL Pitcher of the Year PDF Print E-mail

WCL_Pitcher_of_the_YearThe record setting summer for Owen Jones was capped off by being named the West Coast League’s Pitcher of the Year. Jones, who’ll be a senior at the University of Portland, set a league record with 7 wins, going 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched.

In addition to the WCL Pitcher of the Year honor, the Edmonds native was already named a summer collegiate baseball First Team All-American by Perfect Game CrossChecker. Only four pitchers in the country were named to the All-American First Team.

Jones previously played in Wenatchee after his freshman year in 2008. He was one of the most consistent pitchers for the AppleSox in 2008, being named All-WCL honorable mention and helping the team reach the WCL Championship Series. He went 3-3 with a 2.72 ERA, the lowest on the team for a starter that season.

Walla Walla Sweets infielder Alex Stanford is the 2011 WCL MVP. The senior-to-be second baseman from Gonzaga was second in the league in hitting with a .340 average, while setting a new league single-season mark with 66 hits. Stanford smashed 2 home runs, had 11 RBIs and stole 15 bases. It’s the second consecutive season a middle infielder has won the award. Tommy Richards (Washington State) of the Bend Elks was the league MVP in 2010.

Brooke Knight of the Corvallis Knights earned the WCL Coach of the Year award for the third time. Knight led Corvallis to the West Coast League Championship in 2011, after winning the title in 2008. Knight was Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

The Cowlitz Black Bears won the Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award for the first time. The award is presented to the team exhibiting exceptional sportsmanship and honors the long-time coach and former West Coast League commissioner.

Eddie Poplawski, the first-year owner of the Bellingham Bells, was selected WCL Executive of the Year.

 


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