JAYS KEEP WINNING STREAK ALIVE
The Kelowna Jays proved this weekend that good things happen with quality consistent pitching. In taking 3 of 4 games from the Nanaimo Coalminers, they got 3 dominant mound performances, including a RARE NO-HITTER! In the game they lost it was a pitcher who was rusty, lack of practice and game time, due to work considerations, who took the loss. Overall the Jays played excellent defence and for the most part had timely hitting.
Game 1: Saturday June 25 Jays 1 Coalminers 0 (at Marshall Field in Vernon)
This was a pitchers dual between Jays starter Dylan Emmons and Coalminers Kenton Schroter. Emmons gave up 0 runs/2 hits/3bb and 5 k’s while Schroter 1 run/4 hits/3 bb. Jays only run came in the bottom of the 2nd as Trevor Loftstom singled, Bo Meiklejohn grounded to first baseman who forced Lofstom out at 2nd, Ryan Green singled and Nick Ostram singles to plate Meiklejohn with what proved to be the winning run.
Game 2: Saturday June 25 Jays 5 Coalminers 1
Rookie pitcher Colton Tuka took the Hill and after a shakey start – he walked batters, a stolen base, and Jays allowed there only run to score as thay chose to turn a double play. For the next 5 innings Tuka was lights out – allowing just one baserunner, a walk, and no hits. Brennan Hegel pitched a clean final inning. A NO HITTER. What a great experience for young Tuka.
Game 3: Sunday June 27 Coalminers 9 Jays 6 (at Elk Stadium
In Brett Flemmings last outing June 5th, he dominated a very good Kamloops Sun Devils team, however today he was a bit rusty gave up and 6 earned runs in the 3rd inning on 3 bb, 1 hbp, and 5 hits (3 doubles). Reliever Will Russell suffered a similar fate giving up 2 earned runs in the 4th on 4 hits and a walk. Nanaimo managed to get 1 more run in the 6th to make it 9. The Jays tried to catch up, after scoring 1 in the first, 1 in the 2nd,and 2 in the 4th, they scored 2 in the bottom of the 7th and left the bases loaded. Nick Ono was on base 5 times, scored 2 runs. The winning pitching was cagey veteran lefty Dale Balance who was able to keep the young Jays off balance just enough to get him out of some tough situations.
Game 4: Sunday June 27 Jays 15 Coalminer 0
Needless to say Nanaimo ran out of quality pitching and the Jays, seeking revenge for the 9 – 6 loss, took full advantage, pounding out 4 runs in the first and 6 more in the 2nd to take a 10 – 0 lead. They scored 2 more in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th and the run spread rule (10 runs after 5 innings) was envoked. Bo Meiklejohn and Sam Stelnick split the pitching duties. Josh Keithly was 3 for 3, plus a walk, and scored 4 runs, and Trevor Losftstrom hit a massive 3 run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Nick Ono, Jared Frew, Ryan Greene, Will Russell each had 2 hits.
JAYS RECORD – 11 – 4
ALL IN ALL A SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND AND HOPEFULLY A MOMENTUM BUILDER FOR THE UPCOMING JAYS TOURNAMENT STARTING THURSDAY NIGHT!!