The AppleSox are 12-5 in Opening Night games...Wenatchee had its streak of four-consecutiveseason-opening wins snapped last year by the Yakima Valley Pippins in a 6-1 loss at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...the four-straight wins was a franchise-best mark (2012-2015).
ON THE ROAD...
The AppleSox have played on the road four times to open their season...they are a perfect 4-0 in those contests (all league games)...the Sox have an 8-5 record in home-opening contests.
IN LEAGUE PLAY...
Against the WCL, Wenatchee is 2-3 in opening games…against non-league opponents, the AppleSox are 6-2 in opening games.
VERSUS THE SWEETS...
Wenatchee last faced the Sweets to open a WCL season June 9, 2015, a game Walla Walla won 1-0…the last time Wenatchee opened a season on the road against a league opponent was that same season…the Sweets won the WCL season-opening series in 2015 two games-to-one.
Kyle Krustangel takes the reigns as the fourth all-time coach of the AppleSox, Friday...Wenatchee is a perfect 3-0 in games in which its head coach is making his team head-coaching debut.
AppleSox catcher and utility man, Alex Gonzales is aiming to start 2017 on the same note that he left 2016...the second-year AppleSox player hit .212 in the month of June last year, and rebounded to club a .360 mark (18x50) over the final two months of the season...his older brother, Marco, played for the Sox in 2010 and is now a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals...his dad, Frank, is the manager of the Grand Junction Rockies.
The AppleSox have two other returners from last season’s team...catcher Matt Reitano and second baseman Parker Price will each join the team later this month.
Wenatchee’s 37-man preseason roster (7 temporary players) is made up of 20 players entering their junior, senior, or redshirt-senior seasons of college baseball in 2018...only six members of the roster have yet to spend time on a college campus.