WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox grabbed a 1-0 advantage in their best-of-three West Coast Collegiate League North Division Championship series with the Victoria HarbourCats by claiming a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Wenatchee took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Victoria starting pitcher Dakota Hawkins walked in Sox center-fielder Jashaun Simon with the bases loaded.
The AppleSox doubled their advantage in the third inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by first-baseman Jermaine Ducham that brought home Simon to make the score 2-0.
Wenatchee enjoyed their biggest offensive inning of the night in the fourth, when left-fielder Tanner Smith slugged a two-RBI double and Ducham hit an RBI-single, which combined to extend the Sox lead to 5-0.
Southpaw Jake Saum sparkled over the game’s first seven innings, allowing only four hits and no runs with no walks and ten strikeouts.
The HarbourCats tallied their only run of the contest in the ninth inning off reliever Brett Gillis, who was otherwise effective in stymying Victoria’s bats in relief, tossing two innings and allowing one run on two hits with no walks and a pair of Ks.
The victory put Wenatchee in a position to take the series with one more win. Games two and three (if necessary) of the series will be played at Royal Athletic Park on Vancouver Island on Wednesday and Thursday.