Kelowna continues Sweets' skid

The Sweets suffer their fourth straight loss, 7-4, at the hands of the Falcons in the middle game of their series Wednesday.



Walla Walla Sweets shortstop Adrian Williams (13) tangles with left-fielder Andy Matthews (on the ground) as the two pursue a short fly ball that found a gap during their game against the Kelowna Falcons Tuesday evening.


Walla Walla Sweets' second baseman Kevin Williams (back) lunges from the bag to put the tag on Kelowna Falcons' base runner Aaron Jones (right) during the second inning of their game Wednesday evening.


Walla Walla Sweets' second baseman Kevin Williams (jumping) hurdles over the back of Kelowna's Aaron Jones as he attempts to stand after being tagged out on an attempted steal during the second inning.


A swirl of dirt flies as Sweets base runner Andy Matthews slides safely into third base on an RBI single from teammate Dennis Holt during the third inning of their game against the Kelowna Falcons.


Adrian Williams (13) reacts as the Sweets put up two-runs in the fourth inning to go up 4-0 against the Kelowna Falcons Wednesday evening.


Walla Walla Sweets base runner Andy Matthews (29) plays the hit-and-run, watching for the ball as he sprints toward second base against the Kelowna Falcons Wednesday evening.


Walla Walla Sweets first baseman Josh Daniel (3) hauls in a short pop-fly during the Sweets' game against the Kelowna Falcons.


Between pitches Walla Walla Sweets' player Kevin Williams makes faces for the camera and teammates in the dugout.


Walla Walla Sweets' second baseman Kevin Williams (10) comes up empty on a ground ball during the second inning of the Sweets' game against the Kelowna Falcons.


Sweets fans in box seats along the first base line watch closely as a foul ball bounces out of play in their direction Wednesday night during the Sweets' game against the Kelowna Falcons.


Walla Walla Sweets pitcher Zach Clanton (15) waits just off the mound for a slow, high bouncing ball as the Kelowna Falcons batter rushes toward first base. Clanton fielded the ball but without enough time ot throw the runner out at first.

WALLA WALLA - A pair of baseball streaks remained intact for two West Coast League East Division teams Wednesday night at Borleske Stadium.

Visiting Kelowna extended its winning streak to five games and in the process handed the Walla Walla Sweets their fourth straight loss.

The Falcons downed Walla Walla, 7-4, in the middle game of their three-game series - which ends today at 1:05 p.m.

Kelowna upped its mark to 15-17 and dropped the Sweets to 8-20.

Walla Walla came out swinging in the bottom of the first inning. Elliot Stewart and Andy Matthews delivered RBI singles that gave the Sweets a 2-0 lead.

Stewart's run batted in increased his team-leading total to 11.

The Sweets doubled their advantage in the fourth on a two-run, two-base hit to right field off the bat of Chris Dupart.

Unfortunately for Walla Walla, it would collect just three more hits and advance only one more runner as far as second base the remainder of the game.

Pitcher Zach Clanton, making his first start of the season for the Sweets, twirled a three-hit shutout through five innings before momentum shifted to the Falcons in the sixth.

With one out, Keegan Acker worked Clanton for a walk after falling behind in the count 0-and-2. One out later, Jesse Sawyer slashed the Walla Walla lead in half, 4-2, with his fifth home run of the year - a two-run blast over the left-center field wall.

"He was mixing his pitches and kept us off balance," Kelowna manager Kevin Frady said of Clanton's first five innings.

Kelowna took control of the contest after tallying five runs on as many hits in the seventh. Aaron Jones socked a two-RBI single to right that put a lid on the scoring.

Reyn Nagamine plated the first run - an unearned marker because of an error - with a double off Clanton and Ben Edelstein gave the Falcons a 5-4 edge with a run-producing single against reliever Brian Biagi.

The tying run crossed the plate moments before Edelstein's base knock on a passed ball.

"When you can battle through that early adversity, that's huge," Frady said. "That's what we did.

"It was a matter of time before our bats broke out," Frady said. "We wore Clanton down. I'm proud of my guys for battling."

Falcons' starter Brandon Creel lasted through six innings before giving way to Jacob Brown and Jordan Westra - who combined to hurl three stanzas of one-hit relief and strike out six.

Brown was credited with the win and Westra recorded his sixth save after pitching a scoreless ninth.

Clanton ended up with five strikeouts. He allowed five hits and four runs - three of which were earned.

"He gave us a heck of an effort," Walla Walla manager J.C. Biagi said. "He's been efficient. He works down in the zone.

"Offensively, we took advantage of hittable pitches early, (then) broke down in our approach," J.C. Biagi said. "You have to be disciplined to grind it out for nine innings and not take a pitch off."

Kelowna 000 002 500 - 7 9 0

Walla Walla 202 000 000 - 4 8 2

Creel, Brown (7), Westra (9) and Jones; Clanton, Biagi (7), Kerns (7), McLaughlin (9) and Stewart.

HR - Kelowna: Sawyer (5).

Hits - Kelowna: Sawyer 2, Jones 2, Edelstein 2, Nagamine, Scott, Acker; Walla Walla: Holt 2, Ramirez, Stewart, Matthews, Dupart, Williams, Kuntz.


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