Early Kelowna Lead Prevails Over Kitsap

Runs were aplenty on both sides at Gene Lobe Field in a 7-5 Kelowna Falcons victory over the Kitsap BlueJackets Wednesday.

Kelowna struck early with a four-run second inning to gain a hefty lead Kitsap would not catch up to. Max Carter would start the inning with a single for the Falcons. Cameron Sterne would then advance on a hit by pitch followed by two more singles by Tevin Mitchell and Michael Cianco. All four Falcon players would score to give Kelowna a 4-0 lead.

Kitsap answered back as Marten Pauwels started the inning with a walk. He would later score on a single by Bryce Steckler to put the BlueJackets on the board with a 4-1 score.

The Falcons struck again in the fourth to extend their lead. Sterne knocked a double while Mitchell followed with a walk. Cianco kept the rally going with his second single of the night. Sterne and Mitchell would both cross the plate to gain two more runs for the Falcons, extending their lead to 6-1.

Kelowna gained one more in the sixth. Lane Lacrone singled to get on base and scored on a fielder’s choice giving the Falcons a 7-1 lead.

Kitsap would not go down quietly. They quickly answered with a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. Bryce Peterson got things going with a base knock. Joey Galeno followed with a single of his own. Peterson would then make it to third on a stolen base and score off of a wild pitch by Kelowna’s OKeefe Hall.

Hall then walked Steffen Torgenson and Tony Ortiz followed with another single for Kitsap. Omar Maldonado would keep the rally going with a two-RBI single to score Galeno and Torgenson, making it a 7-4 ballgame.

Kitsap continued to battle, but would only plate one more in the ninth. Kelowna’s Evan Jones started the inning by walking both Steckler and Jack Stronach. Riley Moore would come in to relieve Jones, but start by walking Luke Stampfl and loading the bases for Kitsap. Taylor Adams then hit a sacrifice fly to score Steckler, but that would be all for the BlueJackets.

Kelowna ended the evening with 12 hits and two errors while Kitsap finished with six hits and three errors.

Kelowna’s OKeefe Hall (1-0) was pinned with the win while Kitsap’s Colten Barnes (5-3) was tagged with the loss.

Game three of the series will be Thursday night from Gene Lobe Field with a 6:35 first pitch. Tune in to BlueJackets TV at 6:25 for the pregame show, and follow @BlueJacketBall on Twitter for live game updates.