The Kelowna Falcons fell for the first time on the young West Coast League baseball season, dropping a 6-2 decision to the Bellingham Bells on Wednesday night at Joe Martin Field in Washington state.
The Bells (1-1) used a four-run fifth inning and a multi-RBI night off the bats of Mason Morenco and Dylan Morgan to hand Kelowna (1-1) a loss.
The game started on a similar note as it did in Tuesday’s 4-2 Kelowna victory after both pitchers came through with solid efforts.
Blake Tritch made his first start for the Falcons, surrendering a run in the opening inning on an RBI groundout courtesy of Mason Morenco, but that would be all to get through until the fifth.
The Falcons left runners on the corners in their first inning at bat and Brock Wrolstad settled in after that, tossing three innings of scoreless ball before giving way to Will Armbruester, who dealt a pair of strong innings in relief.
After four innings of low scoring baseball, the Bells broke the game open in the fifth as they brought across four runs to take a commanding lead on the game. Seven batters came to the plate with Dylan Morgan driving in a run courtesy of an RBI single. Jordan Vujovich brought in one with a fielder’s choice before the ball got away from catcher Tanner Barnes and allowed another run to score. Morenco capped off the inning with his second RBI groundout of the night and a 5-0 lead for the Bells.
Kelowna had an immediate response, spurred by their offensive spark in Austen Butler, who collected his second double of the game, and third hit, to get the Falcons on the board.
James Shimashita drove him in with a sacrifice fly and cut the deficit to 5-2 before the Bells tacked on another run to take a 6-2 advantage.
Tate Dearing shut the door from there for the Bells, delivering two innings of strong work while Kristian Scott showed well in his inning of relief for the Falcons, tossing a scoreless eighth frame, but it would be Bellingham that prevailed by a 6-2 score in the second game of the season.
The Falcons take on the Bells in the final game of their three-game set tonight in the rubber match of the series. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the game being broadcast on mixlr.com/kelowna_falcons with the voice of the Falcons, Trevor Miller.
Kelowna returns home for the first time in the 2019 season on Friday night at Elks Stadium, hosting the Ridgefield Raptors in the first of a three-game series.
First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., and admission is free courtesy of Gord Anton at ReMax Kelowna.