(Longview, WA) – In their sixth extra-inning game of the season, the Black Bears(12-25-1, 9-24 WCL) fell 4-3 to the Kelowna Falcons at David Story Field on Friday night. This is the second extra-inning game of the week, after the Bears went 16 in Corvallis on Wednesday.
The Bears jumped to an early lead in the first on a two-run blast over the Red Canoe sign in left-center by left fielder Mike Turay (Nevada, So.). Designated hitter Braxton Miller (Lewis-Clark State, Jr.) walked to get on base for Turay.
After the Falcons scored one in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Reyn Nagamine, Turay took it right back in the bottom half, smashing his second home run of the game, this time over the Longview Orthopedic Association’s banner above the home bullpen in left field.
Tyler Chism was responsible for the Falcons tying and winning runs. He doubled home two in the fifth and singled home the final run in the 10th.
Bears’ reliever Mark Garcia (UC Riverside, Fr.) took the loss (0-2), giving up one earned run off two hits and two walks, and struck out three in 2.0 innings. Starter Kevin Bosson (Cal Poly-Pomona, So.) pitched well, giving up three earned runs off nine hits and a walk, and struck out eight in 6.0 innings.
Kelowna’s Tyler Wagner (3-0) earned the win in relief, not giving up a run or a hit in 2.0 innings. Jordan Westra (8) was credited with the save, tossing a scoreless 10th.
Turay led the Bears on a 2-for-4 night, both home runs, and drove in three. Shortstop Michael Hoo (Cal Poly, Fr.) had three singles, while first baseman Jordan Fox (UC Irvine, So.) and right fielder Pierce Bily (UC Irvine, Fr.) each had one single.
Cowlitz closes out this three-game series with Kelowna tomorrow at 6:35 PM. It is Gallery of Diamonds ‘Diamond Dig’ night. The first 200 female fans through the gates will be digging for one of three diamond rings buried in the infield. All three rings are valued at over $1000 each!