07/12/2018 2:27 PM
KELOWNA, B.C.- For the third season in a row Cowlitz came up empty in Canada as Kelowna swept the Black Bears Wednesday with an 8-5 victory.
The game started well for Cowlitz as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) hit a double that deflected off of the first baseman and rolled into foul territory in the top of the first inning. Two batters later Andres Sosa (JR San Jacinto College) hit a two out RBI double down the left field line to open the scoring.
Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) led off the third with a home run that hit the bottom of the scoreboard in center field to double the Black Bears lead. Bell received credit for that home run after only getting a triple back in game one despite that fly ball also hitting the scoreboard.
But the Falcons once again came up with a big inning in the fourth to take the lead. Kelowna sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs on five hits. The highlights of the inning were a lead off home run to left field and a grand slam also to left.
Blake Burton (JR Washington) hit a two out solo dinger himself to left field in the fifth to trim the lead to 6-3.
Kelowna scored twice more in the sixth to put the game away. A two run single by Davis Todosichuk gave him six RBI on the day with the grand slam to make it 8-3.
Sosa hit a two run homer to left field in the seventh to trim the lead to 8-5 but Cowlitz left the bases loaded.
The Black Bears did bring the tying run to the plate twice in the eighth but a 4-6-3 double play and a strikeout ended the inning. All told Cowlitz left 11 runners on base.
Starter Jordan Martinson (SR Dallas Baptist) took the loss dropping his record to 0-2. Martinson pitched five innings and gave up six runs on six hits but did strikeout six Falcons. Joey Morris (R-SO University of Portland), Cody Turner (SO Chapman) and Joe Solomon (SO University of the Pacific) each pitched an inning of relief. Morris gave up the final two runs on three hits.
Cowlitz (3-3, 13-20) has now lost 16 consecutive games north of the border including nine in a row at Elks Stadium. Kelowna (6-1, 20-13) earned their third sweep of the season.
The four doubles and three home runs were the most hit in a single game this season by Cowlitz.
The Black Bears play their only series of the season against the other Canadian franchise Victoria beginning Friday at 6:35 PM.