KELOWNA, B.C. — The Everett Merchants were dispatched from the single-elimination Kelowna Tournament on Saturday as a result of a 1-0 defeat delivered by the Burnaby Bulldogs.
After earning a 9-2 win over the Langley Blaze earlier Saturday, the Merchants found themselves pondering how to solve Burnaby starter Tim Fehr. Fehr notched the complete game shutout by striking out 13 Merchants while allowing a meager four hits.
Everett was not without their chances to provide some run support for their own pitcher Chris Seybold, who allowed just the one run while striking out six.
In the fourth inning, Everett managed to get runners on second and third with one out before watching the next two batters strike out. And the inning before that Everett got the first two hitters on base before Fehr struck out the side.
The morning game went quite a bit different for the Merchants. Everett got off to a quick start with a run in the first on a couple of hits and four more in the second on a three-run homer by Bobby LeCount. The lead grew to 7-2 after four innings and when the Merchants added two more in the fifth, the seven-run rule was implemented to send the Blaze home.
LeCount finished 3-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI while Everett starting pitcher Zane Ridings earned the complete game win.