The Kelowna Falcons are in Bellingham this week for a three-game series with the Bells. -Image: Douglas Farrow/Contributor

Falcons battle Bells for first

On a four-game winning streak, Kelowna visits Bellingham in West Coast League action

With a four-game winning streak under their belts, the Kelowna Falcons headed south this week in search of first place in the West Coast League’s North Division.

Tonight, the Falcons open a three-game series in Bellingham against the division-leading Bells.

Kelowna (9-6) trails the Bells (10-5) by one game for top spot.

“We have some good teams in this region and obviously looking at the standings we have to keep up with Bellingham,” said Falcons head coach Bryan Donohue. “We’re really looking forward to this series. We’re just playing solid.”

The Falcons are fresh off a three-game sweep of the Yakima Valley Pippins at Elks Stadium.

Kelowna closed out the series Monday with an 8-3 win. James Brooks was the winning pitcher and threw for six innings. He was followed by Anthony Garcia, Brandon Marklund and Ryan Smith to close out the game.

Donohue was also extremely happy with his team’s offense, which put up eight runs or more for the fourth time this season.

“Our plate approach tonight was what it needs to be. It was aggressive and we got some really big hits from Taylor Wright.”

Wright went 3-for-3, with a double, single, four RBIs and crossed the plate twice to score a pair of runs.

The Falcons next home action is next Monday, June 26 against the Cowlitz Black Bears.

Burn Fund charity game

Next Wednesday, June 28, the Falcons will host the sixth annual BC Fire Fighters Burn Fund charity game with all game ticket sales being donated.

The Falcons are hoping to raise $50,000.

“It’s a lofty goal,” says Falcons General Manager Mark Nonis. “That said; this is always one of our biggest nights of the year at the ballpark and the dollar amount each year continues to climb thanks to our amazing fans and our corporate partners. Everyday these fire fighters put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. When something goes wrong the Burn Fund is there, so this is one way we know how to give back to them.”

Once again the game itself is just part of this massive event which culminates with an exciting fireworks display in centerfield. During the game fans of all ages can enjoy the face painting, bouncy castles and food. Then following the game, fans will be entertained with a live concert just prior to the fireworks show.

If that wasn’t enough a mystery guest celebrity has been scheduled to throw out the ceremonial opening pitch.

Tickets are just $10.00 and can be purchased online HERE or at Kelowna’s Main Fire Hall at 2255 Enterprise Way during regular business hours.

In the previous five years this Falcons charity game has raised over $150,000 for the BC Burn Fund and is hoping to add to that total on June 28th when they host the Cowlitz Black Bears.

For more information on the game, the event or to donate call the Falcons headquarters at 250-763-4100.

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