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Baseball: Knappa draws 28 walks, scores 39 runs

The Daily Astorian

Published on April 15, 2018 1:18PM

Knappa scored two more routine Northwest League baseball victories Friday at Astoria’s CMH Field, 21-1 and 18-2, in a doubleheader sweep over the Vernonia Loggers.

In three games vs. Vernonia last week, Knappa outscored the other Loggers, 53-3.

Knappa improves to 8-0 overall (all five-inning games), and has outscored the opposition 86-5.

In Friday’s Game 1, Knappa pitchers Kaleb Miller and Mason Hoover allowed just three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Knappa led 6-1 through three innings, then tacked on 12 insurance runs in the fourth. Knappa had 13 hits in Game 1, and took advantage of 11 walks and seven hit batters.

Mason Hoover had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs. Reuben Cruz was 2-for-3 and scored four runs, and Logan Bartlett was 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Ryker Coffey did not have a hit, but walked three times and drove in four runs.

Knappa also ran the bases at will, stealing 13 bases.

Eli Takalo pitched four innings of Game 2 to pick up the win. Dale Takalo pitched the fifth. The two combined for seven strikeouts and three walks.

Knappa had just five hits in the nightcap, but took advantage of Vernonia’s control issues, as two pitchers combining to walk 17 Knappa batters, with just one strikeout.

Eli Takalo (2-for-4) was the only multiple hitter for Knappa. Colton Weirup was 0-for-3, but scored three runs. Miller and Bartlett were both 0-for-0 at the plate, but combined to score five runs, drawing three walks apiece.


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