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Falcons sweep hot weekend series against RiverHawks

Patterson Baseball Complex not friendly to Spokane team

by Erin Schnitger
Spokane RiverHawks

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Kelowna Falcons came out on top in all four of this weekend's games held at Gonzaga's Patterson Baseball Complex at Washington Trust Field.  The Falcons move ahead of the RiverHawks in the East with a season record of 21-21 putting them second behind the Wenatchee AppleSox who lead the East at 29-13 on the season.  The RiverHawks, 18-26, are in third, and the Moses Lake Pirates follow in a distant fourth with a 9-35 record on the season. 

This weekend was filled new pitchers, offensive standouts, and missed opportunities for the RiverHawks.  Players have started heading back to their college programs, and this is taking its toll on the RiverHawk bullpen.  Head Coach Barry Matthews brought in some new players to aid in this; Ryan Richardson from Walla Walla Community College, Colby Hawk from Lewis and Clark State, C.J. Perry and Nathan Johnson are from Whitworth University and KcMack was brought in to help catch, and is also from Whitworth University.

Friday night's game marked the last appearance for RiverHawks starter Cameron Selik, a University of Kansas Jayhawk.  Selik would give up five runs on nine hits in his five innings of work, earning the loss and bringing his overall record to 2-4. 

In three of the four games, the Falcons had a four-run inning that put the game out of reach for the RiverHawks.  In game one it occurred in the top of the fifth, when an error and three consecutive singles drove in four runs. 

The RiverHawks would come within two runs of the Falcons in the sixth-inning when both Dylan Gavin and Cody Ryckman would score on a two RBI single by Sean Winston bringing the game to 3-5.

The Falcons would end up on top scoring one more run in the eighth on an error by third baseman Dylan Gavin.  The RiverHawks would have four errors on the night. 

There was a glimmer of hope in the bottom of the ninth for the RiverHawks when Jason Brunansky scored on a groundout by Maverick Olivares.  But dreams of a two out rally in the bottom of the ninth would not come into fruition for the RiverHawks, and they would drop game one to the Falcons with a final score of 4-6. 

Saturday was a scorcher of a day filled with RiverHawks baseball.  The RiverHawks would take the field at 4:35 PM for game one of the doubleheader in 100 degree Spokane weather.  The first seveninning game was a close 2-3 loss.  This game was actually a makeup game for the game that was rained out in Kelowna on July 23, so the RiverHawks were the visitors and the Falcons were the home team. 

Kyle Anderson, now 4-2, would start for the RiverHawks and pitch four innings, giving up all three Falcons' runs of the game.  The Falcons put up runs early, with one in the second when Kyle Mihaylo scored on a single by centerfielder Dwight Tanaka, and two runs in the third when Eddie Hsieh scored on a single by Kellen McColl. McColl would later score on an error by third baseman Ian Atkinson. 

The RiverHawks would put up two in the fourth when Billy Moon scored on a single by Maverick Olivares, and then Olivares would later score on a balk by Falcon starter Matt Summers. 

No other RiverHawk would cross the plate for the duration of the game, and Spokane would drop the first game of the doubleheader 3-2 to the Falcons.

After a thirty minute intermission, the RiverHawks took the field as the home team ready to play their second game of the evening.  Starter Jake Perkins would fall victim to the second four-run inning of the weekend early in the game.  The Falcons scored four runs on four hits and one error to take the lead 4-1 in the top of the second.  And though the RiverHawks would put up one run in three separate innings, they would never catch up to the Falcons and would fall again in game two of the doubleheader 5-3. 

Sunday marked the last day of the four- game series against the Kelowna Falcons, but was also the last game of a ten-game home stand for the Spokane RiverHawks.  The Hawks went 2-8 on the home stand, dropping two games to Moses Lake, and two games to the Wenatchee AppleSox as well. 

The Falcons would sweep the series Sunday night in a 3-8 win over the RiverHawks.  Colby Hawk started for the RiverHawks and gave up six runs in his 2.2 inning appearance.  Ryan Richardson followed suit giving up two runs in 1.1 innings.  Maverick Olivares took the mound in the fifth and held the Falcons to their eight-run lead, and struck out three.  Paul Sewald would relieve Olivares in the seventh and hold the lead as well, giving up only two hits. 

Jason Brunansky and Cody Reeves combined for five of the RiverHawks' eight hits on the evening, and had standout performances despite the loss.  Jason Brunansky went 3-4 with three doubles and two runs.  Cody Reeves went 2-4 with three RBI's.  Reeves had a two-run homerun over the right-field wall in the third that would score Brunansky. 

But despite the efforts of Reeves and Brunansky, three errors and eight men left on base would bring the game to its 8-3 decision.

The RiverHawks' season is winding down, with four more games on the schedule.  The RiverHawks will go to Moses Lake to face the Pirates for one game on August 6, at 7:35 PM.  Then the RiverHawks will head home to Avista Stadium to host their final home stand against the Wenatchee AppleSox.  Games will be August 7- 9. 

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