HARBOURCATS DOWN APPLESOX FOR WCL-RECORD WINNING STREAK

 The AppleSox took an early lead and tied the game once, but the Victoria HarbourCats held on for a 7-4 victory. 

The AppleSox took an early lead and tied the game once, but the Victoria HarbourCats held on for a 7-4 victory. 

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-11), were downed by the Victoria HarbourCats (15-3), 7-4, Monday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Victoria won its 15th-consecutive game, which broke the previous WCL record of 14, held by the AppleSox. 

Wenatchee drew first blood in the third inning off of HarbourCat starter James Kannenberg, who was making his second start of the season against Wenatchee. 

A two-out RBI single for Matt Fraizer and a two-out RBI double for Evan Douglas off the right field wall put Wenatchee ahead early. 

Victoria responded in the top of the third inning with three runs off of Jimmy Dobrash, who had faced the minimum nine batters through three innings, allowing only one hit. 

The HarbourCats connected on a sac fly RBI with the bases loaded and nobody out. Wenatchee did double off a tagging runner at third base to turn two on the play, but Joe Prior launched a pitch in the next at bat over the wall in left field for a 3-2 HarbourCat lead. It was Prior’s second home run of the season. 

In the sixth, Victoria added to its lead with a second home run off of Dobrash. Ben Polshuk also exited the park to left field for his third home run of the season and a 4-2 HarbourCat lead. It was the second-straight night Wenatchee had given up two home runs. 

In the seventh inning, Wenatchee responded with runs off of Austin Dondanville (2-0), who worked in relief of Collin Ashworth and Kannenberg, who left the game earlier with an apparent arm injury. 

With two outs, a two-RBI double for Shane Martinez to deep right field gave the AppleSox new life and brought the game even at 4-4.

Victoria took back the lead for good in the eight, chasing AppleSox reliever Mac Lardner (0-1), on an RBI Griffin Andreychuk double to left center field. It scored leadoff hitter Mat Lautz from first base and put Victotia ahead for good. Lardner left the game with the bases loaded and no outs. Tyler Burch entered and surrendered a run on a walk, and another on a wild pitch; both charged to Lardner. 

The Sox went down in order in the eight and ninth inning at the hands of Dondanville and Holden Lyons, who picked up his fourth save of the season, striking out two-of-three batters faced. 

The series continues Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Luke Mattson (0-3) will pitch against Jack Wolger (0-0). It is Cougar Night and fans who wear WSU apparel will earn general gate admission for $6. The Cougar Cruiser will be in attendance.