LONGVIEW, Wash.- Cowlitz played an extra innings game for the fifth series out of six during the second half of the season Sunday but came up short losing the rubber match to Yakima Valley 7-5.
The Pippins drew a pair of two out walks in the top of the 11th inning and made them count as the next batter hit a two run triple to the right side of the barn in center field.
The Black Bears got an infield single in the bottom half of the inning to bring the tying run to the plate but a fielder's choice and a ground out to second base ended the game.
JT Penick (SO Dallas Baptist) took the loss dropping his record to 1-1. Penick pitched the final three innings and retired eight in a row before the walks.
The win for the Pippins wasted a great comeback by the Black Bears. Yakima Valley led 5-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth. But Cowlitz sent nine batters up and scored four runs on four hits to tie the game. Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) started the rally with an RBI single. Andres Sosa (JR San Jacinto College) then hit an RBI double to get to within two runs. The game was tied on a bases loaded wild pitch that brought home Blake Burton (JR Washington) and Sosa.
Cowlitz has played the most extra innings games of anyone in the West Coast League this season with nine and dropped their record in those games to 3-6.
Yakima Valley opened the scoring in the first with a two out RBI single to left center.
The Black Bears tied the game in the fourth when Burton hit a solo homer into the left field corner. It was Burton's fourth home run of the season.
The Pippins took the lead back in the fifth taking advantage of a throwing error by the short stop. An RBI sacrifice fly to right field made it 2-1.
Yakima Valley (13-5, 24-21) doubled their lead the next inning with a two out RBI double. In the seventh an RBI triple to right center and an RBI single gave the Pippins their biggest lead at 5-1.
Cowlitz (7-11, 17-28) has now lost five series in a row after sweeping Bend to begin the second half. The Black Bears have also dropped their last five rubber matches.
Burton finished game three 4-for-6 and was a triple shy of the cycle.
After the final off day of the season Monday Cowlitz heads to Bellingham to take on the Bells Tuesday. First pitch for all three games is scheduled for 6:35 PM.