LEADERS OF THE PACK
Tonight is a battle of first-place North and South WCL teams...fitting, as Wenatchee and Corvallis have won a combined nine of the WCL’s 12 Championships...Wenatchee leads the league with five Championships won, and Corvallis follows with four...Bend, Bellingham, and Moses Lake are the other three Champions.
The AppleSox have a little extra boost in the final six-game race in the WCL North...Wenatchee only needs to equal the record of Victoria...it holds the tiebreaker over Victoria (4-2 season record)...if the AppleSox win the final series at Bellingham 2-1, they hold the tiebreaker by a better intra-division record in the second half...if they Sweep Bellingham, they’ll own a 4-2 advantage on the season series.
DRAW SOME WALKS
The AppleSox are the second-best team in the WCL at drawing walks...with 222, they are only 4 behind league-leading Corvallis...Corvallis’ projected starters for the series have only allowed 8 total walks on the season, while tossing 61 strikeouts...Wenatchee strikes out the fifth-fewest times in the WCL.
LAST TIME THEY WERE HERE...
Even though Wenatchee struggled to a 19-35 record last season, the AppleSox took 2-of-3 games from Corvallis at home after an 0-7 start to the season...Corvallis swept the later series at their place, 3-0, en route to their fourth West Coast League Championship.
LEAN ON YOUR BEST
Hunter Boyd and McKabe Cottrell are two of the AppleSox leading starting pitchers, after the departures of Collin Maier and Connor McCord due to summer playing limits...Wenatchee’s best playoff scenarios include at least a 2-1 series win over Corvallis, before finishing the year at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham.