Black Bears



Doubled up

Bremerton, Wash.- The Kitsap BlueJackets (5-6) came from behind in both games of the doubleheader Thursday to win 3-1 and 9-6 to win the series.

In game one the Black Bears (6-6) got on the board first in the top of the fourth. Andy Armstrong (FR, Oregon State) doubled to lead off the inning. The rain started to pour and the game was delayed. The first batter out of the stoppage Lorin Archibald (SO, Oklahoma) hit an RBI single to score Armstrong.

Kitsap answered right away in the bottom of the inning with three runs. Austin Hicks hit an RBI triple to score Joey Galeno. Hicks then scored on a wild pitch. The BlueJackets got an insurance run when Jack Stronach hit an RBI single to score Benny Kaleiwahea.

Black Bears starter Chandler Greenfield (FR, Washington State) took the loss pitching 3.2 innings giving up all three runs on four hits while striking out six batters.

In game two the exact same thing happened, only the deficit was much bigger this time for Kitsap.

Cowlitz struck twice in the top of the second. An RBI double from Armstrong and an RBI single from Toby Johnson (SO, Arkansas State) gave the Black Bears the initial lead again.

The Black Bears opened it up in the top of the third. After two straight singles and the lead runner advancing to third, Colin Winn (SO, Santa Ana College) hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Weston Hatten (SO, Washington State). The next batter Tim Jones (SO, Northwest Nazarene) hit a two-run homer over the left field wall to make it 5-0. It was Jones' first home run of the season.

But Kitsap again came back. In the bottom of the inning Luke Stampfl hit a two-run bomb of his own over the right field wall to get the BlueJackets into the game.

Things fell apart for Cowlitz in the fourth. Seven runs came across on five hits as Kitsap batted around to take a 9-5 lead.

Cowlitz got one back in the top of the seventh on an RBI groundout from Yeager Taylor (FR, UC Riverside) but that's as close as they got.

First Black Bears relief pitcher Alex Hardy (SO, Washington) took the loss pitching just 2/3 of an inning giving up six runs on five hits while hitting two batters. It was Hardy's first decison of the season.

Up Next

The Black Bears will try and end their three series losing streak at the hottest team in the WCL right now Victoria. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 6:35 PM. The Black Bears have yet to name a starter but they will oppose Josh Mitchell (LHP- Pittsburgh).