WENATCHEE – The task of maintaining a one-game division lead with inconsistent offensive production is tough enough, but the Wenatchee AppleSox will now have to manage without three of the pitchers that have kept the team afloat. Zack Abbruzza, Drew Jacobs and Lawrence Chew have all been shut down for the summer due to arm issues, news that Wenatchee manager Ed Knaggs and pitching coach Rob Hippi have had to absorb over the last two days.
LONGVIEW — Taylor Sparks proved Sunday night why he has an appearance in the West Coast League’s home run derby locked up. Sparks deposited an Ian Ekery offering over the wall at Story Field in the top of the ninth inning to provide the deciding run in the Wenatchee AppleSox’ 7-6 victory over the Cowlitz Black Bears in the final game of a three-game series.
LONGVIEW — The Cowlitz Black Bears got the clutch hit that the Wenatchee AppleSox couldn’t find on Saturday night. Brian Carroll got his bat to a pitch from Wenatchee reliever Drew Jacobs with two outs in the top of the eighth, poking it to right field to score Austin Wobrock as the Black Bears edged the Sox 2-1.
WENATCHEE — It will go down in the box score as a simple 6-3 putout, but Ace Campbell’s first, and likely only at-bat in a Wenatchee AppleSox uniform will always be special to the 18-year-old Cashmere native. As the Sox were putting the finishing touches on a 9-1 victory over the Portland Bucks in their sixth and final non-league contest on Wednesday night, Campbell, the team’s bullpen catcher, pinch-hit for Jeff Stephens in Wenatchee’s final turn at bat.
WENATCHEE — Strikes were everywhere at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium on Tuesday night, both on the field and in the sky. The Wenatchee AppleSox thumped the Portland Bucks 12-4 in a non-league contest that lasted only six complete innings after the lightning strikes that have been illuminating the skies in the valley all week appeared again.
WENATCHEE — It took some extra work, but the Wenatchee AppleSox entered a four-game break from West Coast League play with a series victory and a comfortable three-game lead in the East Division after a 2-1 win over the Kelowna Falcons in 11 innings Sunday evening.
The Kelowna Falcons have found their stopper, and his name is Brandon Marris. The Falcons' right-handed starting pitcher helped them snap a three-game skid by throwing all but the final out in their 5-0 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Friday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Baby steps toward better baseball. That’s the takeaway for the AppleSox after a 4-0 shutout of the Corvallis Knights at Goss Stadium, as Wenatchee finished a difficult nine-game road trip with some momentum for their return home.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — A nightmarish road swing for the Wenatchee AppleSox got a little bit worse on Tuesday night, as the Sox meandered through an 8-5 loss to the Corvallis Knights. Clutch hits continued to elude manager Ed Knaggs’ team until it was much too late to overcome Corvallis, which led by six runs going into the final frame.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Wenatchee AppleSox may own the best overall record in the West Coast League, but the league’s other division leader drew first blood. The WCL West Division-leading Corvallis Knights held on for a 5-2 victory over the East Division-leading AppleSox in the first meeting between the two WCL cornerstones Monday.
The series may have shifted to a different location, but when the Walla Walla Sweets and Wenatchee AppleSox met for Game 3 of their four-game set Wednesday, it was nearly the same result as less than 24 hours before.
WENATCHEE — With the defending West Coast League East Division champion Walla Walla Sweets in town, pitching was at a premium for the Wenatchee AppleSox on Monday night. And that played right into their hands.
WENATCHEE — On an unseasonably cool evening in early June, the Wenatchee AppleSox were down to their final strike. In the opening encounter of a three-game series against longtime rival Corvallis, the Sox found themselves down two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and Bryce Jackson was in an 0-2 count against Knights reliever Blake Burrell.
WENATCHEE — Five Wenatchee AppleSox pitchers combined on a five-hitter as the team tuned up for a grueling stretch with a 5-0 shutout of the Portland Dukes in a non-league contest Saturday. Wenatchee will take the day off today before taking the field on 14 straight days starting Monday.
No comeback needed this time. Lawrence Chew tossed eight brilliant innings and Josh Rapacz went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a three-run homer in a five-run fourth inning as the Wenatchee AppleSox completed a sweep of the Kitsap BlueJackets with a 7-2 win on Thursday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. — The addition of a West Coast League franchise in Medford, Ore., announced Wednesday by league president Ken Wilson, coupled with the Victoria, B.C. team coming on board earlier this month, means the league currently has 11 teams. The odd number of franchises led to difficulties in scheduling this summer, with the nine squads currently in play.
BREMERTON — Teams around the West Coast League have to be wondering what they have to do to beat the Wenatchee AppleSox. Kitsap scored four runs in the first inning to chase Wenatchee starter Trevor Lubking before the frame was out, and it still wasn’t enough for the BlueJackets to win.