WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox clinched a postseason berth on Wednesday night with a 5-0 victory over the Ridgefield Raptors at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Wenatchee opened the scoring in the third inning on designated hitter Hunter Montgomery’s RBI-single which gave them a 1-0 lead.
The AppleSox tripled their advantage to 3-0 in the fifth when shortstop Kody Darcy and outfielder Ryan Altenberger hit back-to-back solo home runs to open the inning.
The Sox added two more runs in the eighth inning thanks to second-baseman Jason Harayda, who knocked in a run with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly, giving Wenatchee a 5-0 lead, which eventually held up to be the final score.
Southpaw Jake Saum started the contest for the AppleSox and tossed eight shutout innings to earn the win, allowing only four hits and one walk and striking out eight. Brett Gillis pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game for Wenatchee.
The win was the AppleSox’ ninth straight in West Coast Collegiate League (WCCL) play and fourteenth in a row at home, as well as locking up the club’s first postseason spot since 2013.
The Sox’ overall season record now stands at 29-21 and positions them in second place in the WCCL’s North Division, six games behind the front-running Victoria HarbourCats.
Wenatchee will close out their series with Ridgefield on Thursday night before heading south to start a season-ending three-game set with the Corvallis Knights on Friday.