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Finishing off first half with a bang

PORTLAND, Ore.- Cowlitz finished off the first half of the season by getting back in the win column with a 7-1 victory.

     The game started off as the longest scoreless ball game of the season for the Black Bears. But finally in the top of the eighth inning Andres Sosa (JR San Jacinto College) hit a three run blast to left field which gave Cowlitz their first lead of the series. It was Sosa's second home run of the season.

     The Pickles answered with a run in the bottom of the inning but Isaac Mullins (R-JR Washington State) got a ground out to third base and a strikeout with the tying run at the plate to end the rally.

     Cowlitz put the game out of reach in the ninth. With two outs a throwing error by the Portland short stop opened the door for the Black Bears. Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) hit a two run double to make it 5-1. Two batters later Sosa picked up his fourth RBI of the game with a single. Finally Dutton Elske (JR University of Portland) also hit an RBI single.

     Marty Maves (SR Benedictine) preserved the win in the bottom of the inning striking out two Pickles and only allowing a lead off double.

     The Black Bears first reliever Joey Morris (R-SO University of Portland) earned the victory to improve his record to 2-2. Morris pitched the sixth and seventh innings and only gave up one base runner on a fielding error by the first baseman.

     Starter Jordan Martinson (SR Dallas Baptist) pitched five innings of shutout baseball only giving up two singles with three strikeouts.

     The Black Bears finished the first half with a 10-17 record. Meanwhile Portland finished with a 17-9 record with a makeup game scheduled against the AppleSox in Wenatchee later in the season.

     Cowlitz looks to keep the momentum going against Bend Friday at 6:35 PM. The Elks are currently 3-0 in their second half of the season.