Kelowna Falcons

Win Streak Hits Four

The Kelowna Falcons (16-9) defeated the Yakima Valley Pippins (12-12) by a score of 11-5 on Saturday night. Both teams came into the contest riding hot streaks. The Falcons were winners of three in a row, while the Pippins had run their streak to five.

When the dust settled, Kelowna was the victor once again. The Falcons haven’t lost to the Pippins yet this season and are a perfect 4-0.

Kade Mechals made his third start of the season and was a dominant force again, going seven innings and allowing five hits with two earned runs. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out eight along the way.

Bryan Donohue, the Falcons manager, had this to say about his young pitcher. “He was pretty electric tonight. He had everything going. His velocity was there. the tone he set for us off the mound was going to make anything we did offensively seem like much taller of a hill to climb. He was throwing anything he wanted at any time he wanted. He set the tone for us.”

Kelowna was able to smash a total of 13 hits on the night, with multiple players hitting two or more. DJ Daniels, Matt Bottcher, Ian Dawkins, Matt Voelzke and Taylor Wright all registered a pair in the hit column. Wright had a huge offensive game and smashed a three-run homer and over the course of the night, he collected four RBI.

Donohue also commented on his team’s offensive prowess. He said, “That was a great job by our offense to pick us up. Keeping our lead at three in the later innings was massive. We put in some quality at bats and in the top of the top of the ninth were able to add three runs to our total. We had our guys working the count, making sure they didn’t chase pitches out of the zone and getting on base. Then we just had a couple massive hits by Chris Arpan and Logan Steinberg.”

Donohue also praised the play of Wright. He said, “He’s been doing it all year. He’s hitting so well right now. Anytime someone makes any mistake over the plate, he’ll make them pay for it. I think the thing that’s made him so successful is that when he gets those mistakes he puts on a quality swing and he’s on time. He’s not trying to do too much. It’s pretty awesome to see him being so consistent for us.”

The Falcons will look to continue their hot streak and will face the Pippins in game two of the series at 5:05 pm. Kelowna owns the best record in the West Coast League at (16-9) and is looking to punch their playoff ticket.

Falcons Play by Play and Recaps Provided by Anthony Fusco.

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