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April 20, 2017

Happy Thursday/Friday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Alum Mitch Haniger (2010) of the Seattle Mariners is off to a great start this season, his first in the Pacific Northwest. The Cal Poly product, obtained in an offseason trade with Arizona, is hitting 323 (20-62) with a .432 on-base percentage, and a .597 slugging percentage with five doubles, four homers, 11 walks, 15 runs scored and 15 RBIs.

Here is more on Mitch, from reporter John Trupin of SB Nation website.

And here is even more, from reporter Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times newspaper.

Congrats to Mitch, who is helping to make the Mariners exciting again.

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The Knights have signed incoming Oregon State freshmen catcher Troy Claunch and outfielder Kevin Watson Jr. for the 2017 season, continuing a long and successful arrangement with the Beavers.

Claunch is a senior at Vacaville High School in Vacaville, Calif. Watson Jr. is a senior at Beaverton High School.

A 6-foot, 185-pounder who bats and throws right-handed, Claunch is a four-year letterman at Vacaville HS. He played for the Athletics in the 2016 Area Code Games and is rated as the nation's No. 214 high school prospect by Perfect Game.

He was first-team all-league in 2016, when he hit .316, with five doubles, one triple and 21 RBIs. He hit .489, with eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 29 RBIs as a junior and .421, with six doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs, as a freshman.

Watson is a 6-2, 180-pounder who bats left and throw right. A four-year letterwinner for the Beavers, he is rated as Oregon's No. 3 prep prospect by Baseball Northwest.

He was second-team 6A all-state and first-team all-Metro League in 2016, when he hit .314, with six doubles, six triples, 12 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He hit .351 as a sophomore in 2015, with 11 doubles, one triple, 14 RBIs and four stolen bases.

His father, Kevin Watson Sr., played for OSU coach Pat Casey at George Fox University, and then played three seasons in the San Francisco Giants' organization.

Current Beavers Nick Madrigal and Adley Rutschman played with the Knights before their freshmen years at OSU. So did former Pac-12 all-star catchers Jake Rodriguez, and Andrew Susac, and pitcher Kevin Flemer, a key member of our 2013 WCL champions.

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Time for our weekly update on the current stats of our incoming Knights. We do the position players on Friday, and the pitchers on Tuesday. All stats are through Wednesday's games.

EMILIO ALCANTAR: The outfielder from Lewis-Clark State, a three-year Knight is hitting .333 (17-51) in 29 games, with no homers and seven RBIs.

ANDREW BARRERA: The Concordia infielder is hitting .198 (20-101) in 29 games, with two homers and eight RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

JACOB BOCKELIE: The Pacific Lutheran catcher is hitting .299 (29-97) in 30 games, with two homers and 15 RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

HENRY CHANEY: The Portland outfielder is hitting .111 (1-9) in four games, with no homers or RBIs.

JACE DUTY: The Chemeketa CC catcher is hitting .305 (29-95) in 27 games, with two homers and 17 RBIs.

KYLE ESQUERRA: The George Fox infielder is hitting .240 (25-104) in 30 games, with no homers and 10 RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder, a returnee from 2016, is hitting .319 (44-138) in 36 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

JACK KUZMA: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .167 (5-30) in 19 games, with no homers and two RBIs.

TYLER MALONE: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .235 (4-17) in 11 games, with no homers and two RBIs.

GABE MATTHEWS: The Oregon infielder is hitting .281 (27-96) in 29 games, with a homer and 16 RBIs.

KODY MATTHEWS: The Marshall outfielder has not played this year. He is a 10-day signee.

BRADY REDIGER: The Linfield infielder is hitting .380 (54-142) in 32 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

DILLAN SCHRUM: The Nevada infielder is hitting .240 (12-50) in 23 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

GAVIN SPEEGLE: The George Fox catcher is hitting 304 (7-23), with no homers and two RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher/first baseman, a returnee from 2016, is hitting .227 (10-44) in 21 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Oregon outfielder, a three-year Knight, is hitting .263 (10-38) in 22 games, with no homers and five RBIs.

TYLER VILLAROMAN: The San Francisco outfielder hitting .188 (12-64) in 35 games, with no homers and eight RBIs.

LUKE WILKINSON: The Northwest Missouri State infielder is hitting .190 (4-21) in 13 games, with no homers or RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

ELLIOT WILLY: The Oregon State outfielder is redshirting and has not played yet.

