When the Kelowna Falcons asked Tanner Morache if he’d like to spend the summer in the Okanagan, the Surrey native didn’t need much time to ponder his answer.
After all, playing with the West Coast League club for the 2013 season will be much like a homecoming for the 20-year-old third baseman from Surrey.
Morache knows the surroundings and city very well, having played for the B.C. Premier Baseball League’s Okanagan Athletics back in 2011.
“When I played here, I loved it,” said Morache. “The town is great, the people are great…so I knew coming back was what I wanted. Coach (Geoff) White and all the other staff have been good to us so far, so it’s good to be back. I’m excited to be here.”
Morache is coming off his second season at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls where, this spring, he batted .385 in conference play with 23 RBIs.
Falcons’ head coach Geoff White looks forward to working with Morache this summer.
“Tanner’s a great athlete,” White said of the 5-foot-10, 175-pound infielder. “He had a really good year at college, we have high expectations for him to come in a do really well for us. He’s played in summer leagues the last couple of years and he’s done well at that, so he’s proven himself to be a really good player.”
After two solid seasons at the College of Southern Idaho, Morache will be making the step up to NCAA Div. 2 next season with Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah.
Morache hopes to hone his game for the next level with a strong summer of baseball in a reputable league and a familiar environment.
“Summer ball is a good place to get your repetitions in and see some live pitching,” said Morache, who played last summer in Swift Current, Sask. “I’m going to want to get stronger, that’s my main goal because I’m going to need that at the next level. And I’m here because it’s fun, too.”
Morache and the Falcons opened the new WCL season on the road this week and are in the midst of a three-game series against the Victoria Harbourcats.
The Falcons will play their traditional free home opener Saturday night against the Bend Elks. Game time at Elks Stadium is 6:35 p.m.