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RiverHawks 1-2 after first home series; Wenatchee up next

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RiverHawk's Tom Barry (Phoenix College) gets a hit in Friday's home-opener (Photo: SWX) RiverHawk's Tom Barry (Phoenix College) gets a hit in Friday's home-opener (Photo: SWX)

Erin Schnitger
Spokane RiverHawks

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane RiverHawks dropped the last two games of the first home series of their 2009 season to the Kelowna Falcons this past weekend at Avista Stadium in Spokane, WA.

After a strong opening night, the Hawks' pitchers couldn't quite find their rhythm the way Andy Hunter did Friday night.  Hunter threw a complete game with only two hits, one earned run, and eight strike outs.  Unfortunately, this was the last time this past weekend that the hit count for the Falcons was low. 

The Falcons' bats did not only heat up, they were on fire, resulting in a 9-4 win over the Hawks Saturday, and a 15-7 decision on Sunday. 

The RiverHawks shined offensively as well, with 14 hits on Saturday and 10 on Sunday, but were unable to capitalize on these hits the way the Falcons did. 

Mike Richard, 0-1, started for the RiverHawks Saturday. In his three innings of work Richard struck out two, and walked 7 loading the bases for reliever Garrett Luippold out of the University of San Francisco in the fourth.  Here the Falcons broke the game wide open, scoring four, including all batters that Richard walked, on a double from Falcons short stop Louie Templeton and a single from left fielder Reese Wade.  Templeton and Wade both had stand out nights for the Falcons, Templeton went 2-4 with two doubles and Wade went 4-6 with four singles.  Luippold handed the reigns over to fellow USF Don Kyle Lawton in the seventh, but Lawton was unable to slow the Falcons offensive surge, allowing 3 hits, all resulting in runs. 

The Hawks tried to get things started in the third with a pair of runs as a result of catcher Kevin Fujii's single and right fielder Jake Partridge's double.  Falcon starter Chris O'Neill kept the Hawks' bats quiet until the seventh where Hawk first baseman Jake Williams scored after being walked.  Reliever Miles Morton closed the game for the Falcons allowing 4 hits and one run in his two innings on the mound, striking out two.   The Hawks made a final attempt in the bottom of the ninth to cash out on this game by scoring Williams off an RBI single by centerfielder Connor Moore.  But the Hawks could not keep the hits coming and fell to the Falcons in the second game of the series.

Sunday the Falcons established a very comfortable lead very early scoring seven runs in the first two innings off starter Jake Partridge.  Short stop Louie Templeton went 3-6 on the day, with a single, a double, and a three run homerun.

Hereafter the Falcons continued to work through the RiverHawks' bullpen, lighting up reliever Tyler Olson with seven hits and 5 runs and reliever Paul Sewald with four hits and three runs.  Billy Moon closed for the Hawks and held the Falcons to 15 allowing no hits and no runs.  

A late rally in the ninth by the RiverHawks brought the Falcons lead to eight for the final.   Sewald started off the four run rally with a walk, followed by a pair of singles by Billy Moon and Ian Atkinson.  Connor Moore came through in the clutch with a two RBI double scoring both Partridge and Moon.  A sacrifice groundout by Sean Winston scores Atkinson, and Moore scores on a RBI single by right fielder Jake Williams.  This brought the score to 7-15.  But the rally was ended on a fly out to center by third baseman Danny Jordan, ending the game. 

Hawk Ian Atkinson finished off the weekend hitting .571 with four hits, three runs, and an RBI.

The Hawks head out Friday June 12th to Wenatchee to play a three game series against the AppleSox then will continue their road trip to Kelowna on June 16th.  The RiverHawks finish off this eight game road trip with a pair of games in Moses Lake on June 19th and 20th.

The RiverHawks will be back in town to play the Moses Lake Pirates at home June 23rd and 24th at Avista Stadium.  First pitch for both games is at 6:35 PM.

Erin Schnitger

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