WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (11-12, 8-11) took down the Walla Walla Sweets (10-12, 10-12) in West Coast League East Divisional play, Tuesday, by a score of 5-4 at Borleske Stadium.
Erik Sauve led the way for Wenatchee, going 2-for-3 with a walk and 2 RBI – his first two RBI of the season – and gave the AppleSox the go-ahead run on a hard-hit single in the fifth inning.
Before the fifth, it was a see-saw battle, with the AppleSox striking first in the second inning on a bases loaded wild pitch, to take a 1-0 lead.
Walla Walla answered with two runs in the home half, on a Juan Gamez double, which scored the tying run before Dyllin Wilbert was tossed out at the plate following a good relay play to the plate out of left center field. Gamez came to score later in the inning on a Matt Whitney sacrifice fly to center field.
The AppleSox used a three-run top half of the third to take the lead back from the Sweets, which included RBI singles from Nick Nyquist and Sauve. Nyquist also came to score later in the inning, when Sauve was stuck in a run down between first and second. The Sweets catcher, Willie MacIver opted to throw to second base first, and a return throw to the plate sailed wide to the backstop as Nyquist came to score.
Walla Walla tied the game in the bottom half on two more runs, including a Dyllin Wilbert RBI double into the right field corner.
Erik Sauve’s second sigle of the game, and second RBI of the season, in the top of the fifth gave Wenatchee the lead for good.
Zach Haggett (2-1) picked up the win, and tossed scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth innings. Dustin Hamilton came on and earned a three-inning save, and also recorded four outs in the ninth inning, after a dropped fly ball in shallow left field extended the final inning.
Wenatchee continues action at Borleske tomorrow, with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Chris Carns takes the mound for the AppleSox.
WP: Zach Haggett (2-1)
LP: Micah Gorman (2-2)
S: Dustin Hamilton (1)