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Black Bears Come Out Of Hibernation, Defeat Bells In Late Comeback Thriller

Longview: June 21, 2012: Thanks to some clutch late hitting, the Cowlitz Black Bears pulled off a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Bellingham Bells in 11 innings in a tense game at Story Field Thursday night.
Down 4-2 with two outs in the eighth inning, the Black Bears got a big rally going when Matt Ozanne (Santa Clara) walked, Ben Swinford (Cornell) singled, and Austin Wobrock (Orange Coast) brought in Ozanne with a single of his own. Konnor Armijo (Santa Ana) tied the game in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly.

Nick Paxton (Mt. Hood) led off the 11th inning with a double and with the bases loaded and one out, Wobrock laid down a perfect bunt to score Paxton just ahead of the catcher. Wobrock had three hits on the evening.

Kody Watts (U of Portland) got the win by pitching a scoreless 11th inning. He was preceded by Taylor Williams (Mt. Hood), who threw two scoreless innings.

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The Black Bears are members of the West Coast League, a nine-team, professional style wood-bat summer college league.  The WCL features pro prospects from major conferences across the country.  More than 120 WCL alums played affiliated professional baseball last season, and 14 ex-WCL stars played in the Major Leagues.  For more information on the league, visit

Johnie Freatman
Broadcast/Media Relations Intern