Kelowna Falcons

Sweets Take Series

The 2016 West Coast League season came to a close on Sunday night for the Falcons in game three of their home series against the Walla Walla Sweets. While the Falcons had hoped to end the year on a high note, the Sweets set out with the same goal in mind, and the birds ultimately fell by a score of 7-3.

With playoffs out of the picture, the Falcons used their final game as a chance to spread out some playing time and put on a show for the Falcons faithful in attendance. Despite the lopsided score, it was an exciting end to the season, with a combined 24 hits between the two clubs, 9 of which belonged to the home side.

Falcons’ shortstop Lane Lacrone padded his team lead in a few categories, adding 3 hits to his team-leading 47, and making 5 plate appearances to bolster his at-bat lead for the club. The rest of the team spread out the work, with no other Falcon recording a multi-hit night, although Tevin Mitchell did go 1-for-1 in his only attempt in the batter’s box.

Righty Riley Moore got the start on the hill for the Falcons, and he played the role of ironman. He went 8 complete innings, and despite giving up a tough five-run third inning, he was effective.

Things got away from the birds in that third inning thanks in large part to some odd bounces and timely hits going the Sweets’ way. Moore settled in after that and cruised, throwing scoreless ball until the seventh inning when fatigue likely played a factor in the last two runs surrendered.

Jared Morton was steady as always in relief, pitching the final frame and keeping the Walla Walla bats in check.

Falcons’ manager Bryan Donohue wanted to end the season with a victory, but he gave credit to the visitors who came in and got the job done. “They did a good job of connecting some hits, they executed some team stuff really well, t was tough for us to bury ourselves in a hole.”

With that, the Falcons end the season with a 12-15 record, and a fourth place finish in the North division.

Story by Matt Inglis – Falcons Media

Photo courtesy Matt Inglis

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