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Narodowski, Bears Win 6-5 in Extra Innings

June 19, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

A back-and-forth ballgame at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, BC Saturday night went to the Bears in extra innings.

The Canadians struck right away, hitting back-to-back doubles in the first inning and having both batters eventually score. After a two-out single by Jimmy Comerota knocked in Kerry Jenkings in the second inning, the Canadians went back up by two runs in the third inning. The Bears tied the game in the fourth, when Comerota hit the second of back-to-back doubles and drove in a pair of runs with two outs.

Both starters left with the game tied at 3-3 and the decision fell to the bullpens. For Yakima, Miles Reagan struggled in relief, giving up two runs in the sixth inning via a combination of a walk, a hit batsman, a balk, a wild pitch, and a double. The Bears offense didn't quit, getting a run in the seventh thanks to a sacrifice fly by Steve Rodriguez and an RBI-single from clean-up hitter Marc Bourgeois in the eighth. Those runs tied the game again, this time at 5-5.

The Canadians loaded the bases against Evan Marshall in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he was able to strand the runners and keep the game deadlocked. Both teams went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, sending the game in to extra innings.

The C's were quiet in extra innings, but the Bears threatened without scoring in the 11th and then scored in the 12th inning. It was Vancouver, BC native David Narodowski who led off the inning with a double to the centerfield wall. After a wild pitch moved Narodowski to third, Garrett Weber got his first professional hit with a broken-bat single that gave Yakima its first lead of the game.

That run was all the Bears needed as Justin Albert shut the door in the bottom of the 12th, facing just three batters and earning his first save in the 6-5 victory. The win went to Kable Hogben, who recorded five strikeouts in three shutout innings.

Comerota finished 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Kerry Jenkins hit two doubles as part of a 2-for-4 night. Narodowski went 3-for-5 with a double and scored the game-winning run while his own private cheering section roared at Nat Bailey Stadium, the same field he played at while attending Winston Churchill High School in Vancouver, BC.

The series is even at 1-1 after two games at The Nat. The Bears and Canadians play in an afternoon game Sunday for the third game of the five-game season-opening series at 1:05 in Vancouver, BC.

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