KELOWNA JAYS WEEKEND
THREE OUT OF 4 AIN’T BAD
Your Kelowna Jays got a much better look at their talent level this weekend taking 3 of 4 games from the top senior club from the lower mainland, the Burnaby Bulldogs. Actually it was “almost” 4 for 4 as the Jays left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th in a 5 – 4 loss in game 1. Games 1 & 2 were played on Saturday afternoon at Marshall Fields in Vernon, basically due to overcrowding at Elk Stadium. Marshall is actually a very good field to play on and the jays have several more dates there this season.
GAME 1 – BURNABY 5 KELOWNA 4 Jays started rookie pitcher Colton Tuka, an OC freshman, and although his inexperience showed he did a good job against an older team of very experienced hitters,
Going 6 innings, giving up 5 runs, only 3 earned, on only 7 hits 3 walks, 1 hit batter, and 3 team errors. Burnaby pitcher Doug Strohan also tossed 6 innings giving up just 3 runs on 6 hits and turning a 5 – 2 lead over to reliever Jordan Padrino in the bottom of the 7th. The Jays touched him for 2 runs, on 3 hits and a walk, but left bases loaded. Jays had 9 hits, with shortstop Taren brad leading the way with 3 hits, 2 RBI’s and scoring 2 runs, while Brennan Hegal was 2/4, and Michael Gini and Dallas Chun each had 1 hit and scored a run
GAME 2 – KELOWNA 9 BURNABY 4 – Jays starter Bo Meiklejohn went 4 innings, 3 earned runs, one on a monster home run by cleanup hitter Carter Sherban, and 5 K’s, Reliever Sam Stelnick went 3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits. The team played good defensive baseball in this game. Rookie pitcher Brandon Chernoff struggled with his control and the Jays batters took full advantage, pounding out 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. He gave up 5 hits, walked 3 and BBY also had 1 error, as Josh Keithly crushed a double driving in 2 runs, and Nick Laflamme and Riley Jepson each had RBI singles. Taren Brad, Nick Ono, and Keithly each had 2 runs scored. Leadoff batter Nick Ono was on base all 4 times he came to the plate, and 2 stolen bases.
GAMES 2 AND 4 WERE PLAYED SUNDAY AT ELK STADIUM (10am and 12:30 pm)
GAME 1 KELOWNA 2 BURNABY 1 Jays ace Dylan Emmons and Burnaby’s Dan Altoe hooked up in a fierce pitcher’s battle, with Jays defense efforts winning the day – turned 4 double plays. Emmons pitched 7 innings, 1 run, scattered 8 hits, and Altoe went 6 innings on 2 runs and 8 hits. Jays scored the games first run in the bottom of the 3rd, as Gini singled, moved to 2nd on a Nick Ofstram ground out, and driven home by Will Russell. BBY got that run back in top of 4th on 3 singles by Tyler York, Garrett Belanger, and Matt Melissis. Jays scored the winning run in the bottom of the 6 th as Will Russell singled, Ryan Kaplanis reached 1st on a fielders choice, as BBY couldn’t turn the double play. He then stole 2nd and catcher Ryan green singled him home.
GAME 2 KELOWNA 3 BURNABY 1 This was another pitchers battle as Jays Will Russell hooked up with Burnaby ace Josh Larson. Burnaby scored in the top of the first as Sean Hotzack singled on Russells first pitch, was bunted to 2nd, moved to 3rd on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch. Jays bounced right back scoring 2 run in the bottom of the 1st, as Nick ono walked, Brennan Hegel doubled to the fence and Ono’s speed allowed him to score from first, then Hegel was able to tag up and get to 3rd on a deep fly ball out by Josh Kiethly, and scored on a wild pitch. Jays got an insurance run in the bottom of the 3rd as Keithly walked, went to 2nd on a passed ball, and Bo Meiklejohn singled him home. Russell pitched 6 innings, 1 run, only 4 hits, no walks and 1 hit batter – a super efficient performance. Veteran pitcher Marcus Drewry pitched the 7th giving up 1 hit and striking out 2,