BREMERTON – The Wenatchee AppleSox are back in a familiar position – first place.
The defending West Coast League champions won their sixth straight game Sunday with a 7-6 victory over the Kitsap BlueJackets at the Kitsap Fairgrounds.
The win gives the AppleSox (17-10) a one-game win over the Walla Walla Sweets on top of the WCL’s North Division.
The AppleSox once again got off to a good start Sunday, tallying two runs in the first inning and one more in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
After Kitsap scored in the third to cut Wenatchee’s lead to 3-1, the AppleSox added two more runs in the fourth. The BlueJackets added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, but the AppleSox extended their advantage to 7-4 with two runs in the sixth.
Kitsap rallied late, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but could get no closer. Wenatchee Valley College pitcher Mitch Yada earned the save by recording the final five outs of the game, striking out three.
The AppleSox got great production from the bottom of their order. Eric Hutting, hitting eighth, had two hits, including a double, and No. 9 hitter Kramer Ferrell had three hits, including a two-bagger.
Andre Real added three hits and two runs batted in for the AppleSox, and Joe Mello had two hits and two RBI.
Davis Engel pitched seven innings for Wenatchee, giving up four runs and nine hits. He struck out four and walked none.
Wenatchee will continue its road trip Monday with a game against Corvallis.