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LEFTIES: Port Angeles drops rubber match despite two home runs from Nick Oakley

PORT ANGELES — Despite a monster game from Nick Oakley, the Lefties lost the rubber match Sunday against Cowlitz, falling 9-4 to the Black Bears.

Oakley hit two home runs on the day and went 3-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, a stolen base, a hit-by-pitch and two RBIs. Unfortunately, the Lefties only got four other hits from the rest of the team and couldn’t take advantage of Oakley’s big day.

Oakley has hit three home runs in three days and now is tied for the team lead in home runs with five and RBIs with 16. He also raised his season batting average to .315.

The Lefties beat Cowlitz 4-2 on Saturday night.

Cowlitz had runners on base all day Sunday behind 11 hits, eight walks and two hit batsmen surrendered by Lefties pitchers. Starter Steven Brooks took the loss, though he only gave up one earned run in three innings. He was hurt by four unearned runs.

In addition to Oakley’s nice game, Trevor Tishenkel went 2-for-4 and just missed a home run with a deep drive to the wall that was caught for an out. Jack Holman had a double and a run scored, while Javy Espinoza had a single.

Justin Sinclair pitched four innings in relief, giving up four hits and one run while walking three and striking out two.

Saturday night’s game

Port Angeles 4, Cowlitz 2

PORT ANGELES — The Lefties got a two-run double early from Luke Saunders and great performances from a trio of pitchers to beat the Cowlitz Black Bears 4-2 on Saturday night.

Saunders’ double in the second inning gave the Lefties a 4-1 lead as Jonah Giblin, Zach Ediger and Zach Thomas kept the Black Bears in check all game. They allowed just seven hits and five walks while striking out 15 Cowlitz batters.

Giblin started, going four innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two. Ediger collected the victory, going four innings, allowing three hits, an earned run and two walks. He struck out six. Thomas got the save, pitching the ninth, allowing one hit, one walk and no runs while striking out a batter.

Saunders went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Coleman Schmidt had a double and an RBI, while Oakley had a hit and a run scored. Carson Crawford had a hit, a run scored, and an RBI and Port Angeles native Ethan Flodstrom had a walk and a run scored.

The Lefties (10-23, 3-6 second half) are off today, then travel to Portland, Ore., to begin a series against the Portland Pickles on Tuesday. This is the beginning of a nine-game road trip for the Lefties, who finish the regular season with six games at Civic Field from Aug. 6 to Aug. 12.

Cowlitz 9, Port Angeles 4

Cow. 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 3 0 — 9 11 1

PA 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 — 4 7 2

WP: Takalo. LP: Brooks.

Pitching

Cowlitz — Takalo 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K; Benz 2.1 IP, H, 3 K; Woinarowicz IP, H, ER; Bradwell IP, BB, K.

PA — Brooks 3 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 2 K; Sinclair 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K; Becerra 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K.

Hitting

Cowlitz — Schwarz 2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Sweet 3-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI; Sheppard 2-5; Bozett 2-6, R; Martin 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Mortensen 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HBP.

PA — Oakley 3-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, HBP, SB; Tishenkel 2-4; Holman 1-4, 2B, R; Espinoza 1-3, SB.

Port Angeles 4, Cowlitz 2

Cow. 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 2 7 3

PA 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 X — 4 6 1

WP: Ediger. LP: Martinez.

Pitching

Cowlitz — Martinez 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Wright 3 IP, 2 H, 6 K; Dent 2 IP, H; Takalo IP.

PA — Giblin 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; Ediger 4 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K; Z. Thomas IP, H, 0 ER, BB, K.

Hitting

Cowlitz — Stinson 2-5, 2B, R; Bozett 1-5, RBI; Nishida 1-5 R, 2 SB; Schwarz 1-3, 2B, BB.

PA — Saunders 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Schmidt 1-3, 2B, RBI; Crawford 1-4, R, RBI; Amavizca 1-4, R, SB; Flodstrom 0-2, R, BB; Oakley 1-4, R.

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