PORT ANGELES, Wash. – The Knights topped Port Angeles 8-2 at Civic Field for their seventh consecutive West Coast League victory.
The Knights (10-6-1, 9-4 WCL), who prevailed 9-8 at Port Angeles on Tuesday night, thus won the series. They now hold a ½-game lead over Portland in the first-half South Division pennant race.
Starter Conner Knutson (pictured, above) of Portland went a strong six innings to get the win. He allowed one run on four hits, with seven strikeouts. Relievers Trevor Wells (LBCC), Jacob Palisch (Stanford) and Eli Morse (Portland) each added an inning of relief.
Corvallis erased a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Zach Weller (CSU-Fullerton), a two-run double by Trace Tammaro (Portland in 2018-19) and a RBI single by Cole Hamilton (LBCC).
Brendan Beck (Stanford) added an RBI double in the fifth. Chandler Anderson (Utah) slammed a solo homer in the seventh, his second round-tripper in two games. He had a grand slam in Tuesday’s opener.
Beck and Tammaro had two hits apiece. A pitcher in the college season who can also play second and third base, Beck is hitting .400 (4-8) since joining the team on Monday.
The series concludes at 6:05 p.m. Thursday. The probables are San Francisco righty Daniel Slominski (0-0, 3.00) for the Knights and Northern Colorado lefty Baxter Halligan (1-1, 1.76) for Port Angeles.
The Knights play a South Division series at Bend on Friday through Sunday. Corvallis next home game is June 26 against the Portland Pickles, the WCL’s newest member.