KELOWNA, BC. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (18-12, 15-12) were down 2-0 after an inning of play on Sunday and a repeat of Saturday’s tough go, looked like it could be in the cards. Then, Wenatchee struck back for four runs in the third to spur a 5-3 win over the Kelowna Falcons (8-19).
The first two runs of the game came off of AppleSox starter Drew Rasmussen on three two out hits and during the first two innings, the AppleSox were retired in order; six up, six down.
Finally in the third, Wenatchee broke through offensively. Nate Esposito walked to open the frame and after a ground out, Joe Gillette singled to put runners at the corners.
Sam Brown then singled home Esposito o in the next at bat. Trenton Brooks followed up Brown’s hit with a single of his own and it looked as though the bases would be loaded. Unfortunately for Kelowna, an errant throw back to the infield allowed Gillete to score the tying run and Brown went to third with Brooks moving up to second.
Caleb Wood grounded out to score Brown and then Michael McCann doubled down the left field line to bring home Brooks.
In the fifth inning, Evan Cassolato led off the frame with a double. Nate Esposito then laid down a bunt and beat it up the first base line. Simon Rosenbaum knocked in Cassolato on a fielder’s choice.
Rasmussen allowed five total hits over five innings, Sunday. The last hit he allowed was a solo home run to Andrew Godbold that cut the lead to two.
Calvin LeBrun took over in the sixth inning for Rasmussen and worked for four innings, earning the save. He allowed one hit (a two out single in the ninth) after 3.2 innings of work.
He earned his third save on the season and the AppleSox committed zero errors after suffering seven a night ago. Sunday’s game marked the fifth time the AppleSox haven’t committed an error this season.
With the win, the AppleSox have taken their third WCL East Division series in as many tries. They return to action on Tuesday in a non-league contest against the Everett Merchants. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
WEN 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
KEL 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
WP – Drew Rasmussen
LP – Jeremy Newton
S – Calvin LeBrun