It was another rough outing for the Klamath Falls Falcons, losing 19-2 in five innings against the visiting Eugene Challengers Monday evening.
It started well for the Falcons--John Tacchini started the game off with a double. He would later come around to score on a fielder’s choice to give Klamath Falls the early 1-0 lead.
Through the first two innings, Dylan Fitts worked through the Challengers lineup without giving up a run. In the second inning, Fitts worked out of a bases-loaded jam by getting a strikeout and flyout.
The third inning started like the first two, with Klamath getting two outs and allowing only one baserunner. A clean inning appeared to be on the way, until Curtis Mick bobbled a ground ball at second base. His throw to first wasn’t in time and the inning was extended.
The fielding error proved to be costly for the Falcons. Instead of getting out of the inning the next batter, Prestin White, doubled into right-center gap scoring Cooper Jones and Jonathan Prescott. Two batters later Dane Woodcook doubled to drive in two more runs to give Eugene a 4-1 lead.
The Challengers would add three more runs in the fourth inning when they sent five batters to the plate before the Falcons could record an out.
Klamath Falls would get a run back in the fourth inning when Mick was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to trim the lead to 7-2. It would be as close as the Falcons would get the remainder of the game.
Eugene exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning. Eight batters were sent to plate before the the Falcons could record an out. Of those eight hitters, five reached by either an error, a walk or were hit by a pitch.
Once Jagger Graham got a strikeout for the first out of the inning, Eugene quickly loaded the bases and Eugene made them pay. Peyton Bracy hit a grand slam to right field, bringing home Brandon Good, Kellar Edwards and Prescott to put Eugene comfortably ahead 19-2.
Errors came back to bite the Falcons once again. In the five-inning game they committed five errors. Of the 19 runs that the Klamath Falls pitching staff gave up, only six were earned. Fitts tossed four innings, struck out three and walked four in the losing effort. Jacob Moore gave up seven runs and two earned runs without recording an out in his relief appearance. Graham gave up four earned runs in his one inning of relief.
Due to early deadlines, Game 2 of the doubleheader between Eugene and Klamath Falls did not finish in time. In the third inning, the Challengers held a 4-0 lead over the Falcons. Scott Lewis got the start for the Falcons, allowing one earned run in the first three innings.