Longview, Wash.- Once again Cowlitz (7-10) had to come from behind on Gresham (6-9) in game two but couldn't complete the comeback this time and lost 7-5 to even up the three game series.
The Greywolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the second. Black Bears starter Nico Tellache (IN-FR, Oregon) walked the first two batters and then gave up an RBI single to Jordan Barchus to open the scoring. The next batter Matt Karo also hit an RBI singe to make it 2-0. After getting the first out of the inning on a play at third and walking another batter, Tellache was relieved by Jordan Jones (IN-FR, Washington) who made his season debut. The first batter Jones saw, Jack Johnson, hit an RBI single to make it 3-0. After a popout to short, Jones walked in a run increase the lead to 4-0. The next batter Will Matthiessen, who led off the inning, hit a two-run single to bring the fifth and sixth runs across the plate.
But the Black Bears answered right away in the bottom half of the inning with five runs. Weston Hatten (SO, Washington State) led off the inning with a walk. Yeager Taylor (FR, UC Riverside) hit a double to put both runners in scoring position. Andy Armstrong (IN-FR, Oregon State) came through with an RBI single to get the Bears into the game. The next batter Justin Wakem (FR, Western Oregon) hit an RBI sacrifice fly to make it 6-2. Three batters later Nyles Nygaard (SO, Washington) hit an RBI single to narrow the gap further. Lastly Kenyon Yovan (IN-FR, Oregon) hit a two-run single to make it 6-5.
The game really settled down after that. The other relief pitcher on the night for Gresham Rilyn Lewchuk pitched his way out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the third. Then Lewchuk and the Greywolves defense retired the next 18 Cowlitz batters. The only other Black Bears batter to reach base was Michael Forgione (JR, University of Portland) in the bottom of the ninth.
Lewchuk earned his first decision of the season picking up the win pitching seven innings and striking out four batters. Tellache took the loss in his first decision of the season as well. Tellache lasted just 1.1 innings giving up five runs on just two hits while walking four batters.
Gresham got an insurance run in the top of the eighth. Curtis Perrin drew a bases loaded walk to score Jordan Barchus.
The Black Bears still haven't won back-to-back games since June 4th and 5th when they swept Kitsap.
Both teams will try and win the rubber match tomorrow. First pitch is again scheduled for 6:35 PM. Chandler Greenfield (FR, RHP Washington State) will try and lead the Black Bears back into the win column against Andrew Heideman (SR, Concordia-Portland).