AppleSox Drop Series Opener Against Kelowna

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WENATCHEE, WA - After scoring a combined 27 runs in their previous four games, the Wenatchee AppleSox’ bats fell silent in a 5-3 loss to the Kelowna Falcons on Tuesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.

The Sox led from the third inning on until the sixth, but then never again after that en route to their second consecutive loss. Wenatchee collected three hits, committed three errors and stranded three men on the basepaths.

Sam Wyatt started and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, but allowed his only run of the ballgame in that inning. The right-hander struck out seven in his first start of the season and only allowed one hit.

The Sox opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning. Tyler Detloff led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI groundout by Blake Klassen. With two outs, Cole McKenzie and Hunter Montgomery singled to put runners at the corners. McKenzie scored on a double steal attempt after Montgomery took off first, drew a throw and was then tagged out, but only after McKenzie scored.

Kelowna struck once against Wyatt in the fifth and then three times in the sixth thanks to three hits, a sacrifice fly and an error to take the lead.

In the bottom of the inning, the Sox cut the deficit to one when McKenzie single-handedly took advantage of several different mistakes. McKenzie was hit by a pitch, swiped second base and went to third on a throwing error, then scored on a wild pitch.

Kelowna regained its two-run lead with a run in the top of the ninth and picked up the series-opening win. The two teams will face each other again on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.

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