CLOVERDALE — The Knappa Loggers are on the verge of winning another Northwest League baseball championship, as they swept a league doubleheader Wednesday at Nestucca, 11-0 and 15-6.

The Loggers are 13-3 in league (16-7 overall), with two games remaining Friday at Neah-Kah-Nie. Knappa needs to win just one game against the Pirates (1-19 overall) to clinch the NWL title.

The Loggers used more offensive firepower to blast the Bobcats in Wednesday’s twin bill.

In the first game, Justin Dragoo was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Tyson Burnard and Austin Palek each had a double.

Kyle Kelly pitched the complete game, allowing just one hit over five innings.

The Loggers broke open a scoreless game with seven runs in the third inning, then tacked on four in the fourth.

Knappa held a 3-1 lead through four innings of Game 2, then pulled away with three runs in the fifth, six in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Burnard was 2-for-4 with a double, Kevin Tilander had a two-run double, and Dragoo, Palek and Kelly all had doubles.

Palek started on the mound and pitched six innings before giving way to Nick Landwehr in the seventh. Nestucca had six hits in the second game, but committed seven errors.

Since losing 9-7 at Portland Christian April 24, the Loggers have won eight in a row, and have outscored the opposition 49-8 over the last four games.


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