The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history begins on Monday when the Sox take on the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase at 6:35 p.m. at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
The AppleSox face a non-league opponent to open the season for the second consecutive summer. Last year, the Sox dropped their home opener to the River City Athletics.
The Sox begin their 20th season looking to return to the postseason for the first time since 2013. They have won five West Coast League championships, second-most in the league’s 15-year history.
Tomorrow’s game can be heard live on Sunny FM in Wenatchee as well as other translators throughout Washington listed below.
93.9 FM in Wenatchee Valley
95.3 FM in Lake Chelan Valley
101.3 FM in Brewster/Bridgeport/Pateros
101.9 FM in Omak/Okanogan Valley
106.3 in Methow Valley
The home opener can also be heard online on the AppleSox website.
Head coach Kyle Krustangel was adamant following the 2018 season about starting 2019 strong. With 24 of the 36 signed players already in town for Opening Day, Krustangel believes that this group is poised to get off to a strong start because the majority of the players that he wants are here immediately.
View From the Other Side
AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman spoke with CCL commissioner and CCL Showcase team head coach Ben Krueger recently about the young league. The CCL is in its first year of operations this summer. Listen to the full interview below.
The AppleSox have 17 upperclassmen on their roster. Last years’ champs, the Corvallis Knights, finished the season with nine seniors while the AppleSox currently have 11 on their roster full of 2019 summer commits. Rosters obviously fluctuate over the course of the season, but the Sox believe that they are in a good spot for 2019.
"We had good talent last year," Krustangel said in September, "but I want championship type of talent which to me means proven D1 players as the nucleus of our team. I am targeting the going to be seniors and juniors from big D1 programs with a great amount of playing time under their belt."
Opening Day Roster
Coach Krustangel has 24 of his 36 commits in town for tonight’s season-opener. Here’s a look at tonight’s full roster.