07/20/2015 8:02 AM
Pitcher Curtis Taylor of UBC
Kelowna right-hander Curtis Taylor of University of British Columbia tossed a complete game shutout this past Saturday at Elks Stadium to earn a 1-0 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox and WCL Player of the Week honors for July 13-19.
Taylor was masterful only allowing 2 hits while walking none and striking out 8. With the victory, Curtis improved his record to 3-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.03. The right-hander from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia has made 8 appearances and 5 starts, and struck out 30 over 35.1 innings pitched this summer.
This past spring, Taylor starred at UBC as the Thunderbirds closer as he made 24 appearances, logged 53 innings, registered 12 saves, struck out 51, walked 13 and went 4-2 with a 1.02 ERA to earn honorable mention NAIA All-America honors.
This past week saw several outstanding performances including a big week by Taylor's Falcons' teammate Hunter Villanueva of Fresno Pacific, a WCL All-Star, who went 7-for-14 with 7 runs scored, a .632 on base percentage, 3 home runs and 6 RBIs for the East Division-leading Kelowna Falcons (24-12).
Also having superb weeks were Victoria's Ben Polshuk of Cal Poly who went 6-for-14 with 2 homers and 7 RBIs, Kitsap southpaw John Oltman of Creighton who earned a complete game 4-1 win at Medford and Cowlitz WCL All-Star Joe Balfour of Mt. Hood CC who beat the defending champion Bellingham Bells at David Story Field 1-0 twirling 8 shutout innings.