Kelowna Falcons

Bell Rung

The Kelowna Falcons finished their 2018 road schedule with a tightly-contested 4-2 loss to the Bellingham Bells on Sunday afternoon at Joe Martin Field.

Bellingham scored twice in the first two innings before striking twice in the 5th frame to help them to the win in what was a well-pitched game from both sides and offence hard to come by.

The Bells opened the scoring in the game in the bottom half of the 1st inning beginning with a lead-off single from Guthrie Morrison setting the table for an RBI groundout to give the Bells a 1-0 lead after an inning of play.

Bellingham grabbed a two-run advantage in the 2nd inning as a two-out run put the Bells up 2-0. Connor Mack laced an RBI double down the left field line that helped the Bells to a two-run lead after a pair of innings.

The Falcons got the game tied in the 4th inning against Bells starter Nick Hull as the offence worked its way back into the game. Mike Pineiro brought in a run with an RBI single before Adam Stevens collected his first hit as a Falcon and tied the game at 2-2.

Bradley Stookey started the game for Kelowna and lasted into the 5th inning before the Bells grabbed their second lead of the game. McLain sent an RBI triple to the right field wall to push Bellingham ahead by a 3-2 score.

Reliever Ian Turner took over after that, inducing a pop out before catching a runner on at first attempting to steal to collect the third out of the 5th inning. The Bells scored another run in the inning as McLain came in on the rundown between first and second to push Bellingham ahead by a 4-2 score.

Marcos Cuenca held the Falcons in check with three strong innings out of the bullpen before Peter Kemble came on in the 8th inning and pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game for Bellingham.

Turner lasted 2.2 innings and was terrific, striking out the side in the 6th inning and allowing no runs through his time on the mound. Dan Pruitt took the bump in the 8th for Kelowna and worked his way to a scoreless frame in his first pitching appearance of the season.

Stookey took the loss for Kelowna in the game while Cuenca picked up the victory for the Bells. The final series of the regular season for the Falcons gets underway against the Wenatchee AppleSox on Monday night at Elks Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM with tickets available at the Falcons website or at the door ahead of the start of the game.

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