Longview, Wash.- Everything went right for Cowlitz Saturday night in game one against Walla Walla.
The Black Bears (10-3, 21-19) hit a season high five home runs en route to a 15-2 thrashing of the Sweets.
After Walla Walla (6-9, 21-21) tied the game at two in the top of the third Cowlitz rattled off 13 unanswered runs. Derek Scott (JR Abilene Christian) got his first hit as a Black Bear in grand fashion in the bottom of the inning with a three run home run to put the Bears up for good 5-2.
Cory Voss (SR Arizona) then led off the fifth with a home run. Later with the bases loaded and two outs Andy Armstrong (SO Oregon State) sent them all home with a bases clearing single to make it 9-2.
Mark Pearson (JR Abilene Christian) hit his first home run of the season in the sixth to push the lead to 11-2. Ryan Kim (SO University of Portland) joined the home run parade with a lead-off dinger in the seventh. Pearson and Scott each picked up their fourth runs batted in on the night with a single and a ground out respectively.
Finally Kim hit his second solo homer of the game in the eighth for the finale. It was Kim's third home run in as many games.
Cowlitz took an initial 2-0 lead in the first. Voss hit an RBI ground rule double into the right corner. The next batter Pearson picked up his first RBI with a single. Walla Walla scored one run in the second on a wild pitch and another in the fourth grounding into a 4-6-3 double play.
The Bears first reliever Joey Morris (SO University of Portland) earned the win to improve his record to 2-0 lasting a season high five innings. Morris didn't allow a run and only gave up three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Starter Nico Tellache (SO Oregon) lasted three innings and gave up both runs on two hits with six walks. Scott made his debut on the mound pitching the ninth and gave up one hit with two strikeouts.
Cowlitz also got it done defensively. The Bears turned four double plays, a 4-6-3, 6-4-3, 3-6 and 9-3, which was the most they've had in a single game this season.
Corvallis also won Saturday night to keep pace but the Bears still lead the South Division by one and a half games.
Davis Baillie (RHP R-SO Washington State) tries to win the Bears sixth straight series Sunday at 5:05 PM. Isaac Esqueda (LHP IN-FR USC) opposes Baillie in the middle game of the series.
Photo credit: Pat Jordan