WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (16-11, 13-11) tried to mount another classic 2014 comeback, this time against the Bellingham Bells (15-5), but Bellingham scored a ninth inning run to secure a series sweep at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
The sweep for the Bells is the first of its kind for a visiting WCL team at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. Two teams swept the AppleSox at home before 2005 in PIL play, however, Bellingham is the first to come up with a sweep in Wenatchee in WCL play.
The Bells had a 6-0 lead after the top of the eighth. They scored three in the seventh and eighth after Griffin Canning left the game after six innings of three hit and zero run baseball. He struck out eight and walked just one.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the AppleSox rallied and scored six runs of their own. Evan Cassolato came to the plate twice in the inning and singled both times. His infield single in his second at bat helped plate the tying runs for the AppleSox. Tyler Frost was thrown out trying to stretch the base paths and reach third.
The Bells starter, Eder Erives, worked seven innings of three hit and zero run baseball. He struck out four and walked two.
Walker Olis was the hero for Bellingham. He knocked the RBI single down the left field line, good enough to create the game winning score for the Bells.
Trenton Brooks nearly hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth, jumping on an off speed pitch, but the deep shot flew foul to the right of the foul pole down the right field side.
David Bigelow was able to hang on after allowing the tying runs across in the eighth to retire the AppleSox in the ninth on a ground out on the infield.
Today, the AppleSox have an off day. They return to action on Friday, July 4th at Elks Stadium in Kelowna vs. the Falcons. 6:35 is the scheduled first pitch.
BEL 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 7 13 2
WEN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6 7 0
WP – David Bigelow
LP – Trenton Brooks