APPLESOX LOOK FOR FOURTH-STRAIGHT OVER KELOWNA
The Wenatchee AppleSox (18-20, 15-19), fourth place in the WCL East, won a 13-9 slugfest last night against the Kelowna Falcons (23-12, 22-12), in the Sox third-consecutive win over the division-leading Falcons...the AppleSox will have a chance to own two of Kelowna’s three series losses, if they win Friday night...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 (18-20) (.474), 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 unpacked their bats in game one of the three-game series last night (four-of-six-consecutive)...with the win, Wenatchee is now seven games back in the WCL East division...Wenatchee fell behind early, 3-0 after a good first inning for the Falcons...Kelowna brought all of its order to the plate in the first inning and came up with three runs on two hits and three walks...the AppleSox opened on the scoreboard in the second inning, with two runs of their own...Jake Hirabayashi and Nick Nyquist got their first hits of the night, and Drew Helmstadter reached on an error (could’ve easily been scored an RBI single), with Jansen driving in the other run...the Sox took a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning, on a three-run frame, they woild hold that advantage to the final gun...Keston Hiura, Keaton Smith, Hirabayashi, and Nyquist all had two-hit nights...Holland and Helmstadter had three-hit nights...Jansen collected four hits and a team-high four RBI...the AppleSox tried to give the game back in the sixth inning, surrendering four runs, hampering what was once a 10-5 lead, but the Sox went on to score the game’s final three runs, while shutting the Falcons down the rest of the way.
KNOCKING THE COVER OFF THE BALL
The AppleSox hit a season-high 19 hits, with a season-high 13 runs, and new single-game high of 8 extra-base hits...Mitchell Holland powered his 3rd home run of the season over Elks Stadium’s left field fence, and seven-of-nine men in the order collected two or more hits...eight-of-nine with one hit...the Sox also scored in six-of-nine innings, a new season high.
HIURA THE HITTER
Keston Hiura might have to host his own All Star Game in the Wenatchee Valley, Monday night...since the All Star teams were announced (and he was left off the list), Hiura has been hitting .471 (8x17), with six doubles, two RBI, and a walk...Hiura has collected an extra-base hit in each of his last five games and eight of his last ten games...he has a five-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games (23-of-29 this year)...batting .571 (12x21, 3RBI) in last five games, and .450 in last ten (18x40, 2 HR, 10 RBI).
THE BIG FOUR-OH .... OH
The AppleSox won their 400th all-time league game, Thursday night...315 were won in WCL play, and the other 85 in the PIL.
GOOD THINGS HAPPEN AT ELKS
Over the last ten games at Elks Stadium, dating back to Aug. 9, 2013, the AppleSox are 7-3...they have won five in a row...over that stretch, the Sox are averaging 10 runs per game, 14.2 hits per game, and have a home run and three triples...over the last two season on the road in Kelowna, Wenatchee is 6-1, averaging 9 runs per game, 13.3 hits per game, with two home runs and three triples.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 848 games, the AppleSox own a 531-317 (.626) record...the AppleSox are 391-217 (.653) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 340-199 (.631) 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 422-274 (.608) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 320-164 (.661) all-time home record, and is 221-172 (.562) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.