Longview, Wash.- It was double the fun on the fourth of July as Cowlitz and Wenatchee finished the final inning and a half of the suspended game one and played the middle game as well.
The AppleSox hung on for a 3-0 win in game one while the Black Bears evened the series with a 5-3 victory in game two. Game one resumed in the bottom of the eighth with Andy Armstrong (SO Oregon State) on first base with no outs. But the new Wenatchee pitcher didn't allow a baserunner and earned a six out save. Starter Trevor Conn (R-SR Dallas Baptist) took the loss going 5.2 innings giving up all three runs on six hits with three strikeouts, two walks and three hit batters.
The Black Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and hung on the rest of the way in game two. Evan Williams (IN-FR Oregon) opened the scoring in the first with an RBI sacrifice fly. Later Devlin Granberg (SR Dallas Baptist) scored from third on a throwing error by the pitcher to double the lead.
Armstrong drove in Mark Pearson (JR Abilene Christian) with an RBI single in the second. It was Armstrong's first start since re-joining the Black Bears after a trip to the College World Series with Oregon State.
Nyles Nygaard (SR Western Oregon) led off the third with a double. The next batter Cory Voss (SR Arizona) drove him in with an RBI double to make it 4-0. Three batters later Pearson brought home the final Cowlitz run on a single.
Wenatchee made a comeback starting in the fourth. An RBI fielder's choice got the AppleSox in the game.
A lead-off home run narrowed the gap to three in the seventh.
Jimmy Fouse (JR Dallas Baptist) came out of the bullpen in the eighth and got the final out. Wenatchee did score once in the ninth with an RBI double but Fouse struck out the side to earn a four out save, his first of the season.
Christian Cosby (JR Chapman) made his first start of the season and earned the win improving his record to 2-1. Cosby pitched five innings and gave up one run, unearned, on two hits with two strikeouts and four walks. Kragan Kechely (SO Dallas Baptist) made his season debut before his DBU teammate Fouse came in and lasted 2.2 innings giving up the home run on three hits with one strikeout and walk.
The Black Bears ended their season long seven game losing streak and also picked up their tenth win overall.
Austin Merrill (RHP SO Chapman) starts the rubber match Wednesday against Wenatchee ace Hunter Boyd (RHP JR College of Idaho). First pitch is at 6:35 PM.
Photo credit: Pat Jordan