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Black Bears Come Out Swinging In Doubleheader

After Friday night's series opener between the Cowlitz Black Bears (5-3) and Kelowna Falcons (3-5) was rained out, the two teams played a double header of seven inning games Saturday night from Elks Stadium.

Game 1

The Black Bears took advantage of several miscues from the Falcons to get the 8-1 victory in game one.

In the second inning, two hit batsmen a hit and an error combined to give Cowlitz the 2-1 lead. The Black Bears would add another in the third as Casey Worden (Saddleback) led off the inning with a single, was sacrificed to second and would later come home on an error.

The score remained the same until the sixth. The Falcons would make two errors in the inning to go with four Black Bear hits, highlighted by a single off the bat of Worden to drive in Corey VanDomelen (Linfield) and Austin Baker (Arkansas St).

Sam Moreland (George Fox) settled down after allowing a run in the opening frame to earn the victory with six innings of work. The southpaw scattered five hits while striking out seven allowing just the one run.

The Black Bears would add one more in the seventh to cushion their lead, with an RBI single from Baker.

Grant Gamble (Nebraska) entered the game in the seventh and allowed the first three of the first batters to reach but escaped the final inning without any runs coming home.

Trevor Lane (Lower Columbia), starting at the lead off position for the first time this season, reached base in four of his five plate appearances with two singles, a walk and a hit by pitch.

Kelowna gifted Cowlitz with extra base runners throughout the game, committing five errors and hitting a total of four batters in the seven inning contest.

Game 2

It was a quick turnaround for game two but the story was much of the same. Another excellent pitching performance by the Black Bears was mirrored by a wild one from the Falcons in a 11-1 victory for Cowlitz to complete the sweep of the doubleheader.

Following Moreland's lead, incoming Oregon freshman Kohl Hostert delivered a seven inning complete game gem in his first start of the season.  Hostert allowed only five Falcon hits, and struck out five.  It was the first complete game in the West Coast League this season.

The struggles of the Falcons' pitching staff continued immidiately with Trevor Lane being hit by a pitch to lead off the game. Austin Baker later drove him home with a single to give the Bears an early 1-0. lead.

Kelowna starter Alex Emerson, failed to record and out in the second before being removed from the game. The Black Bears would bat around in the inning with four walks being issued to Cowlitz' batters. Cooper Mickelson (Lower Columbia) and Jon Serven (Long Beach St.) both had singles that drove in one and two runs respectively and the inning ended with the Black Bears in command with a 6-0 lead.

After the Falcons got on the board with a run of their own, the visiting Bears would add two more runs in the third inning despite just one hit as Serven drove in a run for the second straight inning.

While Hostert was cruising on the mound, the Bears offense continued to add on, scoring one in the fourth and two more in the seventh, concluding with first baseman Chris Iriart (U of Houston) driving in Brian Popoure (Kansas) for the 11th run to cap the scoring.

The Black Bears outscored the Falcons 20-2 in the two seven inning games.

Cowlitz will go for the sweep Sunday from Elks Stadium against Kelowna to wrap up the road trip. Zebastian Valenzuela will make his debut for the Black Bears opposite Jeremy Newton and the Falcons. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05.