Black Bears



AppleSox walk it off again

WENATCHEE, Wash.- Wenatchee walked it off against Cowlitz again Thursday in the bottom of the ninth inning 6-5.

     The Black Bears blew four leads in the rubber match.

     With the game tied at five in the bottom of the ninth the AppleSox loaded the bases with three consecutive singles. A 5-2-3 double play put Cowlitz in a good position to send the game to extra innings for the second night in a row. They intentionally walked arguably Wenatchee's best hitter Connor McCord with first base open but an RBI single to left field from the next batter won the game.

     Christian Peters (JR University of Portland) took the loss dropping his record to 3-3. Peters pitched an inning and came out after allowing the three hits in the ninth.

     Cowlitz opened the scoring with the first batter of the game. Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) hit a home run over the right field wall to become the all-time home run king in Black Bears history. He passed Devlin Granberg with his ninth career dinger.

     Wenatchee got the run back right away in the bottom of the inning as McCord grounded into a 4-6-3 double play with the bases loaded.

     Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) gave Cowlitz their second lead in the third with a two out RBI grounder into right field. But the AppleSox did they same thing next time up to tie it at two.

     Dutton Elske (JR University of Portland) hit a one out homer opposite field to right in the fourth. It was Elske's third dinger of the season. Then Tony Boetto (SO Santa Clara) hit a two out RBI double to left center to make it 4-2.

     Wenatchee tied it in the fifth inning this time with a two out bases loaded two run single.

     After Mason De La Cruz (SO Washington State) was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh De La Cruz and Kim completed a double steal to put the lead runner at third. Blake Burton (JR Washington) hit an RBI ground out to make it 5-4.

     In the bottom of the inning the AppleSox got a runner aboard with a fielding error by the third baseman. That runner scored on a wild pitch to tie the game yet again.

     Cowlitz (6-9, 16-26) finished 2-4 on their longest road trip of the season. Wenatchee (7-9, 18-24) has now won back-to-back series after dropping game one.

     The Black Bears need quick memories as the Yakima Valley Pippins come to town Friday for a 6:35 PM first pitch.