KELOWNA, BC. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (31-23, 27-22) posted their fourth shutout of 2014, Tuesday, in an 11-0 win over the Kelowna Falcons (15-34). With it, they are now two games back from overtaking Bend for the Wild Card playoff spot.
For the first four innings, Tuesday, Jeremy Newton and Brandon Bailey went toe-to-toe. It was hard to believe that after a scoreless first four innings, either team would score in double digits, but Wenatchee would change that; busting the game wide open in the middle third.
A Kyle Vanderkin walk and a Cole Kreuter single set up a Cooper Elliott sacrifice bunt that resulted in an infield single.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, Tyler Frost singled home a run. Evan Cassolato followed with an RBI walk, then Sam Brown singled, and Ty Jackson and Michael McCann offered up sacrifice fly outs to complete a six run fifth inning.
Brandon Bailey only allowed three hits through his first four innings. Over that time he also struck out three batters and didn’t walk any. His reliever, Colton Loomis, started his appearance off with a walk in the fifth, but would soon turn to gold.
Loomis retired the next three and had two more one-two-three innings left in him in the eighth and ninth frames. He allowed two hits in total and gave Wenatchee five strong innings out of the bullpen in the winning effort.
Newton was again hit hard by the AppleSox in the sixth, which set up Cooper Elliott for another sacrifice situation. Elliott went 3-4 for Wenatchee, Tuesday. It was his second consecutive three-hit game for the AppleSox.
Four runs in the sixth and one in the seventh capped an 11-0 lead for the AppleSox. Wenatchee tallied 17 hits on Tuesday, continuing to pile on to their WCL leading total.
The Bend Elks lost, placing Wenatchee an official one game back in the Wild Card (Wenatchee is technically two games back though, because they must overtake the Elks to claim the Wild Card spot [tie-breaker is owned by Bend]).
Yakima Valley won and can take the WCL East crown with a win, Wednesday in their series finale vs. Cowlitz.
The AppleSox will turn to Ian Buckles in game two of their series with Kelowna, which starts at 6:35 p.m., Wednesday.
WEN 0 0 0 0 6 4 1 0 0 11 17 1
KEL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
WP – Colton Loomis
LP – Jeremy Newton