SILVERDALE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (19-22, 16-21) struck for a six-run, seven-hit seventh inning and secured a 9-3 game-one win over the Kitsap BlueJackets (13-25, 13-24), Tuesday night at Gene Lobe Field on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.
Wenatchee scored in each of the first, fourth and fifth innings, to take a 3-0 lead through five innings. The first inning run for the AppleSox came in without an RBI being credited, after Mitchell Holland grounded into a DP with the bases loaded and nobody out to score Joey Jansen. Jansen, Evan Douglas, and Keston Hiura started the game with three-straight singles to set up the scoring chance. All runs were earned off of Kitsap starter, Cam Weinberg (0-6).
In the fourth, Sheldon Liikala drove in Hiura, who was aboard on an error by Jordan Peabody. Hiura stole second to get into scoring position, and Holland advanced him on a ground ball to the right side, before Liikala hit one into left for his first of two RBI.
Evan Douglas scored Jansen for the second of three times on the night, with a flared single down the left field line and two-out in the fifth.
Gage Burland (2-1) pitched six strong innings for the AppleSox, earning his second win of the season. He struck out seven batters and didn’t allow a run.
The AppleSox wild seventh inning was sparked by three-consecutive extra-base hits, including a triple from Nyquist that pinballed in the right field corner, and back-to-back doubles for Ryan Crowe and Vanderkin, each for RBI. Jansen also drove in a run, followed by a 2-RBI single from Holland and Liikala’s second RBI.
Kitsap scored its only three runs of the game in the bottom half of the frame, off of Dustin Hamilton. One of the runs came earned, and two others scored on an error at first for Nick Nyquist, who replaced Holland defensively. The lone RBI belonged to Kyle Nobach who hammered an RBI double to left center field. His first of two RBI on the night. Hamilton earned his third save of the season.
The series continues Wednesday, as Zach Haggett (4-1) heads to the mound for Wenatchee. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.
WP: Gage Burland (2-1)
LP: Cam Weinberg (0-6)
S: Dustin Hamilton (3)