AppleSox Owner Oglesby Excited for 2019 Season To Begin


Wednesday afternoon, AppleSox owner Jose Oglesby appeared on The Don West Show and chatted about many of the exciting events surrounding the AppleSox. With Opening Day quickly approaching on June 3, Oglesby detailed some of the exciting 2019 initiatives as well as some of the giveways the team has in stores this season.

Oglesby, who purchased the AppleSox in May, 2018, also detailed how he never planned to become a baseball owner. However, he’s thankful that the opportunity and arose and has found the AppleSox to be a perfect fit for him.

“It was the farthest thing from my mind until a year ago. I knew I wasn’t going to buy a major-league team or even a Single-A team, but this was the right opportunity for me. The AppleSox are all about the purity of the sport. We’re trying to help the players become stars in the sport.”

The two also chatted about 2015 AppleSox alum Keston Hiura, who debuted for the Brewers earlier this week. Hiura became the 13th player in AppleSox to play in an MLB game.

“It’s not just the AppleSox, it’s the whole West Coast League,” Oglesby said. “I was looking at the list of all the 13 AppleSox players who have played in MLB and the thing I noticed is that it takes them four or five years after they play here to make their major-league debut. The kids you’re going to see this year, look for them in a few years.”

In addition to talking about their love of baseball and its history, Oglesby and West discussed how important host families are to the AppleSox.

“The host families,” Oglesby said, “are the heart of the operation because they are the ones that make it possible.”

If you’re interested in becoming an AppleSox host parent, contact the AppleSox at 509-665-6900 or email

Listen to the full discussion between Oglesby and West below.

2015 AppleSox Alum Hiura Makes MLB Debut

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Last night, the highest-drafted player in Wenatchee AppleSox history made his MLB debut as Keston Hiura started at second base and batted seventh in his major-league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hiura becomes the 13th AppleSox alum to appear in a major-league game and the second this season after Griffin Canning made his major-league debut on April 30 for the Los Angeles Angels. This marks the second year in which multiple former Sox have made their MLB debut after Blaine Hardy, Chad Smith and Marco Gonzales all debuted in 2014.

In his major-league debut, Hiura went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. He singled up the middle off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff on a 2-2 pitch in the second inning to pick up a base hit in his first major-league at-bat.

After being summoned to the big leagues late Monday night, Hiura overcame a lack of sleep and jitters to record a successful MLB debut.

“I was kind of speechless and at a loss for words,” Hiura said. “It was amazing. I didn’t get much sleep.”

Hiura’s 2015 AppleSox headshot.

Hiura’s 2015 AppleSox headshot.

Hiura posted a historic season in his sole summer with the AppleSox; 2015. He hit .356 with 68 hits, 21 doubles, six triples, 42 RBI, nine HBP and 13 steals for the AppleSox in 2015, leading them in all of those categories. He set franchise single-season records in doubles, triples, extra-base hits and total bases and reached base in his final 41 games. In total, he reached base in all but one of his 49 games played. Hiura was named to the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-America First Team and the All-WCL First Game.

In three seasons for UC Irvine, Hiura slashed .375/.466/.581 with 22 home runs and 135 RBI. As a junior, Hiura led the nation and broke a 46-year school record with a .442 batting average while also leading the country with a .567 on-base percentage.

Hiura was selected ninth overall in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Brewers. Ranked as the 15th-best prospect in MLB, Hiura is slashing .333/.408/.698 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 37 games for the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions. This is Hiura’s first year at the Triple-A level after slashing .293/.357/.464 while splitting last season between Advanced Single-A and Double-A.

Below is a list of AppleSox players who have appeared in an MLB game and when they made their debut.

Player Year of MLB Debut Year with AppleSox

Jason Hammel 2006 2001

Clayton Mortensen 2009 2005-06

Cole Gillespie 2010 2004

Tommy Milone 2011 2006

Steve Ames 2013 2008

Blaine Hardy 2014 2006

Chad Smith 2014 2008

Marco Gonzales 2014 2010

Trevor Brown 2015 2010

Pat Valaika 2016 2011

Zack Weiss 2018 2010

Griffin Canning 2019 2014

Keston Hiura 2019 2015

Canning Becomes 12th AppleSox Alum to Reach MLB

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Tuesday night, Griffin Canning made his MLB debut for the Los Angeles Angels, thus becoming the 12th former member of the Wenatchee AppleSox to appear in an MLB game.

Canning, a member of the 2014 AppleSox, tossed four-plus innings in the Angels’ 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays last night. He allowed three runs (all earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out six batters across 4.1 innings.

Drafted 47th overall in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Canning went 1-1 with a 1.61 ERA in five appearances (four starts) in his lone season with the AppleSox. In each of his final two starts with the AppleSox, June 2 and 11, Canning tossed six scoreless innings and struck out eight and 10 batters, respectively.

Canning’s 2014 AppleSox headshot

Canning’s 2014 AppleSox headshot

Canning joined the AppleSox prior to his freshman year at UCLA and carried that summer success to the Bruins. The righty went 19-13 with a 2.99 ERA in his three years with UCLA and was a Golden Spikes Semifinalist as a junior.

Following his debut, Canning’s teammates lauded the rookie when speaking to the media. Mike Trout said that Canning “obviously has got a lot of heart” and that his ceiling is “going to be unbelievable.”

Canning’s catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, also had high praise for his battery mate. While speaking to reporters after the game, the 10-year veteran backstop praised the rookie right-hander for calming his nerves after bouncing a few balls in his pregame bullpen session.

"Being blunt and honest, that’s probably one of the best debuts I’ve ever caught," Lucroy said. "I’m calling it right now -- I think he’s going to throw a lot better next time, which is pretty amazing because he threw pretty good tonight.”

Canning becomes the first former AppleSox player this season to make his major-league debut. He is also the most recent former member of the Sox to appear in an MLB game. Below is a list of AppleSox players who have appeared in an MLB game and when they made their debut.