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Greenville (A South Atlantic, Red Sox) reliever Stephen Nogosek (2013) threw two scoreless innings and had three strikeouts to earn his third save in a 4-2 victory over Lexington on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He played at Oregon.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Winston-Salem (A Carolina, White Sox) pitcher Max Beatty (2010-12) had six strikeouts, allowed three runs and got a non-decision in a 5-4 loss to Frederick. Max played at Pacific Lutheran.

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) DH Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 7-5 loss to Pensacola. He played at Mt. Hood CC and Washington State.

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That's all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.


Knights sign Speegle of GFU to 10-day deal

April 18, 2017

Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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The Knights have signed George Fox University sophomore catcher Gavin Speegle to a 10-day contract for the 2017 season. He is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore from Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho.

Speegle is hitting .304 (7-23) in 11 games, with two doubles, no homers and two RBIs this season after going 0-for-1 in one game as a freshman in 2016.

He was a four-year letterman at Eagle HS and earned honorable-mention all-Southern Idaho Conference honors in 2014. He also earned all-conference academic honors in 2013 and 2014.

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San Francisco junior Grant Goodman, a returnee from 2016, was nominated for West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for April 10-16, but was not selected.

Goodman shut out Portland on four hits over seven innings and got the win. He had three strikeouts and issued only one walk in improving to 3-2 and lowering his ERA from 4.69 to 4.09.

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Time to update the stats (through Sunday) of our incoming pitchers. We will do the position players on Friday.

KAZ AKAMATSU: The UC Irvine righty is 0-1, 9.00 in eight games, with eight strikeouts in 12 innings.

DOM BAKER: The Corban righty is 2-2, 5.68 in 11 games, with 20 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. He is a 10-day signee.

TANNER CANTWELL: The Treasure Valley CC lefty is 1-2, 2.43 in seven games, with 34 strikeouts in 37 innings.

LOUIS CROW: The San Diego righty, a returnee from 2016, is 2-2, 4.91 in 12 games, with two saves and 23 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

AUSTIN CROWSON: The Lane CC lefty is 2-1, 2.17 in 12 games, with 40 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.

CASON CUNNINGHAM: The Linfield lefty is 5-1, 1.65 in 11 games, with 88 strikeouts in 65.1 innings.

ALEC DAILY: The CSU Bakersfield lefty has not pitched yet.

TY FOX: The Sacramento State righty, a returnee from 2016, is 1-0, 4.37 in 20 games, with a save and 22 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

JACOB FRICKE: The Western Oregon lefty, a returnee from 2016, is 0-0, 9.45 in five games, with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

MILES GLAZIER: The UC Irvine lefty is 0-0, 8.76 in 12 games, with eight strikeouts in 12.1 innings.

GRANT GOODMAN: The San Francisco righty, a returnee from 2016, is 3-2, 4.09 in nine games, with 34 strikeouts in 55 innings.

ZAK HERBERS: The Nevada righty has not pitched yet.

JORDAN HERAK: The Portland lefty is 1-6, 6.23 in 12 games, with 23 strikeouts in 39 innings.

TANNER HOWELL: The Dixie State righty, a returnee from 2016, is 1-2, 3.55 in 13 games, with 11 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The Kansas lefty, a returnee from 2016, is 0-0, 4.63 in l3 games, with four strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

COLE JOHNSON: The Pacific Lutheran lefty is 3-0, 4.94 in 11 games, with one save and 32 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. He is also hitting .312 (34-109) in 30 games, with two homers and 24 RBIs.

DILLON LARSEN: The Central Washington lefty is 0-2, 5.65 in seven games, with 10 strikeouts in 14 innings. He is a 10-day signee.

ALEX PERRON: The College of Southern Idaho righty is 0-1, 5.96 in 10 games, with 25 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

CONNOR REDMOND: The Cal Poly righty is 0-1, 14.40 in five games, with three strikeouts in five innings.

CAMERON RICHMAN: The Portland righty, a returnee from 2016, is 0-0, 10.80 in six games, with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

COLE SPEAR: The UC Irvine righty is 2-3, b7.00 in nine games, with 13 strikeouts in 27 innings.

TRENTON TOPLIKAR: The UC Riverside righty is 2-1, 6.43 in nine games, with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings.

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El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) made his pitching debut and threw 2/3 scoreless innings in a 13-2 loss to Reno on Monday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He had one strikeout. Rocky played at Portland.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (A Florida State, Rays) first baseman Dalton Kelly (2014) was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 6-4 win over Daytona Beach. Dalton played at UC Santa Barbara.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) catcher Logan Ice (2014) was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 1-0 win over Bowling Green. He played at Oregon State.

