Walla Walla matched Cowlitz run for run — one in the second, two in the third — over the first five innings late Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.
But the Black Bears took over from there and roughed up the Sweets 10-3 in a West Coast League baseball game.
The visitors, who dropped the first game of the three-game series 9-0 Saturday at Borleske, broke the 3-3 tie with a three-run rally in the sixth inning and added four additional runs over the final three frames while Walla Walla’s offense ground to a halt.
All nine players in the Black Bears’ lineup contributed at least one hit as Cowlitz outhit Walla Walla 12-9 to even the series at a game apiece. Ryan Kim, Austin Bell and Blake Burton went deep for the Black Bears and Kim, Andres Sosa and Tanner Parker had two hits each.
Danny Sinatro picked up a pair of hits for the Sweets, and seven other Walla Wallans chipped in with one hit apiece.
Cowlitz improved to 5-6 in the South Division’s second-half standings and stands 11-16 overall. The Sweets are now 6-5 in the second half and 15-13 overall.
The teams square off tonight at 6:35 in the series rubber match that will conclude the Sweets’ current homestand. Walla Walla opens a three-game series at Victoria, B.C., Tuesday before moving on to Port Angeles, Wash., for a three-game series.
Black Bears 10, Sweets 3
Rayburn, Peters (5), Mullins (8) and Boetto; fSellers, Johnston (3), Reed (6), Collins (6), Woolery (9) and Chang.
HR — Cowlitz, Kim (3), Bell (4), Burton (3).
Hits — Cowlitz: Kim 2, Bell, Burton, Sosa 2, Mitchell, Hodo, Parker 2, Boetto, Sandstrom; WW: Caulfield, Sinatro 2, Nyquist, Lopez, Hovey, Whitney, Chang, Pritchard.