WENATCHEE, WA - In a game that featured just three innings without scoring, the AppleSox defeated the Bellingham Bells, 10-8, on Saturday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Dylan McPhillips hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Sox picked up their third consecutive victory. Wenatchee won the first two games of a series for the third time this season.
Henrik Reinertsen (2-2) tossed the final five innings to pick up the win in relief. The right-hander struck out five and allowed two runs.
For the third straight night, the Sox scored first when Kodie Kolden up the bottom of the first with a double, stole third and then scored on an error.
The next inning, the AppleSox added another run when Brett GIllis led off with a walk. Three batters later, Kolden reached on a fielder’s choice to advance to Gillis to third. Gillis scored on a double steal attempt in which Kolden was thrown out after the run scored.
The Bells tied it up with two in the top of the third, but the AppleSox again took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Altenberger opened the frame with a walk and then scored thanks to a stolen base and two wild pitches.
The fourth inning featured the highest scoring output from both sides. First, the Bells scored four runs and then the AppleSox matched them. Jason Harayda and Kolden opened the inning with singles and then both scored on an RBI single by Altenberger. After Johnny Sage walked and Dalton Harum reached on an error to plate Altenberger, Sage scored when Klassen hit into a double play.
Neither team scored in the fifth, but the Bells took a one-run lead with a two-spot in the sixth.
The Sox wouldn’t answer in the bottom of the sixth, but kept Bellingham off the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, then scored three runs after the stretch. Kody Darcy and Gillis reached on an error and a single, respectively, then McPhillips launched a 413 foot home run to center field to give the AppleSox a 10-8 win.
Wenatchee goes for its second sweep of the season on Sunday when it faces the Bells at 5:35.
Full boxscore: http://pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=501888
Listen to AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman’s postgame interviews with assistant coach Cash Ulrich and McPhillips.