KELOWNA, B.C.- It's always tough to drive the nine plus hours from Longview to Kelowna and play a baseball game that night.
Monday was no exception as the bus legs showed up for Cowlitz and a 14-8 loss to the Falcons was the result.
Kelowna scored eight unanswered runs after the Black Bears took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) and never looked back. The Falcons scored four runs in each of the first two innings while sending ten and eight batters up to the plate respectively.
But Cowlitz never quit and got the next five runs of the game to make things interesting. Kyle Froemke (IN-FR Oregon) hit his first home run of the season to left center field to lead off the third. Jonathan Hodo (JR Benedictine) hit an RBI single in the fourth to make it 8-4. Dalton Mitchell (R-SR Alabama A&M) then hit an RBI infield single to short stop followed by a two run single by Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) trimmed the lead to just two.
Kelowna went on another tear scoring four straight runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth to stretch the lead to 12-6.
The Black Bears got their final two runs in the sixth. An RBI fielder's choice from Kyle Sandstrom (JR Sacramento State) and a wild pitch that brought home Froemke made it 12-8.
But the Falcons put the game out of reach for good scoring two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Starter Matt Gannon (JR Northwestern) had another rough outing giving up six runs in just 1.1 innings to drop his record to 0-4. Gannon allowed six hits while striking out two Falcons. The Black Bears then used five relievers with three of them lasting 1.2 innings.
Cowlitz (3-1, 13-18) couldn't stretch their four game winning streak to a season long five gamer. Kelowna (4-1, 18-13) remained in first place in the North Division and has now won seven straight games against the Black Bears at Elks Stadium.
Cowlitz also gave up a season high 20 hits to the Falcons in the highest combined score of the season.
Seth Rayburn (RHP R-SR Tennessee-Martin) will try to even the series Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.