(Wenatchee, WA) A total of four players from three different Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges schools will be a part of the AppleSox in 2013. Wenatchee is receiving right-handed pitcher Beau Kerns and left-handed pitcher Mitch Yada from Wenatchee Valley Community College, infielder Stockton Taylor from Everett Community College, and right-handed pitcher Colton Loomis from Community Colleges of Spokane.
Kerns returns to the AppleSox after being a member of the team’s starting rotation in 2012. He went 4-2 with 2.55 ERA and logged a team-high 63 innings last summer. The sophomore out of Lewiston, ID, is 3-1 for the Knights with a 2.31 ERA.
“He was a workhorse for us last summer,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “He is an extremely competitive pitcher who started out as a temporary player but threw so well that he turned into a very valuable contributor.”
Yada was set to be a part of the AppleSox pitching staff last summer, but could not play due to an injury. The Moses Lake product along with Kerns serve as two of the top arms for Wenatchee Valley College this season. The southpaw is 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA.
“Unfortunately he wasn’t able to pitch for us last season, but we are looking forward to him being a part of our pitching staff this year. He is lefty that has impressed me since I first saw him as a sophomore at Moses Lake High School,” said Knaggs.
Taylor, a Brewster native, is in his sophomore year at Everett Community College. He won NWAACC Golden Glove accolades last season and earned all-state honors for baseball during a successful multi-sport career at Brewster High School. He is hitting .365 with 21 RBIs this spring.
“He follows in a long line of Brewster products that have played for the AppleSox. He is a versatile player that can play any spot in the infield and outfield,” said Knaggs.
Out of Cashmere, Loomis will get to play in front of familiar faces this summer. As a senior at Cashmere High School he was named the 1A/B State Player of the Year by the Washington Baseball Coaches Association after going 10-0 with a 0.67 ERA and helping the Bulldogs to a state championship. The freshman is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA for the Community Colleges of Spokane, where his pitching coach is A.J. Proszek, who will serve in the same capacity for the AppleSox.
“It was impressive watching him at Cashmere High School. He is a strike throwing machine and has a bit of a lower arm slot that can especially eat up right-handed hitters,” said Knaggs.
The AppleSox open the 2013 season at home on June 5th with a three-game series against the Corvallis Knights in a rematch of the 2012 West Coast League Championship Series.