APPLESOX BACK IN WENATCHEE FOR FIRST HOME WCL SERIES
The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-3, 1-2), fourth place in the WCL East, return to the friendly confines to take on the Corvallis Knights (3-4, 2-4), after losing last night’s contest, and series, 4-3 at Walla Walla in 10 innings ...The AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (4-3) (.571), who is in his 3rd season with the Sox, after managing the pitching staff in 2013 and 2014...Proszek is assisted by Miles Kizer and Cory LeBrun, both in their first seasons.
Again, it took extras, but this time the AppleSox came away empty handed, after losing a three-run lead in the ninth inning. CJ Gettman continued the AppleSox strong string of starting pitching, but Walla Walla pushed across three with the bases loaded and Clayton Ayers hit a walkoff RBI single up the middle of the diamond to win the series for the Sweets on a close play at the plate.
WHEN NINE ISN’T ENOUGH
The AppleSox have played three extra inning games in the first seven contests of 2015...three of the last four vs. Walla Walla have taken 9+...last night was the third extra-inning game in the last five for the Sox...in league play it was their sixth in the last seven, sixth in the last 10 and seventh in the last 16... of their last 16 extra-inning games the Sox have won 12...they are 34-26 overall, 33-20 in league and now 19-11 on the road.
Getting to the Sox bullpen has to be focus number one for opponents...the AppleSox starting rotation hasn’t given up a run in league play, and has tossed 20-consecutive scoreless innings, while only allowing nine hits.
WHERE’S THE OFFENSE?
Wenatchee lead the league in hitting with a .291 batting average in 2014...they had five players bat over .300, the most of any Sox team in the past five seasons...there were more than five, but to be eligible for the batting title a player needs 146 plate appearances (2.7 plate appearances times per team game...in a 54-game season that is 146)...Tyler Frost hit .373 (third-WCL), Caleb Wood .360, Sam Brown .340, Ty Jackson .337 and Michael McCann .318...currently the team is tied for last in average with Klamath Falls at .186.
RECORDS SET/TIED 2014
- Most hits season: 559. Old record 538 in 2012.
- Most singles season: 450. Old record 419 in 2012.
- Most total bases season: 719. Tied with 2012.
- Most runs season: 324. Old record 312 in 2011.
- Most walks game: 17. Old record 12 in 2008.
- Most strikeouts: 468. Old record 397 in 2010.
- Most batters hit by pitch: 49. Old record 45 in 2009
- Most hits game: 5, Nick Brooks. Tied record with three others.
- Most walks game: 4, Kyle Vanderkin and Joe Gillette. Tied record with three others.
- Most triples season: 4, Sam Brown. Tied record with three others.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 817 games, the AppleSox own a 517-300 (.633) record...the AppleSox are 377-200 (.654) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 325-182 (.642) all-time in WCL league games (including playoffs), and 55-15 (.786) all-time in non-league contests since 2005...all-time, the AppleSox are 408-257 (.614) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 312-154 (.670) all-time home record, and is 215-165 (.566) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-26 all-time in extra-inning games, and the Sox set a record for free baseball last summer, playing eight extended contests (previous high: 6).