Courtesy: AppleSox Communications
The fate of the AppleSox season-opener rested on the shoulders of freshman right-hander Reign Letkeman and the Red Deer, Alberta native was ready to rise to the occasion.
Letkeman threw seven shutout innings on Wednesday and spurred the Wenatchee AppleSox (1-0, 0-0) to their first victory of 2014 against the San Francisco Seals (2-4).
When all was said and done, the AppleSox walked away from Paul Thomas Sr. Field with a 5-0 win.
The AppleSox offense was aided by some defensive mishaps amongst the Seals’ fielders. In the second inning, Nick Brooks reached base after being hit by a pitch. Later in the inning, Mike Livingston smoked a double into left field to bring home Brooks. Taylor Johnson, the catcher singled to right in the next at bat to bring home Livingston.
Letkeman held the Seals hitless through the first two innings and Eli Alcantar singled to lead off the third. He was later erased when Cooper Elliott doubled him up at first after tracking down a slicing pop fly in right field.
The score held until the sixth, when Trenton Brooks reached base via the walk with one out. He was advanced on a fielder’s choice groundout and scored on an error at first in the next at bat. Cooper Elliott followed up by doubling off the right field fence, placing runners at second and third. Both runners came around to score on a fielding error in left field during the next at bat.
Kaleb Price took over in relief for the AppleSox in the eighth inning and dealt two scoreless innings of his own to end the game.
San Francisco’s starter, Mikey Ramirez threw 5.2 innings of three hit baseball, but was still tabbed with the loss.
The AppleSox and Seals will wrap up their short two-game series tomorrow night at 7:05 pm. It is Knight Night at the ballpark and fans are encouraged to come represent Wenatchee Valley College.
R H E LOB
SF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3 6
WEN 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 5 5 0 6
WP – Reign Letkeman
LP – Mikey Ramirez
S - none