WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (3-4) walked off the Victoria HarbourCats (4-4), 5-4 on an RBI single to left field. It was Parker Price’s fourth hit of the night, Thursday at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Price smacked an 0-1 pitch from Victoria reliever Greg Casper, in fair down the left field line, to give the AppleSox their first home win of 2017, in as many tries.
The opportunity was set up by two innings of scoreless relief from Connor Leedholm (1-0) in his AppleSox debut. Leedholm retired the HarbourCats in order in each of the eighth and ninth innings, and registered his first strikeout.
Colby Nealy also made his debut for the AppleSox, Thursday. The starter tossed four innings and allowed all three of the runs against him in the second inning. He also struck out two batters.
Hunter Boyd relieved the middle portion of the game for the AppleSox, tossing three innings of one-run baseball, which came unearned on an error in left field.
The AppleSox scored early, with Dugan Shirer leading off the AppleSox first offensive half inning with a hit for a third-straight game. Evan Johnson drove him in on a double down the right field line. It was Johnson’s WCL-leading 11th RBI of the season.
Wenatchee added three runs in the third inning off of Isaac Mullins. The runs were unearned, following an error at third base, and Wenatchee held a 4-3 lead until the seventh inning.
That’s when the AppleSox surrendered the advantage on a single to left field, that included an error on a bobbled ball.
Wenatchee recovered for the walk-off win.
Game two of the series is Friday night. Jarrod Molnaa (0-0) will make his first start after throwing 7 1/3 relief innings at Walla Walla last weekend. He faces off against Victoria’s Ethan Skuija (0-0), in his second start of the summer. First pitch is at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium at 7:05 p.m., and gates open at 6 p.m.