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Friday, June 3, Yakima, Wash. – The five-time WCL defending champion Corvallis Knights opened their title defense with a resounding 7-0 win at Yakima Valley in a rematch of the 2021 WCLCS.
Returner shortstop Spencer Scott of Portland (pictured) led the charge on Opening Night, as the sophomore-to-be went 3-for-3 with two walks, four stolen bases and 2 RBIs. His Pilots teammate, returnee outfielder Ethan Loveless collected 2 hits with a double and two RBIs.
Newcomer outfielder Jonah Advincula of Redlands was impressive in his Knights debut, crushing a ball off the top of the right-center field fence for a triple. He would score on a Loveless single.
Pitching was the story of the night, as four Corvallis pitchers combined for a shutout and 18 strikeouts. Jesse Barron of San Francisco earned the win in his debut, tossing five scoreless innings allowing only three hits while walking none and striking out 9. Washington State’s Duke Brotherton made his first Knights appearance and twirled two scoreless innings while Will Clark of Pacific and Neil Feist of El Camino College both threw scoreless innings in relief.
Feist, in his Corvallis debut, closed things out striking out all four batters he faced, as one reached on a passed ball.
The Knights and Yakima Valley resume their series tomorrow night at Yakima County Stadium in game two set to start at 7:05 pm.
Corvallis’ probable starting pitcher is returnee Kaden Segel of Linn-Benton CC.
Click here to check out tonight’s box score.