KELOWNA, B.C. - The Wenatchee AppleSox (24-25, 21-24) continued to showcase their recent brand of high-octane offense with a 17-7 win, Thursday night at Elks Stadium, winning both the current three-game and season series from the Kelowna Falcons (29-16, 28-16), the WCL East frontrunners.
The team set new 2015 single-game highs for hits in a game at 20, and runs in a game at 17. Keston Hiura also doubled early on, to extend his streak of reaching base to 32-consecutive games, a new high in the WCL this season.
Thursday's game kicked off with a 6-run top half of the first inning for Wenatchee. The frame lasted just over 30 minutes, and gave Tyler Burch (2-0), a great lead to start with. Kelowna starter, Kendall Motes, lasted just two thirds of an inning.
The AppleSox saw each batter in the order reach base in the game, a feat accomplished throughout the entire series for the Sox. Of 27 lineup spots over the three games, all 27 claimed at least one base in the series (in most cases, more).
All batters who got a hit (8-of-9), Thursday, also tallied more than one, with five batters earning two-hit nights, two batters earning three-hit nights, and Jake Hirabayashi coming up with his first four-hit game of the season.
Joey Jansen drove in four runs for the Sox, who also plated three in the second, two in the fifth, two in the seventh, three in the eighth, and one in the ninth to go along with the six-run first.
Burch ended up allowing two runs in the bottom of the first after the long wait to get to the mound, and the defense wasn't kind to him in a four-run fourth. Still, the freshman-to-be at Lewis-Clark State College, tossed six innings for Wenatchee, earning his second win of the summer.
Colton Loomis handled relief in the final three innings, giving up just one run, unearned on an error in the eighth.
Wenatchee has not lost a series since before the All Star Break, and has won four of its last five, including two series over the Falcons in that span.
The AppleSox return home for their final homestand, which starts Friday night against the Victoria HarbourCats at 7:05 p.m. Micael Taylor (2-4) will be the AppleSox starting pitcher for the series-opener at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
WP- Tyler Burch (2-0)
LP- Kendall Motes (2-1)