WENATCHEE, WA - The AppleSox picked up their second sweep of the season and fourth straight win with an 8-3 win over the Bellingham Bells on Sunday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Hunter Montgomery went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Gavin Gorrell picked up the win on the mound after allowing one earned run in 5.1 innings. Sunday marked the fourth time in five starts this summer that Gorrell has tossed at least five innings in a start.
The Sox followed a similar recipe from their first three wins of this streak by striking first and in the first inning. Wenatchee scored twice in the first and has now scored 10 times in the opening frame over this win streak. Kodie Kolden and Johnny Sage walked and singled, respectively, with one out, and then scored on a two-RBI single to center by Blake Klassen.
After Gorrell kept the Bells off the board for the next three innings, the Sox added three runs in the fourth. Dalton Harum and Klassen walked to lead off the inning and Harum scored on an RBI single by Kody Darcy. Montgomery collected his first two RBI of the night by double to deep left field to make it 5-0, AppleSox.
The Bells got on the board in the sixth with a two-spot, but the Sox responded with a run in each of their final three innings at the plate. In the bottom of the sixth, Montgomery led off with his third home run of the summer and first at home with a bomb that traveled 408 feet and over the center-field fence.
The next inning, Harum was hit by a pitch to open the frame then scored following back-to-back singles with one out. Montgomery came through with his fourth and final RBI of the night to push the score to 7-2, AppleSox.
The Bells got a run back in the eighth, but the Sox answered in the bottom of the inning. Kolden singled and advanced to third after back-to-back wild pitches. Two batters later, Sage singled him in for the Sox’ final run of the game.
The AppleSox will face the U.S. Military All-Stars on Monday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. First pitch is at 6:35 and members of our armed forces can receive $1 off admission to the non-league contest by showing their military identification at the gate when purchasing tickets.
Listen to AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman’s postgame interviews with Gorrell, Montgomery and head coach Kyle Krustangel below.