Kelowna Falcons

Swept

KELOWNA, BC – The Kelowna Falcons clawed their way back from a large deficit but couldn’t complete the comeback as they fell by an 11-8 score on Thursday night at Elks Stadium to conclude their three-game series. 

Wyatt Hummel made his first start of the season for the Falcons and it started on a rocky note, surrendering a single and walking a pair to load the bases before a wild pitch allowed Kodie Kolden to score the game’s opening run and give the visitors a 1-0 lead. 

Wenatchee extended their lead in the inning to 2-0 with a sacrifice fly coming off the bat of Blake Klassen as the AppleSox jumped ahead before the Falcons could come to the plate. 

Kelowna battled back in the home half of the frame after a lead-off single from Austen Butler. Marvcus Guarin stood in with two outs and laced a double over the head of Ryan Altenberger in right field to bring in his 8th RBI of the season and cut the lead in half as Wenatchee took a 2-1 advantage into the 2nd frame. 

A big play in the game came in the 2nd inning with the Falcons collecting two outs and a ball hit to short where an arrant throw allowed the inning to continue and the AppleSox took advantage of the miscue, putting two men on base for Johnny Sage, who smacked a three-run home run to right center field to give Wenatchee a 5-1 lead. 

Klassen picked up his second RBI of the game with a double to left field to bring home another Wenatchee run as the AppleSox took a commanding 6-1 lead after an inning and a half. 

The visitors added to their lead in the 3rd inning of play with an RBI single off the bat of Altenberger before a two-run double from Kody Darcy, who came on as a replacement for Sage, and extended the Wenatchee lead to 9-1 as Hummel’s start came to an end after three innings of work. 

Back-to-back sacrifice flies for the AppleSox from Connor Kiffer and Justin Lutz pushed the visitors lead to 11-1 before Ezra Samperi put another run on the board for the Falcons with a sacrifice fly of his own, driving in Brad Norton from third for his 6th RBI of the season and an 11-2 score after four innings. 

Kelowna chipped away in the 7th inning, bringing nine batters to the plate and loading the bases with no one out as Butler drew an walk to bring a run home for his 10th RBI of the season before Tyler Grissom earned his team-leading 14th RBI of the year with a sacrifice fly to right field. 

A wild pitch continued the inning of runs for Kelowna as Brayden Merritt plated before Guarin shot a single into left field to score a pair of runs and helped the Falcons chip away at the deficit, trailing 11-7 into the late innings after a five-run 7th inning for the home side. 

Kelowna would pressure again in the 9th, loading the bases with an RBI fielder’s choice from Bradley Norton would be as close as the Falcons would come as they battled back but fell by an 11-8 score. 

The Falcons (1-8/11-24) head back out on the road for the start of three-game series against the Port Angeles Lefties (5-4/15-20) beginning on Friday night. First pitch comes at 6:35 PM from Civic Field.

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