The Wenatchee AppleSox (11-23, 1-6, 4-8 North), tied for fourth place in the North Division are at home continuing a six-game homestand against the Bend Elks (15-19, 4-3, 7-8 South)...the AppleSox beat the Elks 2-1 in a series early this year...the AppleSox allowed their most runs to an opponent last night...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (40-53) (.430), 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 3, BEND 13
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (11-23, 1-6 Second Half), fell behind 6-0 in the first inning and couldn’t fight back against the Bend Elks (14-20, 4-3), in a 13-3 loss at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, Tuesday...the Elks jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, with three hits and an error...Taylor Borchers (0-2), making his first AppleSox start, struggled with command, and walked three batters in the opening inning, and threw a total of 45 pitches...Wenatchee got on the board in the third inning on the strength of an Evan Douglas home run. It was Douglas’ first home run of the season after hitting seven last year...the solo shot made the score 6-1...trailing 7-2 in the sixth inning, Michael Toglia hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season...like fellow All Star Douglas, it was a solo home run, and the second of the game for Wenatchee...it came after an RBI single for Matt Fraier in the fifth inning...Bend scored the final 6 runs of the game to win 13-3, including two runs off of Mac Lardner and four runs off of Jimmy Dobrash...the Elks received a good start from Chase Thometz (3-1), who allowed just three runs over seven innings of work.
CAREER HOME RUNS
Evan Douglas is approaching the AppleSox lead for career home runs after his solo home run last night...the career home run list for the AppleSox includes both league and non-league games...Douglas is now tied for third on the all-time list...Taylor Sparks is the Sox all-time leader with 10 career home runs.
MORE THAN ONE LEAVING THE YARD
Michael Toglia also bashed a home run last night...it was his fourth of the season and moves him into second in the WCL North and league behind Ben Polshuk of Victoria with 5...last night Toglia became the 14th AppleSox player to hit four or more home runs in a season.
When Luke Mattson takes the hill, one thing is for certain...he will earn a decision...tonight he is hoping for his second win of the year...in his two best starts, Mattson has pitched six inning, and he’s coming off a 4 1/3 inning no-walk start in a seven-inning game at Corvallis.
It’s been a tough run for the AppleSox offense in 2016...unable to out-hit opponents in 23 games this year...Wenatchee is 3-20 in games in which the opposing team totals more hits.
MOST AGAINST THEM
Last night’s 13 runs scored by the Bend Elks is the most scored against the AppleSox in 2016...previously, the high was 12, scored by the Yakima Valley Pippins in the season’s opening series.
The AppleSox have played a very tough round of opponents in 2016...of the teams Wenatchee has played, the opponents total a 115-109 overall record, in a league that has seen many teams hold strong runs for portions of the season...Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, Victoria, Bellingham, and Gresham have all held first or second-half leads in the WCL this year...neither Victoria, the WCL first-half North Champion, or Corvallis, the WCL second-half champion is leading its respective division currently...in fact, neither team has an above-.500 record.
ON CASHMERE NIGHT
Assistant Coach of the AppleSox Colton Loomis will surely be celebrated on Cashmere Night...the product of the nearby Central Washington community joined the Cashmere High School baseball team after starting his high school career in Vancouver, Wash...Loomis helped lead the Bulldogs to two state championships, including one during his senior year in which he was also named the 1A/B State Player of the Year by the Washington Baseball Coaches Association...during that senior season, Loomis went 10-0 with a 0.67 ERA and struck out 81 batters.