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Former AppleSox pitcher Gonzales drafted No. 19

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales made history Thursday afternoon. The talented southpaw from Gonzaga and the AppleSox was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals at No. 19, which is the highest a Zag or AppleSox player has ever been drafted.

AppleSox add pitchers from Washington, WSU

WENATCHEE — The 2013 Wenatchee AppleSox will test and age-old question: Can a Cougar and a Husky co-exist? The AppleSox announced Tuesday that they will feature a pair of right-handed pitchers from the Pac-12 schools in the Evergreen State on this year’s roster: Chris McDowell, of Washington State, and Trevor Dunlap of the UW.

AppleSox add plenty of local talent to 2013 roster

The Wenatchee AppleSox is shoring up its rotation, and didn’t have to look very far to do so. The team announced Thursday that its roster will feature a pair of Wenatchee Valley Community College pitchers — righty Beau Kerns and southpaw Mitch Yada — as well as RHP Colton Loomis, originally of Cashmere and now playing for Community Colleges of Spokane, and infielder Stockton Taylor, a Brewster native.

Host families sought for 2013 AppleSox season

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee AppleSox players need a place to live this summer. The team announced Tuesday that it finds itself in an “unusual situation being short of host homes.”

AppleSox add 2 WCC hitters to 2013 roster

WENATCHEE — The defending West Coast League champion Wenatchee AppleSox’s lineup is starting to take shape for the 2013 season. The team announced Friday that they added a pair of freshmen position players from West Coast Conference programs: Gonzaga catcher Joey Harris and Ryan Barr, outfielder for the University of Portland Pilots.

Trio of Anteaters added to Sox roster

Three University of California Irvine baseball players are set to join the Wenatchee AppleSox this summer. The team announced Wednesday that infielder Connor Spencer, infielder Grant Palmer and pitcher Andrew Morales will become the latest Anteaters to join Wenatchee’s West Coast League program.

AppleSox name new announcer

Spencer Thurling will serve as the radio broadcaster for each Wenatchee AppleSox game on 560 KPQ AM this season, the team announced Monday. Thurling, a Pepperdine University graduate, interned for the Double-A Binghamton Mets, a New York Mets affiliate, during the 2012 season. He announced Pepperdine women’s basketball for two seasons, and currently calls high schools sports for the Colorado Sportscast Network.

AppleSox season to begin June 5

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee AppleSox will open their 14th season at home on June 5 against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League championship series. The team released its 2013 schedule on Monday. Wenatchee’s 58-game season will include 31 home games.

AppleSox name new pitching coach

WENATCHEE — When it came to filling the Wenatchee AppleSox’ pitching coach position, manager Ed Knaggs decided to keep it the family. Knaggs and the AppleSox have tapped A.J. Proszek, a West Coast League alum and current Community Colleges of Spokane pitching coach, to replace longtime Sox pitching coach Rob Hippi, who retired after the Sox’ 2012 WCL championship campaign.

WCL schedule released

PORTLAND, Ore. — The West Coast League has released its 2013 summer season schedule, which can be viewed at

Gunsolus named WCL’s MVP

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mitchell Gunsolus’ record-breaking season for the West Coast League champion Wenatchee AppleSox was rewarded with a Most Valuable Player award. Gunsolus, the AppleSox third baseman who set WCL single-season marks in hits, runs scored, at-bats and RBI also functioned as the leader of the Wenatchee team that won its fifth championship in 2012.

Poll ranks AppleSox 6th

The West Coast League champion Wenatchee AppleSox are ranked No. 6 in Perfect Game’s final summer collegiate baseball team rankings, which were released Monday. The poll covers over 25 American summer collegiate baseball leagues.

AppleSox can clinch title tonight

WENATCHEE — If the Wenatchee AppleSox are to win their fifth West Coast League championship, they’ll do it at home — and soon. With a 1-0 lead over the Corvallis Knights in the best-of-three WCL Championship Series, the AppleSox can clinch the title with a win in tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. And if the Knights end up prevailing tonight, Wenatchee will have one more shot at the same time and same place Saturday in a winner-take-all Game 3.

Signature franchises to battle for WCL title

There’s not question that the Wenatchee AppleSox and Corvallis Knights have been the West Coast League’s two dominant franchises since the circuit’s inception in 2005. From 2005 to 2011, the AppleSox advanced to WCL championship series five times, winning four titles. The Knights made four championship series, winning two titles (including last year). In 2008, Corvallis beat Wenatchee for the championship; the next season, the AppleSox defeated the Knights.

On the offensive

WENATCHEE — Last season, the Wenatchee AppleSox were clearly the best team in the West Coast League during the regular season. However, all of the records they set and their gaudy 39-15 record didn’t mean much in the first round of the WCL playoffs — Wenatchee dropped two games to Walla Walla and was swept out of the postseason. As such, AppleSox manager Ed Knaggs certainly knows that the league’s playoff system doesn’t always reward the league’s best team. He’s reasonably confident, however, that his squad — which put together ...

Jones, offense lead Sox to victory

WENATCHEE — The final two pitches of Taylor Jones’ Wednesday outing against the Kitsap BlueJackets showed just how much potential the Wenatchee AppleSox hurler can bring to Gonzaga’s staff when he becomes a member of the Bulldogs’ squad next season. With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Jones, who led Kentwood to a 4A state title this spring, threw his best fastball of the evening, blowing a high heater by Kitsap’s Brandon Alvarez for a second strike. Then, Jones flipped a slow curveball that caught the outside ...

Sox clinch another division title

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee AppleSox already had at least a share of the West Coast League East Division championship wrapped up by Tuesday night, but that wasn’t enough — they wanted the whole thing. They got it, too, clinching their fifth straight division title with a convincing 10-4 victory in the opening game of the final regular season series against the Kitsap BlueJackets at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.