WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (20-17, 16-16) looked as though they were coasting to a Tuesday night win against the Walla Walla Sweets (16-16), until the Sweets rattled of six runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 8-7.
The AppleSox got an early lead for their starter Drew Rasmussen on Tuesday. Ty Jackson drove home two of the AppleSox three runs in the top of the first, with a two-RBI triple.
Rasmussen would repay the early run support by dialing up six innings of two run baseball, while getting out of a tough bases loaded jam in the third inning with only one run scoring.
Nick Brooks added a run for Wenatchee on a solo home run to left field in the top of the fourth. It was his first home run of the season and he said that he knew it was gone as soon as he hit it.
Wenatchee also added three more runs in the seventh, as Jackson knocked in two of the three on an RBI single, to complete his four RBI night.
Colton Loomis took over in the seventh and cut one-two-three through the Sweets lineup. In the eighth, however, Wenatchee ran into trouble.
Michael Duarte started the bottom of the inning with a solo home run; his fourth of the season. Then after two runners got on base, Mike Paulson pinch hit for Walla Walla. He ended up hitting a three-run home run to right field to bring the game back within one, 7-6.
Trenton Brooks took over out of the bullpen and after walking a batter and getting two outs, Renae Martinez hit a two-run go ahead home run off of T. Brooks to give Walla Walla the 8-7 lead.
Jay Flaa came in to close the game and struck out the side to secure the game two win for Walla Walla.
The series is now tied with a rubber match game three set for tonight at 7:05 p.m. Tyler Frost will take to the bump for Wenatchee at Borleske Stadium.
WEN 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 7 9 2
WW 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 x 8 12 0
WP – Cody Mathews
LP – Trenton Brooks
S – Jay Flaa