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Black Bears Rally for 9-2 Win Over Sweets

 

Game Story. Longview, WA. July 26, 2013.  Facing a tough challenge with All-Star pitcher Cody Poteet (UCLA) taking the mound for the Walla Walla Sweets (23-19), the Cowlitz Black Bears (20-19) scored nine runs Friday night from Story Field, defeating the Sweets 9-2 to win the Series.

Cowlitz won four of six games against Walla Walla this season.

The Black Bears were on the board first in the second inning. Ryan Aguilar singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a stolen base and an error. Taylor Bryant's sacrifice fly to deep center field scored Aguilar to give Cowlitz the early 1-0 lead.

Walla Walla tied the game with a run of their own in the third inning as the game settled into a pitchers dual the next two innings, with Cowlitz starter Trent Passon and Poteet putting up zeroes.

Cody Childs led off the sixth inning with a walk, and was promptly driven in by an RBI triple by Devyn Bolasky. Taylor Bryant singled home Bolasky to give Cowlitz a 3-1 lead. After a Corey VanDomelen base hit and a pair of walks, Kyle Knigge cleared the bases with a double to left field, putting Cowlitz in a commanding position. Knigge now has 20 RBI on the season.

Five straight singles in the seventh inning would add two more runs for the Black Bears. RBI signles by catcher Jonathan Reese and VanDomelen accounted for the insurance runs. Reese finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI in his Black Bears debut.

Incoming Oregon freshman Trent Paddon worked six strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out three for his second win of the season. Trent Wilson pitched two innings allowing one run, with Henry Omana pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

The Black Bears will now hit the road for six games, with a three game series beginning Saturday against the Medford Rougues from Harry and David Field. Domenic Mazza (3-1, 2.88 ERA) will take the mound, opposite Bret Derooy (1-2, 3.88 ERA and the Rougues. The Black Bears will face off against an all-star starter for the second straight night. Tune in for all the action beginning at 6:25 p.m. with Shane Downey on KEDO am 1400 and streaming live on cowlitzblackbears.com.