The Kelowna Falcons are back home this week after a roller coaster West Coast League road trip which saw them post a 3-3 record.
The Falcons will host the division rival Yakima Valley Pippins for a three-game series beginning Tuesday at Elks Stadium. First pitch is 6:35 p.m.
Kelowna closed out a six-game tour south of the border Sunday with a 5-2 win in Corvallis. The Falcons, who averted a three-game sweep at the hands of the Knights, overcame a 2-0 seventh inning deficit to push their season record to 6-9. Nick Minteer, Trey Kamachi and Kevin Biro all had multi-hit games as the Falcons had 12 hits on the night.
The Falcons’ pitching staff, which struggled in the first two games of the series issuing 20 walks and 21 runs, got a boost Sunday from starter Jeremy Newton who threw 4.2 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and only walked two. Riley Barr threw 4.1 shutout innings in relief, striking out five and recording the win.
While Sunday’s win was a relief, Falcons’ coach Billy Clontz is far from thrilled with his team’s play through 15 games.
“We’re certainly not happy, not pleased with where we’re at now and we need to be better,” said Clontz. “What I told the guys is not to be looking at the stats, looking at the standings, let’s just go out there and play good baseball. We just have to keep sticking with the process and get better from our failures.”
Thursday night’s game vs Yakima will feature the Kelowna Firefighters’ annual fund raiser. All proceeds at the front gate will be donated to the Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society Burn Fund. The event has raised close to $50,000 over the first two years. Each person through the gate will have a chance to win a 2014 Toyota Corolla.
“It’s a great event, this is the most firemen do in one hit all year,” said Falcons’ GM Mark Nonis. “It’s easy for us, all we do is put on the game, and people come down and support it. To raise $30,000 for a great cause is nice to be a part of that.”
Following this week’s series against Yakima, the Falcons will travel to Bellingham Friday night for a single game against the Bells.