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After opening their 2016 road schedule at Victoria, the AppleSox are the HarbourCats Home Opening Night opponent for the second time in as many years...the AppleSox will try to flip the script this time around, after being beaten 11-1 in front of a WCL-record crowd of 5,133...the HarbourCats featured tall right-hander Dalton Erb, who threw eight one-hit innings, and had a Perfect Game bid broken up in the eighth inning by leadoff batter Steven Machtolf...his younger brother, Jack Machtolf, plays for the AppleSox this year...Erb was drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft after his first start, and signed a professional contract...ending his brief summer with the HarbourCats.
FREE BASES AND BASEBALL...
Last night, the Sweets and AppleSox issued a total of 14 walks...7 per side...Walla Walla and Wenatchee also plunked three total batters...another five combined errors allowed a total of 22 free bases for the two teams...both left 14 runners on...Wenatchee was 2-13 wRISP and Walla Walla finished 3-15, in a clunky contest.
ALL-TIME IN EXTRAS
The 12-inning affair last night was the 68th extra-inning game in AppleSox history...Wenatchee is now an even 34-34 in games that last past the regular nine.
Last night marked the first lost lead for a loss this season, and was also the first walkoff for the AppleSox or their opposition...did you know, the AppleSox haven’t had a walkoff hit since 2014, when temporary catcher Taylor Johnson walked off the Kitsap BlueJackets in back-to-back games June 10 and 11 at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...those ended up being the last two games of Johnson’s collegiate career, as he did not play his next available season at George Fox.
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.