The Black Bears wrapped up a series sweep on Sunday night at Kelowna with an 11-1 win, completing their north-of-the-border road trip with four wins in six games. The victory gives the Black Bears a 6-3 record in WCL play, good for first in the competitive West Division, and tied with Medford for the League's best record.
The excitement began in the top of the first with a double by right fielder Austin Baker (Arkansas St.) followed by an RBI single by Joey Greco (Missouri Baptist) for the first run of the night. The Black Bears added a run in the top of the second inning, as a Trevor Lane (Illinois-Chicago) single scored Chris Iriart (U of Houston) to make the score 2-0.
The Black Bears continued to apply offensive pressure in the third. Baker coaxed a leadoff walk and advanced to second thanks to Greco's second hit of the night. Baker stole third, and scored on a throwing error by Falcons catcher Cody Chagnon. A Ryan Aguilar (U of Arizona) walk and a Casey Worden (Saddleback) single scored Greco and put runners at the corners, and a sac fly by Iriart scored Aguilar to make the score 5-0.
As the Cowlitz offense surged, Zebastian Valenzuela (Grand Canyon) held the Falcons at bay, picthing six full innings, recording 3 strikeouts, and allowing no runs on only 2 hits before being replaced by Henry Omana (Cal. State Fullerton) to start the seventh.
The Black Bears earned another run in the top of the sixth, thanks to a double by Iriart and a sac-fly by Lane, and the score remained 6-0 until the top of the eighth. A Sever Whalen (Lower Columbia) walk, and base hits by Lane and Corey VanDomelen (Linfield) loaded the bases. Baker's second double of the night plated Lane and Whalen, making the score 8-0. The Falcons avoided the shutout with a run in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a RBI by Falcons' first basemen Trey Kamachi.
Cowlitz concluded the scoring with three runs on five hits in the top of the ninth, including singles by Clay Mott (George Fox), Jonathan Reece (Tacoma), Worden, Whalen and Baker.
Joe Reta (Orange Coast) took over for Omana at the mound in the bottom of the ninth, closing out the 11-1 win, and the series sweep, with a perfect inning.
In all, the Black Bears tallied 18 hits on the evening. Seven Black Bears recorded multi-hit nights, including three each by Baker and Whalen.
The Black Bears return to Story Field on Monday, June 16 to host the Portland Dukes at 6:35, where Monday Night Baseball is brought to you by State Farm. The Black Bears are also proud to announce that the game is Bud Clary Subaru T-Shirt Night.