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Kim steals way into record book

LONGVIEW, Wash.- Ryan Kim stole his 23rd and 24th bases this season Friday establishing a new Cowlitz single season record as Corvallis took game one 8-1.

     Kim stole his first base of the night in the bottom of the first inning after leading off getting hit by a pitch. Kim then broke the 2016 record of 23 stolen bases held by his current coach and former teammate at the University of Portland Michael Forgione in the third inning.

     The game started well for the Black Bears as Blake Burton (JR Washington) hit an RBI infield single to third base in the first scoring Kim.

     But the Knights scored eight unanswered runs to pull away. Corvallis tied the game at one in the second with an RBI ground out to second base.

     The Knights then sent ten batters to the plate in the fourth scoring six times on six hits. A lead off home run to left field proved to be the winning run. An RBI double, a wild pitch with a runner at third, an RBI single, an RBI sacrifice fly and another RBI double made it 7-1.

     Cody Hawken scored the last run of the game in the fifth with a lead off homer that landed on top of the barn in center field.

     Matt Gannon (JR Northwestern) took the loss in his final start of the season dropping his record to 0-7. Gannon pitched three innings and gave up six runs on six hits with two strikeouts.

     Once again Cowlitz struggled to get runners on base. After the first inning only six batters were able to reach.

     The Black Bears (7-15, 17-32) have now tied the franchise record for most losses in a season. Meanwhile Corvallis (17-5, 33-16) has won 11 games in a row after clinching the final South Division playoff spot last night.

     Seth Rayburn (RHP R-SR Tennessee-Martin) makes his final start of the season Saturday in game two. First pitch is at 6:35 PM.