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Lefties rake again

LONGVIEW, Wash.- It was another long night for Cowlitz in the rubber match against Port Angeles as the Black Bears gave up double digits for the second consecutive game losing 16-3.

     The game started well for Cowlitz as they scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle Sandstrom (JR Sacramento State) led off reaching on an error by the third baseman. After he stole second base Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) hit an RBI double to open the scoring. Kim then scored from third on a wild pitch. Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) brought home Blake Burton (JR Washington) with an RBI ground out to second base to end the rally.

     But just like the night before Port Angeles had a big second inning. This time they brought ten batters to the plate scoring six runs on six hits.

     The fourth was even bigger as the Lefties sent 13 batters up and scored nine runs on five hits to make it 15-3.

     Finally a solo home run to left field in the fifth put the game away.

     Starter Wyatt Stanley (SO Edmonds College) took the loss dropping his record to 0-2. Stanley only pitched two innings and gave up six runs on six hits with one strikeout. Travis Paynter (JR Hawaii Pacific) lasted just 1.1 innings and gave up six runs as well on four hits with two strikeouts. Zach Denney (R-SR Tennessee-Martin) came in next and also went 1.1 innings giving up the final four runs on four hits with three strikeouts.

     Christian Peters (JR University of Portland) pitched 2.2 innings and only saw one baserunner because of an error by the short stop with one strikeout. Finally Marty Maves (SR Benedictine) pitched a perfect 1.2 innings with one strikeout.

     Cowlitz (9-15) has lost four series in a row ever since sweeping Port Angeles. The Black Bears are just 2-10 over their last 12 games. The 16 runs were the most Cowlitz has given up this season. 

     Port Angeles finished the first half of the season with a 12-15 record.

     Cowlitz takes Monday off before heading down to Portland to finish the first half against the Pickles. All first pitches for that series are scheduled for 7:05 PM.