Gottschling's homer rallies Sweets for win

The solo homer in the top of the fifth helped the Sweets defeat Corvallis.

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CORVALLIS - Walla Walla rallied behind a home run by Scott Gottschling for a win against Corvallis here Saturday night.

The Sweets posted the 4-3 win, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit, which Corvallis - in first place in the West Division - gained in the first inning.

The Sweets put points on the board in the top of the fourth, when a Dennis Holt single scored Adrian Williams.

Down 2-1, Gottschling's solo homer tied it up in the top of the fifth.

The Sweets rallied, and a Knights error when Williams was at bat scored Josh Daniel, who walked to first.

Suddenly behind 3-2, the Knights tied it up in the bottom of the seventh off a Sweets error, and left three runners on base in that inning.

The Sweets made just two more hits in the game - and the Knights made just one more error.

But it was enough, as Dennis Holt's unearned run put the Sweets in the lead for good, at 4-3 in the top of the eighth.

Alex Levin won the game for the Sweets, relieving Jordan McLaughlin in the seventh. Zach Clanton saved him in the ninth. The Sweets walked just one runner in the win.

They left five runners on base, the Corvallis' nine, and were outhit, 8-6.

But the win stands and improves the Sweets to 18-29 with one game to go in the West Coast League's regular season. The Sweets are out of playoff contention.

The Sweets play Corvallis at 6:35 tonight in their final game of the season.

WCL Standings

East Division

W L PCT GB

Wenatchee 29 18 .617 -

Kelowna 22 26 .458 7.5

Moses Lake 20 26 .435 8.5

Walla Walla 18 29 .383 11

West Division

W L PCT GB

Corvallis 30 17 .638 -

Bend 26 21 .553 4

Bellingham 25 22 .532 5

Kitsap 24 23 .511 6

Cowlitz 17 29 .370 12.5

Friday's Games

Bellingham 5, Kitsap 1

Corvallis 7, Walla Walla 4

Wenatchee 8, Bend 5

Cowlitz 6, Moses Lake 2

Saturday's Games

Wenatchee 3, Bend 0

Walla Walla 4, Corvallis 3

Today's Games

Walla Walla at Corvallis, 5:05 p.m.

Wenatchee at Bend, 5:05 p.m.

Cowlitz at Moses Lake, 7:35 p.m.

Walla Walla 000 120 010 - 4 6 2

Corvallis 200 000 100 - 3 8 2

McLaughlin, Levin (7), Clanton and Daniel. Pecoraro, Hoover (4), Mendoza (5), Young (6), McArdle (7) and Kizer.

HR - Walla Walla: Gottschling.

Hits - Walla Walla: Williams, Stewart, Holt 2, Ramirez, Gottschling. Corvallis: Viele, Haniger, Davis, McCarthy, Andriese, Dillard, Kizer.

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