The Corvallis Knights rested some key players, but put together a huge fourth inning and put away the Yakima Valley Pippins, 7-3, at Goss Stadium on Sunday night.
With the win, Corvallis took the series despite sitting big bats Jordan Qsar, Zak Taylor and Matt Kelly.
The Knights have made a habit of scoring in bunches lately.
“We’ve had a lot of innings where we’ve scored four or more runs this year,” Qsar said. “I’d say in the last six or seven games we’ve had about three of them and through the whole year we’ve just had so many. It shows that at any point in the game we can get right back on top.”
The Pippins threw the first punch in the top of the second as Lucas Dennex drove in Tyler Bosetti on an RBI single to left field. Connor White then made it 2-0, scoring on a wild pitch thrown by Knights starter Dom Baker; Baker struggled with control issues in the early going.
The Knights hit back harder.
In the fourth, Gabe Matthews lead off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on Jace Duty’s second single of the game. Matthews scored on a bloop single by Darren Nelson to left center.
Chad Stevens then cleared the bases with a hit that got held up in the corner of the park, resulting in a triple that gave the Knights a 3-2 lead.
“We’ve just been really hot lately,” Stevens said. “All of our bats have been coming together in one big inning pretty often. It’s great to get a lot of hits in a row and have a lot of baserunners out there.”
In his first game back since suffering a concussion on July 26, Emilio Alcantar singled and drove in Stevens for the Knights’ fourth run of the inning.
An unearned run and a Matthews RBI single later, the Knights found themselves having batted around and held a 6-2 lead.
Yakima Valley got one back in the fifth, but Corvallis answered in the sixth.
Cole Johnson drove in Henry Cheney on a well-hit double down the right field line.
Cheney made the most of his opportunity starting in left field, finishing the game 2 for 3 with a triple, double, two walks and a run scored.
The Knights will travel to Wenatchee for their final regular season game of the season on Monday. From there, Corvallis will jump down to Yakima Valley to face the Pippins in its playoff debut Tuesday night.