Big Eighth Inning Propels Sox to Victory

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WENATCHEE, WA - In a game that featured six ties or lead changes, the AppleSox scored six runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Portland Pickles, 14-8, on Sunday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.

For the second night in a row, the AppleSox and the Pickles engaged in a back-and-forth affair. The Sox picked up their third consecutive win and showed off their resiliency once again.

Johnny Sage drove in four runs with a three-hit night, Dalton Harum homered and doubled and Kodie Kolden reached base four times. Every AppleSox batter reached base at least once and scored at least one run.

Sage drove in the Sox first run to give them a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Kolden walked, went to second and then scored on Sage’s one-out single just three batters into the bottom of the first inning.

The Pickles used two home runs in the top of the third inning and scored three times to lead the AppleSox 3-1, but it would be short-lived. Kolden led off with a single and then scored on Ryan Altenberger’s fourth homer of the summer.

Neither team scored in the fourth, but the Pickles struck with another three-spot to take a 6-3 lead into the sixth inning. The AppleSox loaded up the bases and were danger of stranding them loaded until Sage cleared the bases with a double. A batter later, Harum launched his third home run of the season to put the Sox up 8-6.

Despite all of that, the Pickles refused to go down quietly. They scored twice in the top of the eighth to re-tie game, but failing to take the lead proved costly. The AppleSox sent 10 men to the plate and though the inning ended the same way it began, with Sage flying out, Wenatchee scored six runs on four hits before the inning was over. With one out, Wenatchee loaded up the bases and Kody Darcy singled in the game-winning run with a single to left before Justin Lutz plated two with a single to right. With the bases reloaded two batters later, Kolden cleared with a double to the left-field corner.

Alex Jemal struck out all three batters that he faced in the ninth to wrap up the victory and give the Sox their third consecutive victory and seventh series victory of the season. Thy’ll go for their fourth sweep of the summer tonight at 6:35.

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Sox Take Down Pickles to Open Series

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WENATCHEE, WA - Playing at home for the first time in nearly two weeks, the AppleSox claimed a back-and-forth affair with a 6-3 win over the Portland Pickles.

Tied up 3-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the AppleSox scored three runs to pick up back-to-back victories.

Johnny Sage and Kody Darcy both recorded multi-hit games in the win. Brett Gillis got the final four outs to pick up his fourth save of the season.

The Pickles opened the scoring with an unearned run in the second and the Sox immediately responded with one of their own in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Darcy reached on an infield error to tie the run.

An inning later, Wenatchee took its first of three different leads in the game. Connor Kiffer drew a leadoff walk and scored after back-to-back singles by Blake Klassen and Hunter Montgomery with two outs.

The Pickles wouldn’t wait long to tie it up again, scoring another unearned run in the top of the fourth.

The AppleSox retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Johnny Sage went to work. Sage led off with a single, then stole second and went to third on a throwing error. A couple pitches later, he scored on a passed ball.

Again, the Pickles had an answer, striking with a two-out RBI double in the top of the sixth. Then, the Sox put together the only multi-run half inning. With the bases loaded, Connor Kiffer singled to left to score the game-winning run then Sage singled in two more with a high chopper to the right side.

The Sox go for the series victory tonight at 5:35.

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Sox Back Home, Take On Pickles

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The Wenatchee AppleSox return home tonight for the first of 10 home games in 13 days. After not playing any home games from July 16-26, the Sox are back in Wenatchee for a lengthy stretch at home.

Tonight and Monday’s games against the Portland Pickles take place at 6:35 while tomorrow’s game on Washington Trust Night begins at 5:35. Tickets can be purchased on AppleSox.com.

All three games can be heard on the AppleSox Radio Network. Live stats are available on Pointstreak.

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AppleSox Book On Sale Monday

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The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history is a landmark year. The AppleSox have celebrated it thus far with a commemorative logo, special home jerseys and plenty of exciting giveaways.

Now, the AppleSox are further adding to the fanfare of the exciting season with a book release. One Inning At A Time: 20 Years of AppleSox Baseball will go on sale this Monday at the AppleSox souvenir stand.

