GRESHAM, Ore. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (10-9) rode six strong innings from Collin Maier, and scored four runs early to take down the Gresham GreyWolves (7-12), 8-1 Wednesday night at Oslund Field.
The AppleSox opened the scoring in the first inning with two runs off of Robert Reaser (0-1). A throwing error brought home the first run, before Jake Taylor drove in a second run on an RBI single.
In the second inning, Evan Johnson drove home two more runs for a 4-0 lead. He laced a 2-RBI double to right-center field, to tally his 22nd and 23rd RBI of the season. He is the WCL leader.
Collin Maier (3-1), logged an impressive six-inning start to pick up his second quality start of the year. Maier struck out three batters and put together a solid performance to lead the game-one win. Wenatchee is now 6-1 this year in the first games of series.
Gresham ran into trouble in the sixth inning. Reliever Jeremy Polon walked three batters and hit a man, while Gresham gave up four runs with the bases loaded. Johnson and Jalen Garcia walked with the bases loaded. Adrian Damla also connected for a 2-RBI single to right-center field.
With an 8-0 lead, the AppleSox were able to hold on until the end. Gresham scored one run in the seventh inning on a throwing error from third base.
Connor McCord struck out five batters in relief for two innings, while Steen Fredrickson covered the final frame for Wenatchee.=
Game two is Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. Mike Townsend (0-0) will make his AppleSox debut.