KELOWNA, BC. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (17-12, 14-12) were hit hard defensively, Saturday night. Eight errors and a seven run fourth inning proved to be too much to overcome against the Kelowna Falcons (8-18), who evened the series.
The AppleSox, who have already lost multiple left side infielders appeared to take another blow on Saturday night as Ty Jackson left the game in the third inning.
Ian Buckles was roughed up for the first time in 2014. He gave up two runs in the first and three in the second. A one-two-three inning in the third preceded the seven run fourth.
Out of the 12 runs surrendered by Buckles, only five were ruled to be earned.
Nathan Hadley would relieve Buckles and gave up one run on two hits. His surrendered run was also unearned.
Shaun Vetrovec threw two innings of no-hit baseball for Wenatchee and Nick Brooks added an inning of one hit baseball.
The AppleSox runs came in the second, fourth and ninth innings. In the second, Michael McCann was brought home on an error at shortstop. Joe Gillette was able to reach base safely. He came around to score in the fourth, when Tyler Frost was hit by a pitch.
Sam Murphy, the Falcons starter, went four and a third innings and gave up six hits and two runs (one earned).
The last major issue for Kelowna came in the top of the ninth, when a new pitcher, Kevin Flemer, walked the bases loaded. He was pulled and Lincoln Herendeen gave up a single to Trenton Brooks that scored Nate Esposito. Caleb Wood then grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Joe Gillette. Both runs were charged to Flemer.
A rubber match game three is set for Sunday night at 6:05 p.m. in Kelowna. Drew Rasmussen will get the start for the AppleSox.
WEN 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 2 4 8 8
KEL 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 16 2
WP – Wyatt Mills
LP – Ian Buckles