APPLESOX OPEN 2015 vs. SAN FRANCISCO
The Wenatchee AppleSox (0-0, 0-0), tied for first in the WCL East, open the 2015 season against the same opponent they faced in last year’s home-opener (also June 4), the San Francisco Seals (N/A)...The AppleSox are entering their 16th season (11th in the WCL) and are playing their first game under new skipper, AJ Proszek (0-0) (.000), who is in his 3rd season with the Sox, after managing the pitching staff in 2013 and 2014...The AppleSox are undefeated (2-0) in coaches inaugural games...Proszek is assisted by Miles Kizer and Cory LeBrun, both in their first seasons.
COVERAGE OF THE APPLESOX
Broadcast frequencies for AppleSox broadcasts are listed below. Fans can listen online at applesox.com/listen-live. Second-year broadcaster Trevor Williams will call the play-by-play all season, with broadcasts scheduled to start 25 minutes prior to first pitch.
ABOUT OPENING NIGHT
The AppleSox are 11-4 in Opening Night games...Wenatchee has won its last three openers...the three-game winning streak is tied for team-best in home opening games (2008-10)...with a win tonight, the AppleSox will have won four-consecutive openers, a franchise-best mark...the Sox have a 7-4 record in home-opening contests...the AppleSox have played on the road four times to open their season...they are a perfect 4-0 in those contests (all league games)...against non-league opponents, the AppleSox are 5-2 in opening games...Wenatchee has faced the Seals to open a season once (2014), a game Wenatchee won 5-0...Thursday marks the third time the AppleSox have faced a team from San Francisco to open a season (16-1 win vs. SF Angels, 2004 & 5-0 win vs. SF Seals, 2014).
A LOOK BACK
For just the third time in 15 years, the AppleSox missed the playoffs in 2014 (34-25), ending a streak of 12-consecutive postseasons reached...they finished second in the WCL East behind Yakima Valley, and fifth in the WCL, 1.5 games away from clinching a playoff berth... Wenatchee lead the league in hitting with a .291 batting average...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.
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.
ED KNAGGS BY THE NUMBERS
In 14 seasons as an AppleSox Head Coach, Ed Knaggs owned a 497-274 overall record (.645)...he was 377-221 in league play (.630)...Knaggs won five WCL titles and one PIL Championship...the AppleSox first coach, Gary Lewallen, was 16-23.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 810 games, the AppleSox own a 513-297 (.633) record...the AppleSox are 373-197 (.654) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 324-180 (.641) all-time in WCL league games (including playoffs), and 52-14 (.785) all-time in non-league contests since 2005...all-time, the AppleSox are 407-255 (.613) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 104-39 (.725) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 309-153 (.669) all-time home record, and is 214-163 (.568) on the road...Wenatchee is 32-25 all-time in extra-inning games, and the Sox set a record for free baseball last summer, playing eight extended contests (previous high: 6).