Longview, Wash.- Whether it’s coming from behind or playing with a lead, it doesn’t seem to matter for Cowlitz as early in the season they continue to pile up wins every which way.
Saturday night Cowlitz won their first series of the season by beating the Kitsap BlueJackets 6-4.
For the first time this season Cowlitz scored first when Colin Winn drove in Michael Forgione with an infield RBI single in the bottom of the first.
The Black Bears once again put together a big four-run inning against Kitsap that essentially decided the game. Saturday that inning came in the third. Ryan Enquist drew a lead-off walk. Forgione then reached with an infield single, and Toby Johnson loaded the bases with a single of his own. Lorin Archibald broke through with a two-run single to increase the lead to 3-0. The next batter, Weston Hatten, playing his first game of the season, also hit a two-run single to make it 5-0.
But just like Friday night, Kitsap didn‘t quit and got into the game in the top of the fifth. David Appleby relieved starter Chandler Greenfield for his first appearance of the season and gave up a couple of walks to put two runners on. Tony Ortiz singled to load the bases. Daniel Lopez then came through with an RBI infield single to get the BlueJackets into the game, and Appleby walked Joey Galeno two batters later to narrow the gap to 5-2.
The Black Bears answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Johnson got aboard with a bunt down the third base side and advanced to second on a throwing error by pitcher Joe Siegel. Hatten made no mistake driving in his third run of the game three batters later with a single. Overall, Hatten went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI’s in his season debut.
Kitsap again threatened in the seventh. A walk from Appleby, a hit by pitch and another walk loaded the bases. Joey Mejia was hit by a pitch on the foot to drive home the third Kitsap run. The next batter, pitch hitter Tom McGarry, walked to drive in a run and make it 6-4. Appleby was then relived by Austin Dick, who also made his season debut. Dick struck Luke Stampfl out looking to end the inning.
Dick was perfect the rest of the way, recording seven outs in a row to earn the save. Dick joins Dustin Wells and Parker McFadden with multiple inning saves this season.
Appleby picked up the win, Kitsap starter Eli Fultz got the loss pitching three innings and giving up five runs.
Walks were once again an issue for the Black Bears as they gave up nine.
Cowlitz will try and earn their first series sweep of the season tomorrow against Kitsap at 5:05 PM. Black Bear Kevin Baker is scheduled to pitch against Nick Caudillo.