Gresham, Ore. -- A night after a tough 9-6 loss in Walla Walla, the GreyWolves returned home to Oslund Field to face the South Division-leading Corvallis Knights and lost 13-3 in Gresham, Oregon in Gresham's first game of the second half of the season.
The game was competitive for the first seven innings. After the Knights scored two runs in each of the third and fourth innings off Gresham starter Daniel Caruso, the GreyWolves responded with two runs of their own in the fourth on a solo home run by Jake Cosgrove, an error, and a double off the bat of Jackson Thoreson.
For the second-straight start, Caruso (2-1) threw four innings. He allowed four runs on nine hits while striking two and walking one and took the loss in the Gresham defeat.
Gresham reliever Christian Peters came in for Caruso and threw three-straight scoreless innings. On the other side, Corvallis' starter Connor Redmond kept the Gresham bats silent. Redmond (1-1) picked up the win by throwing six innings of two-run ball (one run was unearned) on five hits while striking out five and waking one.
Ahead 4-2 in the eighth, the Knights got some insurance - and then some. Corvallis scored seven runs (just two were earned) in the inning on seven hits and two Gresham errors. The big blow in the inning was a Dillan Shrum three-run home run. The Knights added two more runs in the top of the ninth inning to extend the lead to 11 at 13-2.
Gresham would score a single run in the ninth after Gabe Barthelmass tripled and Jason Drees singled him in.
After losing on Thursday in Walla Walla, the GreyWolves finished the first half of the season 10-17. Friday's loss moves Gresham to 0-1 in the second half of the season and 10-18 overall. With the win, the Knights improve to 15-10 and are now two games ahead of the Yakima Valley Pippins in the South Division standings with just two games remaining in the first half.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 6:35 p.m. when Gresham looks to even up the series against Corvallis and get to .500 in the second half. The game will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.