Black Bears



Close but no cigar

Kelowna, B.C.- Once again the Kelowna Falcons (10-9) came from behind in game two against Cowlitz (8-12) to win 5-3 and take the series.

The Falcons took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. First Jake Druce hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Brad Antchak which tied the game at two. The next batter Kevin Morgan gave the Falcons their only lead with an RBI triple to deep right field which brought home Jesse Moore. Chandler Robertson drove in another run to make it 4-2.

The Falcons kept rolling in the fifth. Kenyon Yovan (IN-FR, Oregon), in his first appearance on the mound, walked the lead-off batter Daniel Nist. Three batters later Druce hit an RBI groundout to score Nist from third.

Unlike Friday, Cowlitz was able to fight back in game two. They loaded the bases in the eighth but couldn't score. In the ninth however they did bring a run across when Eric Bolton (IN-FR, Ball State) hit an RBI single which scored Andy Armstrong (IN-FR, Oregon State).  But Kelowna closer Jared Morton recovered and nailed down his third save getting Michael Forgione (JR, University of Portland) to pop out to second base.

Falcons starter Colby Nealy turned in another quality start in the series pitching eight innings and giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out five batters. Black Bears starter David Appleby (FR, Utah) took the loss dropping his record to 1-2. Appleby went four innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking two batters.

Cowlitz scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the second. Bolton picked up his second RBI of the game on a single. Then Tim Jones (SO, Northwest Nazarene) hit an RBI fielder's choice to double the Black Bears lead.

Kelowna got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Moore hit an RBI single.

The Black Bears are still winless against the Canadian teams at 0-5.

Up Next

Cowlitz will try and salvage their final game in Canada this season Sunday at 6:05 PM. Kevin Baker (SO, RHP University of Portland) will start on the hill against Jake Simmons (SO, Walla Walla CC).