WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-2, 1-1) took a tight extra-inning pitchers’ duel over the Walla Walla Sweets (2-3, 2-3), 3-0 Wednesday night at Borleske Stadium. Sox starter, Hunter Wells, carried a no-hitter through six innings, and new face Brhet Bewley delivered the go-ahead 2-RBI single in the tenth.
The Wenatchee AppleSox got their revenge Wednesday night, by duplicating the Walla Walla Sweets Tuesday night blueprint. Hunter Wells was dominant over eight strong innings for the AppleSox. He owned a no-hitter through six innings, erased by the Sweets only hit of the night, a double down the left field line for Clayton Ayers.
Still, Wells didn’t get any run support through the first eight innings of the game. Easton Lucas, the Sweets’ starter, threw five innings of three-hit baseball and the Sox were held hitless from the third-to-seventh innings, Wednesday.
Both bullpens eventually had to hang on to the contest, with Travis Ulvestad tossing one inning after Lucas. Chris Tate (1-2) and Clayton Ayers worked the rest of the way for Walla Walla. Tate kept it scoreless for three more innings, but was finally broken down by four AppleSox hits in the tenth, and one key error. On a bunt near home plate, Tate, catcher Dylan Wilbert, and third baseman Paul Haywood all converged on a popped attempt from Keaton Smith. All three hesitated until Haywood picked up the baseball and tossed it past his first baseman, Juan Gamez and into right field.
Smith took second base, and Tyler Thorson, aboard via a leadoff single, made it to third base with no outs. Brhet Bewley, who had the AppleSox first hit of the night, and a 2-4 night in his inaugural appearance, gave the AppleSox their first runs of the 2015 WCL season, with a 2-RBI single to left center field on a 1-1 pitch from Ayers. Both runs were charged to Tate, who was responsible for the runners.
Hunter Hanson added a third run on a sacrifice fly, scored off of Ayers.
Brian Gadsby (1-0) completed the game on the mound for Wenatchee. His services were required in both the ninth and tenth innings. Despite a couple walks, Gadsby struck out a pair and used a 4-6-3 double play to get his first win of the season.
The AppleSox have a chance to win the series, Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CJ Gettman (1-0 in non-league action), faces off against left-hander Cooper Powell.
WP: Brian Gadsby (1-0)
LP: Chris Tate (1-2)