APPLESOX FACE NEW NON-LEAGUE OPPONENT THIS WEEKEND
The Wenatchee AppleSox (1-1, 0-0), third place in the WCL East, will complete their 2015 non-league schedule, starting tonight vs. the Spokane Expos (8-1)...The AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (1-1) (.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 dropped a non-league game to the San Francisco Seals for the first time in team history...the Seals were spurred by offensive outbursts in multiple innings, and hit AppleSox starter, Reign Letkeman hard, after he effectively shut them out on Opening Night in 2014...Eli Alcantar went 4-5 with 2 RBI and Vlad Gomez was 4-6 with 3 RBI...Kenny Chavez contributed a two-run jack in the top of the ninth...first home run for any team at Paul Thomas Sr. Field this season.
THE RETURN OF HARMON
Brandon Harmon played for the AppleSox in 2015, helping lead the AppleSox to their first WCL Championship...he is returning to Paul Thomas Sr. Field as the Head Coach of the Expos.
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 812 games, the AppleSox own a 514-298 (.633) record...the AppleSox are 374-198 (.654) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 324-180 (.641) all-time in WCL league games (including playoffs), and 53-15 (.785) all-time in non-league contests since 2005...all-time, the AppleSox are 407-255 (.613) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 105-40 (.725) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 310-154 (.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).