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The Aloha Knights missed a chance to move into first place in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League after losing two of three against Spokane last weekend.

The Knights avoided a sweep with a 6-1 win to open a doubleheader Sunday, July 9. Aloha pitcher Marc Rzepczynski went the distance and struck out 10. He was one out away from earning the shutout before took an Aloha error opened the door for Spokane's only run.

Spokane (15-6) won the nightcap 7-5 to secure its spot on top of the standings at the all-star break, while the Knights (12-9) fell to third place.

Aloha gave up a 3-0 lead in the series opener Saturday, July 8, falling 5-3 when Darin Holcomb hit a game-winning two-run double in the eighth inning. Knights' starting pitcher Josh Keller struck out four before leaving with a 3-2 lead after six innings.

The West Coast all-star game is Tuesday, July 11, in Wenatchee, Wash. John Olerud is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at 7 p.m.

Look for additional coverage in the Gresham Outlook on Wednesday, July 12.

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