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 (47-62) (.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 3, ALASKA 2
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-0, nonleague), were guided from seven strong innings from Matt Young in a 3-2 win against the Alaska Goldpanners at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, Saturday night...for Matt Young it was his fourth total win of the summer...the AppleSox scored first in the third inning, using small ball to plate a run...Evan Douglas led off the inning, hit by a pitch and a single and sacrfice set up a sacrifice fly for Taylor Borchers that brought home the game’s first run...in the fourth inning, Kevin Connolly drove home a run for the Alaska Goldpanners to tie the game 1-1...Justin Harrer scored unearned, and was aboard on an error at shortstop earlier in the inning...Young recovered with 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth, while retiring seven-straight batters...meanwhile Wenatchee got him the lead he needed with an RBI single from Borchers in the fifth, and an RBI bases-loaded walk for Sheldon Liikala in the sixth...he Goldpanners’ starter, Phil Trujillo worked two scoreless innings, and reliever Alex Torson was tabbed the losing decision, giving up all of the AppleSox runs...n the seventh, Alaska made things interesting with a fielder’s choice RBI with the bases loaded for Dustin Woody...Tony Contonio pitched the eighth and the ninth innings for the AppleSox, after pitching for the AppleSox all summer in 2015...Contonio gave up one leadoff single in the eighth, but came back with a flyout and inning-ending 1-6-3 double play...in the ninth, he retired the Goldpanners in order, and got some great defensive help from Sheldon Liikala on the game’s final out, with Liikala jumping on the track.
YOUNG’S LONGEST START
Last night, Matt Young fired seven innings for the AppleSox, allowing only two runs, one of which was earned. Before last night’s game, Young’s inning high was five frames, which he tossed four separate times during the season. Young tossed four 1-2-3 innings over his seven innings of work, and retired seven batters in a row at one point. He also threw seven strikeouts without issuing a walk.
Tony Contonio returned to the AppleSox last night after pitching in relief throughout the 2015 season. After giving up a leadoff single, Contonio retired the next two batters in the eight inning with a flyout and an inning-ending double play. Contonio retired the Goldpanners 1-2-3 in the ninth inning, for the Sox fifth 1-2-3 inning of the night. For Contonio, it was his first positive decision for the AppleSox in over a year, marking his first career Wenatchee save, after going 0-5 last season. Contonio became the 36th player to suit up for the AppleSox, and 16th pitcher.
LOW NUMBER WINS
Last night, the AppleSox scored their fewest number of runs in a non-league game since June 9, 2013 in a 10-2 loss to the Everett Merchants...the last time the AppleSox scored three-or-fewer runs and won a non-league game was June 8, 2013, also against the Everett Merchants.
WALK IT OUT
Ryan Kreidler has walked six times in the series against the Alaska Goldpanners.
LIIKALA LOVING IT
Sheldon Liikala is enjoying a nice series for Wenatchee. The outfielder is 7-for-8 with four walks and two RBI.
Despite leaving an additional 12 batters on base, the AppleSox were able to pull out a victory last night.