RENO, NV — The Klamath Falls Falcons dropped a pair of games Saturday in the Reno Tournament.
The Falcons were shutout 5-0 against Carson City Blue Jays then squandered a three-run lead in the sixth inning, falling 16-6 to the Withnell Dodgers in six innings.
The Klamath Fall lineup had no answer for the Blue Jays’ Damien Branco who tossed a complete-game shutout while striking out seven hitters. Branco allowed just two hits and walked three batters. A Cade Fanning double and Garrett Campbell were the only hits the Falcons could muster.
Despite earning the loss, Dylan Fitts kept the Falcons in the game, allowing just two runs (both unearned) in 4 1/3 innings of work. However, he did issue six walks. Campbell came in and allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
The Falcons appeared to be on their way for their first win of the tournament against the Withnell Dodgers Saturday evening. Klamath Falls took a 6-4 lead with RBIs from Gavin Graham (2), John Tacchini, Bailey Whitlock and Dylan Short.
Then the bottom of the sixth happened and a two-run lead snowballed into a 10-run deficit which ended the game.
After playing error-free ball through the first five innings, three errors were committed in the field in the sixth inning alone — all coming with two outs. The Dodgers scored 11 runs with two outs to earn the victory.
Friday, the Falcons fell to Damonte Ranch 7-4. Kaden Balanos, Garrett Campbell and Jagger Graham drove in runs for Klamath Falls in the loss.
Win and loss for Cardinals
Both games between Eagle Point and the Klamath Falls Cardinals at Kiger Stadium Saturday ended in blowout defeats, with each team earning a win.
The Cardinals took the first game, winning 11-1 behind a complete game, three-hitter from pitcher Dylan Sreniawski.
However, Eagle Point would return the favor with a 17-6 win in the second game.
It was a big day at the plate for Jacob Cook who drove in three runs and scored three times. Braden Davis also scored three times. Dylan Tobias and Sander Allison also plated two runs to lead the Cardinal offense.
An interesting note from the first game, despite the lopsided score, Cardinal hitters struck out a combined 10 times to Eagle Point’s two.
The Cardinal offense wasn’t nearly as potent in the second game.
Allison and Tobias (finishing with a game-high three hits) each drove in two runs again for the Cardinals in the second game.
Eagle Point would put the game out of reach scoring 10 runs in the third inning, sending 16 batters in the plate. In the third inning alone, the Cardinals issued eight free passes in the inning by either a walk, error or a hit batter. Five hits, including a home run, a double and three singles compounded those free passes.
The Cardinals now have a 7-11 record for the summer.