WENATCHEE — Wenatchee AppleSox manager Ed Knaggs and trusted confidante Rob Hippi didn’t talk about the team’s grueling start to the season until it was over. On the way down to Klamath Falls, after the team had gone 8-2 in its 10-games-in-10-days marathon, the two coaches concluded that they would have been satisfied with 5-5 in that stretch.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Eight games into their winning streak, the Wenatchee AppleSox are still raising the bar — especially offensively. The Sox posted season highs in runs and hits in their 12-4 win over the Klamath Falls Gems Friday night, capping off a three-game series sweep on the road.
KLAMATH FALLS — Lawrence Chew threw six innings of four-hit ball in an emergency start, and the Wenatchee AppleSox piled up timely hits on their way to their seventh straight victory, a 10-2 thrashing of the Klamath Falls Gems on Thursday night at Kiger Stadium. Jake Fife was scheduled to start for the Sox on Thursday night, but a recurring back injury forced him to the bench.
WENATCHEE — The offense gave the Wenatchee AppleSox one big inning, and their pitching staff did the rest as they capped off a three-game sweep of the Corvallis Knights with a 4-2 win on Sunday. The AppleSox pushed three runs across in the second inning in front of 969 at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium, and the Knights were shut out save for just two runs in the third inning.
WENATCHEE — The names of the players swinging the bats may change, but the Wenatchee AppleSox’ offensive confidence seems to stay the same year after year. Seemingly each summer, the Sox go through a period where no matter how deep into a game they’ve been held in check at the plate, they believe they’ll be able to get it together.
When Coyote, the Wenatchee AppleSox mascot, decided to dangle his paws into the Bend Elks dugout Tuesday night, the players couldn’t resist the opportunity. Meantime, the Sox took the opportunity to turn their home opener into a win.
BELLINGHAM — Over the years, the Wenatchee AppleSox have proven that if given an inch, they’ll take a mile. In the final two games of their season-opening series against the Bellingham Bells, they just needed more inches.
They’ve come from around the West to play the game they love with some of the most elite talent in the nation. They are 36 athletes from 15 colleges — and one local high school — that will spend their summer vacations entertaining home crowds in Wenatchee in between bus trips to everywhere from Kelowna to Corvallis.
Dan Nelson, an electrician at Wenatchee Valley College, repairs a light at the Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium Thursday just before quitting because of high winds. Nelson, working about 90 feet above the ground, was getting the lights opening day of the AppleSox baseball season on Tuesday night. “The wind started picking up so I’m done for the day. The pole is going one way and I’m going the other.”
WENATCHEE — Opening Day sneaks up on Ed Knaggs every June. All the effort that Knaggs — in his 12th season as manager — and the Wenatchee AppleSox front office put in over the course of the off-season will culminate in this evening’s opener as the Sox travel to Joe Martin Field to begin a four-game series with the Bellingham Bells.
WENATCHEE — It’s been an event-filled last few months for Dustin Driver. The Wenatchee High School junior helped lead the Panther baseball team to the Class 4A sub-regional tournament, posting marked improvement from his sophomore campaign.
Old Kingdome seats are lined up for sale, as they’re being replaced with new ones at the Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium at Wenatchee Valley College. Crews are nearly done with this part of the stadium remodel with just over 500 of the seats being updated. A new backstop system is also planned to be completed before the Wenatchee AppleSox season begins June 1.
WENATCHEE — It’s a calculated risk, but one that could pay off big for the Wenatchee AppleSox this summer. As Ed Knaggs has done in past years with eventual Major League Baseball draftees like Matt Cerda and Trayce Thompson, the Sox manager is rolling the dice again by holding a roster spot for Indian Hills, Calif. shortstop Tanner Rahier.
WENATCHEE — One current UCLA player and two Bruin commits have signed to play for the Wenatchee AppleSox this summer. Outfielder Chris Keck, currently a freshman reserve for the No. 5 Bruins and current high school seniors James Kaprielian and Ty Moore will be plying their trade at Paul Thomas Sr. Field when the Sox open play this June.
WENATCHEE — The University of Hawaii’s leadoff hitter and one of the Warriors’ top lefty bullpen arms, both freshmen, will play for the Wenatchee AppleSox this summer. Steve Ventimilia, who is hitting .313 in 25 starts, and Lawrence Chew, owner of a 3.26 ERA in 19.1 innings, will join Wenatchee when the team begins play in June.
Another three players have joined the fold for the 2012 AppleSox. First baseman Ryan Drobny from Cal Poly, catcher Tyler Schultz from San Francisco and right-handed pitcher Kirk Edson from Glendale Community College will make their way to Wenatchee for the summer.