Kelowna Falcons

Falcons Host Champs

They are two of the best teams in the West Coast League through the first 12 games of the season as the Falcons welcome the defending champion Bellingham Bells to town Monday night for a three game series.

The Falcons (8-4) have won seven of the last 10 and are coming off a 5-0 shutout and series win in Yakima yesterday.  Brady Miller and Michael Koval combined to scatter seven hits in the club’s first shutout since 2012.

The Bells (10-5) have collected three wins in their last four games, losing last night, but winning their series against the Wenatchee Applesox.

Coming into this series the Falcons own the league’s second best batting average (.292), slugging percentage (.395) and on-base percentage (.378).   The pitching staff is among the WCL leaders collecting a 3.26 ERA, having allowed the second fewest earned runs (39) and have struck out 85 batters in 107.2 innings.

Ben Gamba leads the Falcons hitters with a .413 average, with 19 hits and 10 RBIs.  Justin Flores is hitting .395 with 15 hits, two homers and nine RBIs.

The Bells pitching staff has been their strength in their first 10 wins.  They have the lowest ERA at 2.58, with the opposition hitting just .230 against them.  They have fanned 100 batters in 129 innings pitched.

The hitters have been good enough to put enough runs on the board for the pitching staff.  The Bells are hitting .241 with eight homeruns, 70 runs scored and 21 doubles.  They have speed on the bases and have swiped 31 bags, second most in the WCL.

Andrew Reichenbach leads the Bells line-up with a .400 average, collecting 16 hits and seven RBIs.

Tonight, bring Dad down for one more Father’s Day treat, as Dads get a ticket for half price, Tuesday get a hotdog or pop for just $2 and on Wednesday help us fill the park as every penny of the gate admission will be donated to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund and there will be fireworks following the game (weather permitting).

All three games in this series will begin at 6:35pm, with the gates opening at 5:30pm.  Tyler Gillies (1-0) gets the start tonight.  The London Ontario native has struck out eight in 11.1 innings of work.  Elias Bedolla (2-0) starts on Tuesday and Kendall Motes (0-0) heads to the bump on Wednesday in his debut.

The Falcons are 13-13 all-time against the Bells at Elks Stadium.

Listen to the voice of the Falcons, Kyle Anderson all series long HERE.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

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