WENATCHEE, Wash. – Behind Hunter Boyd’s complete-game effort, the Wenatchee AppleSox defeated the Portland Pickles, 10-1, on Wednesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Boyd matched a season-high with eight strikeouts and took a shutout into the ninth inning to toss his longest outing of the season and the first complete game of the year for the AppleSox. The right-hander and Moses Lake native faced the minimum in six of his nine innings to pick up his fourth win of the season.
Offensively, the AppleSox posted their third-double digit effort of the season. Connor McCord went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk and Evan Williams also went 2-for-4 while singling twice, walking and driving in a run. Jordan Rathbone went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored and Jacob Prater reached base in four of his five plate appearances.
The scoring began in the fourth inning when the Sox got two runs thanks to an error. Prater led off with a walk and with two outs Rathbone doubled to put runners at second and third. Kody Darcy hit a ball to short that was thrown away and into the visiting dugout to allow both runs to score.
The next inning, the Sox loaded the bases and cashed in. Williams and McCord singled and Prater was hit by a pitch to load up the bases. A wild pitch drove in Williams to make it 3-0.
The scoring didn’t stop there. In fact, the AppleSox had their best inning of the game in the sixth. Rathbone led off the sixth with a double and Darcy reached on an error. Isaac Barrera singled to center to plate Rathbone and then Barrera and Darcy both came home on a three-run home run by McCord, his first of the season.
The next inning similarly started with Rathbone reaching base, this time via a single. Darcy followed with a walk and Barrera singled again to load up the bases. Williams drew an RBI walk to plate Rathbone and make it 8-0, AppleSox.
After a pitching change, Darcy scored on a wild pitch during McCord’s at-bat. Prater reached on an error and that allowed Barrera to score to bring in the AppleSox’ 10th run of the game.
Boyd looked poised to toss the AppleSox’ first shutout of the season, but allowed a leadoff home run in the ninth. However, he recovered to toss the complete game and save the AppleSox bullpen from any usage prior to Thursday’s doubleheader.
The Sox and Pickles will meet for a twin bill at 5:05 p.m. on Thursday evening at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. The second game of the doubleheader will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game. Tickets for the originally-scheduled 7:05 p.m. game will be valid for both games of Thursday’s doubleheader.
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