The Corvallis Knights have made a habit of showing up in the West Coast League championship series.
This season is no different.
The Knights will open the collegiate wood bat summer league’s best-of-3 title series at Victoria on Saturday, with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. Corvallis (42-21) will host the second game Monday and game three Tuesday, if necessary, at 6:40 p.m. Corvallis had the league’s best regular-season record and thus home-field advantage for the series.
The Knights are in the championship series for the ninth time in their 11 years in Corvallis and are playing for a second straight ring after defeating Bellingham in three games in 2016.
Corvallis is 4-4 in the championship round, with wins against Wenatchee in 2008 and 2013 and Walla Walla in 2011 before last year's win. The Knights lost the title series in 2007 (Moses Lake), 2009 and 2012 (Wenatchee both times) and Bellingham (2014).
Corvallis, the WCL’s South Division champion, reached this year’s championship round after beating Yakima Valley in three games in the divisional round. The Knights lost the opener at Yakima but came back to win two straight at home in the best-of-3, including a 3-2 victory in the decisive game.
Victoria, the second-half North Division champion and 29-25 in the WCL, is playing in the title series for the first time. The HarbourCats swept their divisional series against Kelowna.