Bryce Moyle blanked Wenatchee on three hits over six innings late Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium, and Ben Farris came out of the Walla Walla bullpen in the eighth inning to save the day, as the Sweets topped Wenatchee, 2-0, in a fast-paced West Coast League baseball game.
Moyle, a left-hander out of Carson City, Nev., who pitches for Washington State University as a collegian, struck out five and walked two as he evened his summer record at 2-2 and reduced his earned run average to 2.86.
Moyle handed the ball off to Michael Peterson in the seventh and Peterson allowed one hit and struck out a pair in his one inning of work.
Ty Hueckman, however, the Sweets’ third pitcher, wasn’t nearly as effective in the top of the eighth inning as he yielded back-to-back singles to Kody Darcy and Evan Williams and then walked Joey Magro as the AppleSox loaded the bases with nobody out.
Enter Farris, who got the first out on a fly ball to shortstop and then retired the side on Johnny Sage’s ground-ball double play. Farris pitched around a one-out hit batter in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
Meanwhile, center fielder Danny Sinatro and right fielder Cesar Lopez provided the Sweets’ offense.
Sinatro, another Cougar who hails from Sammamish, Wash., collected a one-out single in the bottom of the first inning, stole second base, advanced to third on an infield out and scored on Lopez’s two-out double.
It was the first of three hits in the game for Lopez, a Downey, Calif., product and a member of the Cal Poly Pomona collegiate baseball program.
Sinatro coaxed a two-out walk in the Sweets’ third inning, stole second base again and scored on a Nick Nyquist infield grounder that was misplayed by Darcy, the AppleSox’s shortstop.
Sinatro, who now has five stolen bases on the season, had two hits in the game to bump his batting average to .328. Lopez, who had a pair of singles in addition to his RBI-double, raised his season average to a team-leading .382.
Walla Walla improved to 17-13 on the season and, after an off day today, hits the road for a three-game series against the Portland Pickles Tuesday through Thursday. All three games at Walker Stadium in Portland are scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Sweets return home for a pair of non-league games Friday and Saturday against the River City Athletics, leading up to the West Coast League’s all-star break. Walla Walla resumes league play July 18 when it opens a six-game homestand against Bellingham and Cowlitz.
Sweets 2, AppleSox 0
Bafus, Yellend (8) and Meyer; Moyle, Peterson (7), Hueckman (8), Farris (8) and Prizina.
Hits — Wen: Spellacy, Prater 2, Taylor, Darcy, Williams; WW: Johnston, Sinatro 2, Nyquist, Lopez 3, Prizina.