Port Angeles, Wash.- The Cowlitz offense was a little rusty in the first game back after the All-Star break and Port Angeles took advantage winning game one 6-1.
The Black Bears (7-3, 18-19) only mustered four singles and they only had four batters reach base from the sixth inning on.
Meanwhile the Lefties (6-8, 16-25) jumped on Cowlitz early and never looked back. Port Angeles scored their first run grounding into a 6-3 double play. Two batters later an RBI double made it 2-0.
Cowlitz did answer in the top of the second. Jace McKinney (JR University of Portland) hit an RBI fielder's choice which brought home Austin Ingraham (SR TCU).
The Lefties brought home three more runs in the fourth. An RBI sacrifice fly made it 3-1 then and RBI single gave Port Angeles their biggest lead. Finally a double steal of second and home put the Lefties up 5-1.
The last run came across in the sixth on a one out solo home run to left field.
Starter Christian Cosby (JR Chapman) took the loss which dropped his record to 3-2. Cosby pitched three innings and gave up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts, four walks and one hit batter. Cobi Johnson (SR Northwest Nazarene) was a bright spot for Cowlitz lasting the final five innings. Johnson gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
The Black Bears once again missed an opportunity to move one game over .500 overall for the first time this season. Walla Walla did help out Cowlitz though beating Corvallis 3-0. That means the Black Bears are still in first place in the South Division by a half game over the Knights.
Ryan Kim's (SO University of Portland) 25 game reached base streak came to an end. It was the longest streak for any Black Bear this summer.
Austin Merrill (SO Chapman) will try and even the series on the mound Thursday at 6:35 PM.
Photo credit: Pat Jordan