AppleSox owner Jose Oglesby tasked team broadcaster and communications director Joel Norman with writing a book about the history of the AppleSox. One Inning At A Time is not a chronological history of the AppleSox, nor is it only about what happens about the team on the field. Instead, it is a look at the players and coaches in addition to the other casts of characters who have helped the AppleSox celebrate summer, one inning at a time for the last 20 years. It is intended to tell the team’s history through short stories.

A limited number of copies will go on sale on Monday at the ballpark. Gates open at 5:30 and tickets can be purchased here. If copies run out, a waiting list will be available for fans to put down their names and guarantee themselves a copy. If you would like to purchase a book but are unable to attend a game at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, please email info@applesox.com or call 509-665-6900 and the AppleSox will work to ship you a copy.

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Four-Run Eighth Buoys Sox to Victory

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WALLA WALLA, WA - Trailing 3-1 entering the eighth inning, the AppleSox scored four times in the top of the inning to defeat the Walla Walla Sweets 5-3.

Hunter Montgomery came up with the bases loaded and tied the game up with a 2-RBI single to left field. A batter later, Kody Darcy gave the Sox a two-run lead with a 2-RBI single of his own.

It was a big night for Montgomery as he picked up three hits in four at-bats to record his sixth multi-hit game of the season.

Landon Schirer struck out three in a two-inning outing to record his sixth save of the season. Ryan Isler (1-1) allowed an unearned run in the eighth to pick up the win.

For the first time in the series, the Sox struck first when they scored a run in the second inning. Blake Klassen and Montgomery both singled before Darcy walked to load up the bases. Alex Jemal drew a walk with two outs to score Klassen. It was the first of all five runs to score with two outs.

The Sweets scored one run apiece in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Though he picked up a no decision, Jake Saum allowed two of those runs but was otherwise spectacular. He punched out nine in six innings and allowed just four hits.

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Sweets Stymie Sox Bats

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WALLA WALLA, WA - The Walla Walla Sweets held the AppleSox to just one hit to win, 3-2, on Thursday night at Borleske Stadium.

Sweets’ starting pitcher Ryan Johnston held the Sox hitless until Dalton Harum tripled with one out in the seventh inning. He would score a batter later on a groundout by Blake Klassen to end Johnston’s shutout bid.

The Sweets scored three times in the first inning and led for the rest of the game. Sox’ starter Seth Kuykendall (1-2) only allowed one earned run in six innings on the mound. Kuykendall’s strong start marked the eighth consecutive time that an AppleSox starter went at least five innings.

The Sox scored their second run in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Johnny Sage walked to drive in a run. However, the Sox would strand all three runners after Harum flew out to deep left to end the inning.

AppleSox All-Star Jake Saum gets the ball on Friday night as the Sox look to salvage the series at 7:05.

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Team Chemistry Pivotal in Sox' Second-Half Success

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Team chemistry is difficult to define.

Because there’s no way to quantify how well a team gels with a statistic, it’s often cast aside by statisticians across baseball, far more than in any other sport.

However, one who follows the 2019 Wenatchee AppleSox can’t help but be impressed with this team’s chemistry. Whether it’s goofing off in pregame interviews or staying up all night on bus rides, this AppleSox team has gelled since Day 1.

“We’re on the road a lot together, so people need to get along,” pitcher Seth Kuykendall said. “We play games on the bus and I feel like that’s great for team chemistry. We’re very competitive. We’re not even happy losing games against each other.”

Make no mistake about it. The Sox are never happy with losing.

Don’t believe Kuykendall? Have a seat on the AppleSox team bus after Sunday’s 5-2 victory over the Bellingham Bells. It’s the final game of a six-games-in-six-days road trip and the Sox had to get up early for the 1:05 p.m. matinee. Despite playing on a warm summer afternoon and sweating out a narrow victory, the Sox are still eager to pick up more wins on the bus.

It’s almost become a ritual on road games. It doesn’t matter if it’s a five-minute drive back to the team hotel or a five-hour journey back to Wenatchee. No matter the length of time on the bus, the AppleSox players must get multiple games of ‘Mafia’ in.

It’s a game that doesn’t require anything other than at least six players. There are no cards nor any props needed. Participants are separated into two teams, roles are assigned and essentially, chaos ensues.

It’s a popular game at the college baseball level that is all about deception. Players are assigned different positions and when a nonpartisan moderator announces who has ‘died,’ the players debate among themselves who is in the mafia and eventually are asked to vote on their suspicions. The game does not end until the members of the mafia are discovered.

Outfielder Johnny Sage is tied for the team lead in doubles (9) and stolen bases (11), but his most impressive talent might be his ability to trick teammates in ‘Mafia.’

Outfielder Johnny Sage is tied for the team lead in doubles (9) and stolen bases (11), but his most impressive talent might be his ability to trick teammates in ‘Mafia.’

The Sox take Mafia very seriously. Accusations and expletives are hurled left and right quicker than infielders tossing the ball back-and-forth trying to catch a base-runner in a rundown.

Some players fare better than others, but all asked agreed on who usually wins.

“Johnny Sage is probably the best,” pitcher Gavin Gorrell said. “He’s the guy who tries to be everyone’s friend and then is always in the mafia.”

Don’t let the AppleSox outfielder’s smile fool you; he is a regular backstabber in the game, according to his teammates and himself.

“The key,” Sage said, “is to manipulate everyone and try to be their friend and then stab them in the back. Friendships are definitely lost.

Summer ball is full of turnover, but the Sox don’t mind adding new players into the mix. Just don’t ask them to remember who the guy is.

“They still call me ‘new kid,’” infielder Connor Kiffer said on July 13, just two days after joining the team.

Indeed, whether it’s on the bus or in the dugout, players can be heard hollering the phrase. Gorrell said it typically takes a week for the guys to remember a ‘new kid’s’ actual name.

Mafia isn’t the only way for a newcomer to bond with AppleSox players. Take a look at the bases the next time a player drives in a run and/or collects an extra-base hit. You’ll notice the AppleSox player look toward the dugout and rapidly sway his hands back-and-forth with his palms facing his teammates.

Infielder Kody Darcy performs the Sox’ popular ‘All Hail the Queen’ celebration after hitting a double in a recent home game.

Infielder Kody Darcy performs the Sox’ popular ‘All Hail the Queen’ celebration after hitting a double in a recent home game.

Team’s celebrating big base-hits is nothing new across various levels of baseball, but every team has a different celebration for a different reason. The Sox’ inspiration came from their do-it-all All-Star, Ryan Altenberger.

“It came from a game that Alty created,” Gorrell said, “where the queen always wins when it’s played. Every time a queen is drawn he says ‘all hail the queen.‘“

Altenberger isn’t much of a talker, but he’s been a rallying point for this team. When he does speak, be it jokingly or seriously, his teammates notice. When Altenberger goes deep and flips his bat, his teammates notice.

Leadership isn’t always about giving a rah-rah speech. It can just be about keeping team energy loose and stepping up wherever needed. Altenberger has played every position on the field except for center field, pitcher, first base and catcher. Soon, he’ll get to scratch one of those positions off his checklist.

“I owe him an inning at some point,” head coach Kyle Krustangel said. “Before the end of this season, you’ll see Ryan on the mound for one inning. I’ve lost a couple of bets this summer and I always pay up.”

Perhaps the most hilarious of instances in which Krustangel lost a bet came back on June 20. Pitcher Owen Leonard bet Coach Krustangel that if the Sox took a 10-run lead over the Port Angeles, that he would be allowed to go out to the mound for visit.

Wenatchee led 12-0 after seven innings and after allowing two runs in the ninth, Leonard came out to chat with pitcher Sam Wyatt. However, Leonard wasn’t in jersey and a ballcap. Instead, he donned sunglasses, an AppleSox coaching staff jacket and a coach’s batting helmet. Leonard played the part perfectly, motioning to home plate umpire Dustin Catron that he was visiting Wyatt and was granted time. Both umpires didn’t catch on, but Wyatt and the AppleSox defenders and dugout couldn’t help but crack up.

AppleSox bat kid Wyatt DeLozier shows off his dance moves before the Sox faced the Bend Elks on July 12.

AppleSox bat kid Wyatt DeLozier shows off his dance moves before the Sox faced the Bend Elks on July 12.

