BEND, Ore. — With one loss, the Wenatchee AppleSox fell from first place in the West Coast League’s North Division to third place.
The AppleSox continued their recent slide with a 9-4 loss to the Bend Elks on Saturday. They entered play Saturday tied atop the North with Walla Walla and a half-game ahead of the Bellingham Bells, who beat Wenatchee on Friday.
The Sweets posted a nonleague win over Central Oregon on Saturday, and Bellingham beat Kelowna 6-1, meaning the AppleSox (23-20) are one-half game behind Walla Walla and Bellingham.
Saturday’s contest was tight through the first six innings. Wenatchee scored twice in the third to take a 2-1 lead, but the Elks scored a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 2-2, then took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Wenatchee scored an equalizer in the sixth, but Bend scored three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to take control.
The AppleSox committed four errors, leading to three unearned Elks runs.
AppleSox starting pitcher Beau Kerns struggled, allowing six runs and nine hits while walking four and striking out two in 6 2/3 innings.
Joe Mello, Eric Hutting and Brett Stephens led Wenatchee’s 10-hit attack with two hits apiece.