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Aloha sweeps first-place RiverHawks

The Knights tie the game with two runs in the ninth inning
by: David Ball, Knights' catcher Michael Gilbert celebrates with teammates after scoring the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday afternoon. Aloha went on to beat Spokane in the 12th inning.

The Aloha Knights used a 6-5 comeback win against first-place Spokane on Tuesday to sweep the three-game series and make its case for a berth in the West Coast championship series next month.

The Knights overcame a 5-2 deficit late in the game, pulling even in the ninth inning when Jared Prince hit an infield bouncer to bring across pinch-hitter Bryan Donohue. Spokane tried for the game's final out at second base, but Brent Morel slid in and forced a collision that sent the ball bouncing away wildly. The confusion gave Aloha's Michael Gilbert enough time to scramble home from third base to push the game into extra innings.

Spokane put runners on third base in the 10th and 11th innings, but failed to score each time. Aloha finally won the game in the 12th when Ryan Selden sent a two-out single into center field to score teammate Matt Hibbitts from second base.

The Knights (19-14) gained three games on the RiverHawks (22-11), forcing a four-team logjam at the top of the West Coast League standings with two weeks left in the regular season. The top two teams qualify for the league championship series.

Additional Knights' coverage is in Wednesday's edition of the Gresham Outlook.