- Updated: January 6, 2017
The Kelowna Falcons will open the 2017 schedule on June 2nd at Elks Stadium against the newest franchise in the West Coast League (WCL); the Port Angeles Lefties.
These two clubs will play a three-game series in Kelowna, before boarding the bus and travelling 595.8kms for the Lefties home opener on June 5th in Port Angeles, Washington.
The Falcons will open their 17th summer with high expectations with returning manager Bryan Donohue at the helm. Last year was Donohue’s first leading the Falcons to a 25-29 record.
“After being in the league a year,” says Donohue, “its very apparent how consistent play can rack up a lot of wins and keep you toward the top of the standings. We knocked on the door all year to break through from being a .500 team but lacked the consistency on the mound and at the plate to push forward. Keeping routines simple and getting guys to buy in to finding ways to win even when we’re not at our best will be key.”
Once again this summer, the Falcons will play a 54 game schedule with 26 home dates. The regular season will conclude on August 6th just prior to the WCL playoffs. In addition to the Lefties, fans in Kelowna will see the Gresham Greywolves, Wenatchee Applesox, Victoria Harbourcats, Yakima Pippins, Walla Walla Sweets, Bend Elks, Bellingham Bells and Cowlitz Black Bears.
The second year skipper believes he is ahead of last summer, “The biggest change from this year to last is how early we got on filling our roster. It really came together well using my resources and Mark’s (Nonis, General Manager) connections to getting the guys that we wanted. We have some key guys coming back along with some proven players from all over the country. I’m really excited about this roster and getting them focused on winning a title. Knowing where we were last year with what we had, I can’t wait to get going again.”
Season tickets are available now by calling the Falcons headquarters at 250-763-4100. For a complete schedule click FALCONS 2017 SCHEDULE.
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