APPLESOX GO FOR HOME SERIES WIN
The Wenatchee AppleSox (25-28, 22-27), third place in the WCL East, finish their 2015 home schedule with the Walla Walla Sweets (24-27, 21-27)...Walla Walla holds a 4-3 lead in the series this season and walked off the AppleSox in 3 of the 7 contests...the AppleSox won last night 8-5, and are going for a home series win...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (25-28) (.472), 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.
Wenatchee answered a tough game Sunday, by scoring five runs in the first inning off of Kyle Molnar (1-1), who was coming off of a no-hitter in his last start...Evan Douglas and Mitchell Holland doubled in the first inning, and Sheldon Liikala, Jordan Rathbone, Nick Nyquist, and Kyle Vanderkin strung together four-straight singles in the frame...Douglas went on to go 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Holland was 2-for-5 with an RBI...Vanderkin also posted a multi-hit night...Hunter Wells started seven innings, allowing four earned runs, and left after seven with a 6-4 lead, when Holland made a diving stop at first and flipped on to the bag to save a run and get the Sox out of the inning...with the win, Wells tied Owen Jones (2011) for most wins in a single season in AppleSox history (7)...in the bottom of the eighth, Keston Hiura hit an inside fastball the opposite way to right field for his fifth home run of the season, after Walla Walla had narrowed the Sox lead to one through the top half of the frame...it was Hiura’s second home run in as many nights...he extended his consecutive games reaching base streak to 36 games in the fourth inning on a double to right center field...Dustin Hamilton earned his team-leading fifth save...all six of his outs recorded were on strikeouts.
Hunter Wells won his seventh game of the season, Tuesday, for the AppleSox...his win ties him for the team’s all-time single-season wins record...last night Keston Hiura also set the team’s record for total bases in a season...105 bested Mitchell Gunsolus, who had 104 in 2012.CAN’T
CAN'T KEEP HIM OFF BASE
Keston Hiura extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 36 games, with a double to right center field in the fourth inning... he also hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning.. 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 863 games, the AppleSox own a 538-325 (.623) record...the AppleSox are 398-225 (.638) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 347-207 (.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 429-282 (.603) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 323-168 (.657) all-time home record, and is 225-176 (.561) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.