WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-6, 1-5) scored five runs in the ninth inning, Sunday, to go to extra innings with the Corvallis Knights (6-4, 5-4), but Corvallis went on to sweep the series, winning 11-10 in 12 innings.
The AppleSox utilized a five-run rally in the home half of the ninth, after the Knights had scored four to make it 9-4, headed to the final three outs.
Three-consecutive pinch hitters, and new faces, Keston Hiura, Mitchell Holland, and Ryan Crowe each got aboard, with Holland picking up an RBI on a gapped double.
Evan Douglas contributed an RBI single, and Hunter Hanson added a sacrifice fly. Then back-to-back singles by Sheldon Liikala and Nick Nyquist set up a push bunt for Kyle Vanderkin, past the pitcher, tying the game at nine.
The Knights answered right away in the tenth inning. Emilio Alcantar was driven in on a Jackson Soto double, with two outs, to give Corvallis a 10-9, advantage.
The AppleSox countered, with Holland reaching on a hard single. He was later driven in on a sacrifice fly by Douglas.
The eleventh was a scoreless frame, with Micael Taylor, and Dakoda Klemmer, each trying to get back on track after losing opportunities to win the game for their respective teams.
Taylor Travess pitched the scoreless eleventh for Corvallis. He started the night at second base. Kyle Vanderkin, gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the twelfth – in relief of Taylor – after AJ Valencia came to score on an Emilio Alcantar RBI single to left field.
Vanderkin was charged with the loss after Travess sent the Sox down in order to complete his first win of the season.
The AppleSox homestand continues Monday. The Medford Rogues come to town for a three game set. Hunter Wells takes to the hill in game one, and first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
WP: Taylor Travess (1-0)
LP: Kyle Vanderkin (0-1)