BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-8, 5-7) won their first day game of 2015, by a score of 5-1, after falling behind early to the Bellingham Bells (10-5, 10-5), to avoid the series sweep at Joe Martin Field.
Bellingham was only able to muster three hits on the afternoon, two of which were obtained by Jesse Kuet. The Bells were stifled early by Hunter Wells (2-0), who threw five innings, giving up the Bell run, a Beau Branton RBI single in the second inning.
Colton Loomis also tossed three scoreless innings in the contest, and Brian Gadsby fired away in the final frame.
The AppleSox pushed across three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead, on RBI singles for Ryan Crowe, Mitchell Holland, and Sheldon Liikala. All runs in the fifth were scored with two outs, on four hits.
The Sox chased Grant Schneider (1-1), during that fifth inning but still teed off the Bells bullpen as well. In the seventh inning, Holland doubled home Keston Hiura, who reached base after being hit by pitch.
Then it was Hiura in the ninth, supplying one last surge on the weekend, with a solo home run to right field. It was Hiura’s first home run of the season, and the cap to a 2-for-3 day that included a double for the UC Irvine outfielder.
The three hits for the Bells marked a new low on the season for the defending-WCL Champions. The AppleSox also snapped a six-game losing streak to Bellingham, with the win.
Wenatchee returns home Monday for a day off, and will face Divisional foe, Yakima Valley, Tuesday-Thursday at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. All games will start at 7:05 p.m.
WP: Hunter Wells (2-0)
LP: Grant Schneider (1-1)