APPLESOX OPEN IMPORTANT SIX GAMES WITH DIVISION LEADERS
The Wenatchee AppleSox (15-19, 12-18), fourth place in the WCL East, have a chance to flipt their fortunes, with six consecutive games against the Kelowna Falcons (22-9, 21-9), starting Monday...the teams will meet three more times in Kelowna July 28-30...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (15-19) (.424), 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 salvaged a game in a three-game series against the Cowlitz Black Bears last weekend, on Saturday...the Sox won 8-3 and generated some offensive run support for starter Chris Carns, who was hit hard in the first inning for two runs, but rebounded for his best outing of the summer...he only allowed those two runs over six innings, and was forced out in the top of the 6th when he was hit by a line drive in the AppleSox dugout, while Wenatchee was batting...Dustin Hamilton earned a three-inning save for his efforts Saturday...Hamilton gave up just one run and struck out a season-high seven batters, while helping hold the Black Bear offense to just seven hits...Cowlitz also committed five errors, while the Sox were errorless and stole a new single game record nine bases to close the series.
WELLS, LIIKALA, NAMED 2015 ALL STARS
Hunter Wells and Sheldon Liikala were named to the 2015 WCL North All Star team, League President Dennis Koho announced Monday...They will play for the WCL North All Star team, comprised of players from Bellingham, Kelowna, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Victoria, and Yakima Valley...Kelowna and Bellingham each had five players selected, Walla Walla received four picks, Yakima Valley; three, and Victoria; one.
The AppleSox stole nine bases Saturday, which set a new team record for stolen bases in a single game, and also set a new high watermark in the league for stolen bases in a game, this season...Bellingham was next closest with eight steals in a game, and Corvallis has pulled off seven in a single contest this year.
KESTON HIURA TURNING IT UP
Keston Hiura had a productive night Saturday, going 4-for-4 with an RBI (to account for five of the AppleSox runs batted in at Cowlitz last weekend), and two stolen bases to bring his season total to seven steals...he is now the team’s leader in steals (7), average (.326), RBI (21), triples (3), tied for first in runs scored (21), doubles (7), sacrifice flys (2), second in home runs (3), walks (15), games played (25), and third in hits (30)...he also holds the league’s third-best concecutive on-base streak (17 games, June 24-current), behind only Tyler Davis (31 games), and Kyle Nixon (25 games)...he is the only AppleSox hitter to hit above .300 in either the last five or ten games, and he has shattered that mark by posting .400+ batting averages in each of those stretches (.400 in last five, and .421 in last ten)...he has twice as many RBI as any other teammate over the ten-game stretch, with 12, and twice as many over five games, with 8...he is also the team’s leading hitter with runners in scoring position (.350), team: .257.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 844 games, the AppleSox own a 528-316 (.628) record...the AppleSox are 388-216 (.647) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 337-198 (.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 419-273 (.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 220-172 (.565) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.