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Remember, 2017 season tickets are now on sale. To check out your many options and to purchase a season-ticket package, please click here.

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Yakima has announced its 2017 promotion schedule. We play there on July 22-24. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday.


Susac sent to Colorado Springs on injury rehab

April 14, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Alum Andrew Susac (2009), one of nine former Knights on an MLB roster starting the season, has been assigned to triple-A Colorado Springs (Pacific Coast League) by Milwaukee for a rehab assignment. The ex-Oregon State catcher was on the 10-day disabled list with a trapezius injury.He went 1-for-4 on Thursday night in his debut.

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Time for our weekly update on the current stats of our incoming Knights. We do the position players on Friday, and the pitchers on Tuesday. All stats are through Wednesday's games.

EMILIO ALCANTAR: The outfielder from Lewis-Clark State, a three-year Knight is hitting .333 (14-42) in 25 games, with no homers and five RBIs.

ANDREW BARRERA: The Concordia infielder is hitting .189 (18-95) in 27 games, with two homers and eight RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

JACOB BOCKELIE: The Pacific Lutheran catcher is hitting .292 (26-89) in 27 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

HENRY CHANEY: The Portland outfielder is hitting .125 (1-) in three games, with no homers or RBIs.

JACE DUTY: The Chemeketa CC catcher is hitting .321 (27-84) in 23 games, with two homers and 16 RBIs.

KYLE ESQUERRA: The George Fox infielder is hitting .245 (24-98) in 27 games, with no homers and nine RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder, a returnee from 2016, is hitting .333 (41-126) in 33 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

JACK KUZMA: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .167 (5-30) in 18 games, with no homers and two RBIs.

TYLER MALONE: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .227 (4-17) in 11 games, with no homers and two RBIs.

GABE MATTHEWS: The Oregon infielder is hitting .286 (24-84) in 26 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs.

KODY MATTHEWS: The Marshall outfielder has not played this year. He is a 10-day signee.

BRADY REDIGER: The Linfield infielder is hitting .397 (50-126) in 29 games, with a homer and 14 RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

DILLAN SCHRUM: The Nevada infielder is hitting .239 (11-46) in 21 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher/first baseman, a returnee from 2016, is hitting .227 (10-44) in 21 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Oregon outfielder, a three-year Knight, is hitting .276 (8-29) in 19 games, with no homers and five RBIs.

TYLER VILLAROMAN: The San Francisco outfielder hitting .190 (11-58) in 30 games, with no homers and seven RBIs.

LUKE WILKINSON: The Northwest Missouri State infielder is hitting .158 (3-19) in 12 games, with no homers or RBIs. He is a 10-day signee.

ELLIOT WILLY: The Oregon State outfielder has not played yet.

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Tacoma (AAA Pacific Coast, Mariners) pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) allowed one run on four hits, had four strikeouts, no walks and pitched a complete game in a 1-0 loss to El Paso on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He played at Oregon State.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) Washington) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 5-3 win over Chattanooga Taylor played at Mt. Hood CC and at Washington State.

* Jupiter (A Florida State. Marlins) pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011) allowed one hit, no runs and had two strikeouts in four innings of a no-decision start in a 1-0 win over Dunedin. He played at OSU.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed Cal infielder and right-handed pitcher Andrew Vaughn, Cal outfielder Sam Cachola and Nevada right-handed pitchers Riley Ohl and Jake Jackson. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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Yakima has signed right-hander Jonah Dipoto of UC San Diego, son of Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, and Western Illinois infielder Mitch Ellis for the upcoming season. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That's all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.


Meet your 2017 Knights pitching staff

April 11, 2017

Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Time to update the stats (through Sunday) of our incoming pitchers. We will do the position players on Friday.

KAZ AKAMATSU: The UC Irvine righty is 0-0, 6.75 in seven games, with seven strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

DOM BAKER: The Corban righty is 2-2, 5.55 in 10 games, with 20 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. He is a 10-day signee.

TANNER CANTWELL: The Treasure Valley CC lefty is 1-2, 2.13 in six games, with 30 strikeouts in 33.2 innings.

LOUIS CROW: The San Diego righty, a returnee from 2016, is 2-2, 5.33 in 11 games, with one save and 20 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

AUSTIN CROWSON: The Lane CC lefty is 1-1, 2.58 in six games, with 31 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

CASON CUNNINGHAM: The Linfield lefty is 4-1, 1.76 in nine games, with 81 strikeouts in 56.1 innings.

