The Wenatchee AppleSox (17-31, 7-14, 7-11 North), fifth place in the North Division welcome the Alaska Goldpanners to Wenatchee for the first time in the two teams’ playing history...the three-game series is the AppleSox final in non-league play this season...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (45-62) (.421), 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 1, KELOWNA 3
KELOWNA – The Wenatchee AppleSox (17-31, 7-14 Second Half), fell 3-1 in a well-pitched game against the Kelowna Falcons (23-22, 10-8), at Elks Stadium, Thursday...Mike Ciancio was seemingly the only Falcon that could get to Grady Miller (3-3) during Thursday night’s game...Ciancio drove in both runs off of Miller...the Kelowna scoring started in the second inning, with back-to-back singles for Kevin Morgan and Ciancio...both were lined through the center of the diamond, just past Miller on the mound...Ciancio also drove in Jesse Moore in the fourth, on a one-out RBI single...Miller was untouched the rest of the way through his six-inning start, scattering seven hits, while walking two and striking out three...Max Carter (3-0) was on point from the start for Kelowna...he tossed seven and a third one-run innings in his third start of the summer...the night started with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Carter, and Wenatchee didn’t mount a serious threat against him until his eighth and final inning...with one out, Carter allowed back-to-back singles to Ryan Kreidler and Evan Douglas...an error at third base on a ball hit down the line, originally ruled a hit during the game, resulted in the AppleSox scoring their only run of the game...Eli THornquist threw two innings of scoreless relief for the AppleSox, but Wenatchee couldn’t dig into a 3-1 deficit, after Kelowna tacked on a run in its half of the seventh on a Bowen Ogata groundout...Jared Morton picked up his 8th save, retiring the AppleSox in order in the ninth inning...he struck out the game’s final batter looking, and moved into second in the league in saves.
YOUR PLAYER OF THE WEEK?
Michael Toglia has had an insane week for the Wenatchee AppleSox, clubbing another two hits in the team’s 3-1 loss, last night...on the week, Toglia is batting .481 with 27 at bats...5 runs...13 hits...3 doubles...1 3B...2 HR...10 RBI and 24 total bases...he has a .563 on-base percentage.
ROAD TRIP INSIDE THE PARK HOMERS
The AppleSox had no inside-the-park home runs in the first sixteen years of franchise action, and then hit two in a three-day period while on the road in Bellingham and Kelowna...first Evan Douglas did it in Bellingham Sunday and then Michael Toglia in Kelowna on Tuesday...the only inside-the-park home run in the AppleSox history at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium was hit by a visiting player, Nick Rulli, July 21, 2010...Rulli was here as a member of the Portland Toros for a couple of nonleague games July 20 and 21...his talent caught the eye of Wenatchee coach Ed Knaggs and on the 22nd he was in an AppleSox uniform playing for the Sox in Bellingham.
FORMER SOX WHO PLAYED FOR THE GOLDPANNERS
Several AppleSox alums have spent time on the Land of the Midnight Sun team (player, Alaska years (Sox years)...Derek Bruce 2003 (‘02)...D.J. Crumlich 2010 (‘09)...Garrett Dorn 2009 (‘07-08)...Brandon Harmon 2007-09 [pitcher and then coach] (‘04-05)...Eric Hutting 2014 (‘13)...and Eric Lane 2009 (‘10)...and of course there was Rob Hippi who was the pitching coach for the Goldpanners in 2002-03 and for the Sox from 2006-12...in total seven players/coaches have shared time between the AppleSox and the Goldpanners.
Tony Contonio joins the AppleSox as a pitcher this weekend...Contonio played for the AppleSox in 2015, posting a 9.44 ERA, in 12 relief appearances with 20 innings pitched...he struck out 21 batters and walked 19, but struggled with command to an eventual 0-5 record.
THE TALE OF NON-LEAGUE GAMES
The AppleSox hold a 109-40 record all-time ver non-league opponents...Wenatchee won two non-league games against the San Francisco Seals earlier this year...originally scheduled as a three-game series, the middle game was rained out due to field conditions.