APPLESOX OPEN POST-ALL STAR SCHEDULE AT KITSAP
The Wenatchee AppleSox (18-22, 15-21), fourth place in the WCL East, face the Kitsap BlueJackets (13-24, 13-23), after the sox dropped the final game of the pre-All Star schedule in a complete game shutout to the Kelowna Falcons...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (18-22) (.450), 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
Curtis Taylor (3-2) was locked in from the word go, to complete the pre-All Star portion of the WCL schedule for Kelowna...he retired the side in order in seven-of-nine innings, and only allowed the AppleSox two hits, and two baserunners...Mitchell Holland led off the second inning with a single, and Keston Hiura added one in the seventh inning, to total the AppleSox offense...C. Taylor tossed eight strikeouts over his complete-game shutout, with no walks...it was the Falcons first complete game of the season, achieved on 109 pitches...Micael Taylor (1-4) pitched well on the other side for Wenatchee, only surrendering one run over six innings of work...the Falcon run came in the second inning with the bases loaded and two men out...Evan Douglas made a stop on a ground ball deep in the hole at short, and delivered a strong throw across his body to try to get the runner, after backhanding the ball with his glove hand...the runner, Joey Crunkilton, was ruled safe, and Grant Meyaln picked up the only RBI to either side on the game...M. Taylor relied on his defense in a couple innings, notably the fifth, in which the bases were loaded with nobody out...Nick Nyquist pulled in a fast liner down the third base line and doubled up the runner at the bag, who was leading off...a pop up to first base followed in the ensuing at bat...the Sox turned three double plays in game three, and Colton Loomis tossed the final two innings in relief, scoreless. He now has thrown 8 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the AppleSox...Kelowna scattered 16 hits, stranding 12 runners, while going 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Both teams were error-free for a second-consecutive night.
The AppleSox offense is hitting .287 over its last five games, with six hitters batting over .300 over the stretch...Holland leads all batters with 20+ at bats, with a .429 average, Helmstadter at .417, Hiura at .381, Jansen at .375, and below 20 at bats, Amaral at .500 and Hirabayashi at .333...the team has driven in 24 runs on 50 hits...Holland and Jansen each have nine hits over the last five games...Hiura still leads all offensive players at .436 over the last ten games.
The AppleSox have now played 19 of their first 40 games to within two runs, after Saturday’s loss...the AppleSox are 5-14 in those 19 games, and only average losing by a two-run margin this season...Wenatchee still outscores its oposition in total this year, despite being six games under .500.
As a franchise, Wenatchee has never missed a postseason in its respective league in two-consecutive seasons...if the season ended today, they would be left out of the postseason picture, as they were a season ago.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 850 games, the AppleSox own a 531-319 (.626) record...the AppleSox are 391-219 (.653) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 340-201 (.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 422-276 (.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 221-174 (.562) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.