Corvallis continued its winning ways, capturing a dynastic seventh consecutive league crown, the team’s tenth WCL championship overall. The Knights qualified for the postseason for a record 16th straight year by winning the WCL South second-half title. After losing game one of its first-round Divisional Series versus Cowlitz on the road, in walk-off fashion, the Knights won two elimination games at home to advance to the South championship game where Corvallis would host the Portland Pickles. The defending champs edged the Picks, 4-1, to advance to another WCL Championship Game where Corvallis would host Victoria of the North, the third finals match-up between the two clubs. On a smoky evening in temperatures around 100 degrees, the Knights topped the HarbourCats, 5-0. Corvallis finished the regular season with a league-best 39 wins. Total summer attendance was 58,782, the club’s third highest overall mark in team history.
Knights capture second-half South title and post the league’s top overall record at 39-15.
Corvallis wrapped the regular season winning 21 of its final 24 games, capturing its final 8 series.
Knights post a 28-7 overall mark at Goss Stadium.
Corvallis posts a league-low team ERA for a second consecutive season (2.88) and once again is tops in fielding percentage (.980). Opponents’ bat a paltry .201 versus the Knights staff, the lowest average in the WCL.
Rising sophomore outfielder Sam Stem of Gonzaga leads the WCL in at bats with 220 and extra base hits with 23.
Three Knights earn first-team all-WCL honors, including Stem, team MVP Sean Wiese (Arizona Christian commit) and rising sophomore first baseman Ethan Hedges of USC.
Two Corvallis stalwarts were named second-team all-WCL, future Utah Utes utility man Tyler Quinn, the Knights 2022 MVP, and rising sophomore Utah ace right-hander Merit Jones.
Jones went 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA over 9 appearances and 6 starts. In the post-season, he did not give up a run over 2 starts and 11.2 innings pitched. He struck out 15 in the playoffs and earned a win in the WCL Championship Game.
Knights post top WCL regular-season road record at 19-8.
Corvallis’ bullpen, led by veterans Wiese and Neil Feist of Cal State Northridge, was magnificent with Wiese posting a 6-0 record with 2 saves and a 2.80 ERA and Feist topping the team in appearances with 18 while going 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA over a team-leading 41.2 innings pitched.
Knights 39 regular-season wins increase its eighteen-year WCL total to 613, tops in the league.