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Bears end losing streak in grand fashion

LONGVIEW, Wash.- Blake Burton (JR Washington) helped end the Black Bears five game losing streak by hitting a grand slam in the third inning and Cowlitz held on for a 4-3 game two victory against Corvallis.

     It was the first grand slam of the season for the Black Bears and the first for the franchise since 2016 when Nyles Nygaard hit one at Kitsap. Burton tied Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) for the team lead in homers with his fifth.

     The grand slam to right field didn't come without controversy however as the Knights appealed that the ball hit the top of the wall for a long length of time but the dinger was upheld in the end.

     That gave Cowlitz a 4-2 lead at the time. Corvallis got one run back in the fifth inning with a two out RBI infield single to short stop.

     But Joey Morris (R-SO University of Portland) pitched exceptionally well in relief and earned the victory hurling 4.1 innings of shutout baseball and only gave up two hits with five strikeouts. Morris is now 3-3 this season.

     The Knights took the initial lead in the first. After a lead off triple to left center an RBI sacrifice fly to left field made it 1-0.

     Corvallis doubled their lead in the third. Another triple by Chad Stevens, this time to right field, hit pay dirt as Cole Cabrera hit another RBI sac fly to center field.

     Burton is responsible for driving in the last six Black Bears runs dating back to game three at Bellingham.

     Cowlitz (8-15, 18-32) ended Corvallis' (17-6, 33-17) 11 game winning streak.

     Jordan Martinson (LHP SR Dallas Baptist) makes his final start of the season in the rubber match Sunday at 5:05 PM.