KELOWNA, BC. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (17-11, 14-11) noticed the absence of Independence Day fireworks on the Kelowna skyline, so they created their own on Friday while taking down the Kelowna Falcons (7-18) by a score of 9-1.
Sam Brown started off Friday’s contest the right way with a solo home run to right field in the top of the first.
The AppleSox jumped out to a 1-0 lead for their starter Tom Zarosinski, who allowed just one hit through his first five innings of work.
Over those five innings, the only issue for the AppleSox was allowing runners on base. The team allowed six runners on via two batters hit by pitch, two walks, a dropped third strike and an error.
Wenatchee added a second run in the second, when Trenton Brooks came around to score on a Joe Gillette sacrifice fly. The run was set up by a beautiful sacrifice bunt from Simon Rosenbaum. He would set up a similar situation in the seventh, when Trenton Brooks scored a second time on a Tyler Frost sacrifice fly.
Sam Brown’s great night wasn’t over following the home run. He hit an RBI triple in his third at bat. The only downside to the play was that the Falcons third baseman and pitcher were able to pull over the hidden ball trick and tag out Brown before the next pitch as he took his lead.
In his next at bat, Brown doubled and set up the chance for the cycle in the ninth, with presumably the easiest of the hits remaining; the single.
In the top of the ninth he drilled a 3-1 pitch toward the gap, but it was barely caught by the Falcons right fielder on the edge of the warning track.
The AppleSox surrendered the Falcons only run in the sixth, after Andrew Godbold got on base with a lead off double to center. He scored on a Brandon Grimsley single.
Colton Loomis picked up the save Friday. He offered up 3 innings of no hit baseball to close the door.
The AppleSox continue the three game set in Kelowna on Saturday, as Ian Buckles takes the mound for another 6:35 start.
WEN 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 2 9 14 1
KEL 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0
WP – Tom Zarosinski
LP – Josh Nuerenberg
S – Colton Loomis