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Black Bears Fall to Sweets in Series Finale, 10-2

Game Story. Walla Walla, WA. July 14, 2013.- After taking the first two games of the mid-week series using a similar formula,  the  Black Bears (18-15) were on the other side in the Thursday series finale against Walla Walla (20-16).  The Sweets used a srong pitching performance and double digit hits to down Cowlitz, 10-2.

Walla Walla starter, Cody Poteet, went seven innings, allowing only two runs on three hits and striking out six Black Bears.  Offensively, Sweets second baseman John Skrbec set an early tone leading off the bottom of the first inning with a triple that would jump start a four run inning for the home team.

The bright spot of the night for Cowlitz came courtesy of Slate Miller in the top of the sixth.  With one out in the inning, Black Bears leadoff man Kyle Knigge drew a walk.   Miller, inserted for  Ryan Aguilar, sent the first pitch he saw over the wall for a two-run home run, putting the Black Bears on the board for the first time in the game.

Paul  Martinez, Konnor Armijo and Derrick Salberg also had hits for the Black Bears.

The night saw the end to a handful of team record streaks.  Ryan Aguilar's streak of reaching base safely stopped at 29, and Devyn Bolasky's consecutive game hit streak was halted at 19.

Cowlitz will return to Story Field on Thursday  night to take on the Bend Elks in the first game of a critical three game series. Bend is tied with Corvallis for first place in the Southern Division, a game and a half ahead of the Black Bears.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm.