In what was a pitcher's duel throughout, the Black Bears (7-3, 9-3 overall) were able to take advantage of some late innings miscues to defeat the Corvallis Knights (5-5) by the final score of 3-1 on Tuesday night from Story Field.
The Knights were on the board first with a RBI double off the bat of Kevin Kline, to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
The score stayed the same until the bottom of the seventh, as Cowlitz starter Billy Sahlinger (U of Portland) and Corvallis' Harrison McGhee (Concordia) traded zeros.
In the home half of the seventh, the Black Bears were able to push across three runs, despite having two runners thrown out at home in the inning. Caleb Hamilton (Oregon St.) led off with a single, and back-to-back errors loaded the bases. Ryan Aguilar ( U of Arizona) followed with a walk to force in a run and tie the game at 1-1. With the bases still loaded, a balk forced in another run to give the Black Bears their first lead. A Jon Serven (Long Beach St.) single then drove home Daniel Orr to cap the rally.
Sahlinger cruised through seven innings of work to earn his second victory. The righty allowed just one run on three hits while striking out five.
Reza Aleaziz (Oregon St.) and Joe Reta (Orange Coast) combined for two scoreless innings to close out the win and extend the Black Bears winning streak in WCL play to four games.
Be sure to join us at Story Field Wednesday night for game two of the three game set against the Corvallis Knights. It's Fibre Federal Family Night where each ticket to the park is $5 off if you show your Fibre Federal membership card. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with Jake Dahlberg (0-0, 4.50) taking the mound for the Black Bears, opposite Derrick Malhum (1-0, 4.50) and the Knights.