Longview, Wash.- Cowlitz (0-1) and Corvallis (1-0) combined for 24 strikeouts in both team's West Coast League opener but the Knights were more opportunistic on offense and shut out the Black Bears 4-0.
Cowlitz starter Corbin Powers (R-SR, University of Portland) led the way striking out nine Knight batters. But he allowed three runs, two earned, and took the loss lasting six innings. Corvallis starter Cason Cunningham earned the win pitching 5.2 innings while striking out seven Bears hitters. Nick Strange (JR, Tacoma College) followed Powers nicely pitching two innings of one-hit shut out Baseball while racking up four strikeouts including striking out the side in the seventh. Davis Baillie (R-SO, Washington State) pitched the ninth giving up one run on two hits with one strikeout.
Corvallis opened the scoring in the second when Tanner Cantwell scored on a passed ball. Andrew Barrera doubled the lead stealing home in the fifth. That play was part of a double steal by the Knights. Brady Rediger made it 3-0 scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth. Corvallis got their only RBI in the ninth when Jace Duty hit a single.
The Black Bears only had two runners on base once during the game in the fifth. Corvallis only gave up three hits.
Cowlitz and Corvallis play game two Saturday at 6:35. David Wallum (RHP JR Washington State) is scheduled to start for the Bears against Ross Massey (LHP JR Tulane).