BEND, OR - The AppleSox drew 11 walks and used a four-run fifth inning to defeat the Bend Elks 8-4 on Saturday night at Vince Genna Stadium.
A night after Sox pitchers issued 10 walks and committed three errors, the Elks walked one more and committed as many errors.
Gavin Gorrell (1-2) was stellar on the mound, striking out six in six innings, both season-highs.
Cole McKenzie collected three hits and drove in two while Ryan Altenberger reached base in all five of his plate appearances.
The Sox scored twice in the second inning when Altenberger and Brett Gillis walked and singled, respectively, with one out. Kody Darcy singled in Altenberger and Gillis scored on a double steal.
In the third, McKenzie led off with a single and then Blake Klassen and Altenberger both walked. Gillis reached on an error that allowed McKenzie to score to make it 3-0, AppleSox.
The Elks scored their first run in the fourth, but Wenatchee immediately responded with a big inning. Klassen, Altenberger and Gillis singled to start the fifth inning, with Gillis driving in Klassen. Darcy walked to load the bases. After Kodie Kolden grounded out to score Altenberger for the second run and second out of the inning, Johnny Sage walked to reload the bases. McKenzie plated two with a blooper into left field to cap a four-run inning.
An inning later, Klassen agained up with a single, then stole second and scored on a single by Altenberger.
The Elks scored once in the sixth and twice more in the eighth.
The Sox and Elks battle in the rubber match on Sunday at 5:05.
Full boxscore: http://pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=501939