WENATCHEE, Wash. - The Wenatchee AppleSox (24-28, 21-27) combined with the Victoria HarbourCats (28-24, 25-22) to score 31 runs, in a 21-10 loss, Sunday, at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
The HarbourCats began with a two-run first inning off of Sox starter Zach Haggett (5-3), scoring on an RBI single and groundout.
Wenatchee answered with a two-run bottom half of the first on an RBI double from Keston Hiura, on the first pitch he saw of the night. Sheldon Liikala also drove in a run later in the inning while reaching on a throwing error.
From that point, Wenatchee's only other run until the ninth inning was a birthday blast for Keston Hiura that sailed over the left field fence. It was Hiura's fourth home run of the season, and was also a first-pitch home run.
Meanwhile, Victoria poured on the runs. From innings two-through-eight, the HarbourCats scored 19 runs on 18 hits, while Kevin Collard struck two triples and Jake Pries drove in 6 RBI.
Nick Nyquist was a bright spot for the AppleSox. He went 5-for-5 with an RBI in a seven-run ninth inning, when Victoria began to empty its bullpen.
Nyquist is the first AppleSox player to attain a five-hit game since Gonzaga teammate Nick Brooks accomplished the feat June 27, 2014 at Bend.
Evan Douglas also hit a 2-RBI double in the ninth, Joey Jansen walked home a run with the bases loaded, to go along with the Nyquist RBI.
Dominic Topoozian (5-4) got a win over six innings and the teams combined for 10 pitchers in the series finale. Victoria earned its first sweep over Wenatchee all-time, and with an AppleSox loss and Corvallis win, the Sox were eliminated from the WCL Wild Card playoff picture.
The AppleSox will prepare for their final three-game home series Tuesday-Thursday at Paul Thomas Sr. Field which includes Salvation Army Food Drive night, Tuesday. Cherry Creek radio will donate one general admission ticket to any fan who donated one non-perishable item to the drive. Wednesday is Foster Family night and the AppleSox will host foster families and organizations from around the state in the first event of its kind east of the Cascades. Thursday is fan appreciation night. First pitch for all three games is at 7:05 p.m., and gates open at 6 p.m.