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Victory Eludes Black Bears, Bend Wins 8-3

 

Game Story. Longview, WA.  July 21, 2013. One pitch away from defeat on two occasions, the Bend Elks (24-14) erupted for sixth runs with two outs in the ninth inning to complete the sweep of the Cowlitz Black Bears (18-18) Sunday night from Story Field.  

Black Bears closer Brian McAfee, who entered the game with two outs in the eighth inning, was one strike away from his sixth victory of the season before letting up s single to Curtis Wildung.  Two batters latter, with the bases loaded, McAfee again had the Elks down to their final strike before hitting Seth Spivey with a pitch to bring in the tying run.

Derek Dixon followed with a bases clearing double to add to his league leading RBI total and break the game open and send the Elks to an 8-3 win.  

Domenic Mazza pitched seven strong innings or the Black Bears, allowing one run on four hits while striking out five Elks. The one run was a solo home run by Cullen O'Dwyer.

Cowlitz had taken their first lead of the series utilizing a familiar formula.  Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, two walks and an error loadd the bases for the League's leading hitter, Devyn Bolasky. The UC Riverside outfielder singled home both Tanner Pinkston and Austin Grebeck, giving Cowlitz a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Bolasky led off the bottom of the inning with a single, and Dillon Ness sacrificed him to second. An error on a Danny Recio ground ball scored Bolasky, setting the stage for the ninth inning drama. 

Bolasky finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, and Slate Miller added 2 hits for the Black Bears.

Cowlitz takes on the Portland League All-Stars in a non league matchup on Monday night from Story Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm.