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AppleSox 12th straight season in playoffs

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Walla Walla at Wenatchee 7:05 tonight.  

 

Wenatchee in Playoffs

Except for their first two seasons Wenatchee has had at least two playoff games in each of the last 12 years.  In these post-league affairs they have won 22 of 35.  They are 11-5 at home and 11-8 on the road.   

In 2011 it was also the AppleSox and Sweets in the division playoff.  The local nine won 39 games in league play (the WCL record) and finished 13 games ahead of runner-up Walla Walla.  Unfortunately the Sox soured in their playoff game at Walla Walla and lost 9-4.  The next day at Paul Thomas the game was much closer, but the result the same, the Sweets won 5-4.  

Wenatchee and Walla Walla had quite the race the last part of the season as the two nearly mirrored the results of each other game after game.  Not all the games were played on the same day, but in the order played over each club’s last 22 games, 19 times if one won the other won and if one lost the other lost.  The three times the results didn’t match, the Sweets won and the Sox lost, and enabled Walla Walla to edge ahead and win the division.  

 

South Division

Corvallis, no surprise, takes on surprising Medford tonight.  The Knights enter the playoff in their accustomed number-one seed spot for the seventh straight season.  On the other hand, Medford, who just entered the WCL this year earned the second position.  For the Rogues to qualify it took a charge and a collapse.  With a dozen games to go looked like Bend was a cinch to finish second, but look what happened over each team’s final 12 games.  The Rogues went 10-2 while the Elks went 4-8, including losing their final six.  Medford and Bend finished in a tie for second, but the tie-breaker gave the playoff berth to the Rogues.  

 

AppleSox Among Final WCL Top 10

Batting

Connor Spencer 2nd in batting average (.380), 2nd in hits (63), tied 2nd in doubles (14), tied 2nd in  RBI’s (36).

Brock Slavin tied 2nd in doubles (14), tied 5th in runs (35), tied 3rd in hit by pitches (11), tied 8th in stolen bases (8), tied 4th in strike outs (42).

Brett Stephens tied 10th in hits (56), tied 6th in doubles (13), 10th in strike outs (38). Ryan Barr 1st in doubles (18)...tied for league record.

Andre Real tied 2nd in home runs (6), tied 4th in RBI’s (34), tied 2nd in sacrifice flies (4).

Grant Palmer tied 4th in sacrifice bunts (11).  

Pitching

Trevor Lubking tied 6th in games started (9), 4th in strike outs (52).

Beau Kerns tied 6th in games started (9), 6th in innings pitched (59.0).

Tyler Kane tied 2nd in saves (6).  

 

Team Stats

Among 11 teams Wenatchee was -

Batting

1st in batting average .282.

1st in hits 516.

1st in doubles 99.

11th in triples 1.

Tied for 7th in home runs 18.

Tied for 2nd in extra base hits 118.

3rd in total bases 671.

4th in runs 284.

9th in walks 72.

5th fewest in strike outs 328.

5th sacrifice flies 18.

7th sacrifice bunts 29.

3rd stolen bases 64.  

Pitching

2nd in fewest runs allowed 231.

8th in hits allowed 482.

1st in fewest walks 132.

Tied for 2nd in fewest hit batters 33.

7th in strikeouts 337.

4th in saves 13.

4th in fewest home runs 16.

8th in opponents batting average .262.

3rd in ERA .365.  

 

Sox Team Records

A couple new team records for league games were set this season.  Ryan Barr had 18 doubles breaking the old mark of 14 by Zach Mandelblatt in 2007. Brock Slavin had 42 strike outs breaking the record of 40 shared by Conner George and Brock Gates in 2011.  

 

One Lone Triple

Weird.  The AppleSox whacked out 516 hits in 53 league games, but only one three-bagger (.02 per game).  Brett Stephens got that one at Medford on June 25.  The fewest Wenatchee had ever had before was three in 2003, and that was in only 30 games (.10 per game...five times more than this season).  

 

August 13 Games

Wenatchee has had three games on this day, all of the playoff variety.  They are 2-1, 1-1 at home and have a one-game win streak.  The one loss to was Walla Walla two years ago.  

 

Final Standings

North: Walla Walla 31-22, WENATCHEE 29-24, Bellingham 27-27, Victoria 22-33, Kelowna 19-35

South: Corvallis 37-17, Medford 30-24, Bend 30-24, Cowlitz 28-26, Klamath Falls 25-29, Kitsap 18-36  

Who ended hot: Corvallis won 9 straight and 16 of 18.  Walla Walla won 8 straight.  Medford won 3 straight and 16 of 21.  Cowlitz won 7 of 8.

Who did not: Bend lost 6 straight.  Klamath Falls lost 6 straight.  Kelowna lost 7 of 9.  Victoria lost 14 of 18.

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