Bend Elks (5-16)
Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium
The Wenatchee AppleSox look to build off their weekend momentum as they return home to face the Bend Elks for three games this week at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
The Sox are fresh off taking two-of-three from the Port Angeles Lefties. Now, the AppleSox are ready to begin a seven-game homestand that starts tonight and won't end until July 4.
The Elks enter this series with the worst overall record in all of the West Coast League. They have lost 15 of their last 18 and are winless in six road games.
Elks: RJ Robles (0-3, 6.00 ERA)
AppleSox: Steen Fredrickson (0-2, ERA)
Elks: Drew Zmuda (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
AppleSox: Dawson Day (0-0, 18.00 ERA)
Elks: Khalil Rivera (0-2, 7.00 ERA)
AppleSox: Michael Spellacy (1-0, 4.09 ERA)
Tuesday: Mascot Night and Taco Tuesday
Thursday: Marson & Marson Night
Sunday, the AppleSox rallied from five runs down to defeat the Port Angeles Lefties and take two of three from their fellow North Division foes.
Trailing 7-2 entering the sixth, the AppleSox scored four runs in the sixth inning thanks to a three-run home run by Jordan Rathbone and an RBI double by Mason Marenco. In the eighth, Marenco hit a go-ahead two-run homer to give the Sox their first lead of the game since the third inning.
The Sox have five batters entering the series-opener with the Elks with hitting streaks of four or more games. Michael Spellacy (4-for-15, .267) enters on a four-game streak while Jacob Prater (6-for-20, .300) has a five-game hitting streak and Johnny Sage (10-for-23, .435) has hits in each of the last seven games.
Entering this past Friday's weekend set with Lefties, the AppleSox were dead-last in the West Coast League in batting average and slugging percentage.
After scoring a combined 25 runs on 37 hits, the Sox have now moved up from 11th in both categories to seventh in batting average (.245) and sixth in slugging percentage (.344).
In Sunday's victory, the AppleSox collected a season-high five extra-base hits. Two of those were home runs, marking the first time that the Sox hit multiple home runs in a game this season.
Runs on Runs on Runs
The AppleSox busted out offensively over the weekend, scoring at least eight runs in all three games. Their 25 runs-scored against the Lefties represented a season-high in a three-game series and seven more than the Sox' previous high.
Eight of the AppleSox' 25 runs over the weekend came with two outs, including five of their eight runs on Sunday.