WEST COAST LEAGUE BASEBALL
|Cowlitz Black Bears|
|Gresham GreyWolves, 11 innings|
The Gresham GreyWolves survived what should have been the final swing of the bat, but couldn't take advantage of the second chance during an 8-7 extra-inning loss to Cowlitz in the middle game of their series Tuesday night.
Tyler Parker rode a hot bat through the entire series, so when the GreyWolves needed a hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning who better to have in the batter's box.
Parker pounced on the first pitch, popping the ball high into the night sky.
What should have been the final out of the game turned into trouble when Cowlitz teammates Kona Quiggle and Mark Pearson converged behind second base only to lose the ball in the lights. It dropped at their feet.
That allowed Gresham's Alec deWatteville to zip around from second base to send the game to extra innings.
The Black Bears struck back in the 11th when Jace McKinney, a Mt. Hood Community College standout, sent a sacrifice fly to left field to produce the winning run.
The GreyWolves went down in order in the bottom of the 11th with Cowlitz reliever Joey Morris striking out the last two batters.
In all, the teams combined to put 10 pitchers on the mound.
Gresham (3-3) is in Kelowna, British Columbia for its longest road trip of the season before returning home to start a three-game set with Bellingham at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.
• Gresham won two of the three games in the series when Kade Poulsen connected for a two-out double that plated Tyler Parker for the winning run in the seventh inning of Wednesday's rubber match.
Tyler Parker led the bats for the series going 7-for-13 (.538) with seven RBIs and four runs scored.
View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, June 9, print edition.