WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-9, 5-8) fell 6-3 in the first game of a three game set with the Yakima Valley Pippins (10-6, 10-6) at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, Tuesday.
Andrew Bernstein (1-0), Yakima’s starter, was brilliant after allowing a leadoff single to Joey Jansen. Bernstein went six innings, allowing only two hits and no runs, en route to his first win of the season.
CJ Gettman (1-1), ran into his first bit of trouble in the top of the third inning. A Jace VanDeBrake RBI single broke the scoreless tie. Branson Trube then drove in a run, and Yakima Valley manufactured a run home, while the AppleSox were preoccupied trying to catch a base stealer at second, to make the score 3-0, in favor of the Pippins.
In the fourth inning, a two-run home run for Dayton Provost, his second of the season, gave the Pippins a 5-0 advantage. It was a lined shot over the right center field fence. Trube added another RBI in the fifth on a double.
Wenatchee had to wait until the eighth inning to pick up its only runs of the game. A two-RBI single for Sheldon Liikala down the third base line, and an RBI double for Evan Douglas. The AppleSox were also aided by two errors in the inning.
Wyatt Mills shut the door in the ninth, however, picking up WCL-leading save number five, after retiring the AppleSox in order.
Game two of the series is Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m., and Zach Haggett will pitch for the AppleSox.
WP: Andrew Bernstein (1-0)
LP: CJ Gettman (1-1)
S: Wyatt Mills (5)