Kelowna Falcons

AppleSox Thrash Falcons

It was not the way the ideal way to start a baseball game for the Kelowna Falcons. After dropping three of their four games against the Victoria Harbourcats, the team traveled to Wenatchee, Washington for a date with the AppleSox.

The second half of the season was almost upon them and the Falcons were looking to land with their best foot forward and play some good baseball. Unfortunately, as they took that step, they stumbled and fell flat. No game in this league is easy, and the Falcons found that out the hard way. Wenatchee was able to hit at will in the bottom of the first, eventually putting up five runs before the third out was finally secured.

They were able to chase Falcons starting righty Colby Nealy, a pitcher who until this start was the model of consistency. The rough first inning basically set the tone for the game, as the Falcons tried in vain to claw their way back only to find themselves rebuffed by the AppleSox at every turn.

The game ended with the score on the board reading 12-2. It was a dominant victory for the AppleSox, a team that had struggled out of the gate before finding some consistency as the first half of the season wound down. The Sox were able to chase Nealy and dig into the Falcons bullpen, as AJ Sawyer, who is usually an outfielder, followed on the mound. Then came Cody Ahlgrim, the righty out of Pacific University. Mt. Hood’s own Cameron Jack came in last to close the game out for the Falcons.

Nealy took the loss, with the Falcons confidence also taking a hit. Giving up big innings to their opponent’s has become a common theme, and that trend is certainly something the birds will want to try and eliminate. There were some positives on the night however. The Falcons were able to hit the pitches thrown at them. Many were easily caught, but the fundamentals are clearly on display.

The Falcons and AppleSox will play two more games, with both of them taking place at 7:05 pm. The rest of the series will be extremely important for the Falcons, who will look to rattle off some wins and get back to playing good baseball before the second half of the season begins.

Story courtesy of: Anthony Fusco Falcons Play by Play


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