Rookie infielder Connor Joe is one of two Falcons who has been selected to play in net week's WCL all-star game.

Rookie infielder Connor Joe is one of two Falcons who has been selected to play in net week's WCL all-star game.

Joe and Bowen named to all-star game

Two Falcons will be in Corvallis next week for WCL showcase

Fresh out of high school, Connor Joe didn’t take long to make his mark in collegiate baseball.

The 18-year-old second baseman for the Kelowna Falcons has been selected as the fan’s choice for the West Coast League all-star game Tuesday, June 26 in Corvallis, Oregon.

Joe, who graduated from Poway High School in California on June 12 before arriving in Kelowna, earned 46.1 per cent of the vote by fans to win by a landslide. Catcher Ryan Stoup was a distant second in the balloting at 15.1 per cent.

In 22 games, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Joe was hitting .273 for the Falcons with 21 hits, four doubles and six RBIs.

“It’s good to come here out of high school and have success at this level,” said Joe. “It’s a great honour to be chosen, I was really surprised. It shows me I can play here and, I’m getting experience and I’m feeling more confident with each game.”

While Joe has been having some personal success in the WCL, his new team has struggled.

The Falcons were 10-27 heading into Wednesday’s action.

“It’s hard to lose as much as we are, it’s not like we’re not capable of winning,” he said. “We just have to keep working hard and the wins will come. It’s still been a great experience for me.”

Joe will attend the University of San Diego as a freshman this fall.

The only other Falcons player named this week to the all-star game in a vote by WCL coaches and Major League scouts was pitcher Cade Bowen.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound junior from LSU-Shreveport had a win, three saves and a 1.65 ERA this season.

The two Falcons players will team up with talent from Wenatchee Applesox, Bellingham Bells and Walla Walla Sweets to form the East Division all-star team.

Meanwhile, the Falcons are home to the Applesox Thursday night for the finale of a three-game series against the eastern leaders. First pitch is 6:35 p.m.

This weekend, Kelowna will host Bellingham in a three-game set beginning Friday at Elks Stadium.


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