KELOWNA – The Wenatchee AppleSox (16-30, 6-13 Second Half), received big nights from Evan Douglas, and Michael Toglia, but gave up too many runs early, falling to the Kelowna Falcons (22-21, 9-7), 6-4 at Elks Stadium, Tuesday.
Kelowna jumped out on Wenatchee starter Justin Blatner for a run in the second inning on back-to-back doubles for Jesse Moore and Brad Antchak.
Wenatchee was able to answer for their starter in the top of the third, when Evan Douglas tripled with one out, to set up a scoring play on a Taylor Borchers groundout to shortstop.
Kelowna got the runs it needed in the third and fourth innings, scoring three times in the third on two more doubles, including one for two RBI by Moore. Lane Lacrone also singled home a man in the inning.
In the fourth, things were compounded when Davis Todosichuk doubled home Michael Ciancio.
Trailing, 5-1, Wenatchee tried to finally get to Blake Randazzo (3-5) in the seventh inning, with Otis Statum leading off the frame with a double, followed by a Haydan Hastings single to put Statum in position to score. Like Douglas in the third, Statum was brought home on a groundout to short by Shane Martinez.
Kelowna expanded the lead off of AppleSox reliever Miceal Taylor in the seventh inning, thanks to an RBI groundout by Aj Sawyer, that scored Lane Lacrone who walked and reached third on a two-base wild pitch.
Wenatchee answered in a big way in the eighth, with Douglas tying the team record for triples in the game, nearly hitting his third home run of the season, but having it redirected on the warning track, off of the glove of the right fielder. In the next at bat, Michael Toglia homered to bring in Douglas, and took the WCL lead with six homers.
Wenatchee couldn’t strike for any more runs late though, and Riley Moore shut the door for his first save, retiring all five batters to face him following the Toglia blast.
Game two is tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. Mac Lardner (0-2) will throw for Wenatchee.