WENATCHEE, Wash. – Michael Spellacy tossed six scoreless inning and Evan Williams and Jordan Rathbone homered to lead the Wenatchee AppleSox (21-25, 10-10 second half) to a 7-1 victory over the Port Angeles Lefties on Tuesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Spellacy (2-1) tossed his second quality start of the season to lead the AppleSox to their seventh win in their last nine games. Karver Pate tossed the final three innings to pick up his second save of the season, both of which have come in the last two games that he has pitched. Pate recorded eight of his nine outs via strikeouts.
Offensively, the Sox recorded their seventh multi-home run game of the season on the way to victory.
The AppleSox struck first with three runs in the first inning. Williams walked with one out and moved to second a single by Mason Marenco. Though Connor McCord hit into a fielder’s choice to erase Marenco, Jacob Prater was hit by a pitch to load up the bases.
Joey Magro lifted a bloop single into right field to plate two runs. Magro took off from first in a double-steal attempt and was tagged out but not before Prater took home to score the third run of the inning.
In the second inning, Rathbone was hit by a pitch and went to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a Nick Seamons RBI single.
With one out in the fifth inning, Williams blasted a no-doubter over the left-field fence for his second home run of the season.
The Lefties loaded up the bases and used a wild pitch to get their only run in the top of the seventh.
Rathbone led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run, his second of the season. He has two home runs this season and both have come against Port Angeles. The Sox would then load up the bases thanks to three walks with one out. A wild pitch scored Isaac Barrera to give the AppleSox their second run of the inning.
The Sox improved to 16-6 when collecting multiple extra-base hits and 18-4 when scoring five or more runs. Despite the win, the Sox are still 4.5 games out of a playoff spot because first-place Yakima Valley defeated Victoria, 10-9.
The AppleSox will go for their fourth consecutive series victory when they face the Lefties again on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.