WENATCHEE, Wash. - The Wenatchee AppleSox (25-28, 22-27) were lifted by a phenomenal offensive performance, while Hunter Wells picked up his seventh win on the season in an 8-5 win over the Walla Walla Sweets (24-27, 21-27), Tuesday.
Wenatchee answered a tough game Sunday, by scoring five runs in the first inning off of Kyle Molnar (1-1), who was coming off of a no-hitter in his last start.
Evan Douglas and Mitchell Holland doubled in the first inning, and Sheldon Liikala, Jordan Rathbone, Nick Nyquist, and Kyle Vanderkin strung together four-straight singles in the frame.
Douglas went on to go 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Holland was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Vanderkin also posted a multi-hit night.
Hunter Wells started seven innings, allowing four earned runs, and left after seven with a 6-4 lead, when Holland made a diving stop at first and flipped on to the bag to save a run and get the Sox out of the inning. With the win, Wells tied Owen Jones (2011) for most wins in a single season in AppleSox history (7).
In the bottom of the eighth, Keston Hiura hit an inside fastball the opposite way to right field for his fifth home run of the season, after Walla Walla had narrowed the Sox lead to one through the top half of the frame. It was Hiura's second home run in as many nights. He extended his consecutive games reaching base streak to 36 games in the fourth inning on a double to right center field.
Dustin Hamilton earned his team-leading fifth save. All six of his outs recorded were on strikeouts.
Game two of the series is on Wednesday night and it is the final Fred Meyer Kid's Day of the season, and also Foster Family Night presented by Sunny FM. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., and Tyler Burch (2-0, 6.39) gets the start for the AppleSox.
WP- Hunter Wells (7-2)
LP- Kyle Molnar (1-1)
S- Dustin Hamilton (5)