The Wenatchee AppleSox swept the Yakima Valley Pippins over the weekend at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium. The finale came Sunday afternoon in an 8-4 triumph. Joel Norman has the details…
Kodie Kolden’s 2-run single highlighted a 4-run second inning for Wenatchee as it grabbed a lead it would never relinquish. Kolden, Blake Klassen, Torin Montgomery and Kody Darcy each had two-hit nights. Trent Sellers earned his 3rd victory on the mound, going 5-innings and allowing 4-runs on 4-hits with 4-strikeouts.
As Joel mentioned, Wenatchee begins its final home series of the regular season tomorrow when Ridgefield pays it’s first-ever visit to Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.
Wenatchee beats Yakima Valley on TV Saturday
We had the NCWLIFE cameras out Saturday night for game 2 of the series. On this particular victory, Blake Klassen was the hitting star, going 2-fo-4 with a big two-run double in the 5th that put the AppleSox up for good…
Harum finished 2-for-4 with a home run, triple and three RBI’s. Seth Kuykendall earned the victory on the mound, going 5-innings and allowing 3-runs on 8-hits with 3-strikeouts and one walk.
Sox start weekend sweep with walk-off
And, of course, you don’t have a sweep if you don’t win the first one, which is exactly what Wenatchee did on Friday with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th for Hunter Montgomery…
Joel Norman on the call and the video courtesy of the AppleSox Facebook page…
As Wenatchee picks up the 4-3 victory, their third walk-off win of the season. Johnny Sage, in his final game in an AppleSox uniform, went 2-for-4 with a run.
Victoria takes 2-of-3 from Bells
With Wenatchee sweeping Yakima, all eyes turned to Bellingham where the Bells were hosting Victoria…
A defensive error in the top of the 10th allowed the HarbourCats to score the go-ahead run and win 6-5 Sunday. Victoria took two of three games at Joe Martin Field, so both the AppleSox and HarbourCats emerge from the weekend tied atop the North Division’s second-half standings at 15-and-6.
Dayton Provost’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave Bend a walk-off, 10-9 win over Kelowna. The run capped an incredible comeback for the Elks, who scored 3 in the 8th and 4 in the 9th to force extra innings.
Port Angeles was also a 10-inning, walk-off winner Sunday against Portland 6-to-5 as Brad Altomarie’s RBI-single capped a 2-run rally for the Lefties. The Pickles had taken the lead in the top of the 10th on Thomas Rudinsky’s solo home run, but it was not to be.
Sunday was a day of walk-of wins as Cowlitz salvaged the final game of its weekend series with Corvallis by downing the Knights 9-8 in 10-innings on Andres Sosa’s RBI single. Josh Marchese had an incredible day for the Black Bears, hitting a grand slam home run in the 5th and a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings.
Walla Walla’s Bryce Vitt hit a 3-run double to tie it and Emmanuel Dean’s RBI-single won it in a 9-8 walk-off for the Sweets over Ridgefield. It looked as though the Raptors would win it after scoring 3-runs in the top of the 9th to take a 7-4 lead.
‘Sox and ‘Cats emerge tied for 1st
Let’s get you up to date on the latest standings in the W-C-L North…
As we mentioned, Wenatchee and Victoria are tied for first at 15-and-6. Port Angeles is 3-games back at 12-and-9. And, with the AppleSox sweep of Yakima Valley, the Pippins are out of playoff contention.
As far as the overall picture, Victoria helped the AppleSox here by taking two of three from Bellingham. The Bells now trail Wenatchee by 3-and-a-half games.
So, the AppleSox magic number to clinch its first playoff berth since 2013 is 3. Any combinations of 3 Wenatchee wins over its final 6-games or 3-Bellingham losses of its final six games would put the ‘Sox in the playoffs.
Mariners swept by Astros
The Mariners managed just 7-hits all weekend in Houston as Seattle was swept by the Astros following Sunday’s 3-1 loss…
After being no-hit Saturday, Seattle managed just 3-hits off Justin Verlander yesterday as the veteran improved to 15-and-4 on the season. The only run was a solo home run by Kyle Seager in the 7th.
The Mariners have today off before hosting San Diego tomorrow night at T-Mobile Park at 7:10.
Angels lose while Rangers and A’s win
Also in the American League West Sunday…
Shan Bieber tossed a complete game for Cleveland to earn his 11th win of the season as the Indians beat the Angels 6-to-2. Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 for the Tribe with a home run and 3-RBI’s.
Willie Calhoun’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a 4-run 7th inning as Texas came back to beat Detroit 9-4.
Dustin Garneau was 2-for-3 with 2-RBI’s in Oakland’s 4-2 win over St. Louis.