Player Year of MLB Debut Year with AppleSox

Jason Hammel 2006 2001

Clayton Mortensen 2009 2005-06

Cole Gillespie 2010 2004

Tommy Milone 2011 2006

Steve Ames 2013 2008

Blaine Hardy 2014 2006

Chad Smith 2014 2008

Marco Gonzales 2014 2010

Trevor Brown 2015 2010

Pat Valaika 2016 2011

Zack Weiss 2018 2010

Griffin Canning 2019 2014

Youth Abundant in AppleSox Latest Roster Additions

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With temperatures soaring and the Apple Blossom Festival in full swing, residents of the Wenatchee Valley can nearly taste the upcoming summer.

The Wenatchee AppleSox continue their long preparation for the historic 20th season in team history by adding to their roster. After a flurry of additions across the past two weeks, the AppleSox have now increased their roster size to 22 members. Over the last two weeks, head coach Kyle Krustangel announced 11 new players from six different schools. The coaching staff is excited about the talent coming to Wenatchee this summer.

“We’ve got a super talented roster,” AppleSox assistant coach Cash Ulrich said last week on KOHO 101. “It’s hard to know who’s going to be your guys before the season but there’s a ton of talent. It kind of always works itself out through the summer. The guys that really stick with the process and show up every day ready to work throughout the summer seem to be the guys that have a lot of success.”

Only three of the newest additions to the AppleSox 2019 roster are at-or-above junior status. The rest are all freshman or sophomores.

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Brett Garcia (UC Irvine)

Freshman, 2019: Has yet to appear in any games.

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Ryan Gallegos (Biola)

Sophomore, 2019: Batting .286 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 28 games… Has been hit by a team-high nine pitches.

Freshman, 2018: Hit .348 with with 10 home runs, 13 doubles and 55 RBI in 28 games (25 starts)... Led all freshman in the PacWest in batting average, slugging, runs scored, RBI, doubles and homeruns… Second Team All-PacWest selection and NCCAA All-American.

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Larson Kindreich (Biola)

Freshman, 2019: Is 2-2 with a 7.97 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 11 appearances (nine starts) across 40.2 innings… Struck out a career-high 10 batters on April 20 vs Hawaii Pacific.

James Kulak (Purdue)

Freshman, 2019: Is 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA and 20 strikeouts in seven appearances (five starts) across 14 innings… Struck out a career-high six batters on April 10 vs Indiana.

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Grant Brunt (Purdue)

Freshman, 2019: Has yet to appear in any games.

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Henrik Reinertsen (Pacific)

Sophomore, 2019: Is 3-1 with a 3.63 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 17 appearances (one start) across 22.1 innings.

Freshman, 2018: Went 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 17 appearances across 16.2 innings.

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Andre Granillo (UC Riverside)

Freshman, 2019: Is 0-0 with a 19.73 ERA in six appearances across 8.2 innings.

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Sam Wyatt (Northern Colorado)

Junior, 2019: Is 0-0 with an 8.24 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 10 appearances (one start) across 19.2 innings… Struck out a season-high eight batters on March 26 vs Metro State.

Sophomore, 2018: Went 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 13 appearances (two starts) across 24.2 innings for Edmonds Community College.

Freshman, 2017: Went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and nine strikeouts in seven appearances (one start) across 14.2 innings.

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Quinn Ayers (Northern Colorado)

Junior, 2019: Batting .196 with eight runs and three RBI in 23 games (15 starts).

Sophomore, 2018: Hit .285 with 29 runs in 50 games for Salt Lake Community College.

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John Graham (Northern Colorado)

Freshman, 2019: Batting .136 in 14 games (eight starts).

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Brennen Lauffenburger (Northern Colorado)

Junior, 2019: Is 0-3 with a 7.14 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10 appearances (five starts) across 29 innings.

Sophomore, 2018: Went 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 11 appearances (10 starts) across 50 innings for Linn-Benton.

Freshman, 2017: Went 2-1 with 0.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 10 appearances in 31.1 innings.

For the most up-to date roster additions, please follow the AppleSox on Twitter and Instagram and like them on Facebook.

The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history begins on June 3. With promotions like cap night, two bobblehead giveaways and fireworks night, this promises to be a season you won’t want to miss. Single-game tickets are on sale now at the team’s office at 610 N Mission St #204 in Wenatchee. The full schedule can be viewed below.

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Boise State Trio Highlights Latest AppleSox Roster Additions

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This past week, head coach Kyle Krustangel announced five new additions to the AppleSox 2019 roster: three from Boise State, one from George Fox and one from Montana State University Billings.

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Tyler Detloff (Montana State University Billings)

Junior, 2019: Batting .231 with three home runs, 9 RBI and 12 runs as of April 12… Homered twice in a 19-5 win over Saint Martin’s on April 6…

Sophomore, 2018: Batted .348 with one home run and 40 RBIs for Yakima Valley College… Stole eight bases…Played in 41 games and tallied 155 at-bats…scored 43 runs to rank third on the team.

Freshman, 2017: Batted .338 and drove in 15 runs for Yakima Valley College… Stole 16 bases in 38 games… Earned second-team all-conference honors following the season.

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Cameron Sommer, Boise State

Junior, 2018:  Made seven appearances out of the bullpen for University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, and logged six innings of work.

Sophomore, 2017: Posted a 4-1 record with one save, 1.18 ERA, and 0.824 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings for Clark College... Recorded 2.86-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Freshman, 2016: Registered 2-2 mark with three saves in 15 relief appearances for Clark College... Fanned 30 hitters in 27 innings of work.

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Gavin Gorrell, Boise State

Freshman 2018:  Appeared in eight games, including four starts, for Northern Colorado... Recorded a 0-2 record with 21 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.

