PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Center fielder Emilio Alcantar’s two-out, 0-2 RBI single in the 10th inning gave the Knights a 6-5 win over Port Angeles in a West Coast League game at Civic Field.
A rising senior at Lewis-Clark State, Alcantar’s (center, in photo above) third hit of the night scored third baseman Elliot Willy (Oregon State), who led off the 10th with a walk and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. It completed a late comeback that saw the Knights erase a 5-3 deficit with single runs in the seventh and ninth innings.
Reliever Chase Kaplan (Kansas) set the Lefties down in the last of the 10th to earn his third win. He had seven strikeouts and allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings, his longest stint of the season.
Right fielder Jordan Qsar (Pepperdine) homered, doubled twice, drove in four runs and scored once for the Knights (29-12 all, 25-12 WCL, 8-2 WCL second half) in their first visit to Port Angeles, the WCL’s newest franchise.
Qsar’s second double scored Alcantar with the tying run with two outs in the ninth. Alcantar and first baseman Dillan Shrum (Nevada-Reno) each singled to keep the Knights alive after the first two batters in the ninth were retired.
The Knights took a 2-0 lead in the first on Qsar’s two-run homer, his league-leading 11th of the summer. He added an RBI double in the third to tie the game after the Lefties had scored three unanswered runs to take a 3-2 lead.
However, Port Angeles responded with three unanswered runs to take a 5-3 lead in the fifth. Corvallis scored once in the seventh on Shrum’s sacrifice fly, and then pulled even in the ninth.
Alcantar had three hits. Shrum and second baseman Matt Kelly (Portland) had two hits each for the Knights. Five Corvallis pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts
The series continues at 6:35 p.m. Saturday and at 5:05 p.m. Sunday; Tulane lefty Ross Massey (0-1, 5.17) and UC Irvine righty Cole Spear (2-1, 3.68) are the projected starters for the Knights, respectively.