BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Knights were held to one hit in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to Bellingham at Joe Martin Field.
The Bells parlayed three walks and an infield single into the winning run in the 11th. Bellingham had only three hits, but walks led to both of its runs.
Knights’ starter Daniel Slominski (San Francisco, pictured above) was outstanding in his first start, allowing one run and one hit in five innings. He had three strikeouts.
Corvallis (2-3, 1-1 WCL) relievers Dennis Boatman (UCLA), Eli Morse (Portland), Cameron Haskell (Arizona) and Louie Crow (San Diego) then stymied the Bells until the decisive 11th.
Catcher Austin Baek (George Fox) drove in the Knights’ run with a two-out single in the third inning. It was their only hit; the next 23 batters went down in order until two runners reached on an error and a walk with two out in the top of the 11th.
Corvallis opens a three-game weekend series at Walla Walla at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Linfield lefty Cason Cunningham (0-0, 0.00) is the projected starter for the Knights, opposed by Arizona State righty Darius Vines (0-0, 0.00).
Also Thursday, the Knights announced the signing of outfielder Cody Hawken, a member of the 2016 WCL title team. He is a rising senior at Portland who was all-West Coast Conference in 2018 after hitting .316, with 10 homers and 36 RBIs.
Hawken hit .247 in 50 games with the Knights in 2016, with two homers and 19 RBIs. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is a native of Vancouver, Wash., and played at Union High School.