LONGVIEW, Wash.- Cowlitz did everything right Friday night against Port Angeles en route to their biggest victory of the season 8-0.
Zach Heaton (R-FR Dallas Baptist) became the first pitcher this season to turn in a quality start as he lasted seven innings only giving up four hits with four strikeouts.
Meanwhile the Black Bears offense was firing on all cylinders and they produced the second most runs in a game this season.
Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) kicked things off with a one out double in the bottom of the first inning into the right field corner. Two batters later Blake Burton (JR Washington) drove him in with an RBI double off the short fence in left field.
Four more runs came across in the second. Again with two outs Burton cleared the bases with a double this time into right center. The next batter Dutton Elske (JR University of Portland) hit an RBI single to make it 5-0.
Cowlitz (9-13) put the game out of reach in the sixth. Kim drove in his first RBI of the season with a broken bat slow grounder to second base. Then with the bases loaded two consecutive hit by pitches on Burton and Elske made it 8-0.
Burton became the first Cowlitz player to register five runs batted in during a single game this season.
Port Angeles (10-15) never really got the bats going. After a two hit first inning they only had four base runners.
The Black Bears have won their last two games with shutouts. They beat Yakima Valley two nights ago 2-0.
Cowlitz seems to have turned a corner defensively as well as they have gone three straight games without an error for the first time this season.
The start time was delayed 15 minutes because Port Angeles was late getting to the field after traveling down from Kelowna.
Ace Mitch Lines (RHP SO Lower Columbia College) gets the ball for game two. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.