WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (14-15, 11-14) faced early troubles against the Bend Elks (23-5, 23-5), who loaded the bases in three-consecutive innings to open Monday night’s game at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
The good news for the AppleSox was that the Elks were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position through the first three innings, helping keep the game fairly close at 4-2.
Chris Carns (0-3), faced the early troubles, giving up five walks in three innings, and suffering three errors, including two of his own. He had trouble settling into a rhythm for Wenatchee.
The AppleSox scored their lone two runs in the second inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Erik Sauve grounded into a double play that scored a run. Jake Hirabayashi followed it up with the AppleSox only RBI of the night, on a single.
The score held at 4-2 into the seventh inning, and Dustin Hamilton entered in the fourth inning, and began his relief appearance by retiring nine-consecutive Elks. He struck out six and didn’t walk any batters.
Jake Forrester (2-0) was strong for Bend. He pitched eight innings, allowing eight hits and the two runs. He struck out four and walked two on 111 pitches.
The Elks added two runs in the seventh and another in the ninth to pull away late, while the AppleSox offense just couldn’t quite come through.
Game two of the series is Tuesday, and it’s Cougar Night with the AppleSox. Cougar fans receive $1 off gate admission by wearing WSU gear to the game. Micael Taylor will be the AppleSox starter, and first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
WP: Jake Forrester (2-0)
LP: Chris Carns (0-3)