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Falcons' bats red hot

The Kelowna Falcons collected a season-high 14 runs and 20 hits as they earned their third-straight win Mondays night at Elks Stadium.

The Falcons defeated the Cowlitz Black Bears 14-8 in front of a hometown crowd. 

Taylor Wright went 4-for-4 with three RBIs as the Falcons improved to 3-1 on their current six-game home stand. 

The Black Bears scored first in the top of the first inning, but the Falcons were quick to answer as they scored four runs in the bottom of the frame. Dan Pruitt and Grant Suponchick each picked up RBI singles with two outs to put Kelowna ahead before Ezra Samperi knocked home a pair with a bases loaded two-run single that gave the Falcons a 4-1 lead. 

Kelowna poured in four more runs as Pruitt collected his second RBI of the game on a ground out before Suponchick brought home his second run with another single that led to a big blast off the bat of Taylor Wright, launching a two-run homer to right field for his fourth home run of the season, giving the Falcons an 8-1 lead. 

The Black Bears scored a run in the thirrd inning and came alive for four runs in the top of the fourth, spurred by a two-run single from Austin Bell that got Cowlitz within two runs before a Matt Land RBI walk with the bases loaded to give Kelowna a 9-4 lead. 

Three more runs came in for Kelowna in the fifth inning as the offence keep rolling with back-to-back double from Trent Tinglestad and Pruitt to get Kelowna in double digits. Wright brought home Pruitt on a sacrifice fly for his third RBI of the night before Lucas Soper scored on a wild pitch to give Kelowna a 12-6 lead. 

The Black Bears added a pair of runs in the sixth inning before Matt Voelzke capped the scoring off with a two-run pinch-hit single in the seventh before Isaac Olson came into the game and pitched the final two innings for Kelowna. 

Stone Churby started for Kelowna before being relieved by Kellan Richards, who pitched 2.1 innings and collected his first win of the season. Matt Gannon took the loss for Cowlitz as the starter. 

The second game of the three-game series takes place tonight.



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