Kelowna Falcons

Finishing Act

The Kelowna Falcons finished the regular season on a high note, picking up a victory in the final game of the 2018 campaign and earning a series win over the Wenatchee AppleSox with an 11-3 victory on Wednesday night at Elks Stadium.

For the second consecutive night, Kelowna’s offence collected 17 hits and brought home double digits in runs with Dan Pruitt having his second straight three RBI night along and an accumulation of seven Falcons hitters to have RBI’s on the night to help Kelowna finish the year strong with a series win over the AppleSox.

The other news on the night for Kelowna pertained to the out-of-town scoreboard as with the Portland Pickles 10-3 victory over the Victoria HarbourCats meant the Falcons are playoff bound for the third time in the last four seasons.

A sacrifice fly opened the scoring for Wenatchee before Kelowna was quick to respond in the bottom half of the inning thanks to an RBI single off the bat of Lucas Soper through the left side of the infield to get the game even at 1-1 after one inning.

The AppleSox took their second lead of the game on an RBI groundout from Connor McCord, his second RBI of the contest, before the Falcons blew the game open and sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the 3rd inning.

Dan Pruitt clubbed his 7th home run of the season over the wall in left field to tie the game up at 2-2 before a broken bat single from Mike Pineiro began a two-out rally that saw the Falcons collect six runs and seven hits over the stretch, including two-run singles off the bats of Jake Fischer, Taylor Wright and Pruitt to help Kelowna to a 9-2 lead after three innings.

Wenatchee added a run in the 4th inning with a lead-off home run from JT Schwartz to cut the lead to 9-3 but Pineiro pushed the lead back to seven and gave Kelowna double-digit runs for the second straight night with an RBI single to push the Falcons lead to 10-3 after four innings of play.

The scoring in the game concluded in the 5th inning as Davis Todosichuk became the seventh Falcon to find the scoresheet with an RBI as he drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and gave Kelowna an 11-3 lead, the eventual final score.

Kelowna used eight pitchers in the game with James Brooks being the only hurler to throw more than one inning. Brooks started the game and went two innings before giving way to the bullpen for the remainder of the game. Hunter Boyd started for the AppleSox before Karver Pate and Brian Marquez came on in relief to finish the game. Pruitt earned the win in his one inning of relief while Boyd was saddled with the loss.

The Falcons are one of four teams in the West Coast League to contend for the postseason and will begin their playoff run on Friday night with Game #1 of their best-of-three series against the Bellingham Bells at Elks Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM with tickets available on the Falcons website or at the door ahead of the opening of the ballgame.

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