SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly pitcher Connor Redmond and outfielder Cole Cabrera played key roles as the Corvallis Knights captured their third consecutive West Coast League title Thursday night inside Oregon State's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Corvallis defeated Kelowna 5-1 to sweep the best-of-three series and give the Knights their sixth WCL championship, all in the last 11 years. Corvallis also was second four times from 2007-14.
Redmond, who will be a junior next spring, allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings for the win. The right-hander walked just one, struck out eight and the lone run he gave up was a solo home run by Garrett Kelly of UC Davis. He threw 88 pitches.
"Red was really good," Corvallis head coach Brooke Knight said. "He was as sharp as he's been all summer, and he did that a little bit for us last year. I'm really happy for him and I expect him to do great things when he goes back to Cal Poly."
Oregon State infielder/catcher Zak Taylor praised Redmond for throwing first-pitch strikes and attacking hitters.
"Really competitive first pitch, that's the biggest thing for him," said Taylor, who caught the whole game. "He got ahead and he had both breaking pitches working really well, and also the changeup."
Redmond was named West Coast League Pitcher of the Week for his performance.
Cabrera was inserted into the game as a designated hitter in the eighth inning and delivered a pinch-hit two-run single to break up a 3-1 game.
Corvallis won the first game of the series, 17-6, on Tuesday inside Kelowna's Elks Stadium. Cabrera, who will be a sophomore next season at Cal Poly, was 1-for-2 with a run-scoring single and a run scored.
Sophomore-to-be southpaw Andrew Alvarez did not pitch in the championship series for Kelowna.
During the regular season, Redmond posted a 2-1 record and 3.70 ERA at Corvallis. In his last five appearances on the mound in 2018 for Corvallis, including the playoffs, Redmond posted a 3-0 mark with wins over Kelowna, Bend and Kelowna again. He allowed just six earned runs over 28 2/3 innings for a 1.88 ERA, striking out 27 batters.
Cabrera hit .238 in the regular season for Corvallis with seven doubles and 13 RBI. In the playoffs, he was 2-for-3 with a double, one run scored and three RBI in three games.
Corvallis was 44-20-1 for the summer.
Four other Mustangs competed in the West Coast League this summer, led by incoming outfielder Elijah Greene from Mt. San Antonio College.
Greene hit .305 at Yakima Valley with 10 doubles and a triple over 45 games. He drove in 15 runs and stole three bases.
Also at Yakima Valley, third baseman Nick DiCarlo hit .260 during the regular season with 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 15 RBI with seven steals.
Yakima Valley finished a half-game behind Bellingham in the second-half North Division standings and missed the West Coast League playoffs.
At Victoria, Blake Wagenseller hit .216 with two doubles, one home run, four RBI and five steals while Aidan Goicovich had a 1-2 record and 8.00 ERA with one save. He pitched two innings for his save July 25 against Walla Walla and tossed one scoreless frame for the win against Yakima Valley on August 1.
Alvarez had a 1-2 record and 3.90 ERA at Kelowna with 22 strikeouts over 30 innings. He pitched seven innings for the win against Walla Walla on July 31, allowing one earned run and two hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Redmond and DiCarlo earned All-West Coast League honorable mention praise.
All other Mustangs playing in summer collegiate leagues wrapped up their seasons more than a week ago.
Catcher Myles Emmerson went 6-for-6 at the plate — five singles and a double — to lead the Waterloo Bucks to a 16-1 victory over the Thunder Bay Border Cats on August 8.
Emmerson drove in four runs and scored three times himself. The El Capitan High School (Spring Valley, Calif.) graduate produced RBI singles in the first, fifth and eighth innings and doubled in another run in the seventh. See video by clicking here.
The single-day performance lifted Emmerson's average from .243 to .282.
Emmerson wrapped up the 2018 regular season with a .280 average over 39 games with eight doubles, one home run and 22 RBI.
Also at Waterloo, Tate Samuelson hit .235 with three doubles and 15 RBI.
At Eau Claire, Scott Ogrin hit .255 over 36 games with 11 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 27 RBI. The second baseman played his last game July 30. Ogrin hit a solo home run in the Northwoods League All-Star Game and also competed in the Northwoods League Home Run Derby on July 24 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Meanwhile, outfielder Bradlee Beesley wrapped up his Cape Cod League regular season with a .368 average, producing four doubles, a pair of triples, one home run and eight RBI over 22 games.
Beesley hit over .400 in his last eight games for Yarmouth-Dennis, going 13-for-32 (.406), and recorded 11 multiple-hit games this summer.
Yarmouth-Dennis won the East Division title but lost twice to Brewster in the Cape Cod League East Division playoffs. Beesley went 2-for-10 in the pair of playoff games.
Four Mustangs played for the San Luis Obispo Blues, which finished 25-17 and one victory shy of the California Collegiate League playoffs.
Incoming freshman Conagher Sands hit .259 with five doubles, one home run and 16 RBI while Noah Taylor compiled a .233 mark with three doubles and 10 RBI. Jack Kuzma collected eight hits, all singles, and drove in seven runs while Thomas Triantos ended with a 1-1 record and 4.96 ERA with 12 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings.
Triantos earned his win against the SoCal Catch on July 14, allowing one earned run and one hit over five innings with five strikeouts.
Catcher John Mackay compiled a .180 average with four doubles and four RBI for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League. On the mound, incoming freshman Bryan Woo posted a 2-3 record with a 5.92 ERA for the Oilers, striking out 28 over 24 1/3 innings.
Woo appeared in seven games, all starts, and earned both wins against the Chugiak Chinooks — allowing one run and three hits with three strikeouts over five innings June 20 and pitching five scoreless innings with three hits and eight strikeouts on June 29.
Incoming freshman pitcher Chase Watkins helped the Pacific Union Financial Pups to a 17-16 record with its final four games of the season canceled due to the wildfires in Northern California.
Incoming freshmen Ryan Jameson, AJ Esperanza and Willie Cano all played for the Utah Marshalls, an under-18 team based in Kearns, Utah, which won 62 of 80 games over a 57-day period this summer.