Kelowna Falcons

Bears Win Opener

The Kelowna Falcons (5-5) dropped the series opening game against the Cowlitz Black Bears (3-7) by a score of 6-4. The Falcons drew first blood, with Taylor Wright driving home second baseman Jake Malone with a booming RBI double in the top of the first.

The Black Bears were able to fire right back and put a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the first. They didn’t fall behind for the rest of the game and were able to tack on four more runs over the course of the nine innings.

It was 4-1 when Wright came up to bat in the top of the fifth. The Falcons shortstop had an impressive night at the plate and recorded his team-leading second home run of the season. That would put the Falcons down by two runs.

Cowlitz would tag the Falcons for another couple runs late in the ballgame that basically put the score out of reach. The top of the ninth saw Kelowna put their rally caps on and go to work. Chris Arpan hit a ground rule double to start, but then the Bears defense was able to quickly put out a pair of Falcons.

Jimmy Cubillos came up for his first at-bat as a Falcon and worked a walk that put him on first. Logan Steinberg then rocketed a double to deep centre that scored a pair of runs for the Falcons. The club came close but would ultimately fall after the brief rally.

Falcons hurler Hunter Bruno was tagged with the loss and his record now sits even at 1-1.

Bryan Donohue, the Falcons manager, on what he saw during the game tonight. “They made us pay for some elevated pitches. We missed some opportunities offensively. They out hit us and the two spot they put up in the eighth hurt.”

He continued on by plotting a plan for tomorrow by saying, “We need to do a better job of getting ahead of their hitters tomorrow because that will keep their bats at bay.”

The Falcons will look to get back to their winning ways when they take on the Black Bears in game two tomorrow night at 6:35 pm. Canadian lefty Niall Windeler will be on the bump.

Falcons Play by Play and Recaps provided by Anthony Fusco.


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