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Longview, Wash.- If game one was any indication of things to come Cowlitz and Yakima Valley could be in for one heck of a series as both teams try and lock down the final playoff spot.

   The Pippins (13-9, 26-23) finally broke a scoreless ball game in the eighth inning when they hit a two out solo home run to left center.

   The Black Bears (13-9, 24-25) went in order in the bottom of the inning but pinch hitter Kona Quiggle (SO Grand Canyon) led off the ninth with a single. Andy Armstrong (SO Oregon State) sacrifice bunted the would be tying run to second. With two outs Cory Voss (SR Lewis & Clark State) and Mark Pearson (JR Abilene Christian) each drew full count walks to load the bases. But the Pippins closer induced a pop out behind second base to end the rally.

   Christian Cosby (JR Chapman) made arguably his best start of the season tying a single game best six innings pitched. Cosby didn't allow a run on just two hits and struck out a single game high eight batters. Cole Henderson (SO Nevada) took the loss which dropped his record to 1-3 giving up the homer. But Henderson was great besides that pitching three innings giving up just two hits as well with three strikeouts.

   The Black Bears avoided tying a single game low in hits by picking up their third in the ninth. After Armstrong led off the first with a single the next 16 Cowlitz batters were retired.

   The Corvallis game at Wenatchee was postponed due to smoke in the area. The Knights are now solely in first place in the South Division by a half game over both Cowlitz and Yakima Valley with one game in hand.

   David Appleby (RHP SO Santa Barbara City College) makes his first start of the season in game two. First pitch has been moved back to 7:05 PM due to extreme heat Wednesday.

Photo credit: Pat Jordan