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Sweets Bounce Back Against Black Bears, 8-4

 

Game Story. Longview, WA. July 25, 2013.  The Black Bears were unable to repeat their record setting 16 run performance, as Walla Walla Sweets (23-18) bounced back in game two of the series, defeating the Black Bears (19-19) by a final of 8-4.

Despite the Black Bears outhitting the Sweets 10-7, three errors defensively for the Black Bears led to six unearned runs for Walla Walla.

Danny Recio, who had five RBI in the previous game, singled home Derrick Salberg to give Cowlitz an early 1-0 lead.

Walla Walla scored three runs off of Cowlitz starter Cody Rogina in the third inning, and added five runs in the fifth inning, taking a command and knocking Rogina out of the ballgame.

Cowlitz battled throughout, and had several chances to bring the game within striking distance.  Consecutive hits by Devyn Bolasky, Recio and Tanner Pinkston brought the score to 8-2 in the sixth inning, but a double play ending the inning with the bases loaded.

The Black Bears gave the home crowd something to cheer for in the final frame but ultimately came up short. Slate Miller led off the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a balk, and moved to third on a Corey VanDomelen single. Both base runners advanced following a passed ball, with Miller coming in to score. VanDomelen would later add the fourth and final run for the Black Bears on a Bolasky groundout.

The rubber match of the series will be Friday night at Story Field. Trent Paddon (1-1, 2.18 ERA) will take the mound for the Black Bears, opposite WCL all-star Cody Poteet (2-0, 3.85 ERA) and the Sweets. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.