Michael Koval went six innings for the Kelowna Falcons in Wednesday's 6-0 win over Bellingham.

Michael Koval went six innings for the Kelowna Falcons in Wednesday's 6-0 win over Bellingham.

Falcons and Bells go to deciding game

Kelowna defeats Bellingham in Game 2 of WCL playoff series, forces third game Thursday at Elks Stadium

The Kelowna Falcons got great pitching and timely hitting to tie up their best-of-three West Coast League series with the Bellingham Bells thanks to a 6-0 win on Wednesday night in Kelowna.

Game 3 goes Thursday at Elks Stadium, with the winner moving on to the league final.

In front of 1,109 fans in Game 2, the Falcons scored in the 1st inning on a double steal after Grant Meylan lead off with a double and moved to thirdd on Matt Hearn’s Sacrifice bunt. With Hunter Villanueva on the move following a walk, he would be out at 2nd, but Meylan came home to open the scoring.

Kelowna made it 4-0 in the 4th off a great squeeze bunt from Kyle Plantier for an RBI, followed by a big 2-out, 2-RBI triple from Hearn that opened up the lead.

That was all Michael Koval needed, as he scattered six hits through six innings to pick up the win. Curtis Taylor and Spencer Applebach finished the shutout.

Kelowna added runs in the 6th on an RBI double from Vinny Esposito, and another on an RBI single from Josh Egan in the 7th.

Tickets for Game 3 go on sale at the gate, 5 p.m Thursday.

Kelowna Capital News