The Kelowna Falcons trailed three seperate times but they were able to force extra innings and eventually topped the Bellingham Bells 5-4 in game one of the season.
Bellingham got off to a hot start as a Jordan Stoner solo homerun in the third inning staked them to a 1-0 lead. Justin Armbruester got the start for the Bells and he did not disappoint. He gave up six hits, but he struck out seven giving up just one unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at one.
The Bells continued to tack on more runs courtesy of Matt James who slashed two RBI singles, one in the sixth and one in the eighth to give the Bells a 3-1 lead.
That lead held up into the ninth inning until the Kelowna bats came alive. Back-to-back RBI singles from Cody Crowder and Mike Piniero tied the game at three and sent it to extra innings.
After a scoreless 10th, the Bells came out in the eleventh inning and scored the go-ahead run when Stoner roped his third hit of the day that scored Guthrie Morrison to give the Bells a 4-3 lead.
The lead once again did not hold as the Falcons stormed back and scored two in the bottom of the inning to give Kelowna a 5-4 win.
Isaac Olson (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Kelowna after throwing 3.1 innings of relief and Ryan Och (0-1) took the loss for the Bells.
The Bells fall to 0-1 on the season and will have game 2 against Kelowna at 6:35 on Saturday.