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Tuesday, June 22, Portland, Ore. – In a thriller at Portland’s Walker Stadium at Lents Park, Corvallis topped the Pickles 6-4 by breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the 9th. The Knights scored two runs to take the 6-4 lead and Corvallis stopper Braden Boisvert closed things out in the bottom of the frame to earn his 4th save.
With the win and Ridgefield home loss to Yakima Valley, the Knights improved to 9-4 and took sole possession of first place in the South Division.
The Knights got things started in the 9th with a lead-off single by frosh outfielder Kyler Stancato of Washington State. Stancato advanced to second on an errant pick-off throw by the pitcher and would score the game-winning run on a RBI single to center by third baseman Taison Corio of Cal Poly. Corio would end up scoring on a throwing error by Portland’s third baseman on a bunt single by Corvallis catcher Tanner Smith.
Portland scored first with two runs in the first inning off starter Nathan DeSchryver, a Gonzaga commit. The Knights would erase the Pickles lead with four runs in the top of the fourth. Outfielder Nick Vogt of UC Santa Barbara led-off the inning with a double, and later scored on a single by Boisvert. Outfielder Nate Nankil of Cal State Fullerton would put Corvallis up 3-2 on a two-run triple and score on a two-out single by outfielder Jake Harvey of Cal State Fullerton.
The Pickles clawed back and tied things at 4-4 by scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
But lefty Bradley Mullan of Gonzaga (pictured) would keep the Pickles in check by throwing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball while striking out 7 to earn the win.
Corvallis and Portland play game two of their series Wednesday night at Walker Stadium. First pitch is 7:05 pm. WCL Pitcher of the Week Ethan Ross is the probable starting pitcher for the Knights
To check out tonight’s box score, click here.