WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox (10-17), capped the first half of the West Coast League season with a 9-5 victory over the Kelowna Falcons (13-14), Tuesday at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. The WCL standings reset Tuesday, and the race for the second-half division championships begins.
Kelowna opened scoring Tuesday, with a solo home run off of Grady Miller. Joey Crunkleton supplied the blast, and it was the first of the year against Miller.
Wenatchee overcame the home run, having previously not won a game in which the opponent homered.
The Falcons added a second run in the third inning on an RBI fielder’s choice groundout for Jesse Moore. The AppleSox took back the lead in the bottom of the frame, with an RBI single for Ryan Kreidler that scored Matt Fraizer, and an error in right field brought home Evan Douglas to tie the game at 2-2.
Jordan Rathbone doubled home Kreidler for a 3-2, AppleSox lead.
A half inning later, Davis Todosichuk tied the game back up at 3-3, following an RBI single.
Miller battled for five innings, and the score held until Eli Thornquist (2-0) took over in the sixth inning. The first frame out of the bullpen for Thornquist was bumpy. The Sox left-hander gave up two runs on RBI singles to Lane Lacrone and Moore.
Michael Toglia jump-started a four-run bottom half of the inning, to get Wenatchee the lead for good. Kreidler doubled to get two in scoring position with nobody out. Rathbone singled home a run to get the contest to 5-4, and a 2-RBI double for Taylor Borchers put the Sox in front for the remainder of the night.
In the seventh, Wenatchee added another run after a 1-2-3 frame for Thornquist. An RBI groundout for Borchers gave him his 3rd RBI of the night, and the AppleSox went on to add one more run of insurance in the eighth inning on an RBI E6 for Fraizer.
Tyler Burch pitched the final two innings of the night for Wenatchee to pick up his first save. He struck out three batters and increased his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 10 innings, dating back to June 15.
Wenatchee starts the second half of its season, Wednesday night at Corvallis. The Knights and the AppleSox face off at 6:40 p.m. at Goss Stadium, and complete the series with a doubleheader starting at 6:05 p.m., Thursday.