WENATCHEE, Wash. – In their final home regular season game of the 2018 season, the Wenatchee AppleSox (25-26, 14-11 second half) wrapped up their first sweep of the season with an 11-4 victory over the Victoria HarbourCats on Sunday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Connor McCord (3-5) allowed one earned run over seven innings to pick up the win. He also batted cleanup for himself and drove in three runs, all in two plate appearances with the bases loaded.
Mason Marenco and Evan Williams both reached base four times apiece as the AppleSox kept pace and remained a game-and-a-half behind the Yakima Valley Pippins for first in the North division.
After the HarbourCats opened the scoring with a run thanks to an error in the second, the Sox tied it up in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Jordan Rathbone singled to extend his hitting streak to a season-high six games. Jake Taylor’s first triple of the season plated Rathbone and made it 1-1.
The next inning, the Sox took the lead. After Marenco and McCord to put runners at first and third. Schwartz grounded out to score Marenco and give the AppleSox a 2-1 edge after three innings.
Victoria tied the game up in the fourth thanks to two more errors. The Sox again responded with a run of their own when Rathbone and Williams singled then Marenco walked to load the bases and McCord was hit by a pitch for a painful RBI.
For the second straight night, the sixth inning proved to be another great inning for the AppleSox. After scoring four runs the night before, Wenatchee plated three this time around.
With one out out, Marenco drove in two runs after Isaac Barrera singled and Williams walked. Then, Jacob Prater singled in Marenco to make it 6-2, AppleSox.
In the eighth, the HarbourCats cut the deficit to two. Each inning the HarbourCats scored in on Saturday night, the AppleSox either matched or better that total in the bottom of the same inning. That held true in the eighth as the Sox scored five runs.
Taylor and Williams singled and then Marenco walked to load the bases. McCord plated two with an RBI single and Prater reached on an error to score McCord. Schwartz followed with a two-RBI single of his own to cap the scoring.
The Sox now hit the road for their final series of the season with a three-game set against the Kelowna Falcons starting on Monday night at 6:35 p.m.