VICTORIA, B.C – The Wenatchee AppleSox (1-4) suffered two critical errors, and the Victoria HarbourCats (4-2), were able to capitalize on mistakes for a 6-2 win at Royal Athletic Park, Tuesday.
AJ Block (1-0) threw six strong innings to mostly quiet the AppleSox bats. Wenatchee did bring home a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Evan Johnson after a leadoff single and Parker Price double.
The HarbourCats took the lead in the second inning, on a two-run home run for Riley Zayicek. It was his first home run of the season, and it brought home one runner who was on via an error.
In the third, the ‘Cats added two more on RBI single and fielder’s choice groundout, for a 4-1 lead.
The AppleSox got five innings out of Hugh Smith (0-1), two more than expected, and he gave up just three hits and struck out three batters.
Wenatchee cut into the deficit in the fifth, after a Joel Condreay double and Cody Simmons single allowed Jack Machtolf to drive home a run on an infield groundout.
The HarbourCats plated the final two runs off of Dylan Grogan, making his collegiate debut. A wild pitch and a fielder’s choice cemented the 6-2 final. Grogan settled to pitch two scoreless innings to complete his relief outing.
A decisive game three of the series is set for 6:35 p.m., Wednesday. Mason Shaw (0-0) will make his collegiate debut for the AppleSox, and opposes Collin Ashworth (0-0).