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Blue Jackets Take Series Opener, 4-3

The Black Bears streak of one run games continued on Thursday night, this time coming up on the short end of a 4-3 game against the division rival Kitsap Blue Jackets at Story Field.

Kitsap put the first run on the board in the top of the first, the first earned run allowed this season by starter Shane Bieber.

The Black Bears answered quickly, with their own run in the bottom of the first on a Casey Worden sacrifice fly that scored Taylor Bryant for the 1-1 tie at the end of the first. A Chris Iriart double scored Daniel Orr in the bottom of the third, and a single by Trevor Lane scored Iriart to give the Black Bears a 3-1 advantage.

Kitsap responded in the in the top of the fourth with two runs, once again tying the score at 3-3, and took the lead for good at 4-3 in the top of the sixth.

Orr and Lane led the Black Bears offensively each going two for two.

Starting pitcher Shane Bieber went three a third innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out seven. Kohl Hostert and Jake Dahlberg combined allowed five hits and one run. Lars Rider (Wenatchee Valley) made his debut Thursday night, pitching one inning with three strikeouts.

Join us at Story Field Friday night for the second game of the series against the Kitsap Blue Jackets, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35. Friday night is also our second annual "Night At the Ballpark" presented by Red Lion. This special overnight campout event features a movie, activities, camping and breakfast in the morning, and includes admission to the game, all for the cost of $12.

For more information, or to purchase Night the Ballpark tickets, please call the Black Bears Ticket Office at 360-703-3195.