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Grant Gorrell, Boise State

Senior, 2019: Batting .304 with 10 extra-base hits (four home runs), 30 runs and 20 RBI through 26 games at Mesquite High School.

Junior, 2018: Batted .333 with eight doubles, 27 runs and 16 RBI in 34 games.

Sophomore: Batted .290 with three extra-base hits and six runs in 33 games.

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Landon Schirer, George Fox

Sophomore, 2019: Is 6-0 with a 3.14 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) in 57.1 innings pitched… Has struck out 48 batters and tossed two complete games, including a four-hit shutout of Whitman on March 30.

Freshman, 2018: Went 1-5 on the mound with a 9.32 ERA in 11 games (seven starts) in 37.2 innings pitched… Struck out 18 batters.

The AppleSox will announce new players to the roster each week on social media for the next two months.

Each Friday afternoon, all of the players added from the previous seven days will be recapped on the AppleSox website. For the most up-to date roster additions, please follow the AppleSox on Twitter and Instagram and like them on Facebook.

The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history begins on June 3. With promotions like cap night, two bobblehead giveaways and fireworks night, this promises to be a season you won’t want to miss. Guarantee that you have seats for all the exciting games by purchasing season tickets. They run as low as $115 and can be purchased at the team’s office at 610 N Mission St #204 in Wenatchee. The full schedule can be viewed below.

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VonDracek Excited to Join AppleSox


Turnover in summer-league college baseball is nothing new.

Each season, the large majority of players from the previous season do not return to their club from the previous summer. Teams are left to pick up the pieces and assemble a brand-new team seemingly each year.

That hunt for new talent is crucial.

New pitching coach Tyler VonDracek may be the biggest addition that the AppleSox make in terms of compiling their coaching staff and roster for the 2019 season.

The AppleSox have a history of producing above-average pitchers. Of the 11 players in team history to appear in a major-league game, eight of them have been pitchers.

VonDracek joins his fellow coaches from Yakima Valley College, head coach Kyle Krustangel and assistant coach Cash Ulrich, who have been with the AppleSox since 2017. It’s a tight-knit trio that is excited to continue coaching together in the summer.

“I know Cash and Kyle so well,” VonDracek said. “We work on the baseball scheme of things so well. We’re true friends with being in each other’s weddings and all.”

The AppleSox, winners of six league championships, five of which have come in the 15-year lifespan of the West Coast League, have been absent of the postseason since 2014. Making it back this year is something Krustangel has been talking about since last season ended.

Krustangel is hoping to mimic the success that his coaching staff has had a Yakima Valley, where the Yaks have appeared in the NWAC Championship three times and won it once, in 2016.

“I’m fired up about continuing to coach alongside Tyler essentially year-round now between the Yaks and the Sox,” Krustangel said. “I think that the three of us coach similarly and are all on the same page. We’re eager to get the Sox back into the playoffs.”

VonDracek brings prior West Coast League coaching experience to the table this summer. Last year, he was an assistant pitching coach for the Cowlitz Black Bears, but essentially served as the head pitching coach since regular pitching coach Jason Mackey missed time due to health complications.

(left-to-right) VonDracek, Krustangel and Ulrich won the NWAC Championship as coaches in 2016.

(left-to-right) VonDracek, Krustangel and Ulrich won the NWAC Championship as coaches in 2016.

Though he’d only expected a light burden of responsibilities, VonDracek was pushed into a bigger role with more baggage. It served him well in that he was also moving from assistant pitching coach to head pitching coach in the spring with Yakima Valley. This summer will be the third different team in a year that VonDracek has been the pitching coach for.

The man who Ulrich and Krustangel affectionately call “Vondy” is open to any ways that can improve his pitchers. Instead of sticking to one ineffable approach, VonDracek determines how to handle a pitcher based on their own capabilities and personality.

“I’d say I’m a good combination of ‘new school’ and ‘old school,’” VonDracek said. “I can agree with a lot of things and will definitely be seen doing some new age things, but also, I wanna see my guys pitching with some fire and emotion, kinda Nolan Ryan-esque.”

During AppleSox home games, fans will often notice Sox catchers looking to their left. They will be looking to VonDracek in the dugout to get the signs for which pitch to signal to the pitcher. Most catchers at the college level do not call their own game in the way that most major-leaguers do (except for AppleSox catcher Cory Meyer, who will return to the Sox this summer).

In-between flashing signals from the dugout, VonDracek hopes to see noted growth from his players as athletes and as people. Like Krustangel and Ulrich, he knows that the summer experience is about more than just improving their players on the field. It’s an approach that’s served them well at Yakima Valley and that has perfectly played in line with the AppleSox legacy of fielding both sensational ballplayers and human beings at the same time since 2000.

“Even though they come from different colleges,” VonDracek said, “the summer will be something that they can draw on when they go back to their team. They can improve not only as baseball players, but also as men and as a students.”

AppleSox Announce First Members of 2019 Roster

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Friday afternoon, head coach Kyle Krustangel announced the first six players of the AppleSox 2019 roster. Johnny Sage, Cole McKenzie, Logan Chase, Alec Gomez, Kody Darcy and Cory Meyer will all wear the red, white and blue again this summer for the Sox.

All six players appeared in at least one game with the AppleSox last season. McKenzie will be spending his third consecutive summer in Wenatchee after also playing here in 2017.

All class designations are their current classes in this semester.


Johnny Sage (Junior, Purdue)

Junior, 2019: Batting .213 with 3 doubles and 1 triple for Purdue as of April 3… Appeared in 25 games, 20 as a starter…

Last summer: Batted .326 with 22 runs and 19 RBI in 38 games… Led the team and tied for the WCL lead with 28 walks… Went on a nine-game hitting streak July 20-28… Reached base safely in all but three games that he played in…

Sophomore, 2018: Batted .386 with 24 doubles, 5 home runs, 70 RBI, 46 walks and 56 runs scored in 49 games for Yakima Valley… NJCAA first-team All-American and NWAC Player of the Year…

Freshman, 2017: Appeared in 13 games, four as a starter for Washington State… Went 2-for-18 (.111) with three runs scored, one RBI and three walks.


