Gresham, Ore.- The Gresham Grey Wolves scored runs in bunches Monday and took advantage of some Cowlitz miscues en route to a 9-4 win.
As a result Cowlitz lost their first game of the season.
With the game tied at four in the bottom of the sixth Parker McFadden (FR, Washington State) came on to pitch for the Black Bears. He walked the first three batters then gave up a two-run single to Jeff Mitchell as Gresham took their second lead of the game. McFadden threw two wild pitches to score Marc Mumper and Mitchell. Will Matthiesson brought home the fifth Gresham run of the inning on an error making it 9-4.
Cowlitz got a couple more hits the final three innings but couldn't push anyone home.
Overall on the night Mitchell went 4-for-5 with four RBI's and two extra base hits, a triple then a double.
Gresham starter Gabe Benavides picked up the win pitching seven innings allowing eight hits and striking out seven. McFadden took the loss in his 2/3 inning.
The game started well for Gresham as they took an initial 4-0 lead on Black Bears starter Dustin Wells (JR, George Fox). In the first inning Drew Curtis hit an RBI double to score Mitchell.
The Grey Wolves broke it open in the second. After a two out infield single from Michael Breen, Mumper walked. Mitchell then hit his two-run triple to make it 3-0. The next batter Curtis hit an RBI single to score Mitchell. Wells pitched five innings in the no decision allowing eight hits while striking out a season high five batters.
Cowlitz got on the board in the fourth with four runs. It was the fourth game in a row the Black Bears recorded a four-run inning. Andy Armstrong (FR, Oregon State) led off the inning with the first home run of the season for Cowlitz. After Colin Winn (SO, Santa Ana CC) hit an infield single and Lorin Archibald (SO, Oklahoma) also singled Justin Wakem (FR, Western Oregon) hit a bases clearing triple to tie the score.
Cowlitz made a season high three errors in the game and once again walks were an issue as Black Bears pitchers allowed six free passes.
The Black Bears will look to even the series Tuesday at 7:05 PM back in Gresham. Black Bear Seth Rayburn (Mt. Hood CC) is scheduled to return to his home field and take on Andrew Heideman (Concordia-Wisconsin).