The Kelowna Falcons used a three-run sixth inning and terrific pitching from Jonathan Clark and Ian Turner to earn a 5-3 victory over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Tuesday night in Washington State.
Ezra Samperi collected two hits while three Wenatchee errors helped the Falcons end a three-game losing stretch in West Coast League baseball.
The home side was first on the scoreboard on a windy, rainy night in Wenatchee, scoring twice in the second inning.
Clark settled into a nice groove after that, finishing his starting effort by going five innings in tough conditions.
With the watery conditions, AppleSox starter Scott Wyatt uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Ben Smith to score from third and get the game within a run at 2-1 in the fifth.
The Falcons took the lead an inning later thanks to sloppy defence and some clutch hitting. Two straight singles loaded the bases for Richi Sede to grind a ball through the right side. Smith cashed in another run with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2.
The inning should have ended after Mason Hoover popped a ball back to the mound, but it was bobbled by reliever Seth Kuykendall and a hussling Sede scored from second for a 4-2 advantage.
Wenatchee came within a run in the home half of the frame as Cole McKenzie got on after being hit by a pitch. He proceeded to steal second base, advancing to third on a error and came in to plate on a wild pitch.
Turner allowed that run and that was about it in his outing, spanning 3 1/3 innings of relief, including seven strikeouts.
The Falcons added to their advantage in the top of the ninth inning on the third Wenatchee error of the ballgame. A throw from the AppleSox shortstop found its way into the Falcons dugout. Cole Cummings came in to plate and extend the lead to 5-3.
Gabe Smith took over on the mound, forcing a game-ending 5-4-3 double play on his only pitch, to end the contest.
The Falcons (7-16) and AppleSox (9-14) continue their three-game series on Wednesday night. Listen to the game at 7 p.m. on mixlr.com/kelowna_falcons.