A balanced offessive attack led by center fielder Tyler Frost helped the Wenatchee AppleSox defeat the Cowlitz Black Bears 6-3 on Friday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
It was the first of a three game series, and the first game between the two clubs since July of 2012.
The Black Bears took an early 1-0 lead in their half of the second inning thanks to an RBI single from Jonathan Serven to score Chris Iriart from second who had reached on an error to lead off the inning.
The lead was short lived however, as a sacrifice fly from Wenatchee's Evan Cassolato evened the score at 1-1 after two complete innings, and a Tyler Frost home run over the right-centerfield wall in the following inning gave the AppleSox the lead for good.
Daniel Orr led off the sixth inning with a double and would be driven in by another Serven RBI single to make the score to 4-2 in favor of Wenatchee.
Wenatchee expanded the lead to 5-2, but Cowlitz refused to go quietly. Consecutive eight inning singles by Caleb Hamilton, Serven and Seaver Whalen once again cut the lead to two runs, but the Black Bear threat ended with two runners on base.
The Applesox added a final tally in the home half of the eighth to make the score 6-3.
Black Bears pitching struggled getting the first out in each inning as the leadoff batter reached base for the AppleSox in six of their eight innings at the plate, with five of the six scoring.
Serven continued his hot streak, finishing the night 3-for-4 to give him eight hits and 5 RBI in the last 5 league games.
With a loss by the Bend Elks on Friday night, the AppleSox are now just one game behind for the wild card, while the Black Bears remain five games back with eight remaining.
Reza Aleaziz (2-3, 3.96 ERA) will take the mound for the Black Bears on Saturday night from Paul Thomas Sr. Field, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. The AppleSox starter is to be determined. Tune in to Shane Downey for all the action beginning at 6:50 on KEDO AM 1400 and streaming live fromcowlitzblackbears.com.