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Atwood Drives In Four Runs In Win Over Gerding Builders

Atwood Drives in Four Runs in Win Over Gerding Builders

Andy Atwood drove in four runs to lead the Knights to a 6-3 victory over the Gerding Builders American Legion team in a nonconference game at Goss Stadium.

The Texas Rio Grande infielder had three sacrifice flies and an RBI groundout to help the Knights (11-6, 6-6 WCL) improve to 5-0 in nonleague contests this summer. He had a five-RBI game against Bellingham on June 18.

Infielder Matthew Gretler (Oregon State) singled twice, doubled, scored three times, stole a base and reached safely in four of his five plate appearances. Designated hitter Nick Yovetich (San Francisco) singled twice and drove in a run and outfielder Jake Holcroft (Portland) had two runs, a steal and an RBI.

Jackson Arnsdorf (Corban) allowed one hit in three scoreless innings of relief and got the win. Reliever Eric Hill (Linn-Benton) inherited a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh, allowed only one runner to score and added a scoreless eighth.

Closer Connor Knutson (Portland) authored a perfect ninth to earn the save, with two strikeouts.

Catcher Ben Leid (Crescent Valley) had an RBI double and center fielder Franklin Leonard (Corvallis) had two hits, a run, and a walk for Gerding. CV teammates Taylor Holder and Gage Mills also had RBIs.

The Knights resume West Coast League action at 6:35 p.m. Saturday with the opener of a three-game series against the Yakima Valley Pippins in Yakima. Cal State-Fullerton lefty Tim Josten (1-1, 3.27) will start for Corvallis, opposed by Cal Poly righty Ryan Jameson (0-1, 0.00).

They begin a three-game series by hosting the new Ridgefield (Wash.) Raptors on Tuesday in their next home appearance, starting a nine-game homestand.

Friday’s crowd of 1,358 raised the season total to 13,318 in eight outings. That’s an increase of 653 over a corresponding number of 2018 home dates.

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