APPLESOX OPEN WCL SLATE WITH SWEETS
The Wenatchee AppleSox (3-1, 0-0), fourth place in the WCL East, will open their 2015 league schedule, tonight vs. the Walla Walla Sweets (1-2, 1-2), after the AppleSox made it through the non-league portion of the schedule 3-1...The AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (3-1) (.750), 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.
PUTTING A WRAP ON NON-LEAGUE PLAY
The AppleSox finished 3-1 in non-league play this season...48 combined runners LOB during the two-game non-league set with Spokane...AppleSox won game two by a score of 15-5...led offensively by Chase Lewallen, Kyle Vanderkin, and Hunter Hanson, among others...Tyler Burch pitched effectively for three innings in relief...Brian Gadsby struck out the side in his first appearance (ninth inning).
VS WALLA WALLA; 2014
Wenatchee was a dismal 2-7 against the Sweets last season...Walla Walla took 2-of-3 at Borleseke Stadium, including a 10-9 contest in 14 innings...the AppleSox longest game of the season.
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 814 games, the AppleSox own a 516-298 (.633) record...the AppleSox are 376-198 (.654) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 324-180 (.641) all-time in WCL league games (including playoffs), and 55-15 (.785) all-time in non-league contests since 2005...all-time, the AppleSox are 407-255 (.613) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.725) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 312-154 (.669) all-time home record, and is 214-163 (.568) on the road...Wenatchee is 33-25 all-time in extra-inning games, and the Sox set a record for free baseball last summer, playing eight extended contests (previous high: 6).