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Stancato, Knights Steamroll Wenatchee 14-7 to Claim Series

Saturday, July 10, Wenatchee, Wash. – Kyler Stancato (pictured, above) had four hits and three RBIs to lead the Knights to a 14-7 victory over Wenatchee at Paul Thomas Field.

Stancato (Washington State) tripled, doubled, singled twice and scored three times as the Knights (22-7 WCL, 4-1 second half, 24-8 overall) captured the West Coast League series with their second win over the AppleSox. They also prevailed 5-3 in Friday’s series opener.

He was hardly the only Knight to swing a hot bat. Travis Bazzana (Oregon State) had three hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs. Kiko Romero (Central Arizona JC) tripled, singled twice and scored three times and Riley Way (Lewis-Clark State) doubled, singled, scored three times and drove in two.

The Knights had 16 hits on Saturday and have 30 for the series, which concludes at 5:35 p.m. Sunday at Paul Thomas Field. OSU right-hander Brock Townsend (2-0, 2.84) is their projected starter.

Corvallis trailed 2-0 before a solo homer by Taison Corio (Cal Poly) ignited a six-run fourth inning. The Knights added four more runs in the fifth to build a 10-2 lead and they cruised home from there.

Jake Vargas, the second of four Corvallis pitchers, gave up two runs in three innings and got the win. The four pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts.

The Knights have now won 10 straight, and 15 of their last 17, against their longtime WCL rival. Wenatchee’s last win in the series was a 4-0 shutout at Goss Stadium on June 12, 2018.

The Knights are idle on Monday. They start a two-game nonleague home series against Driveline Baseball of Kent, Wash. on Tuesday, July 13. Tuesday’s first pitch is 6:35 pm; Wednesday’s game is a noon start. Corvallis heads to Longview, Wash. later that day as part of a home/away doubleheader to face the Cowlitz Black Bears in a nonleague affair. Cowlitz reciprocates with a trip to Goss Stadium on Thursday, July 15 in another nonleague contest; first pitch is 6:35 pm.

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