KNAPPA The Nestucca Bobcats suffered a meltdown on the mound Monday, on a warm day at Knappas Teevin Field.
Two Nestucca pitchers combined to walk 14 batters and hit three more, and the Loggers took advantage for an 11-1 win over the Bobcats.
On the other hand, Knappa pitcher Trevin Morgan tossed his second no-hitter of the season, as the junior struck out five and walked three in five innings.
The Loggers are one big step closer to a Northwest League title, as they improve to 10-3 in NWL play. Knappa needs to win four of its final five games for the title. Three of the games are against Neah-Kah-Nie (1-18 overall).
Gaston and Portland Christian both have four league losses, and the Loggers own the tie-breaker with both.
In Mondays game, We did things early on to keep ourselves in the game, said Knappa coach Jeff Miller, whose team held a slim 2-1 lead through four innings.
A squeeze bunt by Knappas Andy Miller turned into a single with a run scoring, and another squeeze bunt by Logan Patterson scored a run to give the Loggers the go-ahead run in the fourth.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Loggers scored nine runs on just one hit, with eight walks and one hit batter.
Knappa had just four hits for the game, from Morgan, Kyle Kelly, Miller and Austin Palek.