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Kamloops NorthPaws split with Kelowna, prepare for Nanaimo

The NorthPaws will return home to play host to the Port Angeles Lefties in a three-game weekend series that gets underway on Friday at Norbrock Stadium. Port Angeles recently signed former NFL receiver Golden Tate.
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The Kamloops NorthPaws split a pair of games with the hometown Kelowna Falcons on the weekend in West Coast League baseball action.

Kelowna downed Kamloops 8-2 on Saturday, a night after the visitors posted a 6-5 win in a contest that went 12 innings.

Tyrelle Chadwick took the loss on the mound on Saturday, allowing four runs in three innings of work.

Félix Chénier-Rondeau scored on a Noah Or single in the top of the 12th inning to lift Kamloops to victory on Friday.

Reliever Connor Barton blanked the Falcons in two extra innings of work to pick up his first win of the season.

The rubber match on Sunday was rained out.

Kamloops will on Monday begin a three-game series against its expansion cousins, the Nanaimo NightOwls, on Vancouver Island.

Games 2 and 3 are slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

The NorthPaws will return home to play host to the Port Angeles Lefties in a three-game weekend series that gets underway on Friday at Norbrock Stadium.

Port Angeles recently signed former NFL receiver Golden Tate, an outfielder who has five hits in 19 at-bats in five games since joining the club.

“I am extremely thankful to the West Coast League and the Port Angeles Lefties for allowing me to join their league,” Tate said in a press release.

“As some might know, I was drafted twice in baseball. As a child, my first love was baseball, so I’m excited about the opportunity to compete against some of the best young players in the league. I look forward to having a lot of fun and exploring baseball more.”

Tate racked up 695 receptions, 8,278 yards and 46 receiving touchdowns in 160 regular season NFL games with four teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he won a Super Bowl in 2013.

Kamloops (9-7) sits second in North Division standings, two games back of the Bellingham Bells.