WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (5-6, 2-5) got their first series-opening league win, Monday, over the Medford Rogues (5-5, 5-5), as five AppleSox hitters collected multiple knocks to help lead the team to an 8-3 victory.
The scoring started in the first inning for Wenatchee. The AppleSox strung together three singles off of Medford starter, Cable Wright (0-1). Sheldon Liikala drove in the game’s first run on a single to center, which also extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
In the fourth, Medford drew even off of Sox starter Hunter Wells (1-0). Wells gave up an RBI single, and faced the bases loaded with one out, but got out of it with a pop out to the catcher, Ryan Crowe, in foul territory, followed by an act of self-protection that turned in to a 1-3 putout to take the game to the bottom of the fourth.
The AppleSox added two in the inning, thanks in part to an RBI triple for Andrew Helmstadter to straight-away center field. It was Helmstadter’s first triple of the season, and part of a 2-3, 2RBI night, in which he also scored a run.
Wenatchee rattled off three more in the fifth and two in the seventh to take complete control of the game. In total, five hitters claimed multiple base hits in the game.
Keston Hiura led all hitters with a 3-5 night at the plate, including two runs scored. Helmstadter, Liikala, and Kyle Vanderkin all had two-RBI nights. Mitchell Holland went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Joey jansen returned to Wenatchee (2013), going 2-3 with a run scored.
Medford expended five pitchers, in total. The AppleSox relied on Colton Loomis and Dustin Hamilton after wells threw 100-plus pitches in his 5 1/3 innings of work.
Hamilton and Loomis each threw hitless, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings.
Game two is Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. CJ Gettman (0-0, 0.00), who has a 16-consecutive inning scoreless streak toes the rubber for the AppleSox at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
WP: Hunter Wells (1-0)
LP: Cable Wright (0-1)