BEND - The Wenatchee AppleSox (6-9), came up short in their try for a first sweep over the Bend Elks (7-11), Thursday night in a 9-1 final at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Ore.
After coming up with 31 hits in the first two games of the series, the AppleSox offense was slowed by Andrew Edwards (1-1), and the Elks. Wenatchee came up with just two hits in the game.
Bend opened the scoring with an RBI single for Tommy Lane in the first inning. Wenatchee answered in the third inning after a double for Matt Fraizer. With two outs, Fraizer stole third base and came home to score on a throwing error by the Elk’s catcher.
In the fourth inning, Bend took back the lead for good. The Elks brought around five runs in the inning, while knocking Luke Mattson (0-3) out of the game. Lane got his second and third RBI on a double, and Jake Anderson chipped in an RBI single in the frame.
The Elks tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning off of Sox reliever Eli Thornquist, who worked after Casey Legumina. The runs were the first allowed this season by Thornquist and came on RBI singles for Anderson and Jarod Gonzales. A throwing error from center field brought home the third run.
Wenatchee committed three errors in the game.
Tyler Burch pitched the eighth inning for Wenatchee and retired the side with a strikeout.
Wenatchee struck out in order in the ninth, and Bend’s pitching staff tallied 14 strikeouts in the win. Edwards tossed nine, Grant Larson threw two, and Sam Boone got the final three.
Wenatchee continues its road trip, Friday, at Gresham. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.