The Corvallis Knights outlasted Kelowna 5-1 in a hard-fought WCLCS game two battle at OSU’s Goss Stadium before a crowd of 1,286 on Thursday, August 16.
With the win, Corvallis swept the Falcons to earn back-to-back-back WCL championships. The title is the Knights sixth, as Corvallis has captured West Coast League crowns in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 and now 2018.
Game two featured excellent starting pitching by Connor Redmond (Cal Poly) of Corvallis and Jared Akin (Concordia) of Kelowna. Redmond would toss 6 2/3 innings to earn the win, giving up only one run, a solo homer by Garrett Kelly (UC Davis), while striking out 8 and walking only one.
Knights reliever Abbott Haffar (UC Riverside) twirled 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief, including four strikeouts, to earn the save.
Corvallis broke a 1-1 tie in the third-inning on a RBI single by Cody Hawken (Portland). The Knights added three insurance runs in the 8th as Chad Stevens (Portland) delivered a one-out sacrifice fly and Cole Cabrera (Cal Poly) a two-out, two-run single.
The final play of the WCL season was made on a spectacular play up the middle by future Oregon State Beavers shortstop Beau Philip, who also made a great defensive play to open game two.