Wenatchee, Wa. — The chance of the Pippins making the 2019 WCL playoffs were very slim heading into tonight’s game against the AppleSox. They needed to win the remaining of their games and also needed Wenatchee and Victoria to lose out the remainder of the season.
Neither happened as Wenatchee closed the door on the series, picking up a sweep against the Pippins with a 10-6 victory at home.
The second inning was the biggest inning for the AppleSox all series. Hunter Montgomery walked, Torin Montgomery singled, Kody Darcy singled, and Brett Gillis singled to lead off the inning, taking a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning Kodie Kolden hit a single to bring home two more and Wenatchee took a 4-1 lead.
The AppleSox tacked on two more in the third to make it 6-1 on a 2-run home run off the bat of Torin Montgomery to left field.
The Pippins answered with a 3-run top of the fifth. A sacrifice fly from Eddy Pelc brought in Sawyer Chesley, then in one of the longest balls hit all season by a Pippin, Kyle Dean crushed a ball way beyond the left field fence, scoring himself and Grant Gorrell to make it 6-4 Wenatchee.
The AppleSox added two more runs in the sixth inning with a Kody Darcy no-doubt home run to right-center and an RBI single from Blake Klassen.
The scoring would end there as the AppleSox finished out the game keeping the Pippins off the board in the final three innings. With the sweep, the Pippins fall to 8-14 in the second half and the AppleSox keep pace with the Victoria HarbourCats, once again tying them for the lead atop the North Division.
Pippins will be back in action this Tuesday for game one of a three-game series against the Cowlitz Black Bears. The series will be the final road trip of the season. Game one is scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m.