APPLESOX CONTINUE ROAD TRIP IN SWEETS COUNTRY
The Wenatchee AppleSox (10-12, 7-11), fourth place in the WCL East, continue their longest road trip of the season, at the Walla Walla Sweets (10-11, 10-11), in the teams’ second series meeting of the season...all of the first six games of the season are to be played at Borleske Stadium...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (10-12) (.455), 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.
LAST TIME OUT
The AppleSox were locked in a battle north of the border Sunday afternoon...again the Sox were plagued by quick scoring from the opposition...Victoria scored six runs in the first two innings, to take a commanding 6-1 lead into the third...Wenatchee worked its way back into the game with five runs, combined, in the fifth and sixth innings, and another four combined in the eighth and ninth innings, including a three-run ninth-inning rally to send the game to extra innings...a sweep still wasn’t meant to be in Victoria, though, as the HarbourCats loaded the bases on the AppleSox and walked home the winning run with the bases loaded...the AppleSox are now 1-3 in games that end in the final at bat.
TEACH ME HOW TO DOUGIE
Evan Douglas already has five home runs this season, which is tied with Patrick Flynn of Bend for the league lead...he has two more home runs than any AppleSox hitter from 2014...Ty Jackson, Nick Brooks, and Tyler Frost each had three last season...Andre Real had 6 in 2013...Ryan Howell with six in 2012, and Taylor Sparks with 9.
A LOT TO LIKE ABOUT LIIKALA
AppleSox outfielder Sheldon Liikala is providing a big push for the club in 2015...Liikala is tied for first in batting average at .365 with Mitchell Holland...he also has nine RBI, tied with Holland for second-most behid Evan Douglas’ 11...Liikala has the strongest road trip average so far, on this six-game stand - he went 7-for-13 at Victoria and had a four-hit afternoon, Sunday, the first AppleSox four-hit game of the season.
GREATEST, AND NOT SO GREATEST HITS
For the first time in 2015, the AppleSox out-hit their opponent and lost, Sunday...Wenatchee had 17 hits, a new season-high, but still, a 6-1 defecit after two innings proved too much to overcome on the road...the AppleSox only had 18 hits over three games, their first time around at Borleske Stadium, this summer...none of the 18 hits to open the league season went for extra bases.
IN THE FIRST MEETING...
Each the AppleSox and the Sweets threw shutouts in the first two meetings (of three) at Borleske Stadium, earlier this year...the AppleSox have now been involved in three shutouts this season (2-1), with their only shutout loss coming at the hand of the Sweets...Walla Walla is 1-2 in shutout games this year, with their other loss coming in 1-0 fashion to the Bellingham Bells, June 18...there are only five AppleSox players from the first road series at Walla Walla that had hits and are still active...the AppleSox hit 1.86 in the first series and Walla Walla hit .169... the two teams combined to walk 31 batters, just over 10 per game...Walla Walla only had one extra-base hit, a double...setting the mark for worst combined hitting series this year for the AppleSox and any opponent.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 832 games, the AppleSox own a 523-309 (.629) record...the AppleSox are 383-209 (.647) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 331-191 (.634) 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 414-266 (.609) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 315-160 (.667) all-time home record, and is 218-168 (.565) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-28 all-time in extra-inning games.