ALEC DAILY: The CSU Bakersfield lefty has not pitched yet.

TY FOX: The Sacramento State righty, a returnee from 2016, is 1-0, 4.48 in 17 games, with a save and 22 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

JACOB FRICKE: The Western Oregon lefty, a returnee from 2016, is 0-0, 4.91 in three games, with one strikeout in 3.2 innings.

MILES GLAZIER: The UC Irvine lefty is 0-0, 9.28 in 10 games, with six strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

GRANT GOODMAN: The San Francisco righty, a returnee from 2016, is 2-2, 4.69 in eight games, with 30 strikeouts in 48 innings.

ZAK HERBERS: The Nevada righty has not pitched yet.

JORDAN HERAK: The Portland lefty is 1-6, 6.23 in 12 games, with 23 strikeouts in 39 innings.

TANNER HOWELL: The Dixie State righty, a returnee from 2016, is 1-2, 3.55 in 13 games, with 11 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The Kansas lefty, a returnee from 2016, is 0-0, 4.00 in l11 games, with three strikeouts in nine innings.

COLE JOHNSON: The Pacific Lutheran lefty has not pitched but is hitting .295 (31-103) in 28 games, with two homers and 26 RBIs.

DILLON LARSEN: The Central Washington lefty is 0-2, 5.68 in six games, with eight strikeouts in 12.2 innings. He is a 10-day signee.

ALEX PERRON: The College of Southern Idaho righty is 0-1, 5.96 in 10 games, with 25 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

CONNOR REDMOND: The Cal Poly righty is 0-1, 18.00 in four games, with three strikeouts in four innings.

CAMERON RICHMAN: The Portland righty, a returnee from 2016, is 0-0, 6.75 in five games, with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

COLE SPEAR: The UC Irvine righty is 2-3, 6.48 in eight games, with 13 strikeouts in 25 innings.

TRENTON TOPLIKAR: The UC Riverside righty is 2-1, 6.39 in eight games, with 14 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

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Charlotte (A Florida State, Rays) first baseman Dalton Kelly (2014) was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 4-3 loss to Palm Beach to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He played at UC Santa Barbara.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) Washington) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 7-4 loss to Mississippi. Taylor played at Mt. Hood CC and at Washington State.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 5-1 loss to Midland. Blake played at Concordia.

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The Wenatchee AppleSox will welcome four Pac-12 players and three Seattle University Redhawks to the 2017 squad, head coach Kyle Krustangel announced Monday.

Washington State will send two players to Wenatchee for the first time since 2014, and UCLA offers one current and future Bruin to the Sox roster. All three of Seattle U's incoming players will have at least two years of collegiate playing experience. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That's all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday.


Madrigal named Pac-12 Player of the Week

April 4, 2017

Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Alum Nick Madrigal (2015) of Oregon State was named the Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Week for March 27-April 2 on Monday. It is the second week in a row a Knights' alum has won the award; KJ Harrison (2015) was last week's winner.

Madrigal went 8-for-20 (.400), with a double, three runs and five RBIs as the top-ranked Beavers defeated St. Mary's once and Stanford three times. He has a 17-game hitting streak heading into today's game at Portland, and is batting .423 (30-71) with 17 runs, 12 RBIs, nine walks, five doubles and two homers during that span.

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A franchise-record nine former members of the Aloha Knights or Corvallis Knights started the 2017 baseball season on a major-league roster.

Our big-league Knights are Tyler Anderson; Matt Andriese; Matt Boyd; Matt Duffy; Mitch Haniger; Bud Norris; Marc Rzepczynski; Chris Stewart and Andrew Susac.

Josh Osich, Danny Hayes and Matt Hague made it until the final days of training camp before being sent down. They will join several other alums in triple-A, just one step short of the bigs.

And two more alums will play in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan's version of the major leagues. For a complete rundown of our players in the major leagues, please click here for a story from our website.

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The San Francisco Giants sent alum Josh Osich (2008) to their Sacramento affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League on Saturday. A left-handed pitcher who played for us following his freshman season at Oregon State, Josh had an erratic spring, with a 6.75 ERA in 11 exhibition appearances.

He was 1-3, 4.71 in 59 games with the Giants in 2016, his second season in the majors. He had 25 strikeouts in 36.1 innings, but also walked 19 and hit three other batters as his control was not as sharp as in 2015, when he had just eight walks and no HBP in 28.2 innings.