Cole McKenzie (Junior, Purdue)

Junior, 2019: Batting .260 with 14 runs, 9 BB and 7 RBI as of April 3… Appeared in 27 games, all as a starter.

Last summer: Appeared in two non-league games, June 5 and 6… Collected four hits in nine at-bats, walked once, scored two runs and stole two bases…

Sophomore, 2018: Batted .358 with 25 extra-base hits, 37 walks, 38 RBI and 72 runs scored in 48 games… NJCAA third-team All-American.

Summer, 2017: Batted .193 in 30 games… Posted four multi-hit games… Drove in a season-high four runs in a two-double performance on July 26 against Port Angeles.

Freshman, 2017: Batted .396 with 13 extra-base hits, 33 walks, 28 RBI and 41 runs scored in 38 games… NJCAA first-team All-American and Region MVP as a freshman.

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Logan Chase (Sophomore,Yakima Valley)

Sophomore, 2019: Holds an 0-2 record with a 9.00 ERA in seven innings spanning three appearances, all starts, through April 3…

Last summer: Went 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA in 5.2 innings spanning four appearances, all in relief… Tossed a scoreless innings against Yakima Valley in his final outing of the season on July 23.

Freshman, 2018: Went 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 39.1 innings spanning 20 appearances, all in relief… Saved a team-high five games and struck out 36 batters.

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Alec Gomez (Sophomore, Yakima Valley)

Sophomore, 2019: Holds a 4-0 record with a team-high 1.35 ERA in 40 innings spanning six appearances (four starts) through April 3… Currently leads the NWAC with 49 strikeouts.

Last summer: Went 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 27 innings spanning seven appearances (four starts)… Picked up the win in each of his final three appearances… Struck out a season-high seven batters in a season-high seven innings in an Aug. 4 win over Victoria.

Freshman, 2018: Went 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 44.1 innings spanning 12 appearances (three starts)… Struck out 46 batters and tossed a complete game shutout against Edmonds on May 25.

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Kody Darcy (Freshman, Xavier)

Freshman, 2019: Batting .171 with 2 HR, 2 RBI in 11 games through April 3… Hit his first two collegiate home runs on March 23 against Evansville.

Last summer: Batted .232 with three extra-base hits and 9 RBI in 27 games… Posted four multi-hit games… Drafted by the New York Mets (39th round) in the 2018 MLB First Year Player Draft, but did not sign and elected to attend school.

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Cory Meyer (Senior, Boise State)

Senior, 2019: Sat out per NCAA student-athlete transfer policy.

Last summer: Batted .296 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 29 games… One of four players to represent the Sox in the WCL All-Star Game in Port Angeles in which he went 1-2 with a single and a walk…Made AppleSox history on June 27 when he two grand slams and drove in eight runs in a 13-2 victory over the Bend Elks. Before that night, no AppleSox player had ever matched Meyer’s effort in a league game.

Junior, 2018: Made one appearance off the bench for Washington State.

Sophomore, 2017: Batted .290 in 45 games, including 35 starts...Added five doubles, a homer and 20 RBI with .409 on-base percentage.

Freshman, 2016: Registered team-best .333 batting average with seven doubles, two home runs, 19 RBI and 20 runs...Named to ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Division All-America Third Team.

The AppleSox will announce new players to the roster each week on social media for the next two months.

Each Friday afternoon, all of the players added from the previous seven days will be recapped on the AppleSox website. For the most up-to date roster additions, please follow the AppleSox on Twitter and Instagram and like them on Facebook.

AppleSox Accepting Applicants for Two Positions


With the 20th season in team history just 60 days away, the AppleSox are looking to add two more important members to their team. However, these two members won’t be taking grounders or collecting base hits for the club.

The AppleSox are now accepting applications for an official scorer and marketing intern for the 2019 season.

The official scorer can be any age, but must be able to score a baseball game and be comfortable scoring on a computer. This person will score the game on Pointstreak, the official statistic site of the West Coast League. He/she must be able to make quick decisions in the event of tough plays and potentially stay late to fix any issues that may arise over the course of scoring a game. The official scorer must be able to work all 32 AppleSox home games plus any postseason games and arrive at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium at least one hour prior to the start of each home game.

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The marketing intern will be expected to perform the following…

• Analyze effectiveness of on field promotions and develop ideas about new promotions.

• Analyze effectiveness of ads and develop ideas for new campaigns. • Develop and execute a marketing and sales plan for our Cashmere Night Event. Monitor on the night of the event and report results.

• Propose new promotions and help with the execution if approved. • Answer phone inquiries, direct calls, and provide basic company information; help with mail deliveries, receive and ship packages.

• Research on teams in our league and our community.

• Attend team functions and networking events

• Help update and post supervised social media and website content; respond to web correspondence, social media posts, and emails.

• Reports to Assistant General Manager. Intern Requirements and Qualifications

• High school degree or equivalent; must be enrolled in an accredited university/college program that provides credit hours for internships.

• Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

• Must be 18 years of age.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Self-directed and able to work without much supervision.

• Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.

While the internship is unpaid, interns will have the opportunity to work on the AppleSox Guest Services crew during home games which pays $12.00 an hour.

For more information on either position or to apply, please email, call 509-665-6900 or visit the team office at 610 N Mission St. #204 in Wenatchee.

The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history begins on June 3. With promotions like cap night, two bobblehead giveaways and fireworks night, this promises to be a season you won’t want to miss. Guarantee that you have seats for all the exciting games by purchasing season tickets. They run as low as $115 and can be purchased at the team’s office at 610 N Mission St #204 in Wenatchee.

