WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-10, 5-9) fell 10-8 in an offensive shootout with the Yakima Valley Pippins (11-6, 11-6) at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, Wednesday.
The Pippins had the big bats early, with eleven hits in the first three innings, which helped the squad jump out to an early 5-0 lead.
Led by Mitch Skaggs (4-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBI, BB, SB), the Pippins tied a franchise-best mark with 19 hits Wednesday night.
It wasn’t without some push back from the AppleSox offense though. Wenatchee rattled off five runs of its own in the fourth inning, to tie the game at five. The AppleSox even took a 6-5 lead at one point in the fifth.
Evan Douglas hit his first home run of the season as part of the five-run fourth inning, and new face Danny Amaral went 3-for-5 in his AppleSox debut, with 2 RBI.
It was a four-run seventh inning that did the AppleSox in. The Pippins again saw big production from Skaggs, who had a 2-RBI single in the frame, the difference-making runs in the contest.
Keston Hiura also had a triple in the game for Wenatchee. The nine-inning slug fest lasted for nearly four hours, as neither pitching staff could take much of a handle on the game. Wyatt Mills did pick up his West Coast League-leading sixth save, to cap it for Yakima Valley.
The Pippins won the series Wednesday, and have now won 4-straight over Wenatchee dating back to 2014. The series concludes at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, Thursday, with a first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
WP: Kelly Fitzpatrick (1-1)
LP: Anthony Contonio (0-1)
S: Wyatt Mills (6)