Knights hammer Sweets, complete sweep

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Corvallis rapped out 15 hits for the second consecutive night and completed a three-game sweep of the Walla Walla Sweets here Saturday in West Coast League baseball action.

The Knights jumped on Walla Walla starter Chris Lovejoy for eight runs and 11 hits and chased Lovejoy in the fourth inning. Corvallis scored four times in the third and added four more in the fourth to grab a commanding 8-0 lead after four.

On the other side of the diamond, Knight pitchers Andrew Naderer and Stephen Nogosek combined to blank the Sweets on only one hit through six innings of work.

Walla Walla got on the board with two runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth. Matt Mendenhall’s third home run of the year accounted for two of the Sweets runs and Kramer Lindell’s two-run double, his 20th and 21st RBI of the season, got the other two Sweet runs home, but it was not enough on this night.

The loss, their third in a row, drops the Sweets to 19-14. Wenatchee’s 10-2 win over Medford draws the AppleSox into a virtual tie for the North lead as Wenatchee improves to 18-13.

The Sweets have an off day today and will host the Portland Lobos in a nonleague game Monday at Borleske to open a seven-game home stand.

Corvallis 10, Walla Walla 4

WW 000 000 220 — 4 6 0

Corvallis 004 400 11x — 10 15 1

Lovejoy, Wagner (4), Zandona (6), Brija (8) and Martinez; Naderer, Nogosek (5), Priestley (7), Eberhardt (8), Feldtman (9) and Lund.

HR — WW: Mendenhall.

Hits — WW: Lindell, Skrbec, Mendenhall, Paulino, Herkins, Gonzales; Cor: Drake 2, Lund, Kline 2, Heck 2, Rabago, Duffin, Lucarelli 2, Melker 2, Craig 2.

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