The Wenatchee AppleSox (1-7, 0-3, North), fifth place in the division, continue a nine-game homestand against the Corvallis Knights (4-4, 3-3 South)...Wenatchee is going for its first series win of the season, Sunday...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (28-37) (.431), who is in his 4th season with the Sox...Proszek is assisted by Kyle Hunt and Colton Loomis, both in their first seasons.
LAST NIGHT -- APPLESOX 6, KNIGHTS 3
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (1-7), scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Saturday night, to pick up their first win of 2016 against the Corvallis Knights (4-4), at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...trailing 1-0, the bottom of the sixth inning started with Jeremy Ydens being hit by a pitch...he stole second base before Parker Price walked to put two on with nobody out...Evan Douglas followed with a sacrifice bunt to put both runners into scoring position...Corvallis starter Chris Carns (0-2), was lifted at that point, and the Knights turned to Cameron Richman, who got the final out in Friday’s game...in a re-match at bat against Matt Fraizer, the Sox earned a sac-fly RBI to tie the contest up...Wenatchee went on to get five-consecutive hits and score five two-out runs after the sac fly...Matt Reitano opened the onslaught with an RBI triple to left center field...Price scored on the play...an RBI single for Steven Machtolf brought home Reitano, followed by singles for Jordan Rathbone and Ryan Murkle to load the bases...Haydan Hastings doubled down the left field line to empty the bases...Wenatchee hung a crooked number just in time for starter Justin Blatner (1-0), who earned the Sox first quality start of 2016, tossing six innings while only giving up one run on an RBI groundout for Corvallis’ Parker Woodley in the second. Blatner struck out five batters and only allowed five hits over six innings...relief pitcher Mac Lardner retired Corvallis in order in the seventh, before allowing two runs in the eighth (one unearned on an error)...Casey Legumina pitched the ninth inning, earning his first save. He walked one batter, but struck out two, including the games final hitter, on a 3-2 pitch that froze his man for the victory.
LAST NIGHT’S SIXTH INNING
Wenatchee scored six runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth inning last night...the six runs in the inning were more than the team’s total scored in each of the first seven games of 2016...the five hits all came in succession, with two-outs...Wenatchee struck for five two-out runs after Evan Douglas and Matt Frazier each sacrificed to help Wenatchee to its first run of the night...Wenatchee also brought 10 batters to the plate in the frame, marking the second time that the AppleSox batted around this season, and the fist time that they brought more than 9 hitters to the plate.
HASTINGS BAT SCORCHING
Over the last three games, Sox freshman Haydan Hastings is batting .500 (6-for-12) with two doubles, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk...no other AppleSox hitter has been as potent over the three-game stretch.
CALL ON THE ZAGS
Last night’s AppleSox win featured a three-pitcher sequence of Justin Blatner, Mac Lardner, and Casey Legumina...Blatner just finished up his freshman year at GU, while Legumina and Lardner have the chance to join him in Spokane in the fall.
PLAYING FOR THE SERIES
Wenatchee has a chance to win its first series of 2016, Sunday...Wenatchee went 8-9 in WCL series last season...the club’s last series win was August 4-6 at home against Walla Walla (2-1).
Saturday night’s game marked Wenatchee’s first comeback win of 2015...Wenatchee came back in 12 games a season ago, but blew 17 leads in losses a season ago...they have just one blown lead this season.
Wenatchee is batting .313 in this series with Corvallis, and pitching to the tune of a 3.50 ERA...far better than their .205 season average and 6.43 ERA.
SOX DRAFTED (18)
Brandon Bailey - Round 6, Oakland Athletics
John Pomeroy - Round 13, Pittsburgh Pirates
Trenton Brooks - Round 17, Cleveland Indians
Taylor Jones - Round 19, Houston
Eric Filia - Round 20, Seattle Mariners
Hunter Wells - Round 23, Miami
Mike McCann - Round 24, Kansas City
Casey Legumina - Round 25, Toronto
Gage Burland - Round 26, NYY
John Brontsema - Round 26, Kansas City
CJ Gettman - Round 34, San Francisco
Michael Toglia - Round 35, Colorado (yet to play for WEN)
Ryan Kreidler - Round 35, Chicago (yet to play for WEN)
Matt Fraizer - Round 38, Oakland
Shane Martinez - Round 39, Oakland (yet to play for WEN)
Otis Statum - Round 39, Cincinatti (yet to play for WEN)
Jeremy Ydens - Round 40, St. Louis
Evan Douglas - Round 40, Miami