The Kelowna Falcons return to the friendly surroundings of Elks Stadium this weekend to open a six-game West Coast League home stand.
On Friday, the Cowlitz Black Bears will be in Kelowna for the first of a three-game series between the clubs. Game time both Friday and Saturday is 6:35 p.m., and 6:05 on Sunday.
Following the Cowlitz series, the Falcons will host the Bend Elks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
Kelowna was in Kitsap Thursday night to close out a three-game series with the Bluejackets.
On Tuesday, the Falcons edged Kitsap 5-4 for their first win of the 2011 WCL season.
On Wednesday, Kelowna made it two in a row with a 5-0 win as left hander Cody Dickson from Sam Houston State tossed eight innings of one-hit ball. The win pushed the Falcons season record to 2-6.
For more information on the Falcons visit kelownafalcons.com, or the WCL’s website at www.wccbl.com.
The Kelowna Jays went down to the Seattle area and found some good competition, winning three of five games last weekend.
The Jays started its road trip against the the Everett Merchants and took a 13 – 5 beating. Jays starter Kyle Monster gave up 10 runs over two innings before the Jays bats got going. The remaining 7 innings the Jays outscored the Merchants 5 – 3 and played right with them scoring two runs in the 4th and 5th and one in the 6th. A highlight was reliever Connor White pitching two perfect innings.
Up next for the Jays was a double header with the Northwest Honkers (Bellevue) in which they earned a split.
Cory Wood started the series off by pitching a complete game in a 6-4 win. Cam Firth hit a two run homer to tie the score and lead the way to victory. Cody Valgardson had a huge game going 4 for 5 with two RBI’s, and Sebastian Wong also drove in two runs.
Game two was a 10-6 loss as the Jays offense had a decent game with Valgardson again leading the way with two RBI’s.
Sunday took the Jays to Lacy, Washington for games against two teams from the Puget Sound Collegiate League, the Tumwater Brewers and Olympia Athletics.
Dawson Newman (from West Kelowna) scattered eight hits through eight innings before the Jays pushed across three runs to earn the win.
The Jays also won the second game with a 6-5 victory over the Athletics but they almost blew a six run lead.
Connor Lilith-White started and pitched four strong innings but ran into trouble in the 5th as the team made two errors and he walked a couple batters leading to two runs a;long with three more in the fifth inning.
Bryce Wilkie came in with base loaded and shut down the “A”s rally and then
shut them down in the 7th.
“We’re happy with the performance on this road trip as our team showed that they can be competitive with most teams and that the younger players are getting better every day,” said manager Bill Bayne. “The high level the Jays are playing at will really help them in the several tournaments coming up.”