BEND - The Wenatchee AppleSox (5-8), utilized a nine-run third inning, Tuesday night, to lead the way in an 11-0 shutout over the Bend Elks (6-10) at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Ore.
The AppleSox utilized a nine-run third inning to supply the bulk of the game’s offense. After Jeremy Ydens and Matt Fraizer opened the frame with singles, Evan Douglas drove home Ydens on an RBI single to give Wenatchee an early 1-0 lead. A follow-up RBI single for Michael Toglia and a walk of Ryan Kreidler set up the bases loaded for Alex Gonzales with a 2-0 lead and one out.
Gonzales unloaded the bases with a 3-RBI triple over the head of the Elk’s center fielder AJ Valencia. Douglas scored easily, while Kreidler was hot on the heels of Toglia, scoring just after his first baseman was able to stand up, following his slide into home.
With a 5-0 lead, Wenatchee continued to pile on the runs. 13 batters came to the plate in the inning, as Shane Martinez came up with an additional 2-run single, and a third run scored on an error. A Fraizer RBI double completed the frame, in which Bend starter Ryan Ward (0-2), was chased.
Wenatchee added two runs in the fifth off of Jake Forrester, on a 2-RBI triple for Toglia that carried over the head of Valencia.
Toglia and Gonzales each finished with 3 RBI for Wenatchee, while Fraizer went 4-for-6. In a lineup comprised of eight true freshmen, six batters came up with multiple hits.
The run support was earned for AppleSox starter Ross Clevenger (1-0). In his first start of 2016, following three relief appearances, Clevenger dialed up five scoreless innings, while only allowing two hits. He had retired seven-consecutive batters when he left the contest.
Matt Young pitched the final four innings of relief to earn the save. He gave up just three hits, and struck out four batters. The defense stayed spotless behind him, committing zero errors.
Game two of the series and the road trip is Wednesday night. Jimmy Dobrash gets the start for Wenatchee at 6:35 p.m.