LONGVIEW - The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-16), battled back for a late-inning lead, but couldn’t hold on against the Cowlitz Black Bears (11-13), suffering a 5-4 walkoff loss in the ninth inning at Story Field in Longview, Wash.
Wenatchee scored first in the contest, with an RBI single from Matt Reitano in the second inning, off of David Appleby. Reitano was replaced by Alex Gonzales in the next frame.
Cowlitz answered the AppleSox immediately scoring off of Jimmy Dobrash three times in the bottom of the second inning. An error in left field scored the first Black Bear run, and Colin Winn and Morgan McCullough added RBI singles for Cowlitz.
Dobrash settled down over the next three innings, retiring nine straight at one point, while keeping the Cowlitz offense at bay.
The AppleSox got back a run in the fourth inning on an Alex Gonzales RBi single. Ryan Kreider, who doubled earlier in the inning, came around to score his second run of the night on the play.
The AppleSox were held in by Dobrash and Mac Lardner (0-2) in the contest until the offense could strike again in the seventh inning off of Parker McFadden.
Michael Toglia provided a two-RBI double to put the AppleSox ahead 4-3 after the top of the seventh. All four of the AppleSox runs came batted in with two outs. Shane Martinez and Evan Douglas scored on the play.
Cowlitz responded immediately in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Weston Hatten sacrificed in Andy Armstrong, who was a pinch runner for Lorin Archibald. Archibald doubled earlier in the inning.
With the score tied in the ninth inning, McCullough led off the frame with a single off of Lardner. Dylan Riddle entered for the AppleSox and forced a lineout to third base. After Martinez caught the ball, he tried to double McCullough off back at first base, but threw high of Toglia, allowing Cowlitz’s winning run into scoring position at second.
After a lineout to left field, Kenyon Yovan lined a 1-2 pitch into the gap in left center field, and hit it off the base of the wall for a walkoff RBI double to win the game for the Black Bears.
Wenatchee returns home to take on the Kelowna Falcons, Sunday. It will be a fireworks night in Wenatchee, presented by Edward Jones. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.