Cowlitz Black Bears Fall to Bend Elks 7-2
Jason Mahood leads Bears with 2-for-3 night
Saturday, June 26, 2010
(Longview, Wash.) – A rough third inning for Cowlitz Black Bears(4-9) starter Jeff Gold (Oregon, Fr.) gave the visiting Bend Elks (12-4) all they would need for a 7-2 West Coast League victory at David Story Field on Saturday night. The Bears had just five hits to Bend’s 13, but both teams left nine runners on base.
The Bears and Elks traded zeros through the first two frames, but Bend broke out for six in the third. Two consecutive singles and a walk loaded the bases. An out later, first baseman Riley Tompkins (Seattle U., So.) singled in the first run of the inning. Designated hitter Andy Hunter (Gonzaga, So.) reached on an error by Bears third baseman Nolan Clark (UNLV, Fr.) to give the Elks a 2-0 advantage. Two more Elks came around to score on a single to right from center fielder Brian Pointer (Galena High School). Hunter scored on a single by right fielder Brenden Kalfus (Saint Mary’s, Fr.) to make it 5-0. Pointer rounded out the six run frame, scoring on an RBI single from shortstop Tyler Smith (Oregon State, Fr.).
Cowlitz got two back in the bottom of the fourth. Second baseman Jason Mahood (San Francisco, Rs-Fr.) led off the inning and advanced to second on third baseman Nolan Clark’s (UNLV, Fr.) walk. Designated hitter Braxton Miller doubled to right-center to score Mahood before Clark crossed the plate on an RBI groundout from catcher Zach Tanida (Cal State Fullerton, Fr.), to make it 6-2.
Bend’s final run came in the seventh on a solo homerun to left field by Hunter.
Mahood led the Black Bears on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Miller doubled and Ryan Sheeks (Concordia, Jr.) and Michael Hoo (Cal Poly, Fr.) each singled. Hunter led at the plate for the Elks, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and a stolen base.
Gold (0-2) took the loss for Cowlitz, giving up six runs (five earned) off seven hits and two walks, and struck out two in 2.1 innings. Richie Ochoa (Washington State, Fr.) took the win, giving up two earned runs off four hits and five walks, and struck out four in 5.0 innings.
The Black Bears and Elks meet for the final game of this three-game set tomorrow at 5:05 p.m.
Sunday, June 27th PROMOTIONS: Tomorrow is Senior Sunday. All adults 60 or older receive $2 off general admission tickets. Sunday is also Cold Stone Creamery Kids Club Day. All Kids Club members get in free.