The Wenatchee AppleSox (17-31, 7-14, 7-11 North), fifth place in the North Division head to the Walla Walla Sweets (26-22, 11-10, 7-11) for the final road trip of the 2016 season...Wenatchee played Walla Walla earlier this season in a three-game set, winning two of the three games...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (47-63) (.427), who is in his 4th season with the Sox...Proszek is assisted by Kyle Hunt and Colton Loomis, both in their first seasons.
SUNDAY NIGHT - APPLESOX 5, ALASKA 9
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-1, nonleague), committed five errors and faltered in the third and final game of a set with the Alaska Goldpanners, falling 9-5 at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, Sunday night....a wild pitch scored one run in the second inning off of Luke Mattson, and later in the frame, a second error at shortstop netted two more runs...Wenatchee answered in the second inning with two runs on Goldpanner miscues...a passed ball and an error by the catcher brought home both runs...Zach Place made it just 2 1/3 innings for the Goldpanners, and reliever Mitch Hayes gave up a double to center field for Evan Douglas in the fourth inning that tied the game...Mattson’s fifth and final inning yielded a solo home run to Justin Harrer...again, Wenatchee answered in the home half, tying the game on an error at second base, on a two-out bases loaded hit...Harrer again came up in the clutch for Alaska, hitting an RBI single to score Dustin Woody, who was aboard earlier on a single...the run came off of Nick Hoefling, who has the longest active league consecutive scoreless inning streak for Wenatchee...again, the Goldpanners hit Hoefling for three more runs in the eighth on another error at second base...Wenatchee came back with one run in the eighth inning to make the score 8-5. Michael Toglia, who doubled with one out in the frame scored on an error at second base. Like the AppleSox, Alaska committed five errors...Alaska added some extra insurance in the ninth, with one more run scoring via an error, following a leadoff triple for Kevin Connolly in the inning.
WHATS UP AT BORLESKE?
Games played between the AppleSox and the Walla Walla Sweets have been quite exciting lately...from July 14, 2014 to July 2, 2015, seven of the nine meetings in Walla Walla were decided by one run...none of the games were decided by more than three runs...Wenatchee was 1-6 in the one-run games and three of them went to extra innings (1-2)...in 3-of-6 games last season at Borleske Stadium, Wenatchee was walked off by the Sweets.
LARDNER FINDING RHYTHM
Mac Lardner is finding his mojo in the AppleSox starting roTation...he is averaging 1.5 runs allowed per each of his average 5 1/3 inning starts.
The Wenatchee AppleSox have hit home runs in four of their last five league games, including two over that stretch for WCL home-run leader Michael Toglia.
If Bellingham or Victoria wins one game during the next week, the AppleSox will officially be mathematically eliminated from the WCL playoff picture.
TOUGH STAFF TO FACE
Wenatchee will face three starting pitchers with below-3 ERAs this week in Ay, Lucas (WCL All Star), and Murphy.