AppleSox, Wenatchee Valley College Extend Stadium Lease

PRESS RELEASE – The Wenatchee AppleSox and Wenatchee Valley College have signed a new agreement to extend the team’s lease at Paul Thomas Sr. Field for the next four seasons. The AppleSox have played at Paul Thomas Sr. Field on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College since the team’s inaugural season in 2000. The new four-year lease agreement will run through the 2015 season.

“I appreciate Jim Richardson and athletic director Greg Franz for working hard to create an agreement that will allow us continued use of Paul Thomas Sr. Field each summer,” said AppleSox owner/general manager Jim Corcoran. “It’s a win/win/win situation for the college, the AppleSox, and our fans.” 

Corcoran will be joined by Wenatchee Valley College president Jim Richardson to announce new lease agreement during Saturday night’s playoff game against the Walla Walla Sweets. Richardson will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

“We love having the AppleSox as partners. They bring so many people to campus for what is one of the best family entertainment values you can find. We are happy the AppleSox will be staying for at least another four years,” said Richardson.

Paul Thomas Sr. Field serves as the home of the Wenatchee Valley Knights baseball program during the school year and is the home of the AppleSox during the summer. The stadium includes 1,200 fixed seats that feature both general admission and premium seating. The premium seats make up the lower bowl around home plate and were brought in from the Kingdome before it’s implosion in March of 2000.

The AppleSox have enjoyed on and off the field success since beginning in 2000. The team has won two straight West Coast League Championships and four of the six titles in the WCL’s young history. The 2011 version of the AppleSox set the WCL record for most wins in a season with 39 and are currently the third ranked team in the county in the latest Perfect Game CrossChecker summer collegiate baseball poll.

At the gate the team is also set to break their single season attendance mark after Saturday’s playoff game. During the regular season the AppleSox welcomed 42,410 fans to Paul Thomas Sr. Field for an average of 1,325 fans during the 32 regular season home games. The previous record for highest single season attendance is 42,774 set in 2010. The Wenatchee AppleSox will begin their quest for a third straight West Coast League Championship Friday night, opening a three-game series in the Divisional Round with the Walla Walla Sweets.

About the Wenatchee AppleSox:
The Wenatchee AppleSox Baseball Club is part of the West Coast League, one of the premier wood-bat summer collegiate leagues in the country. The AppleSox provide affordable family entertainment for baseball fans throughout North Central Washington, and an excellent environment for college players from around the country to develop their skills.

The AppleSox were founded in 2000 and have won the West Coast League Championship four out of the last six seasons (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010). Three AppleSox alumni have reached the major leagues, Jason Hammel (Colorado Rockies), Clay Mortensen (Colorado Rockies), and Cole Gillespie (Arizona Diamondbacks). For more information, visit www.applesox.com.

Contact:
Chris King
Wenatchee AppleSox
Communications Director
chris@applesox.com
(509) 665-6900

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