The Moses Lake Pirates captured game one of the WCCBL Championship Series by beating the Corvallis Knights 3-2 at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. The Pirates recorded the first road win of the 2007 WCCBL playoffs. Up 1 game to none in the best two-out-of-three series, Moses Lake can close out Corvallis with a win at home Monday night at Larson Field. If Corvallis beats Moses Lake Monday, the Knights will force a third and deciding game Tuesday night at Larson Field.
Saturday night featured a pitchers’ duel between Moses Lake’s Marcus Tackett, a sophomore-to be at University of Texas, and Corvallis’ junior-to be southpaw Matt Way of Washington State. Way pitched six innings and struck out 9. Tackett tossed seven solid innings to earn the win.
Moses Lake took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Zach Hedges of University of Oklahoma. Corvallis would tie it in the bottom half of the inning on a solo homerun by Mark Samuelson of University of California, Riverside.
Moses Lake scored the game-winning run in the eighth on a RBI ground out by Hedges.
College World Series Most Oustanding Player pitcher Jorge Reyes of Oregon State pitched a scoreless 8th for the Pirates.
Corvallis mounted a rally in the ninth, but First-Team All-WCCBL closer Daniel Wolford (pictured) of Long Beach State snuffed the uprising as he struck out two Corvallis batters with the bases loaded to end the game and earn his second playoff save and 13th save of the WCCBL summer.
Game two is set for Monday, August 13 at 7:30 pm.