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Black Bears Hammer Sweets, 16-2

Game Story. Longview, WA. July 24, 2013. The Cowlitz Black Bears (19-18) had by far their biggest offensive output of the season on Wednesday night, erupting for a team record 16 runs on 18 hits to defeat the Walla Walla Sweets (22-18) in game one of a three game series, 16-2.

Fresh off of winning the MVP award at the All Star Game in Victoria, Kyle Knigge began the offensive outpouring for the Black Bears with a single. After five additional hights, including RBI doubles by Paul Martinez and Taylor Bryant, the Black Bears had a 5-0 first inning lead.

The theme continued in the second inning, as a walk to Ryan Aguilar and a Devyn Bolasky single put runners on the corners with no outs.  A groundout scored Aguilar, and preceded another two-out, four-run rally for the Black Bears.  Corey VanDomelen's bases loaded double most of the damage, scoring Tanner Pinkston, Austin Grebeck and Bryant, and giving the Black Bears a 10-0 cushion

Danny Recio hit a mammoth three-run homerun in the fifth inning, giving him five RBI for the game, and the home team added three more in the sixth..

Black Bear returnee Zane Bambush tossed six strong innings after being spotted the  lead. Bambush struck out five Sweets, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks to earn the win. 

"It felt great to be back, I don't know if I've ever gotten that kind of run support before. 16 runs is alot," said Bambush.

Three more runs would come across, all with two outs yet again, in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two RBI double from Devyn Bolasky.

10 Black Bears collected at least one hit in the game, with five having two or more. West Coast League batting leader Bolasky finished 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Shorstop Corey VanDomelen and second baseman Taylor Bryand also contributed three hits each. 

Former Black Bear Spencer O'Neil started as the designated hitter for Walla Walla, going 1-for-3.

The Black Bears will look to continue their momentum Thurdsay night for game two of the series. Cody Rogina (0-0, 6.75 ERA) will make his first start of the season for Cowlitz, opposite All-Star Cody Poteet (2-0, 3.85 ERA) and Walla Walla. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.