Game Story. Longview, WA. July 12, 2013- On a cool Friday night in Longview, pitching was the name of the game for the Black Bears as Cowlitz took the opening game of the weekend series against the visiting Bellingham Bells, 5-3.
Starter Trent Paddon (Oregon) turned in a quality start for the Black Bears on Friday, pitching six strong innings and allowing only three Bells hits and one unearned run. Coach Matz then turned to Dominic Mazza’s, and the UC Santa Barbara freshman pitched three solid innings in relief, recording four strikeouts and allowing just two hits and two runs.
There was no shortage of offense for the Black Bears either. Cowlitz again found themselves on the scoreboard early in the game when Paul Martinez (Oregon State) singled to lead off the bottom of the second inning, and later scored on a balk by Bells pitcher Nate Cole.
The Black Bears were back at it in the bottom of the third inning, when Kyle Knigge (LC State) singled to reach base with one out. Devyn Bolasky then stepped to the plate and singled, part of a four-for-four night for the UC Riverside sophomore, advancing Knigge to third. A Bolasky steal and a Bells throwing error scored Knigge and gave the Black Bears a 2-0 lead.
After the Bells scored in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to one, the Black Bears responded by adding to their cushion in the bottom of the seventh. After Tanner Pinkston (Cal State Fullerton) singled and Corey VanDomelen (Linfield) reached on an error, Ryan Aguilar (Santa Ana) doubled to clear the bases and extend his own streak of reaching base safely to twenty-five games. Bolasky's fourth single of the night scored Aguilar and extended Cowlitz’s lead to 5-1. It was the third time this season that Bolasky has had four hits in a game.
The Bells closed the gap with two runs in the eighth, but Mazza retired the final three Bellingham batters in order in the top of the ninth to seal the win.
The Black Bears will be back in action tomorrow night, July 13th, as they take on the Bells in the second game of their weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.