APPLESOX GO FOR SEASON SERIES VS. KELOWNA
The Wenatchee AppleSox (23-24, 20-23), fourth place in the WCL East, opened the series with a 6-4 win over the Kelowna Falcons (28-15, 27-15) Tuesday night...Wenatchee did not gain or lose any ground in the WCL Wild Card race and remains 4 games back, now 7.5 behind in the WCL East...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (23-24) (.489), 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
Joey Jansen scored on an RBI single for Mitch Holland in the top of the first, after an error by Hunter Villanueva helped him aboard to start the game...the AppleSox added two in the second, after a baserunning interference call and a double by Drew Helmstadter set up an RBI scenario for Jordan Rathbone, making his AppleSox debut....an RBI sac fly from Rathbone scored the Sox second run, and Jansen reached on another error, scoring the game’s third run...the Sox added two in the fifth on a five-hit inning, that included a double from Keston Hiura...Mitchell Holland also picked up the second of his 2 RBI...Rathbone also drove in a pair, and Nyquist brought home one AppleSox run...Kelowna scored once in the first on two sacrifice plays, including a Justin Flores sac fly...Flores had all of the Falcons RBI, Tuesday, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning, that made the game 6-3...Lane Lacrone scored in the seventh after a single, error on Hamilton, and wild pitch brought him around.
KEEPS GETTING ABOARD
Keston Hiura extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 30 games, with his double last night... he is now two games off the WCL high for the season, set by Tyler Davis of Bend...the next closest to Hiura are West Tunnell of Bend, and Walker Olis of Belingham, with 18 games...Hiura’s streak began June 24 at home against the Yakima Valley Pippins, in a 10-8 AppleSox loss.
WELLS GOING FOR TEAM-RECORD TIE
Hunter Wells can tie the AppleSox all-time record for wins in a single season tonight, if he picks up his seventh...the mark is currently held by Owen Jones of the 2011 team...Jones was also the WCL pitcher of the year in 2011...Jones was a minor league pitcher, reaching high-A levels, and is currently not pitching at the minor league level.
ALL STAR DEBUTS
The AppleSox have had multiple in-season additions make their first appearances of the season on day one with the team...Keston Hiura, Mitchell Holland, Jake Hirabayashi, Danny Amaral, Ryan Crowe, and Jacob Rathbone all entered their first AppleSox games on day one of each of their respective seasons...combined: 7-20 (.350), 4R, 5 2B, 4RBI.
GETTING GAME ONE
The AppleSox have won game one in each of their last four series, and last three road series...the only day of series this season that the AppleSox have a winning record on, is day one (10-7).
THIS SERIES’ STARTERS
Zach Haggett, Hunter Wells, and Tyler Burch now have a combined 12-3 record, with 32 earned runs allowed over 114 1/3 innings...85 strikeouts to 49 walks...18 starts.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 857 games, the AppleSox own a 536-321 (.626) record...the AppleSox are 396-221 (.653) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 345-203 (.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 427-278 (.608) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 322-165 (.661) all-time home record, and is 224-175 (.562) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.