Kelowna Falcons


KELOWNA, B.C. – The Kelowna Falcons saw their winless stretch fall to six games as they dropped the opening of a three-game series to the Victoria HarbourCats by a 15-5 score on Friday night at Elks Stadium.

The ball was flying at Elks Stadium with the team’s combining for 6 home runs total, including a pair of two-run homers and seven RBI’s from newcomer Tyson Hays helped the HabourCats to a monster night at the plate and a big victory. 

The HarbourCats wasted no time getting on the scoreboard and took the lead in the top half of the 1st inning with a pair of runs. Victoria loaded the bases with one out before a wild pitch allowed the opening run to score as well as a sacrifice fly from Joe Butler to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage. 

Victoria added to their lead in the 2nd inning in bringing nine batters to the plate, highlighted by a two-run home run to left center field off the bat of Tyson Hays before a bases loaded walk by Butler drew his 2nd RBI of the night and a three-run second to make it a 5-0 Victoria lead. 

Kelowna would have a response as they loaded the bases with no one out in the 3rd frame with Matt Voelzke coming through with an RBI single backup the middle for his 2nd RBI of the season and cutting the deficit to 5-1. 

The scoring would settle a bit as both starters came out of the game with Zach Jacobs lasting 2+ innings for Kelowna and Jack Neely going 3 innings for the HarbourCats, allowing a single run in his first start of the season. 

After Victoria plated a pair in the 6th inning on a two-run homer from Nick Adams and a solo shot from Nick Plaia in the 7th, the Falcons bats came alive with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame including a pair of their own home runs. 

The Falcons got a pair of runners on for Dan Pruitt, who lined a shot deep to left field for his second home run of the season and the three-run dinger gave the Falcons some life before Matt Voelzke hammered a solo homer to left field for his first of the year and cut the HarbourCats lead to 8-5. 

Victoria was quick to answer, tallying three runs of their own and courtesy of another two-run blast from Hays, his second of the game and the sixth total home run between the two teams. An error allowing a run to score from second base and give Victoria an 11-5 advantage into the late innings. 

Hays was at it again in the top of the 9th as he laced a ball over the head of right fielder Austen Butler to the wall that cleared the bases and scored three runs to earn 7 RBI’s on the night and give Victoria a commanding lead in the final inning and take the first game of the series by a 15-5 score. 

The Falcons (1-6) host the HarbourCats (5-4) for the second time in the three-game set on Saturday night at Elks Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM with tickets available at the Falcons website as well as at the gate ahead of the opening pitch.

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