WENATCHEE – After producing a total of only three runs on nine hits in the first two games of their three-game series with the Bend Elks, the Wenatchee AppleSox exploded for 16 runs on 11 hits in a blowout victory over the Elks on Thursday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Wenatchee wasted no time in mounting the mighty offensive, plating a half-dozen runs in the first inning alone on a two-RBI double from catcher Dylan McPhillips, a two-RBI single by shortstop Kody Darcy, a run-scoring single by outfielder Dalton Harum, and a wild pitch, which gave the Sox an early 6-0 lead.
The AppleSox stacked up three more runs in the second inning when Darcy and first-baseman Blake Klassen each drove in runs center-fielder Cole McKenzie scored on a sacrifice fly to up Wenatchee’s lead to 9-0.
After yielding their first run of the game to Bend in the fourth, the Sox tallied two more runs on a pair of sacrifice flies in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 11-1.
In the sixth inning, Wenatchee clubbed home four more runs on a grand slam homerun by Darcy and tacked on another thanks to a wild pitch, upping their advantage to 16-1 before going on the win by the eventual final of 16-2.
Darcy had the biggest night at the plate for the AppleSox, going 3-for-4 with seven RBIs and two runs scored, while Harum and designated hitter Johnny Sage each had a pair of hits.
Southpaw Jake Saum sparkled on the hill for Wenatchee, earning the win by allowing only one run on one hit with ten strikeouts and one walk over five innings.
The victory upped the AppleSox season mark to 13-17, putting them in sole possession of third place in the West Coast Collegiate League’s North Division, 6 ½ games behind the front-running Victoria HarbourCats.
Wenatchee begins a critical three-game weekend set on Friday with the Bellingham Bells, whom they trail by 4 ½ games for second place within the division.