PORT ANGELES, WA - The AppleSox (7-8) scored seven times in the third inning to sweep the Port Angeles Lefties (6-9) with a 12-2 win on Thursday night at Civic Field. The Sox won five of the six meetings with the Lefties this season.
Quinn Ayers hit a grand slam to plate the final four runs of that third inning and drove in five runs in the victory.
James Kulak struck out seven in four scoreless innings and Sam Wyatt (1-0) punched out eight in the final five. Sox pitchers combined to strike out 38 batters over the three games in Port Angeles, their most in a three-game series this season.
For the first time in the series the AppleSox failed to score in the first inning, but they did strike twice an inning later. Hunter Montgomery walked and was doubled in by Dylan McPhillips. Two batters and a wild pitch later and McPhillips scored on a ground out by Ayers.
The Sox sent 10 men to the plate and hung a seven spot on the Lefties in the third inning. Kodie Kolden and Tyler Detloff led off with singles and then, two batters later, Cole McKenzie singled to left and an error by Lefties leftfielder Ron Rust scored Kolden and Detloff scored on a wild pitch shortly after. Montgomery drew his second of three walks on the night and McPhillips drew a free pass of his own before Kody Darcy singled in McKenzie. Ayers followed with a bases-clearing bomb over the center-field fence for his second home run of the season.
Two innings later, Darcy hit a solo homer to make it 10-0, Sox. Darcy’s second dinger of the season and in as many days was his sixth RBI in the last two days.
Ayers opened the seventh with a single to record his third consecutive multi-hit game. After Kolden singled with one out, Detloff was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Altenberger hit a sacrifice fly and McKenzie drove in Kolden for his third single of the game and eighth multi-hit game of the season.
The Lefties plated their two runs via a two-run homer in the ninth.
The AppleSox, winners of six of their last eight, have Friday off before hosting the Highline Bears for two games on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at applesox.com