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Falcons soar to crown

The Kelowna Falcons used a three-run home run from Dan Pruitt, a four-run second inning and a resilient pitching effort to help them to a 7-6 victory over the Bellingham Bells and crown them North Division Champions in the West Coast League.

Pruitt’s three-run homer in the 1st inning plus nine batters coming to the plate in the 2nd, anchored by a two-run single from Garret Kelly was all the offence the Falcons needed as Kelowna advanced to their first WCL Final since 2015 and will take on the Corvallis Knights.

One of the biggest points in the game came in the 6th inning as Kellan Richards took over with the bases loaded and no one out, giving up a run on a fielder’s choice but getting out of the jam with the Falcons still ahead 7-6.

Richards pitched the 7th cleanly for Kelowna before Matt Voelzke came on in the 8th inning, giving up a lead off single before stranding the runner at second base to keep the lead intact.

Voelzke came on in the bottom of the 9th for Kelowna, retiring the Bells in order and finishing the game with a strikeout of Dusty Stroup to give the Falcons a 7-6 win and the North Division Championship.

Brigden picked up the win for the Falcons, pitching in five innings allowing six runs with four walks and four strikeouts while Bells reliever Chris Micheles was saddled with the loss, going 0.2 innings allowing two runs.

The Falcons will play in their final game of the season at Elks Stadium as they host the South Division Champion Corvallis Knights on Tuesday night. First pitch of the opening game of the West Coast League Championship goes at 6:35 p.m. with tickets available at the Falcons website or at the door ahead of the opening pitch of the game.

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