WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-1, nonleague), committed five errors and faltered in the third and final game of a set with the Alaska Goldpanners, falling 9-5 at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, Sunday night.
In the second inning, AppleSox starter Luke Mattson was in an early hole, after an error and a single put runners aboard. A wild pitch scored one run in the inning, and later in the frame, a second error at shortstop netted two more runs.
Wenatchee answered in its half of the second inning with two runs on Goldpanner miscues. A passed ball and an error by the catcher brought home both runs.
Zach Place made it just 2 1/3 innings for the Goldpanners, and reliever Mitch Hayes gave up a double to center field for Evan Douglas in the fourth inning that tied the score at 3-3.
Luke Mattson’s fifth and final inning yielded a solo home run to Justin Harrer; a solo shot to left field to put Alaska up 4-3.
Again, Wenatchee answered in the home half, tying the game on an error at second base, on a two-out bases loaded hit.
With the night turned over to the bullpens, things stayed scoreless until the seventh inning. Harrer again came up in the clutch for Alaska, hitting an RBI single to score Dustin Woody, who was aboard earlier on a single. The run came off of Nick Hoefling, who has the longest active league consecutive scoreless inning streak for Wenatchee.
Again, the Goldpanners hit Hoefling for three more runs in the eighth inning on another AppleSox error at second base, set up by a double to start the inning.
Wenatchee came back with one run in the eighth inning to make the score 8-5. Michael Toglia, who doubled with one out in the frame scored on an error at second base. Like the AppleSox, Alaska committed five errors.
Alaska added some extra insurance in the ninth, with one more run scoring via an error, following a leadoff triple for Kevin Connolly in the inning.
The AppleSox have Monday off and are back in action Tuesday night at Walla Walla at 7:05 p.m.