Longview, Wash. — The Gresham GreyWolves opened its series against the Cowlitz Black Bears with an 8-4 loss on Friday night at Story Field in Longview, Washington.
The GreyWolves started fast in the top of the first inning against Cowlitz starter Nico Tellache with a run. Leadoff hitter Mike Peabody was hit by a pitch. Jake Palmer followed that with a walk and after the next two batters were retired, Jackson Thoreson singled in Peabody to give Gresham a 1-0 lead.
The Black Bears, who had won five-straight games entering Friday, would respond quickly, though. Cowlitz evened the score at one with an unearned run in the second inning and took a lead in the third after Devlin Granberg hit an opposite-field home run.
Cowlitz scored in a third-straight inning in the fourth off Gresham starter Zak Baayoun when Austin Ingraham hit a two run home run to left field. Baayoun would throw a scoreless frame in his final inning, the fifth, and finished allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He was given a no decision, though, as the GreyWolves’ offense tied the game late.
Tellache was pulled after five solid innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking three.
As soon as Tellache came out of the game, though, the GreyWolves pounced. Gresham scored two in the sixth inning when both Jackson Overlund and Cole Weaver drove in runs with two-out hits to cut the deficit to just one. In the seventh, Alec de Watteville drove in Peabody with a double to even the score.
Granberg immediately responded with his second home run of the game (a two-run shot) in the seventh inning to give Cowlitz the lead again. The Bears would add another run in the inning and get more insurance with a single run in the eighth to double up on Gresham, 8-4.
The GreyWolves could not rally in the ninth inning and fell 8-4 in game one of the three-game series against the Black Bears. The loss drops Gresham to 3-6 in the second half and Gresham is now four games behind the first-place Black Bears in the South Division of the West Coast League.
Game two of the series in set for Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. from Longview. The game will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.