PORT ANGELES, Wash. - The Wenatchee AppleSox (6-10) fell to the Port Angeles Lefties (10-10) 13-8 on Saturday night at Civic Field.
The AppleSox recorded eight or more runs and 12 hits for the second straight day, but dropped the second of their three-game series against the Lefties. Nolan McCafferty led the AppleSox with three hits and a walk.
The Sox took the lead first when Joey Magro started with a walk to lead off the game. After Mason Marenco singled to put runners at the corners, Jacob Prater grounded out to short to drive in Magro.
However, that would be the AppleSox' only lead of the game. Port Angeles scored twice in the second when each of their first five batters of the inning reached. A double play ball ended the inning, but the Lefties had a 2-1 lead after two innings.
After Port Angeles got another in the third, they sent 11 men to the plate in the fourth and scored six runs.
The Sox got a run back in the fifth on another RBI by Prater. Nick Seamons walked to start the inning and went to second on a Magro single. After a wild pitch moved the runner to second and third, Prater grounded out to third for his second RBI of the game and his fifth RBI in the last four days.
The Lefties capped their scoring with another run in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Despite the deficit, the AppleSox continued to battle and put together a strong seventh inning. Magro led off with a single and then Marenco and Prater followed with a walk and single, respectively, to load the bases. Connor McCord singled to the left side to plate Magro, Michael Spellacy walked to bring in another run, and Kody Darcy reached on a fielder's choice to plate the third run of the inning.
Even with two outs in the inning following a strikeout, the Sox weren't finished. McCafferty and Nick Seamons both added RBI singles to close the scoring. All told, the Sox scored five runs on five hits, drew two walks and sent 10 men to the plate.
In the eighth, the Sox scored their eighth and final run. Marenco walked for the second consecutive inning, but was erased when Prater reached on a fielder's choice. However, Prater's hustle paid off when the AppleSox loaded up the bases and Darcy was hit by a pitch to bring in another run.
The rubber match between the AppleSox and the Lefties is Sunday at 1:05 p.m.