BEND, Ore. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (26-21, 22-20) went to extra innings for the third time in the last ten days, as they beat the Bend Elks (26-16), 3-2 in 14 innings, to come up the victors on Sunday.
With the win, Wenatchee remains undefeated in Sunday contests.
Drew Rasmussen was the AppleSox starter and turned in a solid performance, giving up the lone two runs to Bend. The first run came across in the opening inning as a throwing error on an attempted double play sailed by Rasmussen at first allowing a run to score.
In the fifth, Jo Carroll hit a solo home run over the fence to give Bend a 2-0 lead.
The AppleSox would respond in the sixth as AJ Alcantara was able to drive in a run with a ground out on the infield to cut the deficit to one.
Then, in the ninth, Nick Brooks set up extra frames by sending his second home run in as many nights over the left field fence, tying the game at two.
That score would stick until pitcher Hunter Wells, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in extra innings, came to the plate in the fourteenth inning with runners at first and third and two outs.
The Elks intentionally walked Kyle Vanderkin to set up a chance to face Wells who had yet to log an at bat on the season.
Wells made the Elks and their reliever, Adrian Martinez, pay as he beat out an infield single to give the AppleSox the go ahead score.
Trenton Brooks, who entered earlier in extra innings and held the game in a tie, stayed on in the fourteenth and completed his win as a wild play following a double for Jonathan Brooks, resulted in Brooks being thrown out at third by Cooper Elliott who relayed a throw to Evan Cassolato in shallow right field.
Brooks would record the final out on a pop fly.
Altogether, Nick Brooks had a 5-6 performance including the game tying and extra inning-forcing home run.
The AppleSox have a day off Monday and return to action Tuesday as they welcome the Victoria HarbourCats to Paul Thomas Sr. Field for a three game series.
Tuesday is Cougar Night at the AppleSox. If fans wear Washington State University gear, they earn $1 off admission to the game. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
WEN 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 14 1
BEN 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
WP – Trenton Brooks
LP – Adrian Martinez