APPLESOX SHOOTING FOR SERIES AT KITSAP
The Wenatchee AppleSox (19-22, 16-21), fourth place in the WCL East, took the first game of a three-game set from the Kitsap BlueJackets (13-25, 13-24), last night by a score of 9-3...powered by a seven-hit seventh inning, the AppleSox are gunning for a series win against the BlueJackets tonight, trying to set up a much-needed sweep in their chase for a wild card playoff bid...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (19-22) (.463), 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
Wenatchee scored in each of the first, fourth and fifth innings, to take a 3-0 lead through five innings...the first inning run for the AppleSox came in without an RBI being credited, after Mitchell Holland grounded into a DP with the bases loaded and nobody out to score Joey Jansen...Jansen, Evan Douglas, and Keston Hiura started the game with three-straight singles to set up the scoring chance...in the fourth, Sheldon Liikala drove in Hiura, who was aboard on an error...Hiura stole second to get into scoring position, and Holland advanced him on a ground ball to the right side, before Liikala hit one into left for his first of two RBI...Evan Douglas scored Jansen for the second of three times on the night, with a flared single down the left field line and two-out in the fifth...the AppleSox wild seventh inning was sparked by three-consecutive extra-base hits, including a triple from Nyquist that pinballed in the right field corner, and back-to-back doubles for Ryan Crowe and Vanderkin, each for RBI...Jansen also drove in a run, followed by a 2-RBI single from Holland and Liikala’s second RBI.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
Sure, Keston Hiura, Mitchell Holland, and Sheldon Liikala are all swinging good bats this season, but Joey Jansen continues to climb the batting average ranks with an incredible 15-game stretch that has him batting .290 on the season, now ahead of Liikala and third-best on the AppleSox...Jansen entered the month of July with a .245 average...He is batting an even .500 in his last five games (12-of-24, 6R, 5RBI)...as a team, the AppleSox are hitting .300 over the last five; the team’s best five-game stretch of hitting this year...4 of last five games have been multi-hit performances...2013 average with Sox was .264; 2012 was .280.
The AppleSox have now played 19 of their first 41 games to within two runs...the AppleSox are 5-14 in those 19 games, and only average losing by about two runs per game...Wenatchee still outscores its oposition in total this year, despite being five games under .500.
WILD CARD PICTURE
Currently, the AppleSox best route to punch a ticket to the 2015 postseason is to enter as a wild card team...the AppleSox are chasing four teams in the wild card, and are currently tied with Medford with a 16-21 league record...the good news, the AppleSox swept Medford in the teams’ only meetings this season...the Sox still have 6 remaining games with Yakima Valley and another 3 with Walla Walla, who are both teams sitting ahead in the wild card standings.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 851 games, the AppleSox own a 532-319 (.626) record...the AppleSox are 392-219 (.653) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 341-201 (.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 423-276 (.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 222-174 (.562) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.