WENATCHEE, Wash.- Cowlitz has struggled all season long when the other team has scored first.
But Tuesday in game one against Wenatchee the Black Bears were able to comeback after giving up the first run of the game for the second time this season and earned an important 6-3 victory.
Cowlitz began their comeback down 3-0 in the top of the sixth inning. With one out Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) reached on a fielding error by the second baseman. Kim ran to second base as the ball rolled into shallow right field then Kim was able to get to third on an errant throw by the right fielder into foul territory down the left field line. The next batter Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) got Cowlitz into the game with an RBI single to center field.
With two outs Andres Sosa (JR San Jacinto College) hit a two run homer to right field which tied the game. Sosa tied Bell for the team lead with his fourth dinger of the season.
Bell struck again in the seventh with a two run single to give Cowlitz a 5-3 lead. Then Kim scored from third base on a wild pitch to give the Black Bears a three run cushion.
Relievers Marty Maves (SR Benedictine) and Isaac Mullins (R-JR Washington State) were able to keep the AppleSox quiet the rest of the game. Maves earned the win improving his record to 3-1 pitching two innings. Maves didn't give up a run on just one hit with one strikeout. After that Mullins earned his team leading fifth save of the season, a six outer, giving up two hits and struck out two Wenatchee hitters.
The AppleSox opened the scoring in the first inning with a two out RBI single. Wenatchee doubled their lead in the fourth with a solo home run to right field. The final AppleSox run came in off a lead off homer in the fifth that just stayed fair down the right field line.
The Black Bears (6-7, 16-24) have won six consecutive games against Wenatchee (5-9, 16-24) dating back to last season. Cowlitz is now 2-2 on their longest road trip of the season.
The Black Bears also kept pace with Portland and Corvallis who each won Tuesday.
Mitch Lines (RHP SO Lower Columbia College) goes for the Black Bears in game two. Once again first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
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