PORT ANGELES, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (24-20, 9-8 second half) overtook the Port Angeles Lefties (16-29, 6-12) 10-6, and broke a ninth-inning tie en route to a game-two win, Wednesday night at Civic Field at Port Angeles.
The AppleSox were tied 6-6 with Port Angeles, entering the ninth inning, and scored four runs off of Lefties’ reliever Spencer Johnson (0-1). The go-ahead run in the inning, Jake Taylor, scored on a stolen base to third, and subsequent throwing error by the catcher, after reaching second on a walk and passed ball.
Matt Reitano also scored in the inning on a wild pitch, and Cole McKenzie delivered an RBI double in the frame. Wenatchee also grabbed an extra run, by baiting a throw to second base and getting in a run down between first and second on an intentional runner caught stealing play to end the frame. Cole McKenzie scored.
Michael Spellacy (2-0) worked the final 4.2 innings for the AppleSox and posted six strikeouts. He inherited a bases loaded situation in the fifth inning, with one out and got out on a 4-6-3 double play.
After allowing two runs in the sixth, for a 6-5 deficit, he recovered to strike out two of the next three batters.
Matt Reitano tied the game in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly RBI to left-center field.
Spellacy got the AppleSox out of a runner at third situation in the eighth, after two steals, by striking out the final man (Ian Nowak) of the inning.
In the ninth, he allowed a leadoff single, but wrapped up the win with two more strikeouts. They were his fifth and sixth punchouts of the relief appearance.
Wenatchee fell behind early in the game, 2-0 on an RBI for Jake Portaro, who hit into an E6, and on an RBI single for Nowak.
The AppleSox got a run back in the fourth inning on a throwing error E2, that allowed Jalen Garcia to score from third base.
After the Lefties scored two more in the fifth inning on four hits off of AppleSox starter Hunter Boyd, Wenatchee answered with a big top half of the sixth. A throwing error E9 allowed the first run to score, followed by a 2-RBI double for Cole McKenzie to tie the game at 4-4. Jacob Prater broke the tie with an RBI single.
The AppleSox play game three of the series and have a chance to make it a perfect 6-0 on the season against the Lefties, Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. at Civic Field.
The AppleSox remain 1.5 games behind the Victoria HarbourCats in the WCL North Second Half race, after Victoria also won, Wednesday. Bellingham also won, and is an identical 1.5 games behind Victoria.