WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-4) defeated the Victoria HarbourCats (4-5) for a third straight night, by a score of 7-6, behind seven strong innings from Jarrod Molnaa, Friday at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Molnaa (1-0) earned the second quality start of the season for the AppleSox, lasting seven innings, allowing only six hits and three runs, two of which came earned. He opened the game by retiring the first 11 HarbourCat batters to face him.
In the second inning, Reagan Teegarden got the AppleSox on the board first with a 2-RBI double that was scorched down the left field line.
The HarbourCats cut into that lead in the fourth, on a Kevin Collard RBI single, following a Teegarden error.
An RBI single for Cole McKenzie, and a fielder’s choice RBI groundout for Dugan Shirer in the fourth gave the AppleSox some short-lived breathing room, 4-1.
Again Victoria came back with a solo home run for Cole Weiss, his first of the season, smashed over the right field wall.
Victoria added one more earned run off of Molnaa in the sixth on an RBI single. Molnaa ended his outing by drawing a 5-4-3 double play in the seventh.
The AppleSox most important insurance runs came in the sixth and the seventh, on an RBI single for Thursday’s hero, Parker Price, and a run-scoring double play made it 6-3.
A balk in the seventh against HarbourCat reliever Chavez Fernander allowed the game’s eventual winning run to score.
Ethan Skuija (0-1) was charged with the loss, and only lasted three innings, while giving up four earned runs.
Victoria mounted a late comeback try in the eighth on a three-error, two-hit inning, to cut the deficit to 7-6.
In the ninth, Matthew Young tried to wrap up his two innings of relief to earn Molnaa the victory, and was off to a steady start, when he retired the first two batters. Back-to-back two-out singles made things interesting, but Young got the win for Molnaa on a lineout to center field in the next at bat.
The AppleSox have now won four of their last five games and are tied atop the WCL North at 4-4. Gerald Hein will look to pitch Wenatchee to a series sweep and fourth-straight win, Saturday, at 7:05 p.m. He faces HarbourCat pitcher Ethan Fox (1-1).