Longview, Wash.- July has already been quite a month for Devlin Granberg (SR Dallas Baptist).
The big bopper hit two more home runs Friday in an 8-4 game one win against Gresham giving Granberg seven through just 11 games. Overall on the season Devlin has amassed eight dingers which is tied for second in the West Coast League along with Taylor Wright of Kelowna and two shy of WCL leader Jordan Qsar of Corvallis.
Granberg's first homer against the GreyWolves was a solo shot opposite field to right in the third inning to make it 2-1 Cowlitz. The second bomb was a two run homer, again to right field, in the seventh to give the Black Bears the lead back for good 6-4. With that jack Granberg became the first Black Bear to have two home runs in one game this season.
The DBU relief duo of Kragen Kechely (SO) and Jimmy Fouse (JR) once again shined in the eighth and ninth to preserve the win. Kechely allowed just one walk while the closer Fouse, in a non-save situation, struck out two GreyWolves.
Granberg's Lone Star State pal Austin Ingraham (SR TCU) joined the home run party in the fourth. Ingraham picked up his first of the summer with an opposite field two-run shot to right increasing the lead to 4-1.
Gresham struck first early with an RBI single. Ingraham answered with his first RBI in the second to tie the game. Ingraham got it by singling home Cory Voss (SR Arizona).
The GreyWolves made a push in the sixth and seventh. Gresham got an RBI double and RBI single to narrow the gap to 4-3. In the next inning another RBI double tied the game for the second time.
Nick Roberts (SO Washington) made it 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double. The last Black Bears run came in the eighth thanks to a Nyles Nygaard (SR Western Oregon) RBI single.
The second Cowlitz reliever Joey Morris (SO University of Portland) earned his first decision of the season. Morris pitched one inning giving up one run on two hits with one strikeout. Starter Nico Tellache (SO Oregon) battled to last five tough innings and gave up just one run on three hits and earned a single game high seven strikeouts. Cobi Johnson (SR Northwest Nazarene) was the first arm out of the pen and pitched one inning giving up two runs.
The Black Bears extended their season high winning streak to six games and remained in first place in the South Division.
Davis Baillie (RHP R-SO Washington State) gets the game two start against Andrew Hansen (RHP SO St. Mary's). First pitch is at 6:35 PM.
Photo credit: Pat Jordan