WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox ended their six-game losing skid with a 14-7 home victory over the Port Angeles Lefties on Wednesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
After surrendering the game’s first two runs in the top of the first inning, Wenatchee tied the score in the bottom half thanks to a two-run double by designated hitter Blake Klassen.
Port Angeles reclaimed the advantage at 3-2 in the second inning and held onto that lead until the fifth, when the Sox blew the game wide open with seven runs on a pass ball, an RBI-double by Kodie Kolden, a two-run single from left-fielder John Graham, and a three-run homerun by right-fielder Tyler Detloff which gave them a 9-3 lead.
The Lefties got four runs back in the sixth inning to narrow the margin to 9-7 but Wenatchee continued to chip away, scoring a run on a wild pitch in the seventh and adding four more in the eighth thanks to another wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and a pair of RBI-singles from center-fielder Cole McKenzie and catcher Dylan McPhillips, which helped in cementing a 14-7 AppleSox win.
Wenatchee starting pitcher Henrik Reinertsen pitched four innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision.
Owen Leonard won the game for the Sox by throwing two innings of middle relief in which he allowed four runs, none of which were earned, on three hits with a pair of Ks and base-on-balls.
Pitchers Alec Gomez and Landon Schirer also saw action on the mound for Wenatchee.
Eight of the Sox nine offensive starters had hits in the contest and six drove in at least one run, including Detloff who was the biggest producer at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
The victory not only ended Wenatchee’s six-game losing streak but also pulled them out of the cellar in the West Coast Collegiate League’s North Division. The Sox now sit in fifth place with a record of 2-6, four-and-a-half games behind the first place Yakima Valley Pippins and three back of Port Angeles.
Wenatchee plays the rubber match of their series with the Lefties Thursday night in the third game of their current six-game homestand.