Sweets win slugfest with Falcons

Walla Walla smacks 16 hits — one less than Kelowna — to win the WCL game, 15-12, Tuesday night.

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KELOWNA, B.C. - After scoring 32 runs in two games over the weekend, Walla Walla kept the offensive onslaught going on Tuesday, plating 12 runs in the second inning on the way to a 15-12 victory over Kelowna at Elks Stadium.

In snapping a six-game losing streak against league opponents, the Sweets (4-9) sent 18 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs in the decisive second inning. The Falcons (7-5) made it interesting with eight runs over the final three innings but the Sweets were able to hold on for the win.

Every Sweets batter registered at least one hit, every hitter scored at least one run and all but two drove in a run in the outburst. Chance Kopacz and J.J. Robinson each registered three hits and Alex Bonczyk, Kris Paulino and Brett Jacobs all had two hits. Bonczyk, Jacobs and Kalani Brackenridge all drove in three runs and Kopacz and Brackenridge each scored three times.

The Sweets fell behind 1-0 after one inning but quickly took the lead for good in the second. Nick Vilter started the explosion with a leadoff double to the wall in left-center. An error allowed Kopacz to reach, Brackenridge walked to load the bases and Bonczyk knocked a two-run single through the left side to put the Sweets on top, 2-1. Paulino singled to reload the bases and Jacobs followed with a two-run single through the left side to make it 4-1. Spencer O'Neil tacked on a run with a single, Vilter was hit in the head to force in a run and Kopacz drove in two with a single to make it 8-1. The inning was capped as Brackenridge was hit to score a run, Bonczyk singled home his third run of the inning, Paulino walked to score a run and Jacobs was hit to make it 12-1.

Kelowna would chip away over the next seven innings, bringing the tying run to the plate in the seventh inning. The Falcons scored on a double-steal in the second, a Kyle Pearson home run in the third and a throwing error in the fifth to make it 12-4. Kelowna made things interesting in the seventh as Pearson hit his second home run of the game, a three-run shot to left-center, to make it 12-7. The Falcons eventually made it 12-8 and loaded the bases with two outs but Simon Anderson was able to get out of the jam with a fielder's choice.

Paulino made it 13-8 with an RBI single in the eighth and Brackenridge put the game away with a two-run double in the ninth.

Arturo Reyes started for the Sweets and earned his second win of the season. He gave up eight runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. Anderson allowed four runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings to earn his second save. Reyes got some help defensively from Bonczyk in center in the fourth. Jerry McClanahan doubled with one out and Patrick Johnson followed with a sinking liner to center that Bonczyk read perfectly. He raced in and dove full-out to make the grab and then threw back to second from his knees to double-off the runner to end the inning.

The four-game series continues at 6:35 p.m. today. Kyle Kingsley will get the ball for the Sweets against Kelowna's Brandon Marris.

Sweets 15, Falcons 12

Sweets 0(12)0 000 012 - 15 16 2

Falcons 111 010 413 - 12 17 2

Reyes, Billen (7), Anderson (7) and Robinson. Padilla, Hermes (2), Wood (2), Gray (7) and McClanahan.

HR - Kel: Pearson 2.

Hits - WW: Bonczyk 2, Paulino 2, Jacobs 2, O'Neil, Ruff, Vilter, Kopacz 3, Robinson 3, Brackenridge. Kel: Alvarado 2, Conrad 2, Pearson 3, Friesen 3, Qualls 2, Firth, McClanahan 2, Johnson 2.

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