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Black Bears' Offense Erupts, Keys 7-4 Win

 

Game Story. Kelowna, BC. July 8, 2013.  After scoring just five runs total in their previous three games, the Cowlitz Black Bears (13-12) awoke from their offensive slumber, winning 7-4 over the Kelowna Falcons (7-21) on Monday night from Elks Stadium.  

The Black Bears pounded 13 hits, with each player in the lineup contributing at least one hit to the effort.

The Black Bears did most of their damage in a four-run third inning.  Trailing 2-0, Taylor Bryant (Cal State Fulleton) led off the inning with a single. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, and consecutive RBI hits by Kyle Knigge (LC State), Devyn Bolasky (UC Riverside) and Danny Recio (UC San Diego) gave the Black Bears a 3-2 lead.  A sacrifice fly from Ryan Aguilar (Santa Ana) scored Knigge for the final run of the inning.

The middle of the lineup came through again in the fifth inning, as Recio added his second RBI single, scoring Knigge to add to the Cowlitz lead.

The Black Bears were not done, adding two more runs in the sixth inning. Austin Grebeck (Oregon) drove in Corey Vandomelen (Linfield), and a Kingge sacrifice fly, his second RBI of the evening, plated Cody Childs (Mt Hood).  

After allowing a run in each of the first two innings, Cowlitz starter Dominic Mazza held the Falcons at bay, and exited after six innings with a 7-2 lead. The UC Santa Barbara freshman earned his second victory in as many starts this season against Kelowna, allowing four hits and walking zero, while striking out three.

The Falcons made things interesting, adding a run in each of the eighth and ninth innings, before Brian McAfee entered the game with the tying run at the plate. McAfee got Cody Andreychuk to ground out to end the game and earn the his second save of the season.

With two hits, Ryan Aguilar extended his streak of reaching base safely to 22 games. Devyn Bolasky has gotten a hit in every game as a Black Bear (11).

The Black Bears will be back in action Tuesday night in the middle game of the series against the Kelowna Falcons. Michael Sullivan (0-1) will take the mound for the Black Bears, opposite Austin Rice (0-2) and the Falcons. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.