LONGVIEW, Wash.- Cowlitz controlled every aspect of game one Monday against Walla Walla and earned their largest margin of victory this season 13-0.
The 13 runs and 18 hits were both single game highs for the Black Bears this season and it was their fifth shutout of the summer.
Cowlitz never looked back after sending 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and scoring six runs on six hits. With the bases loaded Dalton Mitchell (R-SR Alabama A&M), Kyle Sandstrom (JR Sacramento State) and Jonathan Hodo (JR Benedictine) each hit RBI singles in a row. Then Ryan Kim (JR) hit a two run double to make it 5-0. Finally Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) hit another RBI single.
Four more runs came home in the sixth. Kim first scored on a wild pitch. Andrew Walling (IN-FR Oregon State) then hit an RBI sacrifice fly and Tony Boetto (SO Santa Clara) drove a two run homer to left field to make it 10-0. It was Boetto's second home run this season.
Bell and Andres Sosa (JR San Jacinto College) hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh to extend the lead to 12.
Sandstrom plated the final run of the game in the eighth. With runners at the corners an RBI ground out made it 13-0.
Black Bears ace Zach Heaton (R-FR Dallas Baptist) made another terrific start and improved his record to 3-2. Heaton earned his fourth quality start of the season pitching seven innings of shutout baseball. Heaton saw only one batter over the minimum and only allowed three hits while striking out four Sweets. Overall the Cowlitz pitching staff saw just three batters over the minimum and allowed only six base runners.
All nine starters reached base safely and scored a run while only one starter didn't get a hit and only one starter didn't pick up an RBI.
Bell, Sosa, Mitchell and Sandstrom each recorded three hit games while Kim had a perfect evening finishing 2-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch twice.
Mitch Lines (RHP SO Lower Columbia College) makes his final start of the season Tuesday as Cowlitz tries to earn their first winning streak in a month. Time of first pitch is 6:35 PM.
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