WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (2-7), shut out the Corvallis Knights (4-5), 3-0, behind seven scoreless innings from Grady Miller, Sunday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Miller (1-1) threw seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks, while allowing just five hits.. He retired the Knights in order in three of the first four innings. At one point, he had retired 9-straight batters before Corvallis catcher Zak Taylor hit a two-out double in the fifth.
Wenatchee scored its first run in the second inning off of Corvallis starter Aaron Pope (0-2). Sheldon Liikala knocked an RBI single into left center field in the second inning, which scored Matt Reitano who led off hit by a pitch. Kolby DeHaas advanced him on a walk.
The AppleSox offense was also held in check through the first six innings, coming up with just two hits off of Pope and Knight reliever Tanner Howell.
Wenatchee did add a run off of Howell in the seventh on a sacrifice fly RBI for Jeremy Ydens. It scored DeHaas, who led off the frame with a single. Liikala was tossed out at third to end the inning, just after DeHaas crossed the plate.
Wenatchee got one more insurance run in the eighth inning for reliever Nick Hoefling. He retired the Knights in the order in the top half of the frame.
Parker Price doubled to start the home half, and was brought home in the next at bat on an RBI single for Evan Douglas. The RBI was Douglas’ first of the season.
In the ninth, Corvallis made things interesting, loading the bases on three-conseuctive one-out singles. Hoefling ended the threat and picked up his first save by striking out the next two batters to secure the series victory.
Wenatchee will have an off day Monday, before continuing its nine-game homestand Tuesday-Thursday against the Walla Walla Sweets. Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.