Cowlitz Black Bears Drop 9-4 Decision to Bend Elks
Bears smash 13 hits in losing effort
Sunday, June 27, 2010
(Longview, Wash.) – The Cowlitz Black Bears out hit the visiting Bend Elks 13-12, but the Bears (4-10) left 13 on base as they fell to the Elks 9-4 on Sunday evening in West Coast League action at David Story Field. The Elks (13-4) swept the three-game set from the Bears, who have lost six straight.
The Elks pushed two across each in the third and fifth off starter Mitch Hamels (Grossmount CC, So.), before adding another two in the sixth off reliever Kevin Bosson (Cal Poly Pomona, So.) to take a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Black Bears rallied to cut the lead in half, 6-3. With two on, left fielder Peirce Bily (UC Irvine, Fr.) smacked an RBI single to left. An out later, right fielder Ryan Sheeks (Concordia, Jr.) followed that up with a two-RBI single to right.
Bend added two in the seventh on a single from shortstop Adam Norton (Notre Dame, Fr.) and another in the eighth off first baseman Riley Tompkins’ (Seattle U., So.) second home run of the series.
In the bottom of the eighth, Bily singled to right and advanced to second on an error by right fielder Brian Pointer (Galena High School). Bily then moved to third on a wild pitch from Elk’s reliever Jordan Remer (San Francisco, So.). Center fielder Jamison Rowe (Nevada-Reno, Fr.) drove him in with a sharp single to center to make it 9-4.
Bily led the Bears on a 3-for-4 night with an RBI and two runs scored. Sheeks was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a stolen base. Rowe drove in one on a two hit night. Catcher Braxton Miller (Lewis-Clark State, Jr.) and shortstop Michael Hoo (Cal Poly, Fr.) each had two hits in the contest. Designated hitter Mike Turray (Nevada-Reno, So.) and first baseman Jordan Fox (UC Irvine, So.) each had one.
Hamels (1-2) took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) off four hits and five walks, and struck out two in 4.1 innings. Bend’s Ben Guidos (2-0) (Washington, Jr.) earned the win, not allowing a run off five hits and three walks, and struck out seven in 5.0 innings.
The Black Bears have tomorrow off, before hosting the Portland Bucks of the WCL Portland on Tuesday, June 29. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Tuesday, June 29th PROMOTIONS: Tuesday, June 29th, is our second $2 Tuesday. General admission tickets, hot dogs, soda, and beer are all just $2. It will also be Military night and Kelso Schools honor roll night. All tickets can be purchased at our ticket office in the left field corner of David Story Field.