Cole Pofek went 4-4 and drove in six runs in the Pippins 14-6 win over the Kelowna Falcons on Wednesday, snapping a four game losing streak.
During their four game skid, the Pippins never had a lead. Of the thirty runs given up during the streak, ten came in the first two innings. Hunter French made sure that he would give the Pippins offense a chance to give him the lead.
French would set down twelve straight batters to start the game, going into the fifth inning with a perfect game.
The Pippins offense got going in the third when Pofek crushed a ball over the right field wall for his first home run of the year, giving the Pippins a 1-0 lead.
The Pippins played add on in the third with Elijah Greene and Pofek checking in with RBI singles to give the Pippins a 3-0 lead.
Leading off the top of the fifth, Dan Pruitt smoked a ball to the left center field wall, getting a double and the first Falcons base hit and base runner of the game. French was able to hold him at second inducing three straight fly outs to post a zero in the fifth.
The offense exploded in the bottom half of the inning and for the third time, Pofek was right in the middle of it. With runners on second and third with one out, Pofek lined a ball into right field, driving in both runners. Falcons starter Stone Churby would be chased but the bullpen didn’t fare much better. Cody Jefferis followed with a 13 pitch at bat, drawing a walk. Later in the inning with two outs, Bryce Wooldridge knocked in a run with a single. A wild pitch would later score Jefferis from third. By the end of the fifth inning, the Pippins had a 7-0 lead.
The Falcons slowly started mounting a comeback in the sixth, finally getting to French. With two on and two out, Taylor Wright sent a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right field for a three run home run, cutting the lead to 7-3.
The Pippins answered in the bottom half of the inning as Pofek added to his day with another two run single.
In the seventh, the Falcons were able to knock French out of the game with back to back doubles by Trent Tinglestad and Lucas Soper, followed by an RBI single from Thomas Rudinsky. Cole Jones came in from the bullpen and gave up two singles and hit batter and two wild pitches, recording just one out. Tanner Inouye was able to put out the fire, recording the final two outs of the inning. The Falcons had the lead cut to 9-6.
The Pippins offense continued to score, trading blows with the Falcons. In the seventh, a wild pitch with runners at second and third brought in a run and a sacrifice fly by Conor Allard brought in another run. In the eighth inning, a wild pitch and sacrifice fly would once again score two runs.
Inouye would hold down the Falcons offense the rest of the way and the Pippins snapped their four game losing streak with a resounding 14-6 win over the Falcons.
The Pippins go for the series win on Thursday. First pitch at 6:35.
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