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The Chicago White Sox sent alum Danny Hayes (2010) to their Charlotte affiliate in the triple-A International League on Sunday. The former OSU standout had a great spring with the ChiSox, hitting .318 with two homers and 15 RBIs.

Danny spent 2016 with Charlotte but missed half the season with an injury. He hit .250 in 55 games, with 10 homers and 42 RBIs.

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Remember, 2017 season tickets are now on sale. To check out your many options and to purchase a season-ticket package, please click here.

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That's all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday.


Harrison repeats as Pac-12 Player of the Week

March 31, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Alum KJ Harrison (2015) of Oregon State was named the Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Week for March 20-26. It was the second week in a row he earned the league's top honor for a position player.

Harrison was 5-for-12 (.417) with three RBIs, four runs and a walkoff base hit as the Beavers swept Arizona. He is batting .337 with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs heading into this weekend's series at Stanford. click here for more on that story.

Congrats to KJ, one of many Knights making their mark for the No. 1-ranked Beavers this season.

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Former Knights' play-by-play broadcaster Alex Kuhn (2014) has been promoted to co-host of The Afternoon Players Club talk show on station KGYM in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It runs weekdays from 2-4 p.m. (PDT); you can listen to Alex by clicking here on the appropriate day and time.

Congrats to another Knights success story!

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Lots of news from around the West Coast League to announce, via the Our Sports Central website.

The Wenatchee AppleSox have named Cash Ulrich as the their assistant coach, and Riley Drongesen as their pitching coach. Please click here for more on that story.

UC Irvine freshman pitcher Jordan Bocko will return to the Yakima Valley Pippins and Central Arizona pitcher Grant Townsend will join the club for the first time for the 2017 season. Please click here for more on that story.

Arizona signee Jacob Blas, an infielder from San Marcos High School in Carlsbad, Calif., will join the Walla Walla Sweets this summer. Please click here for full details.

The Victoria HarbourCats have signed right-handed pitcher Greg Casper and catcher Riley Guntrip for 2017. Both players were instrumental in Victoria's record-setting 40-win season in 2016 resulting in the franchise's first-ever playoff berth. Please click here for full details.

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That's all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.


Indians send Ice to minor-league camp

March 29, 2017

Happy Wednesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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The Cleveland Indians have returned catcher Logan Ice (2014) to their minor-league camp. Logan played for us after his freshman year at Oregon State and helped lead us to the WCL Championship Series, where we lost to Bellingham in three games.

He was Cleveland's second-round pick in the 2016 draft and spent the summer with Mahoning Valley (Youngstown) in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. He hit .198 in 39 games, with two homers and eight RBIs. He was ranked as the No. 22 prospect in Cleveland's organization by MLB.com before this season.

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Another alum from Oregon State, first baseman Danny Hayes (2010), is having a great spring with the Chicago White Sox. He might not make the big club now but there is a chance he will be called up sometime this season. Please click here for more on Danny, from ChicagoNow.com.

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We reconnected with former broadcaster Jason Schwartz (2010) at the Oregon State-Long Beach State women's basketball game on March 17. For an update on what he's doing these days, please click here, for a story from our website.

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Yakima has announced its play-by-play broadcaster for the upcoming season, Jack Benjamin of Santa Clara University. Please click here for more on that story, from Ballpark Business.

The Walla Walla Sweets have signed two players from UCLA for the 2017 season. Please click here for full details, from Our Sports Central.

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That's all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday.


Alums playing big role for top-ranked Beavers

March 24, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Many former Corvallis Knights have helped the Oregon State baseball team reach the No. 1 ranking in several national polls. Alums playing prominent roles for the 17-1 Beavers are Nick Madrigal, Andy Atwood, Christian Donahue, K.J. Harrison, Steven Kwan, Adley Rutschman and Zak Taylor. Please click here for more on that story, from the WCL website.

Also, former Corvallis pitchers Sam Gaviglio (2009) and Trevor Frank (2012) are among several WCL alums who played in the just-completed World Baseball Classic. Please click here for more on that story, also from the WCL website.

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Former Knights' broadcaster Kevin Burke (2012) is now with the Memphis Redbirds, St. Louis's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He began his job as their communications/public relations assistant earlier this month, and is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of programs in media and public relations, social media, and internal communications.

