The Wenatchee AppleSox (13-27, 3-10, 4-8 North), fifth place in the North Division are hosting the Kitsap BlueJackets (11-29, 3-10, 8-13) for a three-game series after the All Star break...Wenatchee lost the first game of the series last night to the BlueJackets and has now lost its last five series openers...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (41-58) (.414), 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 2, KITSAP 5
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (13-27, 3-10 Second Half), struggle to throw strikes late, and fell to the Kitsap BlueJackets (11-29, 3-10), 5-2 in the first game of a three-game series at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, Wednesday...the AppleSox walked four batters in the ninth inning, to help spur the BlueJackets to a late run-scoring rally...at first, Wednesday’s contest was all about solid pitching and defense with each team holding the other to four hits through six innings. Neither side had committed an error...with neither offense able to score, Luke Mattson (1-6) and Jake Suddreth (3-3) each earned no decisions...Mattson tossed five innings, while Suddreth lasted 5 2/3...the bullpens kept the game at bay until the eighth inning when Joey Galeno hit a two-run home run over the right field wall against AppleSox reliever Miceal Taylor...it gave the BlueJackets what looked to be plenty of cushion, however in the bottom of the frame, Gerred Smith struggled to locate his pitches...Wenatchee plated two runs, following a one-out double for Ryan Kreidler, after a wild pitch got him in scoring position to score on a passed ball...later in the inning, Michael Toglia scored on a wild pitch to even the score...in the ninth, reliever Tyler Burch (0-2), fell into a similar hole, walking four batters...he allowed three runs on two passed balls, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly, and Kitsap was able to walk away with game one, after their closer Bryce Peterson (the game’s starting right fielder), struck out the side in order to complete his victory.
Tonight, AJ Proszek leads the AppleSox out onto the diamond in his 100th career game as the AppleSox head coach...he currently holds a 41-58 head-coaching record with the AppleSox.
JUST THE FIRST TIME
Wenatchee played its fourth game of the season with a better record than its opponent last night, but Wenatchee lost that matchup for the first time...the AppleSox are now 3-1 in games in which they have a better overall record than their opposition.
PITCHING STREAK SNAPPED
When Kitsap’s Joey Galeno connected for a two-run home run in the eighth inning last night, the BlueJackets ended a consecutive scoreless innings streak for the AppleSox pitching staff that lasted 20.1 innings, dating back to Saturday’s loss at Yakima Valley...the bullpen also gave up its first run since last Thursday,
PRE ALL-STAR STUFF
Sunday, the AppleSox completed their pre-All Star portion of the schedule with a 13-26 record, following a game-three win over the Yakima Valley Pippins...Wenatchee is 3-9 in WCL North second-half play.
Michael Toglia, Evan Douglas, and Matt Young played in the West Coast League All Star Game at Longview, last night...Toglia finished with one home run in the opening round of the WCL Home Run Derby...the South ended up shutting out the North 4-0...
AGAINST THE SOUTH
From here on out, the AppleSox will play all of their games against WCL North Opponents, with Kitsap marking the final North-South series...Wenatchee is 9-19 this year against the South.
After last night’s game, upcoming opponent, Bellingham, is the only WCL team the AppleSox haven’t played in 2016.