Black Bears smash record high 21 hits
(Longview, Wash.) – On ‘Guaranteed Win Night’, the Cowlitz Black Bears (7-11) ended a seven-game skid with a 17-4 bashing of the Portland Lobos at David Story Field on Wednesday evening. Eight of nine starters had at least two hits, to equal a record high 21 on the night. Nine of those 21 hits were for extra bases.
It didn’t take long for the Bears to get on the board, scoring one in the bottom of the first. Center fielder Jamison Rowe (Nevada-Reno, Fr.) doubled to left center to lead off the inning for Cowlitz, and an out later scored on a ground out to first from third baseman Nolan Clark (UNLV, Fr.) Then the Black Bears jumped out to an even bigger lead, scoring seven in the third.
Right fielder Ryan Sheeks (Concordia, Jr.) beat out an infield single to third, before Clark doubled to right-center. An out later, Sheeks scored on an infield single from catcher Mike Turay (Nevada-Reno, So.). A single from first baseman Garrison McLagan (Missouri, So.) plated Clark. McLagan stole second before left fielder Matt Russell (Cal Poly, Fr.) walked to load the bases. Shortstop Michael Hoo (Cal Poly, Fr.) drove in Turay with a single to short. McLagan and Russell both crossed the plate on a single to right from Rowe. Sheeks, up for the second time in the inning, doubled to center to score Hoo and Rowe and make it 8-0 Bears.
Turay scored on an RBI single from Russell in the fourth to put the Bears up 9-0. Sheeks led off the fifth with his first home run of the summer season, and designated hitter Braxton Miller (Lewis-Clark State College, Jr.) doubled home Clark to give the Black Bears a 11-0 advantage. Clark hit his first triple of the season on the previous play.
A couple of Cowlitz errors in the seventh allowed the Lobos to take one back, but a six run home inning put the game away. Sheeks was the Bears leadoff man for the third time in the contest and started the frame with a single to left. After two consecutive walks to Clark and Miller, the bases were loaded for Turay, who doubled to right-center to score all three base runners. Turay was thrown out trying to turn his double into a triple. An out later, second baseman Duncan Satherlie (UNLV, Fr.) walked, and moved to second on Russell’s single to right-center. Both Satherlie and Russell scored on a three-run homer from Hoo, his first of the season.
Portland added one in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Sheeks led the Bears on a 4-for-5 night with a home run, a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Hoo had three hits, including a homer and drove in four. Rowe doubled on a 3-for-4 night and drove in two. Russell had an RBI and two runs scored on a three hit night. Miller was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, while Turay doubled, singled, and drove in four. Clark went 2-for-5 with a double, and a triple, scored three times, and had one RBI. McLagan also had two hits and drove in one.
Right-hander Matt Briner (1-0) (Pima CC, So.) earned the win. On a predetermined inning limit, Briner didn’t allow a run, and gave up just one hit in 3.0 innings. He walked four and struck out two. Lefty Drew Pettit (LCC, So.) did not allow a run, a hit, or a walk, but struck out three in 2.0 innings of work.
Portland’s Trevor Windsor took the loss, allowing nine runs (eight earned) off 12 hits and two walks, and struck out one in 3.1 innings.
Cowlitz returns to David Story Field on Friday, July 2 for a 6:35 p.m. start against West Coast League opponent Corvallis Knights.
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