Longview, Wash.- The bats were alive and well Thursday, especially for Yeager Taylor (FR, UC Riverside), and Cowlitz (8-10) won their first series since their opening West Coast League series against Kitsap besting Gresham (6-10) with a 7-3 win.
The Black Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Kenyon Yovan (IN-FR, Oregon) led off the inning with a double. Then Weston Hatten (SO, Washington State) drove him in easily with an RBI triple. The next batter Taylor picked up his first of three RBI's on the night with a single to score Hatten. Colin Winn (SO, Santa Ana College) finished off the inning with an RBI single for himself.
Cowlitz kept it going in the third. After back-to-back singles from Yovan and Hatten, Taylor hit a two-run triple to make it 6-0. Taylor then scored his second run of the game scoring on a throwing error from the Gresham third baseman.
The Greywolves didn't quit however and made it interesting in the top of the fourth with a three-run inning. Jack Johnson hit a double and was brought around on an RBI double from Will Matthiessen. Michael Breen hit a one out ball to the short stop Michael Forgione (JR, University of Portland) who bobbled it alllowing Matthiessen to score. The next batter Ben Klenke hit an RBI single to narrow the gap to four.
But that's as close as Gresham would get. Solid pitching and stout defense took over for Cowlitz. Taylor in particular made two great catches on lineouts in the fourth and ninth innings.
Akash Agarwal (SO, California) came in relief of Black Bears starter Chandler Greenfield (FR, Washington State) with one out in the fourth and settled the Greywolves down. Agarwal earned his first decision and win of the season pitching 2.2 innings allowing no runs and no hits while striking out two batters. Kevin Baker (SO, University of Portland), in his first relief appearance of the season, followed along with Devin McKesson (FR, UC Riverside) and Austin Dick (SO, Nevada).
The Black Bears will try to win back-to-back games Friday at Kelowna for the first time since June 4th and 5th when they won games two and three at Story Field en route to sweeping Kitsap.
Damon Jones (SO, LHP Washington State) will get the baseball in game one against the Falcons against a TBA starter. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.