AppleSox and Falcons Conclude Series, Thursday

Both the season series (4-4) and current three-game set (1-1) vs. the Kelowna Falcons, will be decided tonight at Elks Stadium in British Columbia.

Both the season series (4-4) and current three-game set (1-1) vs. the Kelowna Falcons, will be decided tonight at Elks Stadium in British Columbia.

The Wenatchee AppleSox (23-25, 20-24), fourth place in the WCL East, had their series with the Kelowna Falcons (29-15, 28-15) evened in a 12-8 slug fest Wednesday night...again Wenatchee did not gain or lose any ground in the WCL Wild Card race and remains 4 games back, now 8.5 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 (23-25) (.479), 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.

Kelowna took its first lead on an RBI groundout for Justin Flores in the first inning...Flores became the single season all-time leader in RBI for the Falcons with the groundout (34)...the AppleSox took a 2-1 lead in the second on an RBI double for Nick Nyquist that scored future Gonzaga teammate Jordan Rathbone...Kyle Vanderkin drove in Nyquist later in the inning on a single...Kelowna took a lead back in the third on a two-run home run from Flores in the was the first of three home runs in the game for the Falcons...Joey Crunkilton also went the opposite direction for a two-run blast in the fifth, and Vinny Esposito added a three-run shot in the sixth, which was a seven-run inning for the Falcons...all runs in the sixth were earned off of Kyle Blankenship...the AppleSox tried to come back in the late innings - plating five runs in the final three innings, but left the bases loaded in the eighth, trailing 12-8...Dalton Blackwell finished the game off by retiring two of his final four batters with strikeouts. 

Keston Hiura extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 31 games, with his double in the first inning last night... he is now tied for the WCL high for the season,  set by Tyler Davis of Bend...there are no players with an active streak in the WCL higher than 18 games, other than Hiura...his streak began June 24 at home against the Yakima Valley Pippins, in a 10-8 AppleSox loss. 

Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 858 games, the AppleSox own a 536-322 (.626) record...the AppleSox are 396-2212(.653) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 345-204 (.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 427-279 (.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 224-176 (.562) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.