The fun isn’t only for the players. The Sox also have fun with their bat kids, both at home and on the road. At Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, players and coaches make sure to alert both bat kids stationed in the respective dugouts to remember to race each other for foul balls behind home plate. The time in between pitches is no longer boring as visiting teams and the AppleSox cheer for their bat kid to return to his/her dugout with a prize.

On the road, if the Sox don’t have a bat kid, pitcher Jake Saum has usually filled the bill as the ball retriever. Last week in Kelowna, Saum and a sweatshirt-wearing Falcons player delighted fans by sliding for foul balls behind the spacious home plate at Elks Stadium.

Whether it’s playing Mafia on the bus, hailing the queen or chasing after foul balls, the AppleSox have bonded and endeared themselves to fans both in Wenatchee. The summer season might only last two-and-a-half months, but the players are making the most of it both on and off the field.

Sweets Rally Late to Defeat AppleSox

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WALLA WALLA, WA - Despite leading 4-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the AppleSox gave up five runs in the next two innings and lost, 7-4, on Wednesday night at Borleske Stadium.

Ryan Long allowed two unearned runs in six innings but picked up the no-decision after the Sox couldn’t hang on to the lead.

Eight of nine AppleSox hitters reached base multiple times, but the Sox also left 10 men on base for the second time in their last three games, both losses.

After the Sweets scored twice in the second inning, both times with two outs, the Sox rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Dalton Harum walked to open the inning and Blake Klassen singled to open the inning. Hunter Montgomery doubled in Harum and Kody Darcy singled in Klassen. Brett Gillis walked to load the bases and then Connor Kiffer hit a sacrifice fly to give the AppleSox a 3-2 lead. Three batters later and again with the bases loaded, Johnny Sage walked to bring in another run.

Long allowed just one hit in his final four innings, but the Sox’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead as it gave up four runs in the seventh and another in the eighth.

The Sox look to even up the series on Thursday as they send Seth Kuykendall to the rubber. First pitch is at 6:35.

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Sox Back in Action, Take on Sweets

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The AppleSox begin their post-All-Star Break on the road against the Walla Walla Sweets tonight through Friday, with the first two games starting at 6:35 and the finale on Friday starting at 7:05.

Wenatchee resumes play just a half-a-game out of first place in the North division. If the AppleSox finish behind the HarbourCats to end the second half, then they must have the next-best overall record to earn a playoff spot.

All three games can be heard on the AppleSox Radio Network. Live stats are available on Pointstreak.

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AppleSox Shine in 2019 All-Star Game

AppleSox All-Stars (L to R) Sam Wyatt, Ryan Altenberger, Cole McKenzie and Jake Saum.

AppleSox All-Stars (L to R) Sam Wyatt, Ryan Altenberger, Cole McKenzie and Jake Saum.

BEND, OR - Thanks to a nine-run second inning, the North defeated the South, 14-1, in the 2019 West Coast League All-Star Game last night at Vince Genna Stadium.

The Wenatchee AppleSox were well represented in Bend with Ryan Altenberger, Cole McKenzie, Jake Saum and Sam Wyatt all making the trip to southern Oregon.

Altenberger reached base three times and hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning. The incoming junior at Xavier, who hit two home runs in the home run derby the night before and was named the West Coast League’s Player of the Week for last week, hit the games only home run and led all players with 4 RBI while batting ninth and playing second base.

Altenberger came to the plate twice in the big second inning for the North. Fourteen hitters came to the plate with all nine hitters reaching base before an out was recorded. In the frame, Altenberger walked and singled in a run.

Wyatt and Saum each tossed singular innings of relief. Wyatt tossed a scoreless fourth inning and struck out one while Saum allowed one unearned run in the fifth.

McKenzie did not play due to a sprained left wrist.

The AppleSox begin their post-All-Star Break schedule tonight in Walla Walla with the first of three against the Sweets at 6:35.

Sox Enter All-Star Break With Win

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BELLINGHAM, WA - Kodie Kolden drove in the game-winning run in the seventh as the AppleSox defeated the Bellingham Bells, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at Joe Martin Field.

