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Knights Advance to WCL Championship Series.

August 15, 2011

Cal Poly pitcher Chase Johnson and Portland outfielder Kramer Scott Named WCL co-Players of the Week

Knights Advance to WCL Championship Series.

Corvallis pitcher Chase Johnson of Cal Poly and outfielder Kramer Scott of University of Portland led the Knights to a WCL West Divisional Series victory over the Bend Elks this past weekend earning Johnson and Scott (pictured) co-Player of the Week honors.

Bend won game one 3-1 at Vince Genna Stadium on Friday, but the Knights ralled for two victories at Goss Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

Scott collected 4 RBIs and went 5-for-8 while Johnson won the decisive game three tossing seven scoreless innings.

Chase struck out six and only allowed four hits. Kramer knocked in the game's second run.

For the week, Scott, a senior-to-be at Portland, went 7-for-14 with 5 RBIs. Chase Johnson, a rising sophomore-to-be, went 2-0 and did not allow a run over 8 2/3 innings pitched. He earned the win in the Knights' 2-0 victory at Cowlitz that knocked the Black Bears out of playoff contention on the final day of the regular season and was the winning pitcher last night eliminating Bend from the postseason.

This summer, Johnson is 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA over 11 appearances, 7 starts and 39 innings pitched. The right-hander has struck out 32 while walking 9. Scott is currently hitting .238 with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 7 stolen bases and 19 RBIs.

This past spring, Chase Johnson, who was drafted in the 26th round of the 2010 MLB June draft by Texas, went 2-5 with a 3.67 ERA while striking out 34 and walking 21 over 18 appearances, 8 starts and 49 innings pitched for the Mustangs.

Kramer's .299 batting average was the Pilots' second best this past spring, and Scott tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 6 while collecting 9 doubles and 19 RBIs.

Corvallis opens the WCL Championship Series at Walla Walla's Borleske Stadium. Game time is 7:05 pm. You can listen to game one on KEJO 1240 AM. Knights' director of public relations Brooks Hatch will call all the action.

Knights' southpaw Dylan Stuart of UC Riverside is the probable starter for Corvallis.

Game two is scheduled for Thursday, August 18 at Goss Stadium. Gates open at 6 pm, and first pitch is at 6:40 pm. If necessary, game three will be played on Friday, August 19 at Goss Stadium. Start time is 6:40 pm.

The Knights took 4-of-6 from Walla Walla during the regular season, sweeping the Sweets at Goss Stadium and dropping two of three in both teams' first series of the regular season at Borleske Stadium.

Walla Walla has won four straight games, all versus Wenatchee, who posted the West Coast League's best record at 39-15.

Corvallis (43-18) has won ten straight WCL series including the WCL West Divisional Series.

This is the Knights fourth appearance in the WCL Championship Series in five years in Corvallis. The Knights are 1-2 in the WCL Championship Series, sweeping Wenatchee in 2008 and getting swept by Wenatchee and Moses Lake in 2009 and 2007, respectively.

Walla Walla was an expansion team last summer. The Sweets improved their league mark from 18-30 to 26-28 in their second season. This is Walla Walla's first appearance in the WCL Championship Series.