Corvallis Repeats as WCL Champions

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The Corvallis Knights repeated as West Coast League champions Tuesday night by beating Victoria 4-2 at Goss Stadium before a crowd of 1,430.

Corvallis captured its fifth WCL title by taking the decisive third game of the 2017 WCLCS.

Victoria opened the series Saturday night with a 5-4 walk-off win at Royal Athletic Park before a WCL single-game playoff record crowd of 2,789. The Knights evened the series on Monday night with a 6-0 blanking of the HarbourCats at Goss Stadium.

UC Riverside junior-to-be pitchers Trenton Toplikar and Hazahel Quijada starred for Corvallis as Toplikar earned the win tossing 7 solid innings allowing only an unearned run. Quijada slammed the door in the ninth, as the southpaw entered with runners on first and second with no out and proceeded to retire the next three batters on a force out and two strikeouts to earn the save.

The Knights were led offensively by Zak Taylor of Oregon State, who homered, and Matt Kelly of Portland and Elliot Willy of Oregon State, who both collected two hits and doubled.

Nevada-Reno first baseman Dillan Shrum plated the Knights final run with a RBI single in the fifth-inning.

Saturday’s hero, Po-Hao Huang, collected two hits for the HarbourCats. Victoria swept Kelowna in the WCL North Divisional Series to advance to the WCLCS, the ‘Cats first finals appearance.

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