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GreyWolves claim season's first sweep

Gresham takes three from Kelowna to begin the second half of the WCL schedule

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams Ryan Smith made a team-high seven catches in center field during the GreyWolves 3-1 win in Kelowna on Friday.

Friday, July 8

Team Score
Gresham GreyWolves
Kelowna Falcons

The Gresham GreyWolves scored its first series sweep of the season last week in Kelowna, capped by David Wallum's three-hitter in a 3-1 win Friday night.

The GreyWolves pounced early, getting RBI-singles from Ryan Rodriguez and Ryan Smith in the first inning.

“Whenever you can put doubt in the other team's mind early on it's great,” Gresham coach Justin Barchus said.

Kelowna got one run back in the second, but that proved to be all it could muster. Wallum was nearly untouchable the rest of the way, retiring 21 of the final 22 batters he would face. The Falcons only threat came on Brendt Citta's double to right field in the eighth inning, but a fly out and a grounder to third base ended the threat.

The team's first sweep of the summer has come at a pivotal point, vaulting the GreyWolves to the top of the South Division standings to begin the second half of the season.

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Look for expanded coverage in our Tuesday, July 12, print edition.