Kelowna Falcons

Bears Take Game Two

The Kelowna Falcons (5-6) fell to the Cowlitz Black Bears (4-7) by a score of 2-0. The Falcons were shutout for the first game this season and were unable to get much going offensively, and that proved to be their undoing.

They managed a paltry four hits through nine innings, with Jake Malone, Connor Gurnik, Matt Scheffler and Alex McGarry managing to put the bat on the ball.

The Falcons have now lost two straight series. The previous three games saw them drop two before winning the finale against the Gresham GreyWolves. The Falcons will look to avoid the sweep once again and bring their record back to the .500 mark.

Bryan Donohue, the Falcons head coach, commented about the lack of offense and the overall game. He said, “I thought we could have done a better job with two strikes. We’ve been struggling at that. Offensively speaking, we have to simply things. I think some guys are struggling right now and instead of making an adjustment that can put ourselves in a better position to hit, they’re just trying to do too much at the plate.”

Donohue continued on, touching on the defensive play and on starting pitcher Niall Windeler. “We played clean defense for much of the game, that was good. Starting pitcher (Niall) Windeler gave us a great outing tonight.” Speaking of Windeler, he takes the loss and his record shifts to 2-1.

As for the overall tone of the game, Donohue wants more out of his lineup, saying “We need to do a better job of getting runners on base. We had a lot of strikeouts, a lot of weak contact outs. When you get into a game like this where both starters are throwing as well as they are, one run is huge. I would have loved to have scored one early because it changes the whole complexion of the game.”

Donohue hopes his team learned from the game tonight. He said, “I just hope we can learn how to get back into games a bit better when we are facing a quality arm like that. I think we went the wrong way tonight by trying to do too much at the plate rather than maintain control.”

The Falcons and Black Bears conclude the series Thursday night at 6:35 pm.

Falcons Play by Play and Recaps courtesy of Anthony Fusco.

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