2015 SEASON ENDS ON ROAD IN YAKIMA
The Wenatchee AppleSox (26-30, 23-29), third place in the WCL East, will look to play spoiler to the Yakima Valley Pippins (31-24, 28-24), 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, before losing last night...the Pippins earned the season series win last night...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (26-30) (.464), 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.
Yakima Valley scored seven runs over the first two innings off of Gage Burland (2-4), who ended up making his shortest start of the season at two innings...the AppleSox were no-hit by Yakima Valley starter Mitch Yada (4-3), who was facing his former AppleSox team (2013) for the third time this season...Yada gave up a run in the third after two errors allowed Kyle Vanderkin to third and he was driven in on a groundout...Keston Hiura got the AppleSox first hit in the fourth inning. With the hit, Hiura has reached base in 39-consecutive games, a high in the WCL...Kyle Blankenship pitched a strong six innings of relief, giving up just two runs to the Pippins...the outing will be the last for Blankenship in 2015, a good way to end his campaign...the AppleSox added a run in the ninth inning with doubles for Mitchell Holland and Jordan Rathbone (RBI)...Rathbone was the only AppleSox player with multiple hits Friday...the complete game win for Yada, marked the first complete game thrown by a Pippins pitcher in 2015, and was the first of his collegiate summer league career.
CAN’T KEEP HIM OFF BASE
Keston Hiura extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 39 games, with a single in the fourth inning last night...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 866 games, the AppleSox own a 539-327 (.623) record...the AppleSox are 399-227 (.638) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 348-209 (.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 430-284 (.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 225-177 (.561) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.