WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee AppleSox went toe-to-toe with unbeaten Walla Walla on Friday night, but in the end, it was the Sweets that came away with the 3-1 victory, thanks to a later homer by Carson Green.
“It was a pretty good pitch but Carson got a barrel on it and put it in the jet stream and the ball leaves the yard,” said Wenatchee Head Coach Kyle Krustangel. “That is baseball. We had some opportunities throughout the game to have the one big hit and we couldn’t quite capitalize.”
The AppleSox started with southpaw Gavin Gorrell on the mound. Lefty Travis Craven started for the Sweets.
In the first inning, Walla Walla’s Patrick Caulfield drew a walk to open the game. He stole second and eventually came around to score on a passed ball after a strikeout. The Sweets took an early 1-0 lead.
After working a 1-2-3 second inning, Gorrell ran into trouble in the third on a single and a walk. Cesar Lopez tried to score on another passed ball, but catcher Brett Gillis was able to toss to Caulfield covering for the play at the plate.
Walla Walla went with righthander Landon Boeneke in the third and fourth innings. Wenatchee opened the bottom of the fourth as Cole McKenzie reached on error. Gillis and Kody Darcy singled to load the bases.
McKenzie scored on the single by Quinn Ayers, but Gillis was thrown out at home. Wenatchee tied the game at 1-1. Right-hander Andrew Mosiello came into the pitch in the fifth inning for the Sweets.
Sam Wyatt came on to pitch for the AppleSox in the sixth inning. He ran into trouble in the sixth after a double and hit-batter but got the strikeout to end the inning. Wyatt was solid through the eighth.
The AppleSox had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth as Tyler Detloff worked a walk to leadoff the frame. He advanced to second on a passed ball. Neither McKenzie or Hunter Montgomery could pick up the big hit to score the go-ahead run.
The game remained tied going into the ninth. Right-hander Logan Chase came onto to pitch the ninth for the Sox. The first batter flew out to center. He hit the next batter, but he was later called out on a fielder’s choice.
Ben Johnson reached on the fielder’s choice. Next batter, Carson Green, lofted a ball to right which the wind blew out for a 2-run homer which gave the Sweets a 3-1 lead.
Hard-throwing right-hander Reid Sebby came on to pitch the ninth for the Sweets. He struck out Gillis to open the frame. Darcy walked and Dylan Ohlsen singled, but Sebby struck out Ayers and pitch hitter Blake Klassen to end the game.
“Defense was pretty good tonight. There were no errors. The pitchers did a great job. Wyatt had to go out there and get extended. He did a great job throwing up zeros. Unfortunately, the jet stream to right bit us,” Krustangel said.
Wenatchee out-hit Walla Walla 8-4. The Sweets had one error, none for the AppleSox. Gorrell pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 walks, 1 earned run and 5 strikeouts. Wyatt pitched 4 innings, giving up 1 hit, no walks, no runs with 4 strikeouts. Chase pitched 1 inning, giving up 1 hit and 2 earned runs. For Walla Walla, Craven pitched 2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. Boeneke pitched 2 innings, giving up 4 hits with 1 strikeout. Mosiello pitched 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 unearned run, with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk. Sebby pitched 1 inning, giving up 1 hit with 2 strikeouts.
“We out-hit them. It came down to a couple of swings. We got eight hits but only one run. We were missing that one swing to drive a couple in. It was a close ball game,” Krustangel said. “Logan went out there and threw a pretty good ball game.”
The winds did really pick up late in the game which aided the Green home run ball. Darcy might have had a homer of his own had the winds been blowing earlier in the game.
“The wind really picked up. The Darcy ball that was caught against the wall earlier in the ball game probably leaves the yard,” Krustangel said.
With the loss, the AppleSox fall to 3-7 in the West Coast League’s North Division. The Sweets improved to 7-0 in the WSL’s South Division.
This was the first of three against the Sweets. Wenatchee and Walla Walla meet Saturday and Sunday in Wenatchee as well.