As the old saying goes, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.
The Wenatchee AppleSox announced the addition of three players to their 2013 roster Tuesday, including a pitcher from last year’s championship-winning campaign.
Wenatchee will welcome Trevor Lubking, a southpaw hurler currently playing for Pacific Lutheran University. The AppleSox also added Ethan Sterkel — an outfielder for Central Washington — and righty Dan Scheibe, who plays for Whitworth University in Spokane.
Lubking went 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA for the AppleSox in 2012. He is a sophomore from Buckley and is 8-3 with a 2.36 ERA for the Lutes. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him Division III Pitcher of the Week earlier this season.
“He is a definitely a top guy that we plan on having back in our starting rotation again this year,” AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs said in a news release. “He has had a great spring and was really good for us last summer.”
Sterkel, who is playing in his hometown of Ellensburg, is hitting .359 with 15 RBI as of Tuesday.
“He originally went to Central Washington to play football as a quarterback,” Knaggs said. “He is an athletic kid who can just about do it all. We might even have him pitch for us in addition to playing in the outfield.”
Richmond-native Scheibe is in his sophomore season at the Division III school in Spokane. He is carrying a 4-3 record with a 3.50 ERA — a mark that paces the Pirates. During his freshman campaign, he was named first team All-Northwest Conference on the strength of his 95 strikeouts in just 88 innings pitched.
“One of our former players Brandon Harmon was his pitching coach at Whitworth last season,” Knaggs said. “His name came up last spring and he spoke very highly onf him. We are glad to have him set to join us this summer.”
Wenatchee will host Corvallis in the opening series of the 2013 season on June 5. The Knights lost to the AppleSox in last year’s West Coast League Championship series.
Jacob Palmer: @JPalmWW