With the game tied entering the seventh inning, Connor Kiffer hit a pinch-hit double and scored two batters later following a single up the middle by Kolden.

Gavin Gorrell (3-2) tossed 5.2 innings to pick up the victory. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits. Landon Schirer struck out two in a scoreless ninth to lock down his fifth save of the year.

For the first time in the series, the Sox opened up the scoring. Justin Lutz walked and Kolden doubled to put runners at second and third to lead off the inning. Ryan Altenberger grounded out to plate Lutz and then Johnny Sage singled in Kolden.

The Sox committed three errors in the fifth and sixth innings to plate to Bells runs, but then quickly retook the lead in the seventh. In the ninth, Altenberger hit a two-run homer with two outs on the 10th pitch of is at-bat.

Though Wenatchee dropped two-of-three over the weekend against the Bells, they did claim the season series, 4-2.

The Sox go in to the All-Star Break with an 8-4 record, good for second place in the North Division. Altenberger, Cole McKenzie, Jake Saum and Sam Wyatt will represent the AppleSox in Bend for the 2019 West Coast League All-Star Game on Tuesday. Altenberger will compete in Monday’s home run derby. Both events start at 6:30 and can be seen live on the Bend Elks Facebook page.

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Sox Late Rally Not Enough Against Bells

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BELLINGHAM, WA - The AppleSox scored twice in the ninth inning to cut the deficit in half, but ultimately dropped Saturday night’s game against the Bellingham Bells, 4-2, at Joe Martin Field.

Connor Kiffer hit a sacrifice fly and Kodie Kolden singled in a run as the Sox got on the board in the ninth inning, but they ultimately stranded the bases loaded to end the game.

The AppleSox could not overcome allowing three runs in the first inning and dropped the series to the Bells.

Jack Simpson tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth innings in his first AppleSox appearance.

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AppleSox Win Streak Ends on Friday Night

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BELLINGHAM, WA - For the first time in over a week, the AppleSox lost as they dropped the series opener to the Bellingham Bells, 7-5, on Friday night at Joe Martin Field.

The Sox’ seven-game winning streak, the longest of the season, came to an abrupt end after the Bells scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. Wenatchee put two on in the ninth, but couldn’t plate either.

Seth Kuykendall struck out seven in six innings and allowed three runs, but only one was earned. Kodie Kolden and Hunter Montgomery both recorded multi-hit games.

After failing to score first in any of the three games against the AppleSox last weekend in Wenatchee, the Bells scored thanks to a double and error in the first inning. Two innings later, the Bells scored two more times and held a 3-0 lead going into the seventh inning.

Though the Sox had only collected two hits off Bells starter Nick Proctor through the first six innings, they loaded up the bases against the right-hander to open the seventh. After a pitching change, a wild pitch scored the Sox’ first run of the game and then Montgomery doubled in another to make it a 3-2 game. Dylan McPhillips doubled to right-center to score two more runs and give the AppleSox their first lead of the game. Kolden singled in the final run of the inning and the game for the Sox to give Wenatchee a 5-3 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Bells sent 10 men to the plate and, thanks to four walks drawn, took the lead against two different AppleSox relievers.

Jake Saum toes the rubber for the Sox on Saturday night looking to even the series up. First pitch is at 6:35.

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AppleSox Look to Stay Hot, Face Bells

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The Wenatchee AppleSox, winners of a season-best seven consecutive games, wrap up their six-game road trip with three games in Bellingham this weekend.

The series begins tonight at 6:35, continues with a 6:35 game tomorrow and concludes on Sunday at 1:05. All three games will be broadcast live on the AppleSox Radio Network and live stats can be found on Pointstreak.

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Sox Sweep Falcons, Win Seventh Straight

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KELOWNA, B.C. - The AppleSox continued to stay hot by defeating the Kelowna Falcons, 11-8, on Thursday night at Elks Stadium.

The Sox stretched their season-best winning streak to seven games and picked up their third sweep of the season. Henrik Reinertsen (3-2) allowed two runs in six innings to earn the win and Johnny Sage hit a three-run homer for the Sox.

