Longview, Wash.- Black Bears ace Corbin Powers (R-SR University of Portland) had another strong start striking out nine Port Angeles Lefties batters and the Cowlitz offense exploded for a 9-3 game two victory Saturday to win the series.
Powers tied Yancy Bird (R-SO Lower Columbia College) for the longest outing by a Cowlitz starting pitcher this season lasting seven innings. Powers' nine K's also tied his season high which is still the most strikeouts by one pitcher in a single game this season. The Bears ace evened his record to 2-2 giving up one run with no walks.
The Black Bears (8-9) led the entire game. Kona Quiggle (SO Grand Canyon) gave Cowlitz the lead in the bottom of the third with an RBI single. In the fourth Mark Pearson (JR Abilene Christian) scored on a wild pitch to double the lead. Austin Ingraham (SR TCU) made it 3-0 with another RBI single.
Port Angeles (9-13) got in the game with a solo home run in the fifth. But the Black Bears answered quickly in the bottom half of the inning with two more runs. Evan Williams (IN-FR Oregon) made it 4-1 with an RBI infield single. The next batter Nick Roberts (SO Washington) struck out but the Lefties catcher couldn't hang on to the ball. The throw to first one hopped between the first baseman's legs and Williams was able to score all the way from first to make it 5-1.
Cowlitz put the game away in the eighth. The Bears scored four runs on just two hits and one error while sending nine batters to the plate.
Port Angeles didn't quit and hit two solo homers to left field and over the barn in center field in the ninth to trim the lead to 9-3.
Kevin West (SO UC Riverside) pitched the final two innings giving up three hits with one strikeout and three walks.
Cowlitz is now 6-2 in their last eight games and will try to sweep their first series of the season before heading out on a six game road trip to Canada. Nico Tellache (LHP SO Oregon) starts Sunday against Aaron Charles (RHP SO Cal State Bakersfield). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 PM.
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