New Volunteer Assistant Coach Prater Excited to Coach for Sox

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Yesterday, former AppleSox utilityman and new volunteer assistant coach Jacob Prater spoke with Don West on the Don West Show on News Radio 560 KPQ.

Head coach Kyle Krustangel added Prater to the AppleSox staff last month. Once he graduates from Seattle U in May, Prater will work with AppleSox hitters and aid assistant coach Cash Ulrich in working with Sox infielders. Krustangel is excited to add a coach fresh off his playing days to the team’s staff.

“His presence and competitiveness will be felt amongst the players,” Krustangel said. “He brings a winning mentality and a grinder approach.”

Prater started off by telling West about his senior season at Seattle U as well as what it’s like to play in the West Coast League.


“The West Coast League,” Prater said, “is basically like if you took all of the players in all the different divisions in the United States and put them into a bin and took a few out and put them on different teams to play each other. It’s a really unique experience that you get to meet a bunch of players from all across the nation, play a bunch of different guys, travel to a bunch of places on the West Coast.”

Prater also commented on his excitement about returning to Wenatchee this summer. After graduating from Wenatchee High School, Prater played for the AppleSox in 2015, 2016 and 2018. He hit a combined .289 in his AppleSox tenure, including a team-high .359 in 2017. Last year, Prater won the inaugural Tommy Watanabe Award, given to the player who best exemplifies our late former player’s passion for the game of baseball.

“The AppleSox have been a great place for me to come back to in the summer to be home and develop my skills as a baseball player and I’ve developed a really close relationship with Coach Krustangel,” Prater said. “Being that the AppleSox have provided so much for me in the past four years, it was a no-brainer for me to come back and have an impact on the program in a different way.”

With his playing career coming to an end, Prater wanted to continue his involvement in the game via coaching. He was grateful for the opportunity to coach with Krustangel.

“It’s hard thinking of myself not having some kind of connection with baseball,” Prater said. “The game of baseball has never owed me anything, so it’s nice for me to give back to the game in this way.”

Listen to the full interview between Prater and West below.

The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history begins on June 3. With promotions like cap night, two bobblehead giveaways and fireworks night, this promises to be a season you won’t want to miss. Guarantee that you have seats for all the exciting games by purchasing season tickets. They run as low as $115 and can be purchased at the team’s office at 610 N Mission St #204 in Wenatchee.

Become a 2019 AppleSox Host Family


Summer college baseball is a blast for fans and players alike, but not all of the players are from this area and can simply go home after a game at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.

The AppleSox are looking for host families for the 2019 season from early June through mid-August.

The players are terrific role models for kids in youth baseball programs. They can also be helpful around the house for senior citizens. We consider the AppleSox players to be a real asset for our community during the summer

“Hosting an AppleSox player for the summer is a one-of-a-kind experience,” AppleSox general manager Ken Osborne said. “We play almost every day, and half the games are on the road, so the season keeps them really busy. They also help instruct our youth clinics, make community appearances, and are at the gym every day. Our host families don’t have to worry about always keeping them entertained.”

Host Family Benefits Include:

  • Season tickets. You can cheer on your player at every game!

  • Invitation to the annual host family appreciation dinner.

  • Free registration for host family children to the AppleSox youth instructional clinics.

  • Recognized on field at the final regular season home game.

  • Gain lifelong relationships!

If you live in the Wenatchee/East Wenatchee area, have a spare room, and would be interested in housing a player, please call our team office at (509) 665-6900 or email

Gonzales To Become First Sox Pitcher to Start MLB Opening Day


History will be made in the wee hours of March 20, 2019.

When the 2019 MLB season begins with the Seattle Mariners facing the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo, Japan, at 2:35 a.m. PST, Marco Gonzales will get the nod as the Mariners starter, thus becoming the first former AppleSox pitcher to start Opening Day.

Gonzales, who played for the AppleSox in 2010, went 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA last season. In addition to setting career-highs in wins and ERA, Gonzales' 1.22 WHIP was also a single-season best and he tossed his first career complete game on June 29.

With only 11 players returning from last season’s Opening Day roster, the Mariners are looking for leaders this season. Gonzales, 27, will be thrust into a leadership role despite making over 11 major-league appearances for the first time last year.

Regardless, he’s embracing the opportunity and looking to build off a stellar 2018.

“I always enjoy taking on a leadership role and I’ve got a great chance to do so this year,” Gonzales said at the Mariners Caravan stop in Wenatchee in January.

Gonzales was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals 18th overall in the 2013 MLB Draft and made his major-league debut the next season. After a torn UCL in his left elbow wiped out his 2016 season, Gonzales was traded to the Mariners in 2017 and has made his mark there ever since.

This past offseason, Gonzales agreed to a two-year, $1.9-million contract to buy out his two final years of team control in which he could have made the major-league minimum. Gonzales does not become a free agent until 2024.

“Marco is excited,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said to “He’s earned it. There’s nothing better than getting awarded for something you’ve actually earned. And he has.”

In his sole season with the AppleSox, Gonzales was a part of the fourth West Coast League Championship squad in team history. Gonzales most notably went 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA and a league-high 66 strikeouts but also hit .256 in 82 at-bats and hit a home run in Game 2 of the East Division Series against Kelowna.

After the AppleSox defeated the Bend Elks in three games to claim the West Coast League Championship, Gonzales went to Gonzaga where he continued his successful work in the state of Washington. He had a 2.30 ERA over three seasons and racked up West Coast Conference hardware, winning Player of the Year twice, Freshman of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. He was also an All-American and the recipient of the John Olerud Award.

“We’re thrilled to continue to watch Marco excel at the Major-League level,” AppleSox general manager Ken Osborne said. “Marco was a first-class ballplayer and person in his time with the AppleSox and he’s continued to be as his notoriety has grown. He embodies the type of young men that we want to play for us.”

