WENATCHEE – On June 3, 2016, the Wenatchee AppleSox open their 17th season, and a 33-game home schedule at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. The schedule features 27 West Coast League matchups, and 6 non-league games, the team announced Friday.
The schedule also includes a Father’s Day matchup June 19, the team’s annual Fireworks Night presented by Edward Jones July 3, and an Independence Day game the following night.
The realigned WCL schedule kicks off immediately, with Wenatchee entertaining geographical rival Yakima Valley, June 3. First pitch will fly at 7:05 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m., and the Friday-night matchup opens the first of six weekend series on Wenatchee’s schedule this summer.
Two organizations make their first appearances on the AppleSox schedule in 2016, including the WCL’s newest franchise, the Gresham GreyWolves. In non-league action, Wenatchee will face the Alaska Goldpanners. This is the first time the Goldpanners, from Fairbanks, have come to Wenatchee. The team was launched in 1960 and later started the Alaska Baseball League. They are perennial contenders at the NBC tournament in Wichita.
Wenatchee will also welcome the San Francisco Seals to the Apple Capital, to complete the six-game non-league slate. It will mark the third-consecutive season the teams have met in Wenatchee.
June 3-5, Wenatchee plays its only home games with the Yakima Valley Pippins, after a league realignment moved the Pippins to a six-team South Division. Wenatchee will play in the North, with four other division members, including Walla Walla, Kelowna, Bellingham, and Victoria. Bend, Corvallis, Cowlitz, Gresham, and Kitsap round out the South. League members will compete for first and second half titles in both divisions. The winners of the first and second halves of the season will face each other in the WCL Divisional postseason series, before setting up a North-South Championship series.
The two winningest franchises in WCL history meet June 10-12 in Wenatchee, when Corvallis comes to town. The first two games of the series are slated for 7:05 p.m. first pitches, and Sunday’s game will open at 6:05 p.m.
All non-Sunday home games start at 7:05 p.m. in 2016, and all seven Sunday home games will begin at 6:05 p.m.
Wenatchee’s first multi-series homestand begins Tuesday June 14 and continues through the Father’s Day game, June 19. Walla Walla and San Francisco will be the AppleSox foes for the week.
The AppleSox next six home games will be against Canadian outfits. Victoria comes to town Monday June 27 through Wednesday June 29. To cap a streak of nine WCL home games, Kelowna will visit for Fourth of July weekend, with the series opening Sunday July 3 on Fireworks Night, and continuing through Tuesday.
Wenatchee plays its second six-game homestand against WCL South opponents Gresham and Bend, July 9-14. It will be the Sox second meeting against the two teams for Oregon, following the teams southerly six-game road trip in late June.
After the All Star Game July 19 at Cowlitz, in Longview, Wenatchee hosts the Kitsap BlueJackets for three games. Then, after a six-game roadstand, the AppleSox end a string of 12-straight games, when they welcome the Alaska Goldpanners to Washington.
The final regular season home series of 2016 will coincide with the WCL’s regular season end, when Wenatchee plays host to Bellingham, one of the league’s powerhouse organizations over the past two years.
Should the AppleSox reach their 14th postseason, Divisional Playoff games will be held August 9-11 at the participating teams’ stadiums. The WCL Championship series will take place August 13-16. The team with the best record will likely host the final two games of the series (third game, if necessary), August 15-16.
Fans can enjoy three different seating options for AppleSox season tickets: Premium Reserved Seating, General Admission Bleacher Seating and General Admission Family Bleacher Seating. There's a seating choice for every taste and all are bargain-priced! Benefits include:
- Same great seats for all events, including playoffs and promotional nights.
- Generous discounts off the regular ticket prices.
- Transferable. Thank valuable clients or reward star employees with your tickets.
- An invitation to the annual AppleSox Hot Stove Party.
Premium Reserved Seats: $215 - The best seats in the house, with the best close-up location to the field. Premium seats in the "Nan & Red Ogan Seating Section" have seat backs and arms.
General Admission Bleacher Seats: $115 - All bleacher seats have great views of the field. A family seating section is alcohol-free. General admission tickets are also good for the Pepsi Patio Deck and the lawn chair areas.
Contact the AppleSox at 509-665-6900 or visit www.applesox.com/tickets for more information.