PORT ANGELES, WA – AppleSox second basemen Kody Darcy went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and 2 RBI to lead the Sox (6-8) to a 9-5 victory over the Port Angeles Lefties (6-8) on Wednesday night at Civic Field. The Sox picked up their third straight victory and fourth consecutive over the Lefties.
Darcy’s home run was the final touch a six-run first inning which proved to be the difference in the series clinching victory. He entered the evening without any RBI on the season, but was the Sox top run-producer on the evening.
Ryan Altenberger, a late addition to the lineup after Johnny Graham was scratched due to injury, went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with five singles. He drove in a run and scored twice.
Jake Saum (1-0) got the victory on the mound, tossing three scoreless frames and striking out four.
Wenatchee struck in the first inning for the second time in as many days and nearly equaled their season output with six runs coming across on six hits. The Sox entered Wednesday’s game with eight runs scored in the opening frame through their first 13 games.
Blake Klassen and Cole McKenzie singled with one out and then Brett McPhillips singled in Klassen to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. A wild pitch scored McKenzie and then Altenberger drove in McPhillips with a single and went to second on an error. He would score on a single by Brett Gillis, then Darcy launched a 1-0 pitch over the left-center field fence for his first home run of the season and second in two years as a member of the AppleSox.
The Lefties cut the deficit to two with a four-run third inning, but the Sox got a run back in the fifth. McPhillips and Altenberger singled, then Gillis walked to load the bases. Darcy hit a sacrifice fly to score McPhillips and make it 7-4, AppleSox.
Darcy picked up his final RBI with a double to score Altenberger following his single to lead off the seventh. The Sox’ second basemen scored as the Lefties threw to complete a strikeout a batter later.
For the first time this season, the AppleSox enter a series finale with an opportunity to sweep their opponent. The Sox will send James Kulak to the mound to try and finish off the Lefties on Thursday night at 6:35.