WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox (9-16), got the offensive explosion they needed, Sunday, on Fireworks Night against the Kelowna Falcons (12-13), coming up with a season-high 12 runs along with four extra-base hits to win 12-2 at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium in front of a capacity crowd.
The scoring started early and often, with the AppleSox jumping on Colby Nealy (1-2) for five runs in the first inning. The six-hit inning was the best for the AppleSox since a nine-run outburst at Bend, and was kick-started by a 2-RBI triple down the right field line for Evan Douglas.
Jordan Rathbone, Taylor Borchers, and Alex Gonzales also added RBI singles in the inning for the early lead.
Wenatchee’s starter Luke Mattson (1-4) had to battle through command issues early, but settled down to toss six shutout innings, in his best start of the summer. He struck out two batters and allowed just six hits, and only two of them came after the second inning.
Borchers, who had a two-hit night after collecting his first Sox hit of the summer, added a sacrifice fly RBI in another five-run inning for the Sox in the fifth inning. The sacrifice came after back-to-back RBI triples for Ryan Kreidler and Rathbone.
Shane Martinez also drove a 2-RBI double into the right-center field gap, leading to a 10-0 AppleSox lead after five innings.
Wenatchee got two more runs in the seventh, after Kelowna scored its first off of Nick Hoefling in a no-out bases loaded spot. Hoefling only allowed a sacrifice fly, and would give up one more in the eighth, for the Falcons’ two runs.
The AppleSox seventh-inning runs came home on RBI singles for future Arizona teammates Shane Martinez and Matt Fraizer.
Miceal Taylor preserved the win in the ninth inning, striking out the games final batter to help put an end to Wenatchee’s seven-game losing streak.
The AppleSox continue game two of the series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m., and team ace Justin Blatner will pitch for Wenatchee.