Falcons Stave Off Nuggets in 9-6 Victory

GRANTS PASS, Ore – The Klamath Falls Falcons (2-1) held off a late Grants Pass (0-3) rally to beat the Nuggets 9-6 on Tuesday night at Agnew Lytle Field.

Each team scored two runs in the first inning with Marcos Ulloa-Ford and P.J Safford picking up RBIs on groundouts. The Falcons were dormant until a five-run sixth inning blew the door open. Carson Siems looped a base hit to score Lane Frank and load the bases. Then, Mark Carpenter hit a grand slam to improve the Falcons’ lead to 7-2. Klamath Falls also scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings with an RBI credited to Ulloa-Ford.

The Nuggets rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with back-to-back-to-back singles from Bloodworth, Zauher, and Matthew each knocking in a run. Grants Pass added another run in the bottom of the ninth when Bloodworth scored on a passed ball. The Nuggets left two runners in scoring position to end the game.

Mark Carpenter got the start for the Falcons and worked 2.0 innings allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out four batters. Kollin Tacchini picked up the win pitching 3.0 middle innings giving up six hits, three runs, and striking out four. Chase Knecht and Marcos Ulloa-Ford each saw 2.0 innings on the hill combining for three hits, a run, and four strikeouts. Fischer was handed the loss for the Nuggets, pitching 2.0 innings and giving up five runs.

Errors plagued both teams, as the Nuggets allowed three errors which led to three unearned Falcons runs. Klamath Falls committed six errors leading to two unearned Grants Pass runs. .

Bloodworth led the Nuggets offensively turning in a 3-5 performance with an RBI and a run scored. Kissel and Matthew were the other Nuggets with multiple hits. Matthew also added an RBI for his part.

Mark Carpenter led the charge for the Falcons with a 2-4 line and a grand slam totaling four RBI on the game and three runs scored. Carson Siems was the other Falcon with multiple hits going 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Ulloa-Ford, P.J. Safford, Jacoby Tacchini, Carson Pimley, and Ryan Glidden all had one hit.

The Nuggets are off until the weekend when they travel to Chico, California for a tournament. The Falcons will travel to Roseburg for their annual Father’s Day Tournament this weekend. The opening game of the tournament is Friday at 3:15 p.m. against the Mid-Valley Southpaws.


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