WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Cale Coshow tossed eight shutout innings to lead Kelowna to a 5-0 victory over the Sweets on Saturday night at Borleske Stadium.
The Falcons (28-23) clinched the season-series with the victory over the Sweets (21-28). Walla Walla was shutout for the sixth time this year.
Kelowna got on the board quickly, plating a run in its first at-bat. Cameron Alvarado singled to start the game, took second on a passed ball moved to third on a sac bunt. Then, with one out and runners on the corners, Greg Friesen hit a ground ball to second that appeared to be an inning-ending double play. Kyle Pearson, however, broke up the return throw with a hard slide at second, allowing the run to score.
Walla Walla then missed out on several chances to tie the game and take the lead over the next four innings. Back-to-back two-out hits from Brett Jacobs and Spencer O'Neil in the first put runners on the corners but a ground ball to second ended the inning. The Sweets then loaded the bases with one out in the third on two hits and a walk. Coshow buckled down, however, getting a strikeout and a ground ball to first to leave them loaded.
The Falcons opened the game up in the fifth inning. Kyle Moses and Brock Slavin started the inning with singles before moving up on a ground ball to first. Alvarado then ripped a two-run double passed a diving Ryan Cooper in left to make it 3-0, and Kyle Pearson capped the inning with a two-out double to score Alvarado.
The Sweets had one more chance against Coshow in the sixth but were subdued. O'Neil and Marc Garza both walked with one out but Coshow came back to get a fly ball to center and a line drive to short to end the threat.
Garrett Tygerson started for the Sweets and lasted five innings. He allowed four runs on six hits and walked three. Tygerson suffered his third loss of the summer. Connor Lawhead came on in the sixth and was outstanding over four innings of relief. He allowed a single run on just two hits and struck out three. Lawhead retired the side in order in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings.
The Sweets will wrap up the home portion of the 2012 season on Sunday against the Falcons. It is Fan Appreciation Night and there will be fireworks following the game. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.