Dry spell

Longview, Wash.- The Black Bears struggles at the plate continued Wednesday in game two against Yakima Valley and the Pippins took advantage winning 10-1.

   Yakima Valley jumped out to a 10-0 lead scoring one run in the first, second, third and fifth innings, two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and three in the eighth.

   Cowlitz was in danger of being shut out in back-to-back games for the first time this season but finally in the ninth Andy Armstrong (SO Oregon State) drove in Ryan Kim (SO University of Portland) with an RBI single.

   The Black Bears pitching obviously wasn't much better. It all fell apart in the eighth when Cowlitz walked the first six Pippins batters then brought home three runs all on wild pitches.

   David Appleby (SO Santa Barbara City College) made his first start in his second summer with the Black Bears. Appleby took the loss pitching four innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits with no strikeouts, five walks and one hit batter. Rance Pittman (IN-FR Lower Columbia College) and Austin Pesicka (SO Big Bend College) also made their Black Bear debuts as the first and fourth relievers respectively.

   All told seven Cowlitz pitchers took the mound with Joey Morris (SO University of Portland), KJ Strickland (JR College of Idaho), Kevin West (SO UC Riverside) and closer Kragen Kechely (SO Dallas Baptist) all getting some work.

   The Black Bears walked a single game high 12 batters.

   Cowlitz was 12-3 in the second half before going to Bellingham. They are just 1-7 since.

   The Corvallis-Wenatchee doubleheader was postponed still due to unhealthy air conditions in the Wenatchee area. The Pippins are now in a virtual tie for first place in the South Division along with Corvallis while the Knights have two games in hand. Cowlitz is in third one game back with four games to go.

   Thursday night is fan appreciation night. There will be a fireworks show after the game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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