WENATCHEE - Cabe Reiten's grand slam highlighted a seven-run eighth inning as the Applesox turned a 2-0 deficit into a 7-2 victory on Saturday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.
It is the eighth time this summer the Sweets (19-25) have either given up the lead or lost a lead in the eight inning. The win allowed the Applesox (28-15) from being swept by the Sweets for the first time in team history.
In their big eighth inning, the Applesox got help from three Sweets errors and Reiten's heroics. The leadoff batter reached on an error and Ty Moore's bunt single was thrown away to put runners on second and third with no outs. Jeff Stephens then hit a towering pop to left that fell safely between two fielders to score a run. Mitchell Gunsolus followed with a double to left-center to tie game at 2-2. A line drive out to third and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out and brought Garrett Tygerson into the ballgame. Tygerson got a strikeout for the second out but Reiten hit the first pitch he saw over the wall in left to break the tie. Wenatchee tacked on a seventh run for good measure.
Reiten's grand slam continued a historic season for the Applesox shortstop in the eighth inning against the Sweets. Reiten also hit a three-run home run to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth on July 5 and hit a game-tying two-run double last night. He drove in nine runs against the Sweets this summer, all in the eighth.
The loss spoiled an superb outing from Matt Imhof. He struck out nine and allowed just five hits over 6.1 scoreless innings. He worked out of a jam in the first and then struck out two batters in an inning on two separate occasions. He was lifted in the seventh with runners on the corners and one out and Joe Arlt got him out of the jam, picking off a runner and getting a strikeout.
Walla Walla grabbed its 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Shane Zeile doubled to start the inning and Beau Fraser walked. A pickoff appeared to end the momentum but Kalani Brackenridge singled and Ryan Cooper was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ben Ruff then hit a chopper to third that Taylor Sparks flipped home but the umpire ruled that the catcher didn't have his foot on the bag, allowing a run to score. Kris Paulino followed with sac fly to left to make it 2-0.
Zeile finished the night with three hits. The Sweets remain 7.5 games behind Bellingham with 10 games to play.
The Sweets will have two days off before starting its final homestand of the season on Tuesday, July 31 against Bellingham.