WENATCHEE – After dropping six in a row, the Wenatchee AppleSox have now won two straight games after downing the Port Angeles Lefties 8-3 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium on Thursday night.
Wenatchee opened the scoring in the first inning on an RBI-double by first-baseman Blake Klassen to take a 1-0 lead.
Port Angeles tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the third but the Sox quickly reclaimed the advantage in the bottom half of the inning with a pair of RBI-singles from center-fielder Cole McKenzie and catcher Dyland McPhillips which put them on top 3-1.
In the fourth inning, the Lefties got a run back in the top half but Wenatchee matched it with a run-scoring single by third-baseman Trent Sellers to make the score 4-2.
The AppleSox plated another run when McKenzie led off the seventh inning with a solo homerun and piled on three more runs in the eighth on an RBI-single by McKenzie and a pair of fielder’s choice plays to blow the game open.
Wenatchee starting pitcher James Kulak tossed 3 2/3 innings and received a no-decision, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits while walking five and striking out three.
Seth Kuykendall threw 3 1/3 innings of near-perfect middle relief for the Sox and picked up the win, allowing no runs on just three hits while walking none and amassing five Ks.
Wenatchee stacked up 13 hits as a team, including three apiece from McKenzie and Sellars who led the way offensively for the Sox.
The victory upped Wenatchee’s record to 3-6 on the season and drew them ever-closer to the four clubs they are currently chasing as the fifth-place team in the West Coast Collegiate League’s North Division.
The AppleSox are now 3 ½ games behind the front-running Yakima Valley Pippins and just two games in back of both the Lefties and the Bellingham Bells.
Wenatchee continues their six-game homestand on Friday night when they play the opening game of a weekend trio against the Walla Walla Sweets.