BEND, OR - The AppleSox scored twice in the eighth inning to defeat the Bend Elks, 4-2, in their final game of the first half on Sunday at Vince Genna Stadium.
Seth Kuykendall tossed five strong innings in his first start of the season, allowing just one run while striking out six. Alec Gomez (2-1) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh and Landon Schirer didn’t allow any runs over the final two innings to pick up his fourth save of the summer.
At the plate, Cory Meyer went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season while Ryan Altenberger reached base four times for the second consecutive day. Cole McKenzie delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the eighth.
The Sox wasted no time striking first for the second consecutive game as Johnny Sage doubled with one out in the first inning and then scored two batters later on an RBI single by Blake Klassen. An inning later, Meyer went deep on the second pitch of his at-bat.
The Elks got one run back in the third and then tied the game up in the sixth.
Despite 19 consecutive hitters coming to the plate in between base hits, the Sox made their fourth, fifth and sixth hits count. Altenberger, Sage and McKenzie each opened the inning with singles, with McKenzie’s single plating Altenberger. Sage and McKenzie both took off on a double steal attempt during the next at-bat. The throw to third intended to gun down Sage went into left field and he came around to score as well.
The Sox also won 8-4 on Saturday to take two of three games from the Elks and conclude the first half with a 12-15 record.
The second half begins on Tuesday when the Elks come to Wenatchee for three games. First pitch each night is at 6:35 p.m. and Tuesday is Coyote Bobblehead Night, presented by Denny’s. The first 400 fans in attendance will walk away with a bobblehead of the AppleSox mascot, Coyote. Gates open at 5:30 and tickets can be purchased for as cheap as $5 at applesox.com.