KELOWNA – The Wenatchee AppleSox (17-31, 7-14 Second Half), fell 3-1 in a well-pitched game against the Kelowna Falcons (23-22, 10-8), at Elks Stadium, Thursday.
Mike Ciancio was seemingly the only Falcon that could get to Grady Miller (3-3) during Thursday night’s game. CIancio drove in both runs off of Miller.
The Kelowna scoring started in the second inning, with back-to-back singles for Kevin Morgan and Ciancio. Both were lined through the center of the diamond, just past Miller on the mound.
Ciancio also drove in Jesse Moore in the fourth, on a one-out RBI single.
Miller was untouched the rest of the way through his six-inning start, scattering seven hits, while walking two and striking out three.
Max Carter (3-0) was on point from the start for Kelowna. He tossed seven and a third one-run innings in his third start of the summer.
The night started with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Carter, and Wenatchee didn’t mount a serious threat against him until his eighth and final inning. With one out, Carter allowed back-to-back singles to Ryan Kreidler and Evan Douglas. An error at third base on a ball hit down the line, originally ruled a hit during the game, resulted in the AppleSox scoring their only run of the game.
Eli THornquist threw two innings of scoreless relief for the AppleSox, but Wenatchee couldn’t dig into a 3-1 deficit, after Kelowna tacked on a run in its half of the seventh on a Bowen Ogata groundout.
Jared Morton picked up his 8th save, retiring the AppleSox in order in the ninth inning. He struck out the game’s final batter looking, and moved into second in the league in saves.
Wenatchee returns home to Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, Friday, to start a three-game non-league series with the Alaska Goldpanners. The team from Fairbanks is playing outside of the Alaska Collegiate League for one summer, and aiming to win an NBC Championship in Wichita, Kansas.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.