Black Bears



Foiled by Pippins again

Yakima, Wash.- The Pippins (16-7, 31-19) scored early and often en route to an 8-1 win in game two over Cowlitz (9-14, 21-29) to take the series.

Freddie Smith hit an RBI triple to get things started in the bottom of the first. Smith then stole home while Jay Schuyler was caught in a run down between first and second to double the Pippins lead.

Marco Valenzuela hit an RBI sacrifice in the second to score Michael Filia which made it 3-0.

Freddie Smith hit his second extra base hit with an RBI double in the third to bring home the fourth Yakima Valley run.

Kyle Stahl increased the lead to 5-0 with an RBI single in the fourth.

Trevor Achenbach hit an RBI single and Colton Kelly drove in two with a single to make it 8-0.

The Black Bears got into the game in the sixth when Toby Johnson (JR, Arkansas State) stole home after being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning from reliever Tanner Simpson. But Simpson didn't allow another run the next three innings to earn a 12 out save.

Pippins starter Zach Haggett picked up the win to improve his record to 1-1 pitching five innings of three hit shutout baseball. Haggett struck out four Black Bears batters. Cowlitz starter David Appleby (SO, Utah) took the loss dropping his record to 1-5. Appleby lasted 4.2 innings giving up all eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits while striking out two Pippins.

Dustin Wells (SR, George Fox) took over for Appleby pitching 2.1 innings of one hit shutout baseball while striking out two. Brady Johnson (IN-FR, Clark CC) also made his season debut pitching the bottom of the eighth. Johnson did not allow a run on one hit and one walk.

Yakima Valley has now won seven series in a row.

Up Next

The Black Bears will try to win their final road game of the season Wednesday at 7:05 PM. Kenyon Yovan (IN-FR, RHP Oregon) will get the start against Zach Draper (SR, LHP College of Idaho). Draper was the South Division starter in the All-Star Game.