LONGVIEW, Wash.- Cowlitz finished the ninth season in franchise history Wednesday by shutting out Walla Walla 3-0.
Six Black Bears pitchers combined for the sixth shutout of the season. The Sweets only managed two hits which tied a season low for the Cowlitz pitching staff.
The first reliever Joey Morris (R-SO University of Portland) got the win coming in for starter Ryan Kaser (SO Lower Columbia College) in the fourth inning. Morris became the only Black Bears pitcher to win four games this season and lasted two innings not giving up a hit with one strikeout. Marty Maves (SR Benedictine) earned his second save of the season striking out the side in order in the ninth after giving up a lead-off double.
Andrew Walling (IN-FR Oregon State) brought home the only run Cowlitz would need in the third. Dutton Elske (JR University of Portland) kept the inning going with a two out single. Walling then drove a pitch to deep left center that rolled all the way to the wall scoring Elske from first base.
The Black Bears scored two more runs in the fourth. Tanner Parker (JR Middle Tennessee State) and Kyle Sandstrom (JR Sacramento State) led off drawing walks. After a balk put the runners in scoring position the Sweets pulled the infield in. But Jonathan Hodo (JR Benedictine) looped a ball over the short stops head into left center to make it 2-0. Then Hodo tried to steal second and the throwing error by the catcher allowed Sandstrom to score.
Cowlitz finished the season with a 20-34 record. Ryan Kim (JR) won the batting title with a .303 average.
A few franchise records were either tied or broken this season. Kim stole 25 bases for a new single season record while Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) broke the RBI record with 33. Maves and Christian Peters (JR University of Portland) each broke the appearances record with 23 outings. Maves also qualifies for the third lowest ERA in a single season with at least 25 innings pitched with just a 1.56 mark. Lastly the team tied last year's squad with the most home runs at 31.