Along with Gonzales, 10 other former AppleSox players have moved on from Wenatchee to MLB. Others of note include Jason Hammel, who won the World Series with the Chicago Cubs in 2016. The number of AppleSox players in the pros will only grow this season with others like Keston Hiura, the top-ranked prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, on the way.

AppleSox Add Four Non-League Opponents To Schedule

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The Wenatchee AppleSox have finalized their complete schedule for the 2019 season. While West Coast League games were already determined in November, management still wanted to add more home games to the schedule.

The 2019 AppleSox schedule features 32 home games and 27 road games.

The 20th season in AppleSox history will now begin a day earlier, thanks to a non-league game with the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase. This team will comprise of players from the CCL, a summer college baseball league.

“I’m ecstatic for the 2019 season to begin,” AppleSox owner Jose Oglesby said. “Obviously, it is still a few months away, but now, at least it comes one day sooner!”

On June 22 and 23, the AppleSox will face the Highline Bears for the third straight season. This is the first time that they will play multiple non-league games against Highline and the first time that the Sox will play multiple non-league games against the same opponent since 2017.

The third non-WCL opponent is a very special one as the AppleSox will welcome the United States Military All-Stars team to Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. on July 15. The AppleSox will wear their special stars-and-stripes caps for this game, one of only four games in which the Sox will don those hats this season.

Finally, the non-league schedule concludes on July 31 with a home date against the River City Athletics. This will be the third straight season in which the AppleSox and Athletics meet on the ballfield.


Last season, the AppleSox played four non-league games. After dropping the first one, the Sox took each of the final three by a combined score of 22-5.

“We always enjoy welcoming non-league teams to Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium,” AppleSox general manager Ken Osborne said. “There’s lots of talent across the West Coast, some of it just isn’t in the West Coast League. We look forward to every game, regardless of the opponent.”

All home games will start at 6:35 p.m., except for Sundays and July 3. Home games on Sundays will start an hour earlier at 5:35 and first pitch for the July 3 fireworks night will be at 7:05.

For the first time in team history, the AppleSox will have a bobblehead giveaway night. However, there won’t be just one given away, but two this season. First, on July 9, the first 400 fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead of AppleSox team mascot Coyote, presented by Denny’s. The AppleSox will also be giving away a bobblehead of former pitcher and current Seattle Mariner Marco Gonzales. Date and sponsor of the Gonzales bobblehead to be determined.

Another new promotion for the 2019 season will be ‘$2 Off Tuesdays.’ For all five of the AppleSox Tuesday home games (June 4, 11; July 2, 9; Aug. 6), fans will be able to purchase general admission tickets for $5, instead of $7, and premium seats for $10, instead of $12. The savings don’t stop there; select concession items will also be decreased in price by $2.

Other promotions and the dates of their giveaway for the 2019 season will be announced at a later date. The AppleSox are also planning a cap night and rally towel night among other giveaways.

To ensure your seats for fireworks night, both bobblehead nights and all the other exciting games coming up this summer, purchase season tickets today by visiting the AppleSox team office on 610 N Mission St #204. Season tickets run as low as $115.

AppleSox Unveil New On-Field Gear


Thursday morning on “Wake Up Wenatchee Valley” on NCW Life, the Wenatchee AppleSox unveiled new on-field gear for the 2019 season. The Sox will have new home jerseys for their 20th season as well as stars-and-stripes hats.

The jerseys were created by BSN Sports and the hats by New Era. AppleSox assistant general manager Allie Schank was actively involved in the design process for both products.

For the jerseys, Schank wanted to intertwine classic parts of previous AppleSox uniforms with slight modifications to create a simple, clean look.

“We wanted to connect popular elements of our older jerseys while also implementing new features,” Schank said. “I’d seen piping on previous home jerseys, but never red. I really liked the way it popped and I think it will make our players stand out even more.”


Another element that was brought back with the new home jerseys was the script AppleSox logo, first seen on the team’s original blue and red jerseys that were the only jerseys worn by the AppleSox until a white jersey was added in 2007.

The script logo has only been used on a white AppleSox home jersey twice before, 2009 and 2014, the teams’ 10th and 15th anniversary seasons, respectively. Similar to those two previous anniversary jerseys, the AppleSox season anniversary patch is on the left sleeve.

The 20th-season jerseys will serve as the team’s primary home jerseys for the 2019 season, replacing the previous whites with the club’s “diamond” logo on the left patch. Those jerseys can be purchased by visiting the team’s office on 610 N Mission St in Wenatchee. The 20th-season jerseys will be auctioned off following the 2019 season.

The stars-and-stripes hats will similarly have the script “Sox” logo like the all-blue hats worn last season and the previously released all-red hats revealed earlier this offseason. With one new hat already added to the on-field attire repertoire, Schank wanted another special one to commemorate one of the AppleSox series of the season: the Fourth of July series.

“Each year, our games surrounding the Fourth of July are packed with fans,” Schank said. “Fireworks night is everyone’s favorite promotion of the season and baseball and America go hand-in-hand.”

The hats, similar to the new home jerseys, are primarily white, but incorporate the team’s other two primary colors of red and blue plenty to create a patriotic homage.

Schank, a Georgia native, drew inspiration for the hat design from one of her hometown teams.


“As an Atlanta Braves fan, I’ve seen them play one of their division rivals, the Washington Nationals, a lot,” Schank said. “Plenty of major league teams wear stars-and-stripes caps, but I seemed to constantly see those Nationals jerseys with the stars and stripes on their logo. The stars really stood out to me, so we applied them to our specials hats for this season.”

The stars-and-stripes caps will be worn each night of the AppleSox’ July 2-4 series against the Kelowna Falcons. The teams’ 2019 Fireworks Night, presented by Numerica Credit Union, is scheduled for July 3.

The AppleSox red and blue on-field hats, in addition to other fitted and adjustable styles by New Era, are on sale at the team’s office on 610 N Mission St in Wenatchee. The stars-and-stripes hats will go on sale starting July 1.

