The Corvallis Knights have bolstered their pitching staff for the final stretch of the West Coast League regular season and upcoming playoffs.
Rising Corban University right-hander Dom Baker rejoined the team on July 29 after spending much of the summer with the Salem Capitols of the Oregon Collegiate Baseball League. Baker began the season with the Knights as a 10-day signee, but was released in mid-June.
The Jerome, Idaho, native made his first appearance since returning on July 29 and threw a scoreless inning against the Oregon College Baseball League all-stars. He is now 0-0 with a 1.23 ERA in six appearances, with nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings.
His longest stint in his previous stay with the Knights was three innings in an 11-2 loss at Bend on June 11. He allowed one run and had three strikeouts.
While pitching for the Capitols, Baker allowed one run in 6⅓ innings, had five strikeouts and was the loser in a 5-4 Knights’ victory at Goss Stadium on July 25. He was 2-1, 1.29 in OCBL action, with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Baker fills a vacancy in the pitching staff created by the recent departure of lefty Ross Massey. The junior at Tulane had to return to Louisiana to attend a family matter and will not be back for the balance of the season.
The Baton Rouge native was 1-1, 4.90 in six games, with 16 strikeouts in 29⅓ innings. He won his last start, at Port Angeles on July 15.
The Knights begin the final week of the regular season on Tuesday with the opener of a three-game series at Wenatchee. Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Connor Redmond (1-2, 3.00) is their projected starter. Their final home series is Friday through Sunday against Yakima Valley.
Corvallis won the South Division’s first-half championship to earn an automatic playoff berth. It starts the best-of-3 divisional round on the road on Aug. 8; home games will be Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 (if necessary).
The best-of-3 WCL Championship Series begins on Aug. 12. Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) will be Aug. 14 and Aug. 15. The finalist with the most regular-season wins will have the home-field advantage.