Kalani Brackenridge scored on Brett Jacobs’ sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the sixth to set the tone of a Walla Walla win over Cowlitz in the first contest of a three-game West Coast League series at Story Field in Longview.
Walla Walla (13-16) added two more runs in the seventh when Ryan Cooper scored on a first base fielding error and Jarrod Turner followed him home on a fielder’s choice.
Sweets starter Hunter Virant took the win with an eight-inning performance that produced five strikeouts, three walks and limited the Black Bears (12-17) hitters to two hits.
Walla Walla 000 001 200 — 3 4 0
Cowlitz 000 000 020 — 2 2 1
H. Virant (win), B. Ruff (9, save) and J. Turner; C. Rogina (loss), R. McCarthy (7), K. Sprage (8) and C. Armijo. Highlights—WW: Alex Bonczyk RBI; Brett Jacobs RBI; Shane Zeile 2x4; Ryan Cooper RBI; Hunter Virant 8IP-2H-2R-2ER-3BB-5K; Ben Ruff 1IP-0H-0K. Cow: Matt Ozzanne 1x3, 2 RBI.