WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (13-28, 3-11 Second Half), held close to the Kitsap BlueJackets (12-29, 4-10), for much of Thursday night’s contest at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, but fell 6-2, after the BlueJackets took advantage of late-game opportunities.
Kitsap jumped out to an early lead in game two, with Marten Pauwels doubling in the second inning off of Justin Blatner (3-2), and later coming home to score on an Omar Maldanado RBI single.
The AppleSox responded in the bottom half of the frame, when Michael Toglia led off with a double to tie for the team lead with six on the season. He later came to score on a Haydan Hastings RBI groundout to second base.
Adam Paulson, making his AppleSox debut alongside Wenatchee native Dalton Harum, entered the contest in relief in the sixth inning, backing Blatner’s three-run effort. He held things scoreless for two frames and Wenatchee got closer in the seventh, after Nick Caudillo (1-1), left the game for Kitsap.
A Sheldon Liikala RBI single brought home Shane Martinez, who doubled earlier for a 4-2 score, but with runners at the corners and one out, Wenatchee was unable to cash-in further. Joey Angyus, the second reliever of the inning, got the final two outs to hold the score at 4-2.
Kitsap added two more runs off of Dylan Riddle in the eighth inning, in Riddle’s final slated appearance of the summer. The UC Irvine left-hander reached his summer pitching limit.
Joe Siegel held on in the ninth for Kitsap, despite allowing two runners on with two outs, and Kitsap secured its first series win over the AppleSox dating back to 2010.
Game three of the series is Friday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Mac Lardner (0-2) will make his first 2016 start for the AppleSox.