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AppleSox Announce First Members of 2019 Roster

April 5, 2019 - West Coast League (WCL) - Wenatchee AppleSox News Release

Friday afternoon, head coach Kyle Krustangel announced the first six players of the AppleSox 2019 roster. Johnny Sage, Cole McKenzie, Logan Chase, Alec Gomez, Kody Darcy and Cory Meyer will all wear the red, white and blue again this summer for the Sox.

All six players appeared in at least one game with the AppleSox last season. McKenzie will be spending his third consecutive summer in Wenatchee after also playing here in 2017.

All class designations are their current classes in this semester.

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Johnny Sage (Junior, Purdue)

Junior, 2019: Batting .213 with 3 doubles and 1 triple for Purdue as of April 3... Appeared in 25 games, 20 as a starter...

Last summer: Batted .326 with 22 runs and 19 RBI in 38 games... Led the team and tied for the WCL lead with 28 walks... Went on a nine-game hitting streak July 20-28... Reached base safely in all but three games that he played in...

Sophomore, 2018: Batted .386 with 24 doubles, 5 home runs, 70 RBI, 46 walks and 56 runs scored in 49 games for Yakima Valley... NJCAA first-team All-American and NWAC Player of the Year...

Freshman, 2017: Appeared in 13 games, four as a starter for Washington State... Went 2-for-18 (.111) with three runs scored, one RBI and three walks.

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Cole McKenzie (Junior, Purdue)

Junior, 2019: Batting .260 with 14 runs, 9 BB and 7 RBI as of April 3... Appeared in 27 games, all as a starter.

Last summer: Appeared in two non-league games, June 5 and 6... Collected four hits in nine at-bats, walked once, scored two runs and stole two bases...

Sophomore, 2018: Batted .358 with 25 extra-base hits, 37 walks, 38 RBI and 72 runs scored in 48 games... NJCAA third-team All-American.

Summer, 2018: Batted .193 in 30 games... Posted four multi-hit games... Drove in a season-high four runs in a two-double performance on July 26 against Port Angeles.

Freshman, 2017: Batted .396 with 13 extra-base hits, 33 walks, 28 RBI and 41 runs scored in 38 games... NJCAA first-team All-American and Region MVP as a freshman.

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Logan Chase (Sophomore,Yakima Valley)

Sophomore, 2019: Holds an 0-2 record with a 9.00 ERA in seven innings spanning three appearances, all starts, through April 3...

Last summer: Went 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA in 5.2 innings spanning four appearances, all in relief... Tossed a scoreless innings against Yakima Valley in his final outing of the season on July 23.

Freshman, 2018: Went 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 39.1 innings spanning 20 appearances, all in relief... Saved a team-high five games and struck out 36 batters.

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Alec Gomez (Sophomore, Yakima Valley)

Sophomore, 2019: Holds a 4-0 record with a team-high 1.35 ERA in 40 innings spanning six appearances (four starts) through April 3... Currently leads the NWAC with 49 strikeouts.

Last summer: Went 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 27 innings spanning seven appearances (four starts)... Picked up the win in each of his final three appearances... Struck out a season-high seven batters in a season-high seven innings in an Aug. 4 win over Victoria.

Freshman, 2018: Went 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 44.1 innings spanning 12 appearances (three starts)... Struck out 46 batters and tossed a complete game shutout against Edmonds on May 25.

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Kody Darcy (Freshman, Xavier)

Freshman, 2019: Batting .171 with 2 HR, 2 RBI in 11 games through April 3... Hit his first two collegiate home runs on March 23 against Evansville.

Last summer: Batted .232 with three extra-base hits and 9 RBI in 27 games... Posted four multi-hit games... Drafted by the New York Mets (39th round) in the 2018 MLB First Year Player Draft, but did not sign and elected to attend school.

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Cory Meyer (Senior, Boise State)

Senior, 2019: Sat out per NCAA student-athlete transfer policy.

Last summer: Batted .296 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 29 games... One of four players to represent the Sox in the WCL All-Star Game in Port Angeles in which he went 1-2 with a single and a walk...Made AppleSox history on June 27 when he two grand slams and drove in eight runs in a 13-2 victory over the Bend Elks. Before that night, no AppleSox player had ever matched Meyer's effort in a league game.

Junior, 2018: Made one appearance off the bench for Washington State.

Sophomore, 2017: Batted .290 in 45 games, including 35 starts...Added five doubles, a homer and 20 RBI with .409 on-base percentage.

Freshman, 2016: Registered team-best .333 batting average with seven doubles, two home runs, 19 RBI and 20 runs...Named to ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Division All-America Third Team.

The AppleSox will announce new players to the roster each week on social media for the next two months.

Each Friday afternoon, all of the players added from the previous seven days will be recapped on the AppleSox website. For the most up-to date roster additions, please follow the AppleSox on Twitter and Instagram and like them on Facebook.

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