Kelowna Falcons

Bell Rung

KELOWNA, BC – The Kelowna Falcons began their final series of the season with a 14-2 loss to the Bellingham Bells on Friday night at Elks Stadium. 

Falcons starter Adam Sarafinchan made his second West Coast League appearance and got two outs in the first inning before the Bells began a two-out rally, beginning with an RBI triple to right field off the bat of Troy Viola that pushed the visitors ahead. 

Cole Hinkelman kept the pressure on with an RBI single to plate Viola before Christian Dicochea plated a pair with a two-run triple, the second three-bagger of the inning, and gave Bellingham a 4-0 lead after a half inning of play with all of the runs coming with two outs. 

Bellingham added to their advantage in the 2nd inning, jumping ahead by a 5-0 score as Guthrie Morrison punched an RBI single through the left side of the infield to bring home a run for the Bells. 

Sarafinchan sat the Bells down in order in the top half of the 3rd inning before Bellingham brought nine batters to the plate and another four runs in the 4th inning to pull away. 

A two-run double from Hinckelman ended the game for Sarafinchan as he was relieved by left hander Kade Kozak. A two-run single off the bat of Austin Kretzschmar pushed Bellingham ahead by a 9-0 score after three and a half innings of play. 

The Bells increased their lead in the 5th with an RBI double from Viola before the Falcons got on the board and came from a newcomer from the Okanagan Athletics in the way of first baseman Colton Schaper-Kotter. 

With two outs in the home half of the inning, Schaper-Kotter lined a ball deep down the right field for his first West Coast League home run in his Falcons debut and cut the deficit to 10-1 after five innings of play. 

Bellingham added a home run of their own in the 6th inning on a two-run shot from Ethan Smith to push the Bells lead to 12-1 before Matt Voelzke came in to plate for Kelowna in the home half on a throwing error to make the score 12-2 after 6 innings. 

The Bells added to their advantage in the 9th inning with a two-run home run off the bat of Daniel Martin for Bellingham’s second home run of the ballgame and pushed their lead to 14-2, the eventual final score.

The Falcons (7-18/17-34) continue their three-game series against the Bells (8-16/24-27) on Saturday night at Elks Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:35 PM with tickets available on the Falcons website as well as at the gate ahead of the opening pitch of the ballgame.

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