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WALLA WALLA, Wash. – A night after scoring 12 runs on 17 hits, the Sweets picked up 14 more hits in a 13-3 victory over Wenatchee on Wednesday night at Borleske Stadium.
The Sweets (12-15) have now score 25 runs and picked up 31 hits over the last two nights to take two of the first three from the Applesox (19-5).
Nick Vilter paced the Sweets offense with three hits and five RBI on the night. Three other Sweets recorded multiple hits in the game with Alex Bonczyk adding three hits, scoring three runs, driving in two runs and stealing three bases.
Walla Walla got on the board immediately against Lawrence Chew on Wednesday. Bonczyk reached on an infield error to start the game and Kalani Brackenridge was hit by a pitch to put two on. The two then converted a double steal to get into scoring position and Vilter delivered a two-out, two-run double to left-center to put the Sweets on the board.
The Sweets extended the lead the very next inning with three consecutive singles. Jarrod Turner singled with one out, Marc Garza followed with a single to right-center and Bonczyk scored Turner with a sharp single back up the middle.
Nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings then put the game away for Walla Walla. Shane Zeile made it 4-1 with an RBI double in the fifth before Vilter drilled a two-run home run to left to make it 6-1. In the sixth, the Sweets sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs. Bonczyk picked up another RBI single, Spencer O'Neil collected his league-leading 24th RBI and Chance Kopacz made it 12-3 with a run-scoring knock. Vilter capped the offensive outburst with an RBI double off the top of the left-center field wall in the eighth inning.
For the second-straight night, the Sweets got a strong outing from their starting pitcher. Kyle Kingsley lasted 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. It was his work early, though, that helped the Sweets jump out to a quick lead. He allowed back-to-back hits to start the second inning and faced a second and third jam with just one out, but induced two ground balls to get himself out of the inning.
Wenatchee finally got on the board in the third as Cabe Reiten doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a ground out. Trailing, 6-1 in the sixth, the Applesox were finally able to chase Kingsley. Ryan Howell started the inning with a home run to left-center and Tyler Schultz made it 6-3 with an RBI ground out. Kingsley then issued a two-out walk to Reiten and was taken out in favor of Hunter Virant. The left-hander got a fly ball to center to end the threat and tossed a scoreless seventh before handing off to Garrett Tygerson and Ben Ruff. Two former Applesox, Tygerson and Ruff closed the door with scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
The Sweets and the Applesox will finish their four-game series on Thursday at Borleske Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.