BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (28-23, 13-11) fell 7-3 to the Bellingham Bells (30-22, 14-11) in the first game of a three-game series, Friday night at Joe Martin Field.
The AppleSox are now in second place in the WCL North second hald standings, and a half of a game back of the Bells and Victoria HarbourCats with three games left to play.
The AppleSox scored first in the second inning on an RBI single for Michael Spellacy, following walks of Jake Taylor and Jack Reisinger off of Holden Powell.
Bellingham answered in the home half of the second inning, with a solo home run from Kyle Stowers to left field. It was Stowers’ second home run of the season against Wenatchee.
In the third, Bellingham continued on against Steen Fredrickson (1-4) to take the lead on a solo home run by Austin Pinorini.
The 2-1 score held to the sixth inning, and the AppleSox evened the score on Cooper Misic when Jordan Prendiz got on via an infield single and moved to second base on a throwing error. A sacrifice fly moved him to third base and a wild pitch brought home Prendiz to tie the game.
Bellingham promptly untied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a Ryan Mendoza RBI single, and Pinorini drove home a run with a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.
Adrian Damla drove in a run in the top of the seventh inning to cut the deficit to 4-3, but Wenatchee couldn’t convert in a one-out, corner runner situation. Tanner West came in for Bellingham in relief and struck out the next two batters.
Bellingham piled its final runs on in the seventh inning on a 2-RBI double for Brock Anderson, and Austin Pinorini’s second home run of the game – a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to right field.
Wenatchee was put down in order in the ninth by Josh Zavisubin to complete the game-one win for Bellingham.
Game two is Saturday night and Alek Jacob is up on the mound for Wenatchee at 6:35 p.m. at Joe Martin Field.