2015 SEASON ENDS ON ROAD IN YAKIMA
The Wenatchee AppleSox (26-29, 23-28), third place in the WCL East, will look to play spoiler to the Yakima Valley Pippins (30-24, 27-24), who need to win out and receive some help in the final weekend of league play to make it into the WCL postseason...Yakima Valley swept the first meeting between the two teams at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, and the AppleSox took two of the next three...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (26-29) (.473), 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 AppleSox were lifted offensively by Keston Hiura, who hit a two-run home run in the first inning to left field...it was Hiura’s sixth home run of the season, third of the homestand, and second of the series. ..a season-high crowd of 1,859 was on hand to witness the blast, which extended Keston Hiura’s reached base streak to 38 games...Walla Walla provided a bulk of the offense, Thursday, earning seven runs off of starter Micael Taylor...an RBI single for Willie MacIver in the first inning gave Walla Walla its first run. They added a second in the fourth inning on a groundout from Dyllin Mucha. A seven-run sixth inning capped the contest offensively, and the game swung in momentum after a catcher’s interference call put runners at first and second with one out...Walla Walla’s Nick Halamandaris went on to hit a grand slam to right field, which gave Walla Walla its seven-run lead.
CAN’T KEEP HIM OFF BASE
Keston Hiura extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 38 games, with a two-run home run in the first 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 865 games, the AppleSox own a 539-326 (.623) record...the AppleSox are 399-226 (.638) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 348-208 (.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 430-283 (.603) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 324-169 (.657) all-time home record, and is 225-176 (.561) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.