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Black Bears Win Doubleheader to Take Series

            After a postponed game Saturday night, the Cowlitz Black Bears came back on Sunday to win both games of a doubleheader against the Walla Walla Sweets, 5-3 and 9-2, in seven innings.

            In the first game, the Black Bears scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning. Nolan Clark and Braxton Miller led off the inning with consecutive singles. After two outs, the rally started. A single from right-fielder Ryan Sheeks allowed Miller and Garrison McLagan to score. Two batters later, a Jordan Fox triple gave Sheeks, Michael Hoo and Jamison Rowe the time they needed to cross the plate. The Bears kept their 5-2 lead until the Sweets scored another run in the seventh, but the Sweets couldn’t get more runs and lost the game.

            Richi Sandoval earned the win for the Black Bears, and Kevin Bosson recorded the save.

            In the last game of the series, the Black Bears and Sweets each earned one run in two innings, but two other one-run innings gave the Black Bears the lead. But in the top of the seventh, the Black Bears’ bats found the perfect spot for hits.  Hits from Sheeks, Clark, Fox, and Matt Russell allowed for five runners to cross the plate for the Black Bears.  The Sweets couldn’t match it in the bottom of the inning and lost.

            Joey Pulitano got the win for the Black Bears.

            The team now travels to Wenatchee for a three-game series against the AppleSox starting at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Paul Thomas Field. The team’s next home game will be Friday, June 25 at 6:35 p.m. when they start a three-game series against the Bend Elks.