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Knights' 9-game winning streak ends in loss to Walla Walla

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During their nine-game winning streak, everything was clicking for the Corvallis Knights.

On Tuesday, the Knights got a solid effort from their pitching staff but the bats went silent in a 2-1 West Coast League loss to the Walla Walla Sweets at Goss Stadium. Corvallis managed just four hits in the contest.

The Knights started Matthew Ager on the mound and the right-hander from UC Santa Barbara gave up two runs over four innings. He allowed six hits and struck out five with no walks.

Neil Feist pitched one inning of scoreless relief and then the Knights turned to Sean Wiese to finish out the game. Wiese gave up just two hits over four scoreless innings and struck out four.

Wiese said the team would quickly move past Tuesday’s loss and focus on the rest of the series.

“Tomorrow’s a new day, another opportunity to compete and be at the ballpark. That’s all we can ask for is to just turn the page tomorrow,” Wiese said.

Wiese, a sophomore at Hawaii, is in his second season with the Knights. He has made four relief appearances this season and has yet to allow a run over 10 innings of work.

He said the entire staff shares the same goal of getting ahead in counts and limiting walks.

“A lot of strikes on the mound. I don’t think we walk a whole lot of guys. All of our starters are really good … our six starters, the Tuesday through Thursday guys and our weekend guys, filling up the zone,” Wiese said. “And the offense, it makes their job really easy, which is really rewarding as a pitcher knowing that we’re making their job really easy.”

Walla Walla took the lead with two runs in the top of the third. JJ Geraraden hit an RBI triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Williams.

Corvallis scored its only run in the bottom of the third. Spencer Scott singled and went to second on a wild pickoff attempt. Mason Le then laid down a textbook bunt and Scott advanced to third and then came around to score as the throw to first went awry.

But that was all the offense the Knights could muster as they left eight runners on base.

Wiese said Walla Walla starter Alec Holmes came through with good pitches in key spots to keep the Knights in check. Sweets closer Stu Flesland III struck out four batters in the final two innings to earn the save.

Corvallis (9-2, 9-1) and Walla Walla (6-6 WCL) continued their series on Wednesday night and will wrap up their set with a game at 6:35 pm. Thursday.

The Knights will then conclude their homestand with a three-game series against Bellingham starting on Friday night.

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