Under the guidance of rookie skipper Brooke Knight, the Corvallis Knights swept the Wenatchee AppleSox in the league’s best-of-three championship series. Corvallis used great pitching and defense to post the league’s top record at 31-11 and take the WCCBL Championship Series in two games.
The Knights won game one at Wenatchee’s Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium in an 11-inning epic battle before 980 Sox fans. Both teams refused to lose until Corvallis finally escaped with a victory by scoring two runs in the top of the eleventh on RBI hits by Bryant Kraus of University of Portland and John Wallace of Oregon State. Knights’ closer Taylor Starr (pictured) of Oregon State blew a save opportunity in the tenth, but struck out the side in the 11th to earn the win.
Starr, who led the league in regular season saves with 8, recorded his 2nd postseason save in game two as Corvallis beat Wenatchee 4-1 at Goss Stadium to capture the WCCBL crown.
Josh Osich, Starr’s OSU teammate, threw 8 solid innings for the Knights to earn the series clinching victory. Osich allowed 3 hits and one run while striking out 6.
Knights’ centerfielder Adam Melker of Cal Poly delivered the game-winning hit with his first-inning bases clearing three-run double.
First baseman Dean Green of Oklahoma State added an insurance run with a solo homer in the 7th inning.
Corvallis lost last season’s WCCBL Championship Series to the Moses Lake Pirates.
Wenatchee won WCCBL titles in 2005 and 2006.
Corvallis set a single-season record for league victories with 31 wins this summer.
The Knights led the league in team defense with a .974 fielding percentage and posted a league low 2.23 team ERA.