WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-4, 1-3) were cooking through the first four innings against the Corvallis Knights (4-4, 3-4), allowing just one hit, until the Knights reached Wenatchee for five in the fifth en route to a 7-4 win at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, Friday.
Again it was masterful starting pitching out of the gates for Wenatchee. Zach Haggett (0-1), pitched a perfect first three innings, retiring all nine men he saw, with three punch outs to go alongside his 28 pitches (20 for strikes).
After 3 2/3 hitless innings, Emilio Alcantar got the Knights a tally in the fourth, with a two-out single to left field.
Wenatchee was relatively quiet in the early innings, having an early legitimate scoring chance in the fourth inning erased on a throw to the plate, to cut down Hunter Hanson on a Sheldon Liikala single.
The Knights finally got to Haggett in the fifth inning, as they brought ten runners to the plate and utilized five hits to post five runs on the Sox starter.
Cole Doherty (1-0), was dominant for Corvallis, striking out nine batters over nine innings of work. He allowed just six hits and one earned run, with one walk. He was the fourth-consecutive southpaw the AppleSox have seen to open league play.
The AppleSox mounted a rally in the eighth inning after Tyler Thorson drove in the team’s first run in the seventh. Against reliever, Branden Cutsforth, the AppleSox hit two doubles and a single to post three runs, including Nick Nyquist scoring on his own double, after a throw back to the infield got away into the Knights dugout.
Wenatchee was faced with Merrick Patito in the bottom of the ninth, after the Knights walked home a run in the top half, to extend their lead to 7-4. The AppleSox couldn’t get a hit off Patito, and their only baserunner was allowed aboard via the walk. He was left stranded on a strikeout to end the game.
WP: Cole Doherty (1-0)
LP: Zach Haggett (0-1)
S: Merrick Patito (1)