Author: Larry Read
KELOWNA, BC—The Kelowna Falcons brought out the offence as they took advantage of a depleted Kamloops NorthPaws pitching staff in a pair of West Coast League games at Elks Stadium.
The Falcons racked up 30 hits over two games and scored 21 times as they swept the NorthPaws. The scores were 10-0 on Tuesday night (Aug 2) and 11-5 on Wednesday (Aug 3). As a result, Kelowna won the regular season series against Kamloops. They won four of six games.
Kelowna is now 29-22 on the season while Kamloops falls to 11-38.
The Paws will close out the 2023 West Coast League regular season in Kamloops (August 4-6). Their opponents will be the Nanaimo Night Owls.
The Falcons will do battle with the Wenatchee AppleSox at Elks Stadium in their final regular season series. That begins tomorrow (August 4).
All West Coast League games are available via their website: https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/
Wednesday, August 2, 2023:Falcons 10 NorthPaws 0
The Falcons took the lead in the season series with this victory as they won their third in five starts. The big offensive innings for Kelowna were the sixth and eighth when they scored three runs a piece. They had 10 runs on 13 hits. Kamloops managed only five hits in the ball game.
Jonas Silk (Fairfax, CA) was the Falcons biggest offensive weapon going 4-5 with two RBI and one run scored. Griffin Palfrey (West Vancouver, BC) and Garet Crenshaw (Fullerton, CA) were both 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI while Sam Flores (Lufkin, TX) was 1-5 with two RBI.
The Paws offensive was led by Robin Villeneuve (Gatineau, QC). He was 2-4 while Drew Giannini (Tracy. CA) was 1-4.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598574
Thursday, August 3, 2023:Falcons 11 NorthPaws 1
Things looked positive for Kamloops early on as Villeneuve blasted a solo homer in the top of the first inning. It was his second round tripper of the 2023 campaign.
After the Falcons tied it up with a run of their own in the second, The Paws scored three times in the third inning: Ray Jesse (Oak Lawn, IL) singled to lead of the inning and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1. Giannini hit into a fielder’s choice allowing Cooper Neville (Glendale, AZ) , who had previously singled to give Kamloops a two-run lead (3-1).
The big inning for Kelowna was the sixth where they scored four times. They added three more in the eighth when Jared Sucro (Kamloops, BC), who hadn’t pitched all season was forced into action as head coach Keith Francis tried to save what’s left of his pitching staff for another day. Sucro had caught, played infield and outfield this season went one inning on the mound giving up three runs on three hits, walking two and striking out one. He was the fourth pitcher of the night for Kamloops following starter Kolby Lukinchuk (Prince George, BC)—who is normally a reliever, Adam Filmon (Winnipeg, MB)—the NorthPaws assistant general manager, and Lucas Maricle (Trail, BC)—who is usually a catcher for the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. Filmon was the losing pitcher of record, playing in only his second game of the year. He gave up four runs on three hits.
Villeneuve was 1-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Jesse was 1-4 with a run scored. Giannini was 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Raphael Smeenk (Amsterdam, NL) was 4-5 with three RBI and a run scored to lead the Falcons offence. Cameron Mercurio (Modesto, CA) was 4-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Flores was 2-4 with two runs batted in.
Cory Lawson of Okanagan College of the CCBC was the starting pitcher for Kelowna going seven innings. He gave up six hits, four runs, walked three and struck out two. Teagan Ribbink, who is also from Okanagan College came on in relief and went four innings striking out five giving up one hit and walking three. He moved to 2-1 on the season appearing in his seventh game.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598575
NEXT UP FOR THE NORTHPAWS:
The Paws will conclude the regular season at Dearborn Ford field at Norbrock Stadium against Nanaimo starting tomorrow (Aug 4). Saturday’s (August 5) contest against the Night Owls will be Fan Appreciation night followed the final game of the regular campaign on Sunday (August 6) which has been deemed “Family Day”.
If you can’t make the home games, they are all webcast on https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/ . Some home games will also be shown on Shaw TV in Kamloops (Cable 10 or 105 with Blue Curve).
The Molson’s Tailgate Party runs before every NorthPaws home game. It runs Tuesday through Saturday 5-630 PM. The Party runs Sundays noon-1 PM. Hotdogs and a Pilsner are sold for $ 12.00 plus tax.