Kelowna, B.C.- The Kelowna Falcons (9-9) jumped all over Cowlitz (8-11) early Friday en route to a 7-3 win in game one.
After Nyles Nygaard (SO, Washington) scored in the top of the first from second on a throwing error from the Kelowna catcher the Falcons took over the game.
Chandler Robertson and Lane Lacrone hit back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom half of the inning. After a sacrifice bunt from Max Carter to move both runners into scoring position, AJ Sawyer hit a ground ball that resulted in Robertson being tagged out in between third and home plate for the second out. Michael Ciancio then walked to load the bases. That's finally when the Falcons cashed in. Brad Antchak cleared the bases with a triple to make it 3-1. Daniel Nist hit an RBI single followed by an RBI double by Jake Druce to extend the lead to 5-1.
In the bottom of the second the Falcons once again scored on a two out rally. Ciancio and Antchak walked then were brought home with a two run double from Nist for his second and third RBI's of the game.
The action really settled down after that and the Black Bears were just able to score twice more in the fifth. Lorin Archibald (JR, Oklahoma) hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Nygaard and Kenyon Yovan (IN-FR, Oregon) hit an RBI single to score Jack Reisinger (SO, Seattle University).
Falcons starter Leif Strom pitched six innings of solid baseball allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, on just three hits while striking out four batters. Black Bears starter Damon Jones (SO, Washington State) only lasted 2/3 of an inning giving up five runs on five hits while walking two batters. After a 2-0 start Jones is now 2-2.
The three hits for the Black Bears tied a season low in a single game. The first time came against the other Canadian team, Victoria.
With the loss Cowlitz still hasn't won back-to-back games since June 4th and 5th when they won games two and three of the home Kitsap series.
The Black Bears will try to get back on track in game two Saturday at 6:35 PM. David Appleby (FR, RHP Utah) will be on the hill against Colby Nealy (FR, Washington State).