(Longview, WA) – The young ones were out in force to celebrate our final Cold Stone Creamery Kids Club night at David Story Field, and they weren’t disappointed as they saw the Cowlitz Black Bears (18-29-1) defeat the WCL Portland All-Stars 5-3 in front of 938 fans at David Story Field. The win extends the Bears’ winning streak to five games, the longest of the season for the first year expansion team.
A home run from Grant Fink gave the All-Stars a quick 1-0 lead in the first, but three RBI singles from right fielder Matt Russell (Cal Poly, Fr.), designated hitter Ryan Sheeks (Concordia, Jr.), and catcher Braxton Miller (Lewis Clark State, Jr.), along with a sacrifice fly from center fielder Jamison Rowe (Nevada, Fr.) put the Bears up 4-1 in the fourth.
An RBI single to left from Bears’ newcomer Grant Glover (Western Oregon, Jr.) plated first baseman Zack Tanida (Cal State Fullerton, Jr.) to give Cowlitz a 5-1 advantage in the fifth. A sacrifice fly by Kyle Jones in the sixth and a home run from Beau Day in the seventh brought the All-Stars to within two at 5-3, but they couldn’t rally all the way back.
Bears’ starter Kirk Lind (Western Oregon, So.) took the win (3-3), allowing three earned runs off five hits and struck out nine in 7.0 innings. Reliever Jake Walsh (Missouri, Fr.) earned his first save of the season, not allowing a run in 2.0 innings. Tyler Doran took the loss for the All-Stars in relief, giving up four earned runs off four hits in 1.0 inning.
Russell led the Bears with two hits and third baseman Casey Watkins (Cal State Fullerton, Fr.) doubled.
All kids under 15 ate for free at the ball park tonight and kids club members received free admission. If you would like to join the kids club for next season, call the ticket office at 360-703-3195 or sign up at the Prize Wheel during the game.
Tomorrow is $2 Tuesday, where you can receive $2 general admission tickets, $2 hot dogs, $2 soda, and $2 beer. It is also Law enforcement night. And don’t forget that Wednesday is Family Night and you can get four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for just $28. We will also be honoring our host families that night to thank them for supporting our Black Bears this summer. Thursday is not only our final Thirsty Thursday of the season, but it is also our final home game of the summer. Come on out for Fan Appreciation night and enjoy $2 beer, prizes and giveaways all night long. Tickets can be purchased at our ticket office located in the left field corner of David Story Field. See you at the park!