AppleSox Aim to Even Series

The AppleSox and Black Bears face off under the lights tonight at Story Field.

The AppleSox and Black Bears face off under the lights tonight at Story Field.


The Wenatchee AppleSox (14-18, 11-17), fourth place in the WCL East, will try to rebound in the second game of the series against the Cowlitz Black Bears (15-18, 12-16), after the AppleSox fell 5-4 in game one...Keston Hiura had all 4 of the team’s RBI on a solo home run and 3 RBI double in the fist and seventh innings...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (14-17) (.452), 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 found a third-consecutive one-run game Thursday night at Story Field in Longview...the night started with a solo home run from Keston Hiura in the first was his third home run of the season...Cowlitz got to Hunter Wells in the second inning with a four-run top included RBI from four separate hitters, and a fifth was added in the third inning for a 5-1 Cowlitz lead...the four-run advantage was just enough for Cowlitz...Hiura hit a 3 RBI two-out bases loaded triple in the seventh to bring the score to 5-4...all of the AppleSox RBI Thursday came with two outs...Wenatchee faced Lars Rider in the ninth inning after Colton Loomis got out of bac-to-back one-out runner in scoring position threats in the seventh and eighth innings...Rider retired the AppleSox in order, and contributed two strikeouts to the cause, while picking up save number seven, and now leads the WCL.

The old adage is that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades...the AppleSox have been in whispering distance with opponents 14 times this season, with 14 of the first 32 games this year being decided by one run...the AppleSox are 3-10 in one-run league games and 1-0 in non-league one run games...a 4-10 overall record...the Sox are 2-7 on the road in one-run games and 2-3 at home...0-2 in games decided by two runs...have played three-consecutive one-run games...played five-straight from June 27-July 2...8-of-12 decided by one run in last 12...only one WCL team has played more one-run games (Walla Walla: 17, 9-8)...the AppleSox are tied with Klamath Falls and Yakima Valley for fewest one-run wins...this season, six games have ended in either the AppleSox or opponent’s final at bat of the game...the Sox are 0-5 in walkoffs in league play, with the lone final at bat win, a 7-6 bases loaded walk of Nick Nyquist to win June 6 vs. the Spokane Expos at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.

There have been 133 home runs hit in the WCL this season...the AppleSox have only allowed three home runs in league play this year (4 total)...CJ Gettman has given up two of the three AppleSox home runs allowed...the other surrendered by Zach Haggett...of the other WCL teams, Medford has the next-lowest home runs allowed total at 7...Bellingham at 8, and Yakima Valley, Kelowna, and Walla Walla, all at 9 or the other WCL teams under 10 allowed...the most  allowed are on the hands of Corvallis pitchers (18), and Jake Repavich of Klamath Falls and Josh Johnson of Cowlitz are the individuals who have allowed the most (4)...Cowlitz has given up 17 blasts this season...last night was the Sox 11th home run...Keston Hiura, Mitchell Holland, and Evan Douglas are the only ones to have hit a home run...Wenatchee is now 4-5 when they hit a home run (3-5 in single home run games and 1-0 in multi home run games) of the 11 AppleSox home runs have been hit on the road this year.

Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 842 games, the AppleSox own a 527-315 (.628) record...the AppleSox are 387-215 (.647) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 336-197 (.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 418-272 (.609) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 318-163 (.665) all-time home record, and is 219-171 (.565) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.