VICTORIA, B.C. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (10-12, 7-11) took advantage of a 4-four-4 afternoon from Sheldon Liikala, along with a three-run ninth inning rally to force extra innings with the Victoria HarbourCats (10-13, 8-12), yet lost 11-10 in 11 innings at Royal Athletic Park Sunday afternoon.
Liikala had the first four-hit game of the season for the AppleSox. Wenatchee got two, one-out singles in the ninth with the bases loaded after previously trailing 10-7 entering the final inning.
Liikala also came home to score on a sacrifice fly to right field for Ryan Crowe, his third RBI of the game.
In extras, Josh Mitchell of the HarbourCats, and Tony Contonio of the AppleSox went toe-to-toe, until the HarbourCats were able to load the bases in the eleventh inning on a batter hit by pitch, and back-to-back singles, including a bunt single.
Chris Foughner then walked with the bases full to force home the winning run for the HarbourCats after a valiant comeback effort by the Sox fell just short.
Wenatchee trailed 6-1 after two innings of play Sunday, and the HarbourCats were helped by a first inning three-run home run for Kevin Amequita – his first home run of the season.
The Sox used five runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and another four in the eighth and ninth innings to spur their comeback.
The 17 hits on the day were the most in a single game for the AppleSox, this season.
Wenatchee has the day off Monday and will return to the road Tuesday, facing Walla Walla at Borleske Stadium. Starting pitchers are to be determined.
WP: Josh Mitchell (1-2)
LP: Tony Contonio (0-2)