Cats Steal!

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Wenatchee AppleSox 2019 season came to an end on Thursday night at Royal Athletic Park on Vancouver Island, as the club lost the third and deciding game of its West Coast Collegiate League North Division Championship Series against the Victoria HarbourCats by the final score of 8-7.

After Victoria plated the first run of the contest in the first inning, Wenatchee answered back in the fourth with a two-run double by Cody Simmons that gave the Sox a 2-1 advantage.

The HarbourCats tied things up at 2-2 in the fifth inning and then upped their lead to 5-2 with three runs in the sixth.

In the seventh inning, the AppleSox got one run back on an RBI-single from Brett Gillis which thinned Victoria’s edge to 5-3.

Still trailing by two runs and down to their last three outs of the season, Wenatchee responded with their biggest offensive inning of the game in the ninth, when Tanner Smith knocked in two runs with a double, Torin Montgomery slugged an RBI-single, and Alex Jernal scored on a sacrifice fly, as the Sox reclaimed the lead at 7-5.

Following the four-run outburst in the top of the inning, Wenatchee now only needed to get three outs from the HarbourCats in order to win the game and series. Unfortunately for the AppleSox, the pitching tandem of Jernal and Gillis could not accomplish that task, as Victoria socked home three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game 8-7 and end the Sox season.

Wenatchee finished their summer with an overall record of 29-25 during the regular season and a mark of 1-2 in the playoffs.

Victoria now advances to play the Corvallis Knights in the WCCL Championship Series.

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