Fans will have the opportunity to see the new jerseys and hats for themselves on March 4 at the AppleSox Hot Stove Party at Abby’s Legendary Pizza from 5:30-7 p.m. Secure your spot today by calling 509-665-6900.

The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history begins on June 4. Season tickets run as low as $115 and can be purchased today at the team’s aforementioned office location.


AppleSox Announce Coaching Staff Additions

(L to R) Tyler Von Dracek, Kyle Krustangel and Cash Ulrich coached yvc to the 2016 NWAC Championship in 2016 and now look to bring home hardware as AppleSox coaches. Von Dracek will join the Applesox coaching staff in 2019.

(L to R) Tyler Von Dracek, Kyle Krustangel and Cash Ulrich coached yvc to the 2016 NWAC Championship in 2016 and now look to bring home hardware as AppleSox coaches. Von Dracek will join the Applesox coaching staff in 2019.

Yakima Valley Community College pitching coach Tyler VonDracek has been hired to take the same role with the Wenatchee AppleSox, head coach Kyle Krustangel announced on Tuesday.

VonDracek previously coached in the West Coast League with the Cowlitz Black Bears last summer.

Additionally, Krustangel announced that former AppleSox player Jacob Prater will return to the team in 2019 as a volunteer assistant coach. Prater will assist both offensive and defensive strategy, Krustangel said.

VonDracek, like the AppleSox other assistant coach, Cash Ulrich, has spent the last four seasons on Krustangel’s Yakima Valley coaching staff. The trio hopes to replicate some of the recent success that they’ve had with the Yaks over the last few years with the AppleSox in 2019 and beyond.

“I have worked with Tyler for four years and he is a very knowledgeable, hard-working coach,” Krustangel said. “He is as loyal as they come and is a huge addition to the AppleSox. I expect him to have an immediate impact with our pitchers.”

After coaching alongside Krustangel and Ulrich for the duration of the Yaks’ 2019 season, VonDracek will join his fellow coaches in Wenatchee in late-May.

Since joining Yakima Valley College in 2016, VonDracek has been an instrumental part of the teams’ recent success. In his three years as an assistant pitching coach there, the team has posted a 3.09 ERA and won the NWAC in his first season. In 2019, he will move up to be the primary pitching coach.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to grow and learn this summer with an organization that has a fantastic reputation,” VonDracek said. “I can’t wait to go to work with a new crop of ballplayers from all around the country. Establishing new relationships with players and coaches within the team really excites me for the summer.”

VonDracek played at Yakima Valley College for two seasons (2011-13) and was a two-year starter. He went on to play at Whitworth University for his remaining two years. In his senior year, Whitworth won the NWC tournament and went to the NCAA Regional in Texas for only the second time in school history. VonDracek graduated from Whitworth with a degree in Kinesiology.

In the summer of 2015, VonDracek was the pitching coach of the Spokane Bandits AAA Senior American Legion team that was head coached by Krustangel. The team was 27 games over .500 and finished 3rd in the Washington State Tournament.

VonDracek played high school baseball for RA Long High School and was a two-time letter winner and All-GSHL in Longview, WA.

After spending three seasons with the AppleSox as a player, Jacob Prater will return as a coach in 2019.

After spending three seasons with the AppleSox as a player, Jacob Prater will return as a coach in 2019.

Prater has just begun his senior season at Seattle University and is pursuing a coaching career following his collegiate tenure. Through seven games, Prater is hitting .357 and is tied for second on the team with two stolen bases. He’s batted second and played second in all seven of the Redhawks games. Prater has reached base safely in all but one game and five consecutive.

The Wenatchee High School graduate played for the AppleSox in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and played every position except for center field, pitcher and catcher in that time. The utilityman hit a combined .289 in his AppleSox tenure, including a team-high .359 in 2017. Last year, Prater won the inaugural Tommy Watanabe Award, given to the player who best exemplifies our late former player’s passion for the game of baseball.

Fans will get an opportunity to meet VonDracek at next Monday’s AppleSox Hot Stove Party from 5:30-7 p.m. at Abby’s Legendary Pizza. RSVP today by calling 509-665-6900 or emailing

2019 Hot Stove Party Rescheduled for March 4

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The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history is less than four months away and excitement is building for the big campaign.

Brush off the snow on your car and head over to the AppleSox Hot Stove Party to talk some baseball on March 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Abby's Pizza in Wenatchee. 

Team owner Jose Oglesby, head coach Kyle Krustangel and other members of the AppleSox front office will be on hand to chat with fans. The AppleSox will also be giving away prizes to fans in attendance.

The AppleSox Hot Stove Party is free to season ticket holders and sponsors. All other fans can attend for $15 per person, including a pizza and salad buffet. Beer and wine is available.

Please call 509-665-6900 or email to RSVP.

AppleSox Hot Stove Party POSTPONED


Due to the accumulation of snow in the Wenatchee Valley and surrounding areas, the AppleSox Hot Stove Party, originally scheduled for Feb. 10 at Abby’s West, has been POSTPONED.

Stay tuned as any more information will be posted on the AppleSox website.

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Purchase a 2019 MVP Card Today!


With the football season ending this coming weekend, baseball is now visible on the horizon.

The AppleSox' 2019 season-opener against the Victoria HarbourCats at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium is nearly four months away. While the team is still being assembled, the anticipation of Opening Day only grows with each sunrise.

However, seats continue to quickly fill up for the big 20th-season in team history. Lock in yours today by purchasing an AppleSox MVP Card, sponsored by PAK-it-RITE

MVP Cards give you four tickets to any 2019 AppleSox game for just $20 (a savings of $8). As an extra perk, the MVP Cards include a $5 discount on the back for your next shipment at PAK-it-RITE.

