GAME NOTES 6/17
BASEBALL BLURBS 6/17
SOX SEEK FIRST HOME SWEEP SINCE 2013
The Wenatchee AppleSox (6-6, 3-5), fourth place in the WCL East, handed the Medford Rogues (5-6, 5-6) their fifth-consecutive loss last night in an 8-3 win, and the middle of the order combined to collect six of the team’s eight hits...the AppleSox won the series last night and now have a chance to complete their first home sweep since Aug. 5-7, 2013 over the Victoria HarbourCats...Wednesday is Kid’s Day brought to you by Fred Meyer...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (6-6) (.500), 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.
The AppleSox won their second-consecutive game by a score of 8-3 over the Medford Rogues...Wenatchee used a six-run fourth inning (highest single scoring inning of the season) to take a lead that they would not relinquish...Mitchell Holland went 3-for-4 to lead all batters in total hits, Keston Hiura drove in 2-RBI and was the only multi-RBI Sox player, while Sheldon Liikala extended his hitting streak to 12-consecutive games, and eight-consecutive in WCL play.
GET HIM ON, MOVE HIM UP, DRIVE HIM IN
The AppleSox bats drove in four of the team’s six RBI, with two outs last night...Keston Hiura had both of his on a two-out single, Mitchell Holland followed with another on a single, both in the fourth inning.
MIDDLE OF THE ORDER LIVES LARGE
The three-four-five spots in the AppleSox lineup may be safe for awhile...Keston Hiura, Mitchell Holland, and Sheldon Liikala are a combined 13-26, 9R, 6RBI over the last two games, as the three-four-five hitters....the combo is batting .500 with a .593 on-base percentage.
IF IT’S DECIDED BY A RUN...
The AppleSox and Medford are different teams in one-run games...the Rogues are 3-1 in one-run games, and the AppleSox are 0-3...the Sox have played a 4th one-run game, but it was in non-league play, a 7-6 win in extra innings over the Spokane Expos.
AMONGST THE LEADERS
Sheldon Liikala sits at ninth in batting in the WCL, with a .379 average entering play...Bend’s Tyler Davis leads at .463...his eight-game league hitting streak is tied for second-best with Bend’s Christian Cavaness, and Kelowna’s Ben Gamba, all chasing Tyler Davis at 10 games.
IN TIGHT SPOTS
Wenatchee has a .304 average with runners in scoring position, and it skyrockets to .378 with runners in scoring position with two outs...Sox pitchers are holding opponents to .224 with runners in scoring position, and .170 with scoring position and two outs. (Bases loaded: Sox: 0-7, 6 RBI - opponents: 4-18
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 822 games, the AppleSox own a 519-303 (.633) record...the AppleSox are 379-203 (.654) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 327-185 (.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 410-260 (.614) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 314-157 (.670) all-time home record, and is 215-165 (.566) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-27 all-time in extra-inning games, and the Sox set a record for free baseball last summer, playing eight extended contests.