WENATCHEE – It took extra innings, Wednesday night, but the Wenatchee AppleSox (4-7), won a fourth-straight game on a Parker Price RBI single in the 12th inning, to secure a 5-4 win over the Walla Walla Sweets (5-6), at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Price ended the night 1-for-4 with two runs scored. He was brought home on two of Michael Toglia’s three RBI in the game-two win. Toglia launched a two-run home run in the fourth inning, tying what was a 2-0 game.
Haydan Hastings also hit a home run for the AppleSox; a solo shot in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4.
Eli Thornquist (1-0) was the winning pitcher for the AppleSox, posting three innings of relief for the AppleSox in extra innings. He struck out six batters, leading a pitching staff that sent down 13 Sweet batters on strikes.
The loss was charged to Kyle Narahara (0-2), the West Coast League’s save leader. He struck out seven AppleSox batters, but Wenatchee waited him out for the game-winning single in the 12th.
Wenatchee fell behind in the fourth inning, as the Sweets reached Sox starter Jimmy Dobrash for their first runs. A leadoff triple for Jarren Duran, set up an RBI on an error at second base; the first of four errors on the night for the AppleSox.
An RBI single for Clayten Ayers later in the inning made it 2-0 Sweets. That score held into the bottom half as Walla Walla starter Bobby Ay was facing Toglia without allowing a hit to Wenatchee on the night. That’s when Toglia hammered his two-run home run to dead center field to tie the ballgame.
In the sixth inning, Nick Nyquist helped get the Sweets back on top. He and Ayers singled to start the frame, and both runners advanced on a balk. Facing reliever Dylan Riddle, Hunter Villanueva delivered a sacrifice fly RBI for a 3-2 lead, followed by an RBI single for Haydan Duer.
Wenatchee cut into the two-run, 4-2 deficit in the bottom half of the inning on Toglia’s third RBI. He landed a single in shallow right field to score Price, who was aboard earlier in the inning on a walk.
Hastings hit the game-tying solo home run down the right field line off of AJ Carkner in the seventh. The score would hold until Price broke the tie for good in the 12th.
With two outs, and Narahara in a groove, Jeremy Ydens walked to get a runner aboard. After stealing second base, Price delivered the single that won the game for Wenatchee.
The AppleSox have now won 4-consecutive games in 2016.
Wenatchee will go for the series sweep Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Walla Walla is starting Easton Lucas (1-0), and Wenatchee will counter with right-handed pitcher Luke Mattson (0-1).