In the first inning, Wenatchee sent each of its first four hitters to the basepaths and scored twice. Kodie Kolden singled and then Ryan Altenber and Sage drew back-to-back walks to laod up the bases. Kolden scored on a wild pitch and Dalton Harum was hit by a pitch to load up the bases again. Blake Klassen hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 2-0, AppleSox.

The Falcons got a run back in the bottom of the first, but the Sox would take on seven runs over the next two innings, scoring all of them with two outs. In the second, Kolden singled and Altenberger walked before Sage hit his first home run of the season to dead center field. Harum walked and scored on a double to left-center by Klassen to give the Sox a 6-1 lead.

Three singles with two outs in the third inning gave the Sox another run, this time with Altenberger plating a run. Pinch hitter Kody Darcy plated two more with a double.

Wenatchee scored its final two runs in the fourth when Klassen reached on an errors and Dylan McPhillips doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Connor Kiffer and Justin Lutz to left field scored two more runs to push the score to 11-1, AppleSox.

The Falcons scored in the bottom of the fourth and again with five in the seventh, but got no closer.

The AppleSox continue their six-game road trip with three games in Bellingham. Last weekend, the Sox swept the Bells in Wenatchee. First pitch on Friday night at 6:35.

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Altenberger Leads Sox to Series Win Over Falcons

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KELOWNA, B.C. - The AppleSox defeated the Kelowna Falcons, 6-4, to pick up their sixth consecutive victory on Wednesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.

Ryan Altenberger hit a three-run home run in the third inning after the Falcons scored twice in the bottom of the second. Dalton Harum hit a two-run bomb in the fifth and Kody Darcy hit a sacrifice fly in that same frame.

Altenberger, one of four AppleSox All-Stars, reached base four four times with a single and two walks to go with his home run. The incoming junior at Xavier now leads the WCL with 25 walks.

Ryan Long (2-3) went five innings to get the win and Brett Gillis struck out seven in the final three innings to get his first save of the season.

The Sox go for their third sweep of the year when they face the Elks again at 6:35 Thursday night.

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Sox Thump Falcons to Open Series

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KELOWNA, B.C. - The AppleSox scored seven times in the fourth inning to defeat the Kelowna Falcons, 13-1, on Tuesday night at Elks Stadium.

Kodie Kolden finished a triple away from the cycle and Hunter Montgomery hit a grand slam to deliver the Sox’ fifth consecutive victory.

Sam Wyatt (2-2) picked up the victory by tossing five shutout innings and striking out five on the same day that he was named an All-Star.

For the fifth consecutive game, the AppleSox struck first by scoring in the first inning. Kolden led off the game with a home run on a 2-2 pitch, then Ryan Altenberger singled and scored on an RBI double from Dalton Harum to make it 2-0, AppleSox. The Sox have now scored 12 runs in the first inning over the course of their five-game winning streak.

In the second, Dylan McPhillips and Kolden both walked and then scored on a 2-RBI double by Altenberger, who then scored on an RBI double by Johnny Sage.

Wyatt pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second and, while they were held off the scoreboard in the third, the Sox went to work in the fourth. Brett Gillis singled and Kolden doubled him in to make it 6-0, AppleSox. Altenberger was it by a pitch before Sage plated Kolden with a single. Harum walked to load the bases and then Blake Klassen drove in Altenberger with a single. Montgomery launched his fourth home run of the season to clear the bases and make it 12-0, AppleSox.

The Sox scored their final run in the seventh inning when Kolden singled with one out and scored on an RBI single by Harum three batters later.

Wenatchee goes for the series win on Wednesday night at 6:35.

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Four AppleSox Selected to 2019 WCL All-Star Game

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Four members of the Wenatchee AppleSox will represent the organization on Tuesday, July 23, at the 2019 West Coast League All-Star Game in Bend, Oregon.

Ryan Altenberger, Cole McKenzie, Jake Saum and Sam Wyatt have been selected by commissioner Rob Neyer. Altenbrger will also participate in the home run derby the night before at 6:30 at Vince Genna Stadium.

This is the second consecutive year that the AppleSox have had four All-Stars selected. Wenatchee hosted the inaugural WCL All-Star Game in 2006.

