VICTORIA, B.C – The Wenatchee AppleSox (2-4) fought back to win the series over the Victoria HarbourCats (4-3), with a well-rounded 9-0 shutout win at Royal Athletic Park, Wednesday.
Mason Shaw (1-0) was stellar in his collegiate debut. He struck out the second batter to face him, Wednesday, and fired 6 2/3 scoreless innings, while tossing 120 pitches. He scattered six hits and ended up with six strikeouts. All 12 runnerrs that Shaw let on base, were left on.
The AppleSox scored early and often. Dugan Shirer doubled to lead off the game, and pushed his hitting streak to five games. Adrian Vela drove him in later in the inning with a hard hit to left field.
The AppleSox pushed across two more against Collin Ashworth (0-1) in the second on a two-RBI single for Reagan Teegarden.
Evan Johnson broke the game open in the sixth inning with his third home run of the season. He now leads the West Coast League with three home runs and 10 runs batted in.
Claire Eccles made WCL history in the eighth inning, after the AppleSox added a run in the seventh on an RBI double for Jack Machtolf, his first hit of the season.
Eccles became the first woman to pitch in the WCL, and the AppleSox scored two runs off of her. Shirer came around on a Johnson sacrifice fly, after he walked in Eccles’ first batter faced.=
Machtolf drove in his second run of the game in the eighth, scoring Tanner Williams, who was aboard hit by pitch.
In total, every hitter in the AppleSox lineup collected at least one hit (12 total) except for Alex Gonzales, who walked three times.
Jalen Garcia, primarily an outfielder, pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for Wenatchee, and allowed just one hit, while striking out three batters.
The AppleSox play their home opener in Wenatchee Thursday, June 8, in a continuation of the series against Victoria. Colby Nealy (0-0) is slated to make his AppleSox debut for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information, fans can visit www.applesox.com.