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 (46-62) (.426), 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 17, ALASKA 6
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (3-0, nonleague), used a seven-run second inning, and a six-run seventh inning to run away with game one versus the Alaska Goldpanners, 17-6 at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...Otis Statum and Sheldon Liikala were unstoppable forces at the plate for the AppleSox...Statum drove in five runs in the victory, while Liikala was a singles machine, converting on five hits...after falling behind on back-to-back two-out singles in the top of the first by Alaska, the AppleSox scored two times in the bottom of the first on Liikala’s first hit of the night, good for an RBI, and two wild pitches and passed balls to net a lead...Wenatchee would never look back, slamming five runs off of Damian Powers, who lasted only 1 1/3 innings...the AppleSox had good luck against the ‘Panners second pitcher Daniel Ferrell, striking for four more runs in the second inning, while he could only scratch one out...two more runs on a two-out single for Otis Statum in the third inning but Wenatchee up 11-1...Ross Clevenger pitched five innings, allowing just three runs in the winning effort...Jimmy Dobrash covered an additional three innings in his final outing of 2016, also allowing three more runs...Statum pushed the Sox lead out for good in the seventh inning, with a bases-clearing double with the bases loaded in Wenatchee’s final scoring frame...Liikala, Evan Douglas, Michael Toglia, Matt Reitano, and Taylor Borchers all each collected two runs batted in as well, Friday...Tyler Burch threw the final inning for Wenatchee, and allowed runners at the corners but no runs
FIVE’S THE NUMBER
Otis Statum and Sheldon Liikala each posted big fives for the AppleSox a night ago...Statum drove in five runs in the victory, the most runs driven in during his collegiate career...Sheldon Liikala pumped out five singles as part of a 15-hit offensive attack for the AppleSox...the five hits for Liikala were the most in a single game in his two-year AppleSox career.
THE TALE OF NON-LEAGUE GAMES
The AppleSox hold a 110-40 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....after the win last night, the AppleSox are 36-15 all-time in first meetings against non-league opponents.
Wenatchee retired 15-of-27 batters on strikeouts last night, the AppleSox best strikeout total in 2016.
Assistant Coach Kyle Hunt, played one summer collegiately in the Alaska Baseball League for the Peninsula Oilers...last year’s AppleSox infielder, Keaton Smith, is currently a member of the Goldpanners and started at first base last night.