Jul 2011 31

Falcons Fall in Late Innings

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In the first league game after the All-Star break, the Kelowna Falcons saw their 13th win slip away in Walla Walla needing just six more outs on Saturday night. The Sweets would score three times in the eighth inning to win 4-3.

Brandon Marris gave the pitching staff exactly what they needed; he got the club into the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead but couldn’t finish the job.  With a depleted pitching staff and the first of 12 in a row to end the season the longer a starter can last, the better.

The Falcons opened the scoring in the fifth thanks to RBI hits from Nick Colwell, Keach Ballard and Andrew Firth.  The three runs would be the only scoring the offense would produce on the night.

In the bottom of the fifth the Sweets would get on the board to cut the lead to 3-1.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth when the Sweets got to a tiring Marris.  The defence of the Falcons would faultier as well giving up three runs that would give the Sweets the lead for good.

Of the four runs Marris gave up, only one of them was earned.  He would finish after 7.1 innings, giving up just three hits while striking out nine.  He falls to 1-4 on the summer.  Sweets reliever Derek Peterson would record the win after just one inning.  He goes to 3-2 on the year.

Victor Rasor-Thompson would lead the Falcons offense finishing 2-4 and a run scored.  His two hits were a third of the Falcons production recording just six in total.  Colwell, Firth, Ballard and Ben Swinford would count for the other four hits.

The Falcons (12-31) and Sweets (19-24) will play game two on Sunday at 6:05pm.  Despite the loss the Falcons are still alive in the playoff race sitting seven games back with 11 to play.  The Bellingham Bells lost for the sixth straight time.

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