Kelowna Falcons

Playoff Hopes Alive

The Kelowna Falcons saw their offence explode for 15 runs and 17 hits as they picked up a 15-1 victory over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Tuesday night at Elks Stadium.

Jake Fischer collected four RBI’s while Dan Pruitt mashed two home runs and ten Falcons collected hits as Kelowna kept their postseason hopes alive with the commanding win over the AppleSox.

In a battle of strike-throwing starting pitchers, the Falcons opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Kelowna pressured with a pair of runners on and two outs before Jake Fischer sliced a two-run single to right field to put the Falcons on the board first and give them a 2-0 lead.

“They’re starter did a great job tonight and I was able to get a fastball with two outs on the outer half,” commented the Falcons catcher, “I put a good swing on it and brought in two runs and was seeing the ball well tonight.”

The Falcons added to the advantage in the 3rd inning after a Davis Todosichuk walk out him on for Taylor Wright, who blooped a double down the left field line to bring Todosichuk in to score and give Kelowna a 3-0 lead after two innings of play.

Brigden pitched well in his first few innings, stranding Wenatchee runners on the corners in each of the 2nd and 4th innings before working his way out of a bases loaded, two-out jam in the 5th inning to keep the Falcons lead in tact.

Kelowna got to starter Curtis Bafus in the 5th inning, scoring three times with an RBI double by Todosichuk and a two-run home run from Dan Pruitt putting the Falcons ahead 6-0.

The AppleSox got on the board with a sacrifice fly before offensive onslaught continued for the Falcons in the 6th inning with two more runs coming across before a four-run 7th inning blew the game open.

Pruitt led off the inning with his second home run of the night and 6th of the season before RBI’s from Fischer, Matt Voelzke and Todosichuk pushed Kelowna ahead by a 12-1 score.

Kelowna added three more runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take a commanding 15-1 lead in the game, which was the eventual final score. Trevor Brigden picked up the win, pitching six innings while allowing a run with Curtis Bafas taking the loss, going 4.2 innings pitched allowing four runs on seven hits.

“Brig(den) was dominant all night and can’t remember very many times where he didn’t hit my glove,” stated Fischer, “He commanded well tonight and when you do that, it gives the team a good chance to win.”

“I have no doubt that if we play like that and keep our momentum going, we’ll be in the playoffs and playing on Friday.”

The Falcons (27-26/13-14) finish their 2018 regular season schedule on Wednesday night as they host the Wenatchee AppleSox (26-27/15-12) at Elks Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM with tickets available for purchase at the Falcons website or at the door ahead of the first pitch of the game.

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