Biggest Week of the Season
Cowlitz heads to Corvallis for the start of a big week.
After an eight game homestand at Story Field, the Cowlitz Black Bears are back on the road. The next stop, Corvallis, for a three-game series against the Knights.
Cowlitz is coming off its first series win in over a month, taking two of three against the Port Angeles Lefties. The Black Bears dominated Game One on Friday night against the Lefties, jumpstarted by catcher Aaron Parker (UCSB).
In the first inning on Friday, Parker smashed a grand slam over the left field wall, sending the sold-out Story Field crowd into a frenzy.
Brock Bozett (Gonzaga) joined the long ball party as
well Friday night, depositing a two-run home run into the Black Bears bullpen.
That was all the scoring Cowlitz would need thanks to Raul Herrada (Hope International). The right hander went seven-and-a-third, allowing only one run Friday night. It was the longest outing by a Black Bears pitcher this season and the longest outing since Kelly Austin on July 16 th ,2021.
A complete victory for the Black Bears in Game One, and in Game Two, Cowlitz controlled the Port Angeles bats once again.
Zach Ernisee in his final start for Cowlitz dazzled, going six innings, allowing only one run. The Black Bears were able to take advantage of some miscues from Port Angeles pitching, plating five runs en route to a 5-1 series clinching victory.
Parker finished the weekend 5-8, including two home runs and five RBI. The Los Altos, Ca. native is hitting .529 over his last five games, including four multi-hit games.
Now, the Black Bears try to avenge being swept by Corvallis at home in the middle of June.
The Knights are coming off a series win against the Wenatchee AppleSox in Wenatche, taking the rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
Cowlitz trails the first half winners in the second half by a game and trail Portland by 5.5 games.
Corvallis has already punched their ticket to the postseason winning the first half. The Black Bears will need a full team performance against the Knights to take their second straight series.
All three games are scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Goss Stadium. Fans can listen to all three games from Corvallis where the Voice of the Black Bears, Brendan Reilly, will have the call. You can find the broadcast by clicking the “Listen Live Online” tab on cowlitzblackbears.com.
Following the series against Corvallis, the Black Bears are back home starting Friday as they welcome in the rival Ridgefield Raptors for the conclusion of the Columbia River Cup.