WENATCHEE - Ending their road trip where it began, the Walla Walla Sweets had their four-game win streak snapped by the Wenatchee Applesox, 4-2, at Paul Thomas Sr. Field Monday night.
Trailing 1-0 entering their first at-bat, the Applesox went on to score the next four runs and got solid relief pitching to hold on for the victory.
Wenatchee's Adam Nelubowich quickly erased the deficit with his seventh home run of the summer over the right-field wall with two out in the first. The left-hander from Washington State has now homered in four straight league games.
It was Nelubowich again in the fourth that helped Wenatchee take the lead for good. He started the inning with a triple off the wall in right-center and scored on Pat Valaika's one-out single to left.
Wenatchee threatened to put the game away in the same inning as a controversial call at second resulted in manager J.C. Biagi's ejection and runners on first and second. A routine double play ground ball hopped high on Alex Stanford, but he still made the play and flipped to Kevin Williams at second.
Williams made the turn and threw to first, but it was ruled that he did not have his foot on the base. The next batter singled to load the bases, but Sweets starter Jacob Overbay rallied to strike out the next two batters - the last out coming as Elliot Stewart scrambled to backstop to retrieve the wild pitch and throw to first to complete the out.
The key play of the night came in the sixth inning as Ryan Barnes and Erik Munzer started the inning with singles and moved into scoring position on a sac bunt. Nine-hitter Conner George was behind in the count 1-2 but got the squeeze bunt down with both runners in motion. Barnes scored from third and Munzer never stopped from second to make it 4-1.
Walla Walla got within two but never got closer in the seventh. Williams started the inning with his first home run of the summer, a solo home run over the wall in right. Reliever Alex Phillips did not allow another run and Phillip Ferragamo and Zach Ortiz were able to close the door over the final two innings.
Walla Walla grabbed its only lead of the night in the first at-bats. Andrew Mendenhall extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a one-out double to right, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a Zach Wentz sac fly to center.
The Sweets finished their nine-game road trip with a 5-4 record and get an off day today before starting an eight-game homestand on Wednesday against Bellingham.
AppleSox 4, Sweets 2
Walla Walla 100 000 100 - 2 7 3
Wenatchee 100 102 00x - 4 9 2
Overbay, Mack (7) and Stewart; Jones, Philips (6), Ferragamo (8), Ortiz (9) and DeGuire.
HR - Sweets: Williams. AppleSox: Nelubowich.
Hits - Sweets: Mendenhall, Wentz 2, Williams, Gottschling, Chavez. AppleSox: Cawley Lamb, Nelubowick 2, Gates, Valaika, Barnes, Munzer 2, DeGuire.