Photo Credit – Allen Douglas Photography

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops NorthPaws traveled to Nanaimo and finally bumped the prolonged slump putting to bed a 14 game losing streak in the middle contest of the three game set. Despite the much needed win, their first on the road this season, the ‘Paws dropped the series to the NightOwls 2-1. 

Kamloops returns to Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium for a three game weekend set versus the Walla Walla Sweets. Saturday (6:35 first pitch) will be a pre-Canada Day celebration as the squad will be in Kelowna on July 1. The Sunday contest is Save on Foods Family Day at the Park (2:05 first pitch). 

Jaden Bitter got the start for Kamloops in game one on the Island, as the NorthPaws would fall 8-1 to the Nanaimo NightOwls, stretching their losing streak to 14 games. 
Bitter, 4.2 IP, 4ER, 1BB, 3K, was out-dueled by Adison Mattix who pitched an exceptional game, 6IP, 0R, 3H, 11K. 
The NightOwls struck first in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back with Riley Paulino, Wylie Waters, Aaron Marsh, Mitchell Middlemiss, and Drew Rutter all picking up a pair of base-hits in the win. 
Kamloops finally broke the shutout bid in the 9th when Tyler Glowacki singled home Matthew Olivares for the Paws lone run of the contest. 
The streak was finally busted in game two of the three game set as the Paws would defeat the NightOwls 8-5 on Wednesday night. 
TRU WolfPack pitcher Kolby Lukinchuk recorded the win, 5.0IP, 6H, 3ER, 4K. The three runs given up by Lukinchuk came on one swing of the bat as Nevin Noonan hit a 3RBI homer in the sixth inning.  
Kamloops scored the first six runs of the ballgame, beginning with three in the first inning, courtesy of Tyler Glowacki, RBI sac-fly, TJ Watcher RBI single, and Joey Rico RBI single. Caden Pearlman was lifted after 0.1 of an inning, taking the loss for Nanaimo. 
The Paws added two more in the second as Jacob French hit his first homer of the season, bringing home Anthony Setticasi. Jacob Schlesselman scored on a passed ball in the sixth to make it 6-0 Kamloops. 
The NightOwls would cut the lead to three in the 8th, with runs scoring on a single and a balk. 
Manato Tateno earned the save pitching 1.1 innings of no-hit ball. 
A two run homer welcomed Chase Taylor to the mound in the rubber-match of the series as the NightOwls jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to Wylie Waters. 
Taylor would settle down from there pitching 5.0IP, 3ER, 3BB, 1K. The third run against Taylor came in the fourth when a throw from catcher Jerry Nix wasn’t handled at second base, allowing Deshon Thomas to score from third. 
The Paws would load the bases in the 2nd, and have a pair of runners on in the third but Aidan Russell managed to escape the jams in both innings to maintain the Nanaimo lead. 
A pair of Kamloops locals would follow Taylor on the bump, with Manny Recchi and Nolan Austin combining for 3 innings of scoreless ball. 
Kamloops would tie things up in the ninth, as Jacob Schlesselman would double home Joey Rico and Jerry Nix to make it 3-2 NightOwls. With Schlesselman on second base representing the tying run and nobody out in the inning, Jaden Bitter would be asked to bunt but was unable to get it down and struck out. Up next Madden Ocko would walk, putting the potential go-ahead run on base in the ninth. Michael Weber would bring home Schlesselman with a single to left, but Ocko would be gunned at the plate, sending the game to the bottom of the 9th all square at 3-3. 
The comeback effort would be for not, as the NightOwls would walk it off in the bottom half on an Aaron Marsh RBI single. 
Friday, June 28 vs Walla Walla, first pitch 6:35
Saturday, June 29 vs Walla Walla, first pitch 6:35 (Pre-Canada Day Celebration)
Sunday, June 30 vs Walla Walla, first pitch 2:05 (Save on Foods Family Day)
Monday, July 1 @ Kelowna, first pitch 6:35
Tuesday, July 2 vs Kelowna, first pitch 6:35
Wednesday, July 3 @ Kelowna, first pitch 6:35
Thursday, July 4 – Off-day
Jenna Forter
General Manager
Kamloops NorthPaws