WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (11-6, 8-6) were led by a strong outing from their starter, Ian Buckles, for the third time on this young season, as they knocked off the Walla Walla Sweets (6-8) five to one on Saturday night.
The AppleSox scored two runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth, to total their five. Mike Livingston led off the third with a single and later came around to score on a Sam Brown RBI double to left center field. Joe Gillette was brought around to score later in the inning on a Ty Jackson single to left field.
In the fourth, a pair of walks started things for Simon Rosenbaum, John Brontsema and the AppleSox. Nate Esposito then was rewarded second on a throwing error created on a sacrifice bunt attempt. The error sored Rosenbaum and placed Brontsema on third. Mike Livingston grounded out to second to score Brontsema and Tyler Frost brought home Esposito, making the score 5-0, AppleSox.
Buckles was rolling from the start on Saturday. He retired the first five batters that he faced and only allowed one hit in the second and another in the third. Both were infield singles for the Sweets.
Buckles then continued to throw four and a third innings of no-hit, scoreless baseball. He accumulated four strikeouts and only walked two batters.
Calvin LeBrun entered the game in the eighth inning to relieve Buckles. He struck out the side in the eighth and allowed one earned run in the ninth after loading the bases with nobody out.
The game ended on a 9-5-3 double play, in which Cooper Elliott tracked down a fly ball in right field foul territory and Aldo Ferrante was doubled up on the base path after a base running miscommunication sent Cooper Hummel in motion and left Ferrante out to dry.
The series concludes on Sunday night, which is Cashmere Night at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. First pitch for the rubber match of the set is slated for 6:05 p.m.
WW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
WEN 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 x 5 7 2
WP – Ian Buckles
LP – Chris Kerwood