Kelowna Falcons


WENATCHEE, WA. – The Kelowna Falcons suffered late inning pitching trouble in falling in the final game of their three-game series to the Wenatchee AppleSox by a 16-8 score on Thursday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. 

For the second time in three games, the Falcons were able to find the scoreboard first and came in the way of a two-out rally that resulted in a two-run double off the bat of Tyler Grissom in the 3rd inning that pushed the visitors ahead by a 2-0 score. 

Kelowna jumped ahead by a 3-0 score on a passed ball that scored Richi Sede from third base before the AppleSox got within a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning on a solo home run from Kody Darcy as starting pitcher James Bradwell’s night came to an end after three innings of work. 

The teams traded runs in the 5th inning before Wenatchee started to mount their comeback effort and the offensive barrage for the AppleSox came about in the late innings. 

The top of the 7th inning saw no runs scored for the Falcons but some July 4th fireworks came out of the frame. Austen Butler went sliding into second base on a potential double play and clipped the back leg of Quin Ayers with no throw going to first. Ayers took exception and had a few words for Butler before giving him a shove and emptying the benches on both sides. Ayers and Grissom were ejected from the game before the game heading into the bottom half of the frame. 

A bases clearing triple from Dalton Harum was the big hit in the AppleSox half 7th inning that propelled the AppleSox to a 5-4 lead, their first of the game, before eventually plating six runs in the frame and taking an 8-4 lead into the 8th inning. 

The Falcons had an immediate response in the top half of the inning, with the first four batters getting on base and scoring runs as Sede came up with a huge double to the right center field gap that cleared the bases for a pair of RBI’s counting to his name. Jake Fischer tied the game with a sacrifice fly that brought home Sede and evened the score 8-8 before the AppleSox put the finishing touches on the scoring in the bottom of the inning. 

Sending 9 men to the plate, after 10 went in the 7th, and added 8 runs to their score to take a commanding 16-8 lead. A bases clearing double with no one out from Blake Klassen was the highlight of an inning that saw 6 Wenatchee hits and scoring 14 runs over the span of the 7th and 8th innings to come away with a victory in the series finale between the two sides. 

The Falcons (8-15) wrap up their first half of the WCL season as they host the South Division’s Walla Walla Sweets (17-7) for a three-game series beginning Friday night at Elks Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM with tickets available on the Falcons website as well as at the gate ahead of the opening pitch.

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