WENATCHEE, WA - The AppleSox took advantage of seven errors to defeat the Highline Bears, 11-2, on Saturday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
The AppleSox moved to 2-0 in non-league games thanks to plenty of miscues by the Highline defense. The Bears committed three errors in the second inning to lead to five AppleSox runs. From there on out, the Sox never led by less than three runs.
Johnny Sage and Quinn Ayers both had two RBI doubles apiece. Sage also drew a walk and reached on an error to reach base in four of his five plate appearances.
On the mound, Seth Kuykendall tossed three shutout innings and struck out three in relief to pick up the win.
The Sox sent all nine batters to the plate in a five-run second inning. Dalton Harum opened up by singling and reaching second on an error. Ayers drove him in with an RBI double and then scored when Brett Gillis reached on an error. After Gillis stole second and went to third on a fly out, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Harayda. With the bases clear and two outs, Kody Darcy singled and Johnny Graham drew a walk. Sage doubled Darcy in and then, on the third error of the inning by Highline, Graham came around to score to make it 5-0, Sox.
The Bears scored in the third and fourth innings to cut deficit to three, but the Sox answered with one in the bottom of the fourth. Graham was plunked on the first pitch of the inning and after a two-base error came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Montgomery.
The Sox scored in each of their final three innings at the plate. In the sixth, Harum walked and stole second and then scored on Ayers’ second RBI double of the night. An inning later, Dylan Ohlsen was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Kody Darcy reached on a fielder’s choice and Graham grounded out to score Ohlsen then Sage doubled in Darcy. Ayers and Gillis walked to open the eighth and after a double steal, Harayda hit his second sacrifice fly of the night to score Ayers. Darcy reached on the Bears’ final error of the night and Gillis scored.
The Sox wrap up the two-game non-league series with a 5:35 game on Sunday night.
Listen to postgame interview with Johnny Sage and head coach Kyle Krustangel below.