APPLESOX CONTINUE SIX-GAME STRETCH WITH DIVISION LEADERS
The Wenatchee AppleSox (17-20, 14-19), fourth place in the WCL East, were the first team to win a series against the Kelowna Falcons (23-11, 22-11), since Yakima Valley won a series in the second three=game set of the year for the Falcons...Wednesday marked the first time the Falcons lost the third game of a set this season...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 (17-20) (.459), 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 won a series Wednesday night for the first time since July 3-5 when they swept the Klamath Falls Gems...Kelowna lost game three of a series for the first time this season...the Falcons are now 9-2 in series this season and had an eight-series winning streak snapped...Keston Hiura had a multi-hit night for a fourth consecutive game...Hiura had two doubles Wednesday - both for RBI - which brought his total in the first series to five doubles...he went 6-for-12 on the series, and is batting over .500 on the season...Evan Douglas hit his seventh home run of the season - a three-run shot in the sixth inning...Wenatchee got into some trouble in the ninth inning, after Hunter Villanueva and Justin Flores led off the top of the ninth with back-to-back solo home runs...Wednesday marked the first time this season that an opposing team hit at least one home run, but didn’t win...Brian Gadsby was forced into action in the ninth inning and got the final out of the game, catching Lane Lacrone looking at strike three for the win...Gadsby picked up his second save, and will start in game two for the AppleSox, Friday...a spot start due to Wenatchee being short pitchers.
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 847 games, the AppleSox own a 530-317 (.628) record...the AppleSox are 390-217 (.647) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 339-199 (.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 421-274 (.609) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 320-164 (.665) all-time home record, and is 220-172 (.565) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.