HARBOURCATS VISIT WENATCHEE FOR WEEKEND SET
The Wenatchee AppleSox (24-25, 21-24), fourth place in the WCL East, play host to the Victoria HarbourCats (25-24, 22-22), one of their wild card foes, when the two teams meet for their second series of the season Friday-Sunday...the AppleSox took the first series 2-1 on the road, and only lost on get away day, 11-10 in extra innings..the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (24-25) (.490), 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 team set new 2015 single-game highs for hits in a game at 20, and runs in a game at 17...Keston Hiura also doubled early on, to extend his streak of reaching base to 32-consecutive games, a new high in the WCL this season...Thursday’s game kicked off with a 6-run top half of the first inning for Wenatchee...the frame lasted just over 30 minutes, and gave Tyler Burch (2-0), a great lead to start with. Kelowna starter, Kendall Motes, lasted just two thirds of an inning...the AppleSox saw each batter in the order reach base in the game, a feat accomplished throughout the entire series for the Sox...of 27 lineup spots over the three games, all 27 claimed at least one base in the series (in most cases, more)...all batters who got a hit (8-of-9), Thursday, also tallied more than one, with five batters earning two-hit nights, two batters earning three-hit nights, and Jake Hirabayashi coming up with his first four-hit game of the season...Joey Jansen drove in four runs for the Sox, who also plated three in the second, two in the fifth, two in the seventh, three in the eighth, and one in the ninth to go along with the six-run first...Burch ended up allowing two runs in the bottom of the first after the long wait to get to the mound, and the defense wasn’t kind to him in a four-run fourth...still, the freshman-to-be at Lewis-Clark State College, tossed six innings for Wenatchee, earning his second win of the summer...Colton Loomis handled relief in the final three innings, giving up just one run, unearned on an error in the eighth...Wenatchee has not lost a series since before the All Star Break, and has won four of its last five, including two series over the Falcons in that span.
CAN’T KEEP HIM OFF BASE
Keston Hiura extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 32 games, with his double in the second inning last night... he now has reached base consecutively in more games than any other player in the WCL this season...the previous high was set by Tyler Davis of Bend (31)...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 859 games, the AppleSox own a 537-322 (.626) record...the AppleSox are 397-222 (.653) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 346-204 (.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 428-279 (.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 225-176 (.562) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.