He previously was the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Salem (Va.) Red Sox, Boston's affiliate in the Class A Carolina League, for two seasons. He managed all media relations aspects for the club and assisted in growing its social media presence from year to year. He has also held similar possessions with the Knights (2012), the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2013), and the Traverse City Beach Bums (2014).

Former broadcaster Alex Kuhn (2014) is still with KGYM radio in Cedar Rapid, Iowa. Please click here for more on Alex.

We reconnected with former broadcaster Jason Schwartz (2010) at the Oregon State-Long Beach State women's basketball game last Friday. Look for an update on Jason on the website soon.

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Remember, 2017 season tickets are now on sale. To check out your many options and to purchase a season-ticket package, please click here.

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Two Virginia Military Institute pitchers are the latest additions to the Yakima Valley Pippins. Junior right-hander Matthew Eagle of Norfolk, Va., and freshman left-hander John Fuqua of Chesapeake, Va., will see mound duties for the Pippins. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That's all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Tuesday.


Madrigal returning to Team USA

March 21, 2017

Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Alum Nick Madrigal (2015), a sophomore shortstop at Oregon State, will play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. The Elk Grove, Calif., native is a veteran of Team USA, previously competing for the program's 14U (2011), 15U (2012) and 18U (2014) clubs.

Madrigal earned first-team all-WCL honors after hitting .303 and breaking the league's season stolen bases mark with 40 steals. The Pacific-12 Conference Freshman of the Year in 2016, he is off to a great start in 2017 and leads OSU in hitting (.426), runs scored (21) homers (3) and steals (8).

For more details on his selection to Team USA, please click here.

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Linfield lefty and future 2017 Knight Cason Cunningham was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected. He is a sophomore from Sheldon High School in Eugene.

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San Diego assigned catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) to its minor-league camp. A seven-year veteran in the organization who was drafted in the 24th round out of the University of Portland in 2010, he made the Padres briefly in 2015. He played at El Paso in the triple-A Pacific Coast League and at San Antonio in the double-A Texas League in 2016 and hit a combined .243 in 107 games, with five homers and 34 RBIs.

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San Diego assigned alum Peter Van Gansen (2013) to their minor-league camp. Now a second baseman, the Cal Poly product played at Fort Wayne (A Midwest) in 2016 and hit .237 in 125 games, with a homer and 31 RBIs. He was a 12th-round draft choice in 2015, and a key member of our 2013 West Coast League championship team.

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Colorado assigned right-handed pitcher D.J. Johnson (2008-09) to its minor-league camp. DJ signed with Colorado in the offseason after spending 2016 in the Los Angeles Angels' organization, where he was 4-4, 4.02 in 47 games, with six saves and 67 strikeouts in 69.1 innings with Arkansas in the double-A Texas League. He originally signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent after playing at Mt. Hood CC.

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Miami assigned infielder Taylor Ard (2009) to its minor-league camp. Taylor played at Jupiter (A Florida State) in 2016 and hit .235 in 130 games, with 14 homers and 73 RBIs. He played at Mt. Hood CC and at Washington State.

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Cunningham, Howell named Pitchers of the Week

March 18, 2017

Happy Saturday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Linfield sophomore lefty pitcher Cason Cunningham, a 2017 Knight-to-be from Sheldon High in Eugene, was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week for March 6-12 for pitching his second career complete game, a 7-2 win over Puget Sound on March 12. He stuck out 15 of the 33 batters he faced to earn the win while only allowing five hits, two walks and two earned runs. He is 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA, second-lowest in the conference.

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Dixie State redshirt junior pitcher Tanner Howell a 2016 Knight who will return this summer, was named the PacWest Conference Pitcher of the Week for March 6-12 for saving two of DSU's three wins over Concordia.

He tossed a pair of scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out two. He needed only seven pitches for the second save, setting down Concordia in order on a foul out, a line out and a ground out. Howell has allowed just two earned runs in 8.2 innings pitched this season.

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The Cleveland Indians assigned alum David Armendariz (2011) to their minor-league camp on Wednesday. A 23rd-round draft choice in 2014, the former Cal Poly/Cal Poly Pomona star hit .243 in 85 games at Class A Lynchburg (Carolina) and Lake County (Midwest) in 2016, with seven homers and 38 RBIs.

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Victoria has fortified its infield and pitching staff for the upcoming West Coast League season, with the addition of four players from Baylor. They are infielders Davis Wendzel and Tucker Johnson, and right-handed pitchers Luke Boyd and Ian McEachern. Please click here for full details, from Our Sports Central.

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