APPLESOX SEEK REVENGE AGAINST WALK-OFF AIDED SWEETS
The Wenatchee AppleSox (24-28, 21-27), fourth place in the WCL East, finish their 2015 home schedule with the Walla Walla Sweets (24-26, 21-26)...Walla Walla holds a 4-2 lead in the series this season and walked off the AppleSox in 3 of the 6 contests...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (24-28) (.462), 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 HarbourCats began with a two-run first inning off of Sox starter Zach Haggett (5-3), scoring on an RBI single and groundout...Wenatchee answered with a two-run bottom half of the first on an RBI double from Keston Hiura, on the first pitch he saw of the night...Sheldon Liikala also drove in a run later in the inning while reaching on a throwing error...from that point, Wenatchee’s only other run until the ninth inning was a birthday blast for Keston Hiura that sailed over the left field fence...it was Hiura’s fourth home run of the season, and was also a first-pitch home run...meanwhile, Victoria poured on the runs...from innings two-through-eight, the HarbourCats scored 19 runs on 18 hits, while Kevin Collard struck two triples and Jake Pries drove in 6 RBI...Nick Nyquist was a bright spot for the AppleSox...he went 5-for-5 with an RBI in a seven-run ninth inning, when Victoria began to empty its bullpen...Nyquist is the first AppleSox player to attain a five-hit game since Gonzaga teammate Nick Brooks accomplished the feat June 27, 2014 at Bend...Evan Douglas also hit a 2-RBI double in the ninth, Joey Jansen walked home a run with the bases loaded, to go along with the Nyquist RBI...Dominic Topoozian (5-4) got a win over six innings and the teams combined for 10 pitchers in the series finale...Victoria earned its first sweep over Wenatchee all-time, and with an AppleSox loss and Corvallis win, the Sox were eliminated from the WCL Wild Card playoff picture.
CAN’T KEEP HIM OFF BASE
Keston Hiura extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 35 games, with a first-pitch double to left field in the first inning Sunday... he also hit a solo home run in his next at bat on one pitch.. he 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 862 games, the AppleSox own a 537-325 (.623) record...the AppleSox are 397-225 (.638) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 346-207 (.626) 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 428-282 (.603) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 322-168 (.657) all-time home record, and is 225-176 (.561) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.