WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-8), fell 8-4 to the Walla Walla Sweets (6-6), in the series finale, Thursday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Wenatchee won the three-game series 2-1.
AppleSox starter Luke Mattson (0-2) was hit hard in the second inning by the Sweets, walking three batters and giving up two hits for the Sweets first runs of the night. A wild pitch surrendered the first run, while an RBI single for Ryan Johnston plated the second on an RBI single.
Struggling with command, Mattson allowed an additional run in the fifth inning and left two runners aboard when he exited with two outs in the frame, after an RBI single for Nick Vigo. Casey Legumina entered in relief and the two runners scored on a 2-RBI single for Austin Kopacz.
Walla Walla went on to add a run in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. Nick Nyquist, the Sweets leading hitter and a former AppleSox player came up with an RBI single in the sixth and a 2-RBI triple in the eighth off of Taylor Borchers, making his AppleSox debut.
In the seventh, an RBI double led to another run for the Sweets. Catcher Griffin Mazur had the third extra-base hit of the game for Walla Walla.
Wenatchee tried to make a game of it in the late innings. With one out, Jeremy Ydens delivered a solo home run off of Walla Walla reliever Joe Heineman. He was working to back up six scoreless innings from Easton Lucas (2-0).
It was Ydens’ first home run of 2016 and the Sox third home run of the season. Parker Price, Ryan Kreidler, and Michael Toglia each walked after the home run and with two outs, Matt Reitano walked with the bases loaded to score Wenatchee’s second run.
Jordan Rathbone followed up with a 2-RBI single to cut the defecit to 8-4. The score held the rest of the way, as Nick Vigo came out of center field to pitch in the ninth for Walla Walla.
Wenatchee will play three non-league games Friday-Sunday against the San Francisco Seals. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.