The Wenatchee AppleSox (18-33, 8-16, 8-13 North), fifth place in the North Division wrap up the 2016 season at home against the Bellingham Bells (30-21, 15-9, 13-8) who will be playoff bound with a win or a Walla Walla loss in each of the next three nights...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (48-65) (.425), 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, WALLA WALLA 7
WALLA WALLA – The Wenatchee AppleSox (18-33, 8-16 second half), nearly took every last hope from the Walla Walla Sweets (28-23, 13-11) late-season playoff push, but the Sweets hung on to a small lead and expanded it late for a 7-3 victory at Borleske Stadium...Willie MacIver connected on his third double of the last two nights for a first-inning 1-0 lead...the Sweets added two more off of AppleSox starter Ross Clevenger (1-4), in the third inning. With two runners aboard and no outs, an RBI single and double play fielder’s choice RBI, made it 3-0 Sweets...a solo home run by Jordan Myrow,in the fifth gave Walla Walla a 4-0 lead...Sweet starter Chris Murphy worked five frames, surrendering only three hits, while striking out nine batters...the AppleSox put together a comeback bid in the seventh inning against Nick Scheidler. Otis Statum walked and Haydan Hastings and Matt Fraizer singled to load the bases with no outs...a Ryan Kreidler sacrifice fly to center, and Evan Douglas 2-RBI single got the Sox within one run at 4-3...AJ Carkner and Grant Ford combined to get the final outs of the inning, and Wenatchee left the bases loaded on a strikeout...Walla Walla struggled against Taylor Borchers for two innings, who was first in relief of a five-inning Clevenger start. Borchers retired six straight, before the Sweets got three insurance runs in the eighth inning on a Nick Vigo single, MacIver fourth double of the series and a Nick Nyquist fielder’s choice...Wenatchee was shut down, down the stretch, by Kyle Narahara who retired the games final five batters.
TOGLIA EXTENDS HITTING STREAK
It took until the ninth inning last night, but Michael Toglia did extend his team-best hitting streak to a total of 11 games. The Gig Harbor native started his streak just after the All-Star break, July 23 against Kitsap.
ROAD SCHEDULE COMPLETE
Last night, Wenatchee completed its 2016 season away from home. The AppleSox played to a total of 9-18 away from Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium this year.
HUNTING FOR A SEASON SERIES WIN
Again the AppleSox are in search of a season series win, after ending last night tied with the Walla Walla Sweets, 3-3 on the season series. Wenatchee has tied four teams in season series play this summer (Gresham, Bend, Kelowna, and Walla Walla). The AppleSox also are still looking for their first league sweep, something that the Walla Walla Sweets certainly are hoping for.
OFF HIS LONGEST START
Matt Young threw seven innings last weekend against the Alaska Goldpanners, when the AppleSox removed his innings limit...if the top is off again tonight, expect Young to be ready to go. The left-hander was an immaculately accuratestrike-thrower last weekend, tossing seven Ks without a single walk. He started in Bellingham earlier this year, throwing shutout baseball for five frames, while only allowing four hits.