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Black Bears Add Three to 2014 Roster

 Black Bears Add Three to 2014 Roster


PRESS RELEASE: Longview-Kelso, Washington,


Thursday April 10, 2014:


The Cowlitz Black Bears have signed three more players for the 2014 season: Orange Coast College first baseman Chris Iriart, Mt Hood CC pitcher Jake Dahlberg, and University of Puget Sound catcher Nick Funyak.


Iriart is a power hitting first baseman from Orange Coast College who currently ranks third in the Orange Empire Conference in home runs with six, while hitting .333. A 2012 graduate from Chino Hills High School (CA), Iriart was a two-time first team all-league selection and was named rookie of the year as a freshman. “I am really excited for Chris to arrive in Longview,” said Black Bears General Manager Jim Appleby. “He is a big, strong power hitting first baseman that our coaching staff is very familiar with, and the scouting reports are impressive. I am genuinely excited for our fans to come out and watch Chris Iriart play.”


Dahlberg, a crafty lefty, is making a big impact in his freshman campaign for the Mt. Hood Saints. In his first four starts of the season, Dahlberg has collected a 3-0 record, including a complete game shutout against the Clark Penguins. Dahlberg currently owns a 3.08 ERA in 23.1 innings of work, including 14 strikeouts.


Funyak is a 6-2” sophomore catcher from the University of Puget Sound. The Montana native is a versatile player who has the ability to play either corner outfield position when he is not behind the dish. Funyak was a two time all-state selection for Billings West High School, and led his American Legion team to an AA state championship.


Black Bears Season Tickets for the 2014 season are on sale now, and individual game tickets go on sale May 1. For information, call the Cowlitz Black Bears ticket office at (360) 703-3195, or visit online at



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