Falcons back on home soil Friday

After their longest road trip of the season, the Kelowna Falcons return to the friendly surroundings of Elks Stadium this weekend for West Coast League action.

On Friday night, the Falcons will open a three-game series against the division rival Yakima Valley Pippins. First pitch is 6:35 p.m. The game has been designated Capital News night.

Kelowna will then host Kitsap in a three-game set beginning Tuesday, July 29.

After a difficult first half of the 2014 campaign, the Falcons have been showing signs of turning their season in a better direction.

Heading into Thursday night's action in Wenatchee, the Falcons (13-25) had won five of their last seven games.

In the victories, Kelowna scored 46 runs, including 17 on Tuesday night against the Apple Sox.

Between an onslaught of injuries and players leaving the team, it's been a challenge for head coach Billy Clontz to field a consistent lineup on a regular basis.

But now that the dust has pretty much settled, with 26 players currently on the roster, GM Mark Nonis said the Falcons are beginning to play like a cohesive and relaxed ball club.

"We're down to a skeleton crew now, these guys are just heading to the ball park and going into each game loose and ready to play," said Nonis. "The guys are relaxed, they're playing without pressure and just enjoying it. The guys are playing better baseball and the wins are coming."

The Falcons' are hoping Canadian-born infielder Kevin Biro will return to the lineup this weekend. The UBC Thunderbird and Deep Bay native has been sidelined since July 17 with a hamstring injury.

Starting with Friday's date against Yakima, the Falcons have 15 games remaining in the season, including 12 of those at home.

Kelowna will wrap up the season at Elks Sunday, Aug. 10 against the Walla Walla Sweets.



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