Author: Larry Read
KAMLOOPS BC—Fans of the Kamloops NorthPaws experienced something they hadn’t in nearly a month. That was a victory by their team at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium.
Canada Day was truly a happy day for those people as the NorthPaws notched their sixth win of the West Coast League season beating the Kelowna Falcons 5-4 in 11 innings.
And it was followed up with a second victory over Kelowna on Sunday (July 2). The score in that game was 6-0 as the NorthPaws upped their record to 7-20. The Falcons fell to 14-13.
Following the two-game sweep at home over the Falcons, Kamloops has a day off to travel. They begin a six-game road trip to Washington State. They meet up with the Bellingham Bells starting July 4th. They then visit the Wenatchee Apple Sox for a three-game set starting July 7th.
Bellingham and Wenatchee are the top two teams in the WCL North Division. Bellingham fell out of first place after an 8-2 loss in Victoria on Sunday (July 2). Wenatchee hammered the RiverHawks 12-4 Sunday in Edmonton. The AppleSox are 18-6 after the weekend while Bellingham fell to 17-7.
The Falcons return home to Elks Stadium in Kelowna to play three times against the defending West Coast League champions: the Corvallis Knights. Game one is July 3rd.
All West Coast League games are available via their website: https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/
Saturday, July 1, 2023 in Kamloops: NorthPaws 5 Falcons 4 (11 innings)
The Paws had three opportunities to ‘knock off’ the Falcons in this one. The teams were tied at 4 after seven innings. Jude Hall (Chiliwack, BC) brought in the winning run in the bottom of the 11 th when he was walked by reliever Thrasher Steed (Orange Beach, AL) with the bases loaded. That brought home Drew Giannini (Tracy, CA) from third base. Steed was the losing pitcher in relief. Hes now 2-2 after pitching one inning giving up a run, four walks and had a strikeout.
David Jeon (Coppell, TX) was the winner in relief. He too pitched one inning, walking two and striking out one. His record is 1-2.
Offensively, Kamloops was led by Tyler Glowacki (San Diego, CA). Glowacki was 2-5 with two runs scored. Robin Villeneuve was 0-2 but had three runs batted in and had two walks. Catcher Matthew Ward was 1-4 with a run scored. Ward was playing his first game with Kamloops after being picked up off waivers from the Nanaimo Night Owls.
Kelowna’s top batsman were Cameron Mercucio (Modesto, CA) who was 2-3 with a run batted in and a run scored. Trevor Wilson (Fresno, CA) was 2-4 and score da run. Jonas Salk (Fairfax, CA) was 2-5 with a run batted in.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598684
Sunday, July 2, 2023 in Kamloops: NorthPaws 6 Falcons 0
The NorthPaws broke open a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the third. They added two more in the fourth and singles in both the fifth and seventh innings.
New Zealander MacLain Roberts got the start on the hill for Kamloops. The left earned his first win of the season to move to 1-4. It was his seventh start of the campaign. Roberts pitched five innings of four hit ball with six walks and six strikeouts. He was the first of three pitchers for the NorthPaws.
Jaxon Byrd (Sacramento, CA) went three and a third innings and was tagged with the loss. It was his first decision of the year after starting two previous games. He gave up five hits, three runs, struck out four and walked one.
Kamloops was led offensively by Anthony Manuel (Antioch, CA) was 2-4 with a run batted in. Robin Villeneuve (Gatineau, QC) was 1-2 with two runs scored. Cooper Neville (Glendale, AZ) was 2-4 with a run scored and ended the game as he one timed a ‘hot shot’ to shortstop. Phoenix Sommay was 1-2 with a run batted in and two runs scored.
Kelowna catcher Konnor Palmeira (Kahului, HI) was 2-3 while Griffen Palfrey (West Vancouver, BC) was 1-4.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598685
HEAD COACH KEITH FRANCIS:
“The weekend was good for us. We played at their place on Friday and we played terrible. I am going to chalk it up to a long eight days on the road. We came home and had a nice big crowd the last two nights and played very well.”
NORTHPAWS OUTFIELDER TYLER GLOWACKI (SAN DIEGO, CA):
“These wins have been great. The guys have been working really hard but the balls haven’t fallen our way. It is starting to pay off. It is a great group of guys. We have to trust in the process. At the end of the day, how you regroup and regather. It is all about how you respond.”
NORTHPAWS INFIELDER COOPER NEVILLE (GLENDALE, AZ):
“It was how the game is supposed to be played (referring to the home sweep over Kelowna). We did what we could. There is more room to grow for sure. But we are finally coming together as a team. We have the capability and the talent to compete with any team in this league.”
NORTHPAWS PITCHER TYRELLE CHADWICK (KAMLOOPS, BC):
“It feels like we are back on the right track after starting slow this year. We have everyone moving in the same direction. With the Kamloops-Kelowna rivalry, its great to take a couple off of them.”
NEXT UP FOR THE NORTHPAWS:
As mentioned, the Paws are living out of a suitcase the next six games beginning Tuesday July 4th in Bellingham. Then it is onto Wenatchee against the Apple Sox for three games.
Their next home series will be Tuesday July 11th when the Edmonton RiverHawks come to town. Opening pitch that night along with Wednesday and Thursday July 11-12th will be 6:35 PM.
If you can’t make the home games, they are all webcast on https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/ . Some home games will also be shown on Shaw TV in Kamloops (Cable 10 or 105 with Blue Curve).
The Molson’s Tailgate Party is hoppin’ before every NorthPaws home game. It runs Tuesday through Saturday 5-630 PM. The Party runs Sundays noon-1 PM. Hotdogs and a Pilsner are sold for $ 12.00 plus tax.