Knights even series with GreyWolves
Gresham does all of its scoring in the seventh inning
WEST COAST LEAGUE BASEBALL
Thursday, July 21
The Gresham GreyWolves failed to produce timely hits during a 7-3 loss to Corvallis on Thursday night.
Corvallis built a 5-0 lead before Gresham found its way onto the scoreboard on an RBI-single by Dylan Doherty in the seventh inning. Jack Johnson followed with a two-run single to bring the GreyWolves within two runs.
That would prove to be the only inning in which Gresham would bring someone across the plate.
The Knights answered the challenge on a controversial play in the eighth inning when Scott Ogrin took off on a dropped third strike, but kicked the ball with his feet as he approached the infield grass. The ball squirted toward the Knights' dugout, leaving Gresham no play. Ogrin reached first safely, and lead runner Emilio Alcantar came home from third.
The umpire ruled that the kicked ball was unintentional, thus it remained a live-ball play.
Matt Kelly added an RBI-single in the next at-bat to put the Knights in charge 7-3.
The GreyWolves put its first two batters on base in the bottom of the eighth only to see Corvallis reliever Trenton Dupre strike out the next three. Gresham stranded 11 runners on the night, leaving multiple runners on the bags five times.
Gresham (8-3) retained its lead in the South despite the loss when Yakima Valley (9-5) also suffered an 8-1 loss to Kelowna.
The GreyWolves finish their series with Corvallis at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Oslund Field, which marks Gresham Outlook night at the ballpark the first 250 paid spectators will receive a San Francisco Giants blanket.