AppleSox MVP Cards are also a very popular way for youth groups, service clubs and non-profits to raise money. Your group gets to keep half of the retail sale price for every MVP Card sold. The best part is that the AppleSox will buy back any MVP cards that you don’t sell!

Purchase yours today at PAK-it-RITE today on 36 N. Chelan Ave. in Wenatchee. They are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Season tickets are flying off the shelves but still on sale as well. Secure seats to Opening Night, Fireworks Night and other great promotional nights with seats to all 31 home games. Season-ticket plans run as low as $115 and can be purchased at the AppleSox team office on 610 N. Mission St. #204 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

While you're purchasing tickets, be sure to suit yourself up in the hottest AppleSox gear. Whether it's a cap or socks, we've got the Sox swag for you! We've partnered with prominent brands like New Era and Strideline and we know that we've got the perfect product to help you rep the Sox. 

If you have any questions, email or call 509-665-6900.


Mariners Caravan Returning to Wenatchee on Jan. 15


A fan-favorite event is once again returning to Wenatchee.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Seattle Mariners will be stopping in Wenatchee for one of the nine stops on their “Mariners Caravan.” Fans are encouraged to come down to Pybus Public Market for the free event from 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Mariners pitchers Shawn Armstrong and Marco Gonzales (a 2010 AppleSox alum), broadcaster Dave Simms and the Mariner Moose will all be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

Gonzales is fresh off a breakout season with the Mariners in which he set career-highs in wins, ERA, innings-pitched and strikeouts as well as many other categories. After having his first healthy season since debuting in 2014, Gonzales will look to buoy that success into becoming a top-of-the-rotation starter in 2019.

He was a part of the AppleSox 2010 West Coast League Championship team and set the single-season record for strikeouts that year with 26 punchouts. This will be the second straight year in which Gonzales will help represent the Mariners for their Caravan stop in Wenatchee.

Armstrong only appeared in 14 games with the Mariners this season and didn’t make his season debut until late August. Nonetheless, he made his presence felt, posting a 1.23 ERA. Armstrong did not allow any runs in his first 10 appearances (a span of 11.1 innings-pitched) and struck out at least one batter in all but two of his 14 appearances.

Armstrong figures to have an opportunity to pitch in prominent, high-leverage situations in 2019 thanks to several trades of workhorse relievers from the 2018 season.

The AppleSox will be sponsoring the event and team mascot Coyote will be on hand to take part in the festivities and greet fans.

For more information on the Mariners Caravan, visit



The Wenatchee AppleSox unveiled a new logo to mark their 20th season on Thursday night at a sponsor appreciation event at Highlander Golf Course in East Wenatchee.

“Next summer will be a fantastic season in Wenatchee yet again,” team owner Jose Oglesby said. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the rich tradition of baseball in the Valley and look forward to continuing it.”

“I hope in another 20 years we will have another commemorative logo to unveil,” Oglesby said.

The logo was designed by Tom Roche with feedback from the AppleSox front office. This is the third commemorative logo in team history along with 10th and 15th anniversary logos.

Merchandise with the teams’ new 20th anniversary logo will soon be on sale ahead of the landmark season.

“We already have a variety of new items on sale this offseason, from knit hats to holiday ornaments,” AppleSox assistant general manager Allie Schank said. “We’re excited to get the 20th anniversary gear in ahead of another memorable summer.”

It’s not too early to purchase season tickets either. Opening Day is 175 days away but season tickets can be yours today. Visit the team office at 610 N. Mission St. #204 or call 509-665-6900 today to purchase merchandise or season tickets today.


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Thursday, the West Coast League announced its 2019 schedule for league play ahead of its 15th season.

While the AppleSox’ 2019 league schedule has been released, the full team schedule has not been announced yet. There are open dates on the schedule that the team hopes to fill with non-league opponents.

“We are still looking to add some games against non-league opponents,” AppleSox general manager Ken Osborne said. “As we do every year, we look forward to adding other opponents to our schedule to give our fans as many home games as possible and our players more time on the field.”

The 20th season in AppleSox history begins on June 4 with a three-game series against the Victoria HarbourCats. This will be the third straight season where the AppleSox either begin the season and/or their home schedule with a series against the HarbourCats.

After a three-game series in Yakima immediately following the season-opening set, the Sox return to Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium for a six-game homestand beginning on June 6. The homestand kicks off with three games against the Port Angeles and then, following an off-day, three against the Walla Walla Sweets.

Once the AppleSox play three in Port Angeles on June 18-20, there are four open dates on the schedule before the team’s second-longest road trip of the season. June 25-30 has the Sox first crossing the border and traveling to Victoria for three games before returning to the States and playing the Cowlitz Black Bears for three more.

For the second straight year, the AppleSox will be home on the Fourth of July as they host the Kelowna Falcons from July 2-4.

Afterwards, the Sox battle the Bend Elks in a home-and-home series. The battle begins with three games in Bend from July 5-7 and then three more in Wenatchee from July 9-11.

The final three against the Elks in Wenatchee represent the beginning of a six-game homestand, which concludes with three against the Bellingham Bells from July 12-15.

Following an off-day on July 15, the AppleSox embark on their longest road trip of the season. The nine-games-in-11-days grind begins on July 16 with three games in Kelowna and then three more at Bellingham prior to the two-day All-Star Break on July 22 and 23. The Sox play three games in Walla Walla immediately after the Break to conclude the arduous road trip.

The first home games in the post-All-Star Break schedule are July 27-29 against the Portland Pickles. The Sox have three consecutive open dates after that series, followed by back-to-back home league series against the Yakima Valley Pippins (Aug. 2-4) and the newest members of the WCL, the Ridgefield Raptors (Aug. 6-8), to wrap up the home schedule.

The regular season concludes on the road against the three-time defending champion Corvallis Knights from Aug. 9-11. The WCL playoffs begin on Aug. 13 and the latest possible date for a Championship Series game to be played is Aug. 20.

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