WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (24-19, 20-18) fought for a 2-1 win over the Kelowna Falcons (13-25) on Wednesday.
Tyler Frost led the AppleSox on the mound to start things off, after a rainy afternoon in the Wenatchee Valley threatened Wednesday’s game up until about two hours before first pitch.
Frost offered up three one-two-three innings in his first four frames of work on the mound.
The first run for Wenatchee came in the first inning as they got things going early. A bunt single, pushed past Sam Murphy, the Kelowna starter, got Trenton Brooks aboard. He took second on a wild pitch and stole third to set up a SAC fly RBI to center for AJ Alcantara.
Tyler Frost had the run he needed for the first four innings, as he held Kelowna scoreless. In the fifth the Falcons broke through on an RBI single from Trey Kamachi.
In the seventh, the AppleSox tried one last time to get a go-ahead run for Tyler Frost, who would exit the game in the eighth.
In the bottom half, Nick Brooks set up runners at second and third with a sacrifice bunt. The AppleSox tried a suicide squeeze, but Nate Esposito missed on the bunt attempt and Michael McCann was tagged out short of the plate.
Esposito, down 0-2 in the count, with a runner at third and two outs, was able to “filet,” (as Coach Knaggs put it) a single into right center field to give the AppleSox a 2-1 lead.
Tyler Frost left with the chance for a win, after tossing seven innings of three-hit, one-run baseball.
Shaun Vetrovec offered two innings of relief and picked up his second save of the year as he surrendered no hits and retired the side one-two-three in the eighth inning.
In the ninth, Kelowna walked, but it wouldn’t come back to bite the AppleSox, as Vetrovec shut the door.
KEL 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
WEN 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 1
WP – Tyler Frost
LP – Scotland Church
S – Shaun Vetrovec