The Wenatchee Applesox forced an elimination game with a 4-1 win over the Bellingham Bells, Sunday, August 12.
It was another pitchers duel through the first six innings. Bell’s starter Jared Fisher allowed a first inning run on a lead off double from Mitchell Gunsolus and two-strike swing of the bat from Applesox left fielder Taylor Sparks.
Bellingham answered with a bases loaded walk from Des Santos that capped off a ten pitch at bat. That would be all that Wenatchee starter, Derek Callahan, would allow. He went seven innings giving up one run on six hits and threw 125 pitches.
Both offenses had their chances, the Bells left 9 on base, and the Applesox failed to score twice with a runner at third and less than two outs. Wenatchee’s luck would turn in the 6th. A lead off hit from Gunsolus followed by a sacrifice bunt from Ty Moore and an intentional walk to Taylor Sparks set runners at first and second for Ryan Howell. Howell drove in the go-ahead run with a line drive that glanced off of shortstop Des Santos’ glove. Ryan Drobny added two more runs on a single in the next at bat making it 4-1.
Fisher took the loss throwing six innings surrendering nine hits and four runs while striking out four.
The final game of the series will be tomorrow from Paul Thomas Stadium in Wenatchee starting at 7:00. The winner will advance to the West Coast League Championship to play the defending champion Corvallis Knights.