YAKIMA, WA - Despite scoring first for the second time in as many days, the AppleSox could overcome a late rally from the Yakima Valley Pippins and lost, 4-2, on Sunday night at Yakima County Stadium.
The AppleSox opened the scoring in the second inning and again retook the lead in the sixth, but gave up three runs in the bottom half of that inning to drop all three games of the series.
Blake Klassen went 3-for-4 with two stole bases and a RBI.
Hunter Montgomery began the second inning with a leadoff double and went to third following a single by Klassen. As Klassen was stealing second base, the throwing attempt to catch him stealing went into center field and Montgomery easily scored.
The Pippins answered back with back-to-back doubles in the third inning to tie the game. Neither team scored again until the sixth, but both would in that inning. Cole McKenzie singled with two outs and Montgomery walked to put two runners on. Klassen singled to right field to plate McKenzie and the Sox were in the lead once again.
The lead was short-lived as the Pippins sent eight men to the plate and three of them came around to score. Each of their first four batters reached base and the first three all scored. Keegan Romig had only allowed one run over five innings to that point, but all three runs that came across were credited to him and he suffered the loss. The Sox had a chance to get out of the inning on a potential double play ball with the bases loaded and only one run in, but an error by second basemen Grant Gorrell allowed two runs to score.
The AppleSox are off Monday, but then look to get back on a winning streak when they open up a six-game homestand with three against the Port Angeles Lefties beginning Tuesday at 6:35 at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.