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Bellingham Bells | Bend Elks | Corvallis Knights | Cowlitz Black Bears | Medford Rogues | Kelowna Falcons
Kitsap BlueJackets | Klamath Falls Gems | Victoria HarbourCats | Walla Walla Sweets | Wenatchee AppleSox

established, 2010

Owner: Tony Bonacci
Director of Operations: Jim Appleby
Head Coach: Tim Matz (Santa Ana College)
Assistant Coaches: Aaron Butler, Michael Lopez, Scott Zine

Ballpark: Story Field at Lower Columbia College
Address: 1600 Maple St.
Capacity: 1,230
Dimensions: LF- 310', CF- 395', RF- 330'
Signature: Beyond Left-field Features a Party Deck, Bullpen & Low Fence Putting Fans Right in the Game

Pro to Watch: Mitchell Walding, Shortstop, Philadelphia Phillies

Following his senior year at St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Califorinia, Walding starred for the Black Bears appearing in the 2011 WCL All-Star Game. He had committed to play at the University of Oregon, however opted to sign with the Phillies for a reported $900,000 at the conclusion of the West Coast League season. Mitchell hit .233 in his rookie year (2012) with the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Big Man on Campus: Taylor Williams, Pitcher, Kent State Golden Eagles

Williams was rated the 2013 Mid-American Conference #1 newcomer by Baseball America. The Mt. Hood CC right-hander closed for Cowlitz in 2012 recording 7 saves while going 2-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 29.2 innings pitched. Kent State, who beat Oregon in the Eugene Super Regional to advance to the 2012 College World Series, is looking at Williams, a junior, as its possible ace starter.

Former Bears to Keep an Eye on this Spring (2013):
Kevin Bosson, Pitcher, Cal Poly Pomona, Sr.
Brian Carroll, Outfielder, UCLA, So.
Austin Diemer, Outfielder, Cal State Fullerton, So.
Kyle Garlick, Outfielder, Oregon, Jr.
Jeff Gold, Pitcher, Oregon, Jr.
Cole Irvin, Pitcher, Oregon, Fr.
Jason Mahood, Infielder, University of San Francisco, Sr.
Matt Mauer, Pitcher, Pepperdine, Jr.
Tommy Nance, Pitcher, Santa Clara, Sr.
Matt Ozzanne, Outfielder, Santa Clara, Sr.
Brett Thomas, Outfielder, Oregon, Jr.
Kody Watts, Pitcher, University of Portland, So.
Grahamm Wiest, Pitcher, Cal State Fullerton, Jr.

For more information on the Cowlitz Black Bears, please visit www.cowlitzblackbears.com

Cowlitz Black Bears
PO Box 1255
Longview, WA 98632
(360) 703-1395

Community: Longview/Kelso, Washington (Cowlitz County)
Cowlitz County Population: 102,478
Must Eat: Vernie's Pizza
Watering Hole: Kelso Azteca
Must See: Mount St. Helens
Best Golf: Longview Country Club
Paper: The Daily News

The twin cities of Longview-Kelso are located along I-5 in Cowlitz County, 45 minutes north of Portland, Oregon. Longview is a major port on the Columbia River. The cities are a short drive from the Pacifc Ocean and surrounded by mountains. Cowlitz County has a population over 100,000, and is a tourist hub for visitors traveling to see Mt. St. Helens. Story Field is located on the campus of Lower Columbia College in Longview