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Altenberger is hitting .280/.425/.400 with eight extra-base hits, tied for third-most on the Sox. He leads the AppleSox with 23 walks and is second in the WCL. Altenberger went on a team-best nine-game hitting streak from June 27-July 7, batting .387 (12-for-31) with three multi-hit games and 12 walks. He’s also shown off his speed this year by swiping eight bags, tied for fourth most on the AppleSox. Altenberger’s best game came on June 19 when he went 5-for-5 with five singles and two runs in a 9-5 win over Port Angeles. He has played left field, right field, second base, third base and shortstop this season for the AppleSox. Altenberger has currently reached base in 14 consecutive games.

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McKenzie is hitting .370/.466/.481 to lead the AppleSox in all four categories. He also leads the AppleSox in hit (40), stolen bases (11), doubles (9), extra-base hits (10) and hit by pitches (8). McKenzie’s batting average and on-base percentage are the second-best and third-best in the WCL, respectively. His current 18-game on-base streak is the fifth-longest in the league this summer. McKenzie has recorded 12 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games, both tops on the AppleSox. He has recorded three different hitting streak hits of at least five games. McKenzie’s best game of the summer was on June 18 when he went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs and two stolen bases in a 7-5 win over the Lefties. He has started and batted third in all 29 games he’s played in this summer.

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Saum is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in five games, three starts. He has gone at least five innings in all three of his starts and is third on the AppleSox with 26 strikeouts. Saum’s three wins also lead the Sox and he has only allowed three extra-base hits. The AppleSox have won each of the last four games that Saum has pitched in. His best outing was his last on July 11. The southpaw struck out 10 in six innings and allowed just one run. His double-digit punchouts set a single-game high for AppleSox pitchers this season. Saum has walked just seven batters in 20 innings.

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Wyatt is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA entering his third start of the season tonight. He has tossed five-or-more innings in relief twice and has tossed five innings in both of his starts. Wyatt’s 29 strikeouts lead the AppleSox and his 26.1 innings and ERA are third and fourth-best. He has struck out five or more batters in three outings and is averaging about 3.1 innings per outing. Wyatt’s best appearance came on July 2 against Kelowna, when he allowed on unearned run over five innings and did not allow a hit in his first 4.1 innings. He struck out seven, one off his season-high, and allowed just the one aforementioned hit. Wyatt has allowed more than two runs in an outing just once this season.

Long Road Trip Kicks Off With Three Against Falcons

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The AppleSox begin a six-game road trip with three games against the Kelowna Falcons, tonight through Thursday, at Elks Stadium. All three games will start at 6:35.

The Sox (4-2) enter tonight’s game in first place in the North Division in the second half. Wenatchee enters tonight on a four-game winning streak after sweeping the Bellingham Bells this past weekend. The Sox defeated the U.S. Military All-Stars, 13-8, last night in a non-league contest at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.

The Kelowna Falcons (1-5) dropped their first five games of the second half before defeating the Cowlitz Black Bears, 3-1, last night. They took two of three against the AppleSox in Wenatchee July 2-4.

Click on the series notes below to get a full preview of the next three games.

Series Notes

AppleSox, Military All-Stars Honor America's Armed Forces

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WENATCHEE, WA - The AppleSox welcomed the U.S. Military All-Stars to Wenatchee with a special Military Appreciation Night on Monday at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.

The two teams honored fallen members of our nation’s armed forces and welcomed new members in an on-field ceremony prior to first pitch.

Following the ceremony, 739 fans watched the AppleSox defeat the All-Stars, 13-8.

Despite the Sox scoring four times in the first inning, the All-Stars tied it up with a four-spot of their own in the third inning. The game continued to entertain as Wenatchee scored once in the bottom of the third, but then allowed a run in the fifth to make it 5-5 after five.

However, the Sox took a commanding following a three-run sixth and a four-run seventh.

Justin Lutz hit a two-run homer in his AppleSox debut and Dalton Harum also added a three-run shot.

The Sox hit the road for a six-game road trip that begins Tuesday night against the Kelowna Falcons. First pitch is at 6:35.

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Listen to AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman’s postgame interviews with Lutz and AppleSox head coach Kyle Krustangel below and then listen to Norman’s pregame interview with the All-Stars head coach, Thomas Eaton.