North Vancouver’s Taylor Wright is one of three Kelowna Falcons selected to play in the WCL all-star game. -Image credit: Ken Reid/Greystoke Photography

Kelowna Falcons trio to WCL all-star game

Kelowna’s Taylor Wright, Matt Bottcher and Cal Hehnke will play next week in WCL showcase

A solid first half of the 2017 season has earned a trio of Kelowna Falcons a trip to next week’s West Coast League All-Star Game in Yakima, Wash.

Taylor Wright, Matt Bottcher and Cal Hehnke will suit up for the North Division squad on Tuesday, July 18.

Wright, a North Vancouver native, has been one of the Falcons’ more consistent hitters and, as of Tuesday this week, led the team in hits (38), homeruns (8), RBIs (30) and walks (29).

In the field, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound shortstop directs the defence and has tallied 65 assists and 29 putouts.

Wright is an incoming freshman to the University of Maryland of the Big 10 Conference and is expected to assume a starting role.

In 18 games since joining the team, Bottcher topped the Falcons in batting average at .386 with 27 hits, scored 12 runs, and collected four doubles, a homer and 15 RBIs.

The second baseman from Romeoville, Illinois, has played 99.2 innings, with 47 assists and 17 putouts.

Hehnke, a pitcher from Grand Island, Nebraska, has had an outstanding summer with a perfect 4-0 record. As of Monday, his ERA sat at 2.63 in eight appearances and 41 innings. His strikeouts to walks ratio is notable, fanning 41 batters and allowing just 16 free passes.

All three Falcons will travel to Yakima following their home series against the Wentachee Applesox, July 14 to 16 at Elks Stadium.

By winning the North Division’s first half title, the Falcons have already qualified for the WCL playoffs in early August.

Just Posted

‘Listen to your gut’ urges injured skier

Mike Shaw was told he’d never walk again after an accident four years ago, but he defied the odds

Nasty note on windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Remembering road crash victims in Kelowna

World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims takes place Sunday in Kelowna

Small grass fire sparks in West Kelowna

Fire crews quickly douse blaze in ditch on Friday afternoon

Constructive meeting held with Carr’s Landing Community and Recreation Association

Lake Country - Residents met with the city yesterday to discuss the area by Gable Beach Road North

Flag person struck by car

RCMP investigating incident involving female traffic control person and senior driver

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Guns and drugs seized in Kamloops RCMP blitz

Kamloops Mounties and the gang unit seize drugs and make arrests in two-day blitz

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Interior Health expands meningococcal precautions in South Okanagan

Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls included in the expanded precautionary immunization measure

Homeless count returns amid Penticton’s housing crisis

Volunteers are hitting the streets this week to find solid data on Penticton’s homeless population

Missing woman smart, courageous, lovable

Mother says Caitlin Potts trying to overcome foster care experience

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

Most Read