WENATCHEE, WA - Jake Saum tossed seven shutout innings and the AppleSox defeated the Victoria HarbourCats, 5-1, in Game 1 of the North Division Championship Series on Tuesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Saum matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts and tossed three 1-2-3 innings. He has tossed at least five innings in all eight of his starts this summer.
At the plate, Tanner Smith drove in two and collected a pair of hits. Jermaine Ducham plated two and also recorded two hits.
The Sox loaded up the bases in the first inning and scored first when Brett Gillis drew a walk. Two innings later, the AppleSox tacked on another run when Jashaun Simon led off with a single when Ducham hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the fourth, the Sox busted out for three runs. Cody Simmons walked and Spencer Marenco walked with one out and then Smith doubled both in with two outs. On the first pitch to Ducham following a pitching change, he singled up the middle to plate Smith.
The HarbourCats scored their only run in the ninth.
Victoria and Wenatchee face off in Game 2 of the North Division Championship Series on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. at Royal Athletic Park. The game can be heard live on the AppleSox Radio Network with pregame coverage beginning at 6:10.
Listen to AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman’s postgame interviews with Saum and head coach Kyle Krustangel.