Walla Walla puts on a show; Sweets blast AppleSox

After Wednesday's 13-3 victory over Wenatchee, Walla Walla has now won eight of its last 11 games.



Walla Walla Sweets' Nick Vilter (10) raises his shark fin atop his head while his teammates do the same for him as he heads in to the dugout after a two-run homerun during the team's Wednesday evening game against the Wenatchee Applesox.


Beneath bright red, white and blue top hats Theresa Lightfoot celebrates a quacky Fourth of July with her family, including Mike Lightfoot (background) during the Walla Walla Sweets' game against the Wenatchee Applesox Wednesday evening. A pair of duck lips that make a quacking sound celebrated the Sweets' success.

WALLA WALLA - Just when the West Coast League's East Division-leading Wenatchee AppleSox thought things couldn't get any worse, they did on Wednesday night at Borleske Stadium.

The Walla Walla Sweets used 14 hits and a gutty outing from starting pitcher Kyle Kingsley to fashion a star-spangled, 13-3 triumph before a Fourth-of-July crowd of 1,677.

On Tuesday night, Walla Walla posted a 12-0 win in Wenatchee.

The Sweets, winners of eight of their last 11 games, improved to 12-15 and dropped Wenatchee to 19-5.

"It started (Monday night) with our ability to get (Wenatchee's) starter out of the game," Walla Walla manager J.C. Biagi said of his team's offensive surge. "We've been able to see a lot of pitches and a lot of bodies on the mound. We've forced the issue with the bats."

Walla Walla's Nick Vilter commenced the scoring in the bottom half of inning one with a two-out, two-RBI double to left field that scored Alex Bonczyk and Kelani Brackenridge. Bonczyk led off the first by reaching base on an error and Brackenridge was hit by a pitch.

The Sweets went up 3-0 in the second inning on a run-scoring single to center by Bonczyk.

The AppleSox plated their first run in the third inning.

Walla Walla scored three times in the fifth to assume a 6-1 lead. Shane Zeile bounced an RBI double down the left-field line and Vilter hammered a two-out, two-run home run over the hand-operated scoreboard in left field on a 2-1 offering from Wenatchee starter Lawrence Chew.

The AppleSox tallied twice in the sixth inning, but would go scoreless the remainder of the contest.

The Sweets unleashed pre-dusk fireworks in their half of the sixth. RBI singles by Bonczyk, Spencer O'Neil, and Chance Kopacz highlighted a six-run explosion that resulted in a nine-run disparity, 12-3.

Walla Walla's final run crossed the plate on a Vilter double off the left-center wall in the eighth inning.

Vilter and Bonczyk led the Sweets with three hits apiece. O'Neil and Brackenridge added two knocks each.

Kingsley lasted five-and-two-thirds innings. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out one while improving his record to 2-1.

"He toughed it out," Biagi said. "He threw his breaking ball for a strike, kept his fastball down, and got a lot of ground balls and pop outs. We've seen it with our entire pitching staff the last couple of weeks."

A trio of Walla Walla relievers - Hunter Virant, Garrett Tygerson, and Ben Ruff - combined to give up just one hit over the final three innings and change.

The teams conclude their series today at 7:05 p.m.


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