The Cowlitz Black Bears fell to the Yakima Valley Pippins, 7-6, at Yakima County Stadium. With the walk-off victory, Yakima clinched the Eastern Division title in the organization's first year of existence.
After being shut out the night before, the Black Bears exploded out of the gate, scoring three in the top of the first inning. A Jonathan Serven RBI single extended his hitting streak to ten games and drove home Kort Peterson with the game's first run. An RBI groundout by Seaver Whalen and a Chris Iriart double drove in the other runs in the inning and gave the Black Bears an early, 3-0 advantage.
With Billy Sahlinger on the mound for Cowlitz, Yakima got on the board with a run in the first, and added three in the bottom of the second and another in the third to take 5-3 lead.
After Whalen walked and stole second in the top of the sixth, Elliot Cary moved him to third and Scott Serigstad walked to load the bases. Casey Worden came to the plate and blasted a two-run RBI double to tie the game 5-5 at the end of the sixth. The Bears continued to apply pressure, and took the lead once again in the top of the seventh thanks to a double by Daniel Orr and a single by Serven, giving Cowlitz a 6-5 edge.
The Pippins tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a Justin Jacobs solo home run, and clinched the East Division crown with a walk-off safety squeeze in the ninth, by a 7-6 final score.
Closing pitcher Joe Reta took the loss for the Black Bears.
Serven continued his hot streak with another productive day at the plate, going two for five with two runs and two RBI. It was Serven's fifth multi-hit game in the last ten games. Orr added two hits and two runs.
The Black Bears return to David Story Field on Friday night for the final three games of the 2014 season against the Bellingham Bells. First pitch for Friday night’s game will be at 6:35.
Friday night is a special night at Story Field as we welcome Nashville recording artist, and Kelso native, Cort Carpenter for a post-game concert. All tickets are combined game and concert tickets and all are $22. For more information, call the Black Bear Ticket Office at 703-3195 or visit our Cort Night FAQ.