APPLESOX CLOSE HOMESTAND WEDNESDAY
The Wenatchee AppleSox (14-16, 11-15), fourth place in the WCL East, close their six-game homestand with the Bend Elks (24-5, 24-5), after the Elks won a nail-biting extra-inning game a night ago...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (14-16) (.467), 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.
Tuesday night was an odd night at Paul Thomas Sr. Field...a quick rain and lightning storm developed out of the north, just minutes before game time, leading to a weather delay for 30 min. due to lightning in the top of the fifth inning...the AppleSox saw Jake Hirabayashi stay on an RBI rampage for the homestand...he picked up his third and four of the six-game stay and has five in total on the season...the top third and the bottom third of the AppleSox order were the largest contributors a night ago...the top had all five regulation-inning RBI...the bottom third was a combined 3-for-5 the first three times through the order, with two doubles, a sacrifice bunt, and four runs scored...the four five six hitters were hitless into the tenth inning, but rattled off three-consecutive singles after the AppleSox fell into a 7-5 hole...those three hits, a batter hit by pitch, and a fielder’s choice play on the infield resulted in a 7-7 tie, which would hold until the 12th inning...the game saw five lead changes and four tied scores...the AppleSox forced two of the lead changes and three of the tied scores.
WELLS NAMED CO-WCL PLAYER OF WEEK
Hunter Wells is rolling for the AppleSox...his 1.11 ERA is third-lowest in the WCL, his 33 strikeouts rank second amongst qualifying pitchers, and his four wins have him tied for first with Patrick McGuff, of the visiting Elks, for the league lead...Wells threw eight innings in a shuttout win over Klamath Falls, July 4, and only gave up four hits, while striking out six and walking two...he shared honors with West Tunnell, who was 12-for-26 last week for Bend, with 3 home runs, 8 runs scored, 8 RBI, and a .500 on-base percentage...Elks players have received at least a share of the honor in four of the last five weeks (Tunnell, Patrick Flynn, Cadyn Grenier, Tyler Davis).
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 840 games, the AppleSox own a 527-313 (.628) record...the AppleSox are 387-213 (.647) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 336-195 (.634) 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 418-270 (.609) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 318-162 (.665) all-time home record, and is 219-170 (.565) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.