AppleSox Add Five Prep-Standout Gonzaga Commits

 Five 2016-17 Gonzaga Bulldog commits are set to start their college careers in Wenatchee this summer. 

Five 2016-17 Gonzaga Bulldog commits are set to start their college careers in Wenatchee this summer. 

WENATCHEE – Three pitchers along with two position players who are finishing their senior year of high school will play for the AppleSox this summer after wrapping up their highly decorated prep careers. Right-handed pitcher Casey Legumina, left-handed pitcher Mac Lardner, right-handed pitcher Taylor Borchers, catcher Haydan Hastings, and infielder Parker Price will be joining the AppleSox. All five are Gonzaga commits who will be teammates in Wenatchee this summer with current Gonzaga players Eli Thornquist, Justin Blatner, Jordan Rathbone, and Steve Machtolf. 

“All of these high school seniors are loaded with talent. These five players will not only have the chance to make an impact for us this summer, but will be in a great position to contribute as soon as they start their college careers,” said AppleSox head coach AJ Proszek. 

Legumina hails from Chandler, Ariz., where he attends Basha High School. He was named a 2016 Perfect Game USA All-American honorable mention honoree. Last year as a junior he set a school record for most strikeouts in a season with 74. 

Lardner, from Templeton, Calif., has accumulated a number of local and national accolades during his career at Templeton High School. The southpaw was named a Max Preps First Team All-American and a Preseason Under Armour All-American. He has twice earned First Team All-State honors. 

Borchers will be making the longest trek from home to play for the AppleSox this summer. The future Bulldog will be coming to the Pacific Northwest from Appleton North High School in Appleton, Wisc. Last season he earned Perfect Game USA All-American honorable mention honors. 

Hastings is finishing his senior season at Francis Parker High School in Vista, Calif. The catcher is especially strong defensively, having thrown out 14 of 20 runners on stolen base attempts last season. He has previously been named as a Perfect Game USA All-American honorable mention honoree.
 
Price was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Idaho last season after leading Timberline High School in Boise to a state championship. Over his high school career he has won a pair of state titles and last year he earned All-State honors at shortstop from USA Today. 

The 2016 season will begin at home on June 3 with a three-game series against the Yakima Valley Pippins. The team’s 17th season will include 33 home games at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. 

Single game tickets start at just $7 for adults and $6 for kids. Season tickets are available now and can be purchased by contacting the AppleSox office at (509) 665-6900.