APPLESOX CONTINUE SIX-GAME STRETCH WITH DIVISION LEADERS
The Wenatchee AppleSox (15-20, 12-19), fourth place in the WCL East, dropped last night’s series-opener against the Kelowna Falcons (23-9, 22-9), 7-1 at Paul Thomas Sr. Field...outside of this current six-game stretch, the two 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 (15-20) (.429), 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.
Wenatchee was hit hard in the first inning by Kelowna a night ago...RBI singles and doubles accounted for two runs, while a balk forced home a third run in the frame...Micael Taylor was handed his first loss as a starter last night, now going to 1-3 on the season...his command of the zone was spotty at times, throwing 87 pitches, with 47 crossing for strikes...Kelowna teed off on him for two additional runs in the fourth inning, an RBI single and solo HR from Hunter Villanueva, his third home run of the season...Matt Hearn, Kelowna’s second baseman had a great night at the plate, Monday, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk...Hearn and his teammate Brandon Grimsley each had a stolen base, and Ryan Crowe caught two Falcons stealing to open the series...Sean Sparling pitched after Kyle Blankenship provided initial relief...Blankenship walked five, and as a staff the AppleSox walked nine and struck out four last night...the AppleSox lone run came in the sixth inning on a Keston Hiura RBI double, that scored Evan Douglas...Hiura had another multi-hit night, with both of his knocks being doubles.
PREVENTING THE HOME RUN
The AppleSox gave up a home run last night in the fourth inning...just the fourth time an opponent has hit one on Wenatchee this seaosn, the lowest total for any pitching staff in the WCL.
OFF DAY NOT SERVING ITS PURPOSE
Wenatchee is now 1-4 when playing after an off day. The AppleSox are 4-1 prior to the off day, with their only win after an off day in backwards fashion, June 20 against Walla Walla after dropping the series finale at Victoria June 28, 11-10...Four times the potential for a multi-game winning streak was snapped by the off day this season...a momentum killer.
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.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 845 games, the AppleSox own a 528-317 (.628) record...the AppleSox are 388-217 (.647) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 337-199 (.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 419-274 (.609) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 318-164 (.665) all-time home record, and is 220-172 (.565) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.