Baseball Knights: Corvallis drops first game of season in Bend | Sports


The Corvallis Knights lost the first game of the second half of the West Coast League baseball season on Friday, losing 6-3 to Bend at Vince Genna Stadium.

Bend’s Isiah Burke hit a one-out three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to propel the Elks to victory. He had four RBIs in all.

The Knights trailed 3-0 before breaking through for three in the seventh. Zander Darby started with his first homer; Travis Dumitru scored later at the end of a double steal and Logan Johnstone drew Corvallis even with an RBI single.

Dumitru and Johnstone each had two hits for Corvallis. Reliever Nelson Keljo pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.

The series resumed on Saturday with the series finale scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Sunday, with San Jose State southpaw Ethan Ross (0-0-, 3.85) making his 2022 starting debut for Corvallis.

The Knights are inactive Monday. They will travel to Edmonton July 12-14 for their first-ever games against the freshman Riverhawks, visit Wenatchee July 15-17 and wrap up the 10-game road trip with a makeover game in Portland on July 18.

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The Knights (18-10 all, 18-9 WCL, 0-1 in the second half) clinched their 15th straight playoff spot and the No. 1 seed in the South Division playoffs, winning the division championship in the first half with Thursday’s home win. against Ridgefield.

They will open the playoff home game with Game 2 of the South Division Series on August 10.