SCORESHEET/Pilots' Hawken stars for Corvallis Knights; Mariners near homestand; UO softball stars make pro debut

What was looking like an Oregon softball-like two-and-out for the Oregon State baseball team turned into something better Monday, as the Beavers turned it on to bury and oust Washington at the College World Series.

An injury to standout outfielder and leadoff hitter Steven Kwan put a damper on the nearly nine-hour, weather-delayed victory, but at least OSU was able to show the potency that made it the nation's No. 1-ranked team much of the year.

It was a very impressive bounce back by a Beavers group that clearly follows the toughness of its leader, coach Pat Casey, and was able to find the competitiveness any top program needs to play at the CWS level.

• Two players with local ties claimed West Coast League honors for their performances last week.

Not only did John Beller (USC) of the Portland Pickles get the WCL Pitcher of the Week award, but a Portland Pilots outfielder, Cody Hawken, now playing for the Corvallis Knights, was voted Player of the Week.

Hawken was 10 for 21 with eight runs scored, three doubles, a triple and seven RBIs. He was leading the WCL with a .433 batting average.  

Portland will play three games at Corvallis next week (Tuesday-Thursday) in what already is shaping up as a key first-half series in the WCL South Division.

• The Seattle Mariners are trying to stick with the World Series champion Houston Astros in what has been a torrid American League West race.

Opportunities to see the M's will be plentiful soon. Seattle opens a homestand on Friday, June 29, with the first of three games against the Kansas City Royals. Then comes a key series with the Los Angeles Angels, July 3-5, at Safeco Field, followed by a three-game home set against the Colorado Rockies.

STEMBER• Nate Stember of Portland and and Graham Moody of Vancouver, Wash., qualified for the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in a Monday event at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club's South Course in Aloha.

The national tournament is July 15-21 at one of the nation's most famous courses, Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

Lincoln High junior Stember won the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A title in May. On Monday, he went out in 4-under 32 and finished at 4-under 68.

Moody, who will be a sophomore at Mountain View High, shot 72.

• Ryan Crouser, the 2016 Olympic shot put champion from Barlow High, is continuing to wage his battle with New Zealand's Tom Walsh and others in overseas meets.

Walsh edged Crouser at Oslo, Norway, throwing 73 feet, 1 3/4 inches on his final attempt; Crouser had thrown 72-10 1/2.

A few days later, in Poland, Crouser won at 73-0 3/4, with Walsh's best stretching to 70-11 3/4.

Next for Crouser is the U.S. outdoor championship at Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday-Sunday. The men's shot put is Saturday.

• Two stars from Oregon's Pac-12 champion softball team — catcher Gwen Svekis and shortstop DJ Sanders — have begun their careers in National Pro Fastpitch and are playing for the Chicago Bandits.

Through Monday, Sanders was 1 for 7 in three games played and Svekis was 0 for 3 in two outings.

The Bandits were 13-0 — leading the USSSA Pride (10-0) in a five-team league being dominated by those two squads, who will meet six times (three home, three away), June 25-July 1. The Pride play out of Viera, Fla. The Bandits' home field is in Rosemont, Ill.

• Six Portland Fighting Shockwave players have received Women's Football Alliance All-America acclaim.

First-team American Conference All-Americans are tailback Rebecca Dawson and offensive linemen Stephanie Aliimatafitali and Kelsey Skrudland.

Second-team selections are linebacker Jessica "Rainbow" Gerdes and linebacker Tess Bair. Linebacker Jackie Butler is a third-team All-American.

Portland finished the regular season 6-2 and will travel to the Los Angeles Warriors on June 30 for a Division I quarterfinal game.

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