WENATCHEE, Wash. — Corvallis crushed Wenatchee 12-1 on Monday night in a makeup game at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium that concluded their West Coast League regular season.
Catcher Zak Taylor was 2 for 2 and drove in three runs for the Knights (40-20, 34-20), who clinched the outright second-half South Division title with the victory. They also won the first half with an identical 17-10 record, and led the WCL with 34 total victories.
The outcome determined the North Division’s final second-half standings. Victoria won the second-half title in a tiebreaker with Bellingham, and earned a playoff berth. Had Wenatchee won, it would have created a three-way tie with Victoria and Bellingham and the Bells would have advanced.
The Knights scored twice in the second on an RBI groundout by Jace Duty and an RBI single by Chad Stevens. Corvallis made it 3-0 in the third when Taylor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Taylor’s two-run single in the fifth made it 5-0. Corvallis scored seven more times in the seventh to break the game open at 12-0; Cole Johnson capped the rally with a two-run single.
Outfielder Jordan Qsar had an RBI single in the seventh to break the franchise record for season RBIs with 49. The old mark was 48, set by Kevin Kline of Dixie State in 2014. Qsar also holds the season record for homers (13) and doubles (21).
Starting pitcher Darren Nelson threw three hitless innings. Johnson went the next four and was credited with the win; Taylor Travess finished up.