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Angels recall Greg Mahle

April 12, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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Some big, big news to report.

Left-handed pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) of UC Santa Barbara, our 2012 MVP, was called up to the majors by the Los Angeles Angels on Monday afternoon.

A 15th-round selection (# 449 overall) by the Angels in the 2014 draft, Mahle was pitching at Salt Lake City in the triple-A Pacific Coast League when he got the call. He's been in the organization three years, has pitched at every level, and was 4-6 in 76 career games, with 27 saves and 116 strikeouts in 97 innings.

He was first-team WCL as a utility player (pitcher/first baseman/DH) and was the WCL's No. 11-ranked prospect by Perfect Game after the season. He pitched our first nine-inning no-hitter that summer, against Cowlitz. He hit .343 (46-134) in 37 games, with 13 RBIs, and was 2-1, 2.74 in nine games as a pitcher, with 19 strikeouts and two saves in 19.2 innings.

"We're really excited to see Greg's continued success in the game," UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts said. "He was a difference-maker in the program who set an example with his hard work and dedication that has been passed on to our current generation of Gauchos.

"We wish him the best and hope he has a long and storied career in the big leagues."

Here is more on Mahle from the UCSB website, and even more from the Orange County Register newspaper.

Way to go Greg!

He is the seventh former Knight to make the majors this year. He joins third baseman Matt Duffy (2010) and pitcher Josh Osich (2008) of the Giants; catcher Chris Stewart (2001) of the Pirates, and pitchers Bud Norris (2005) of the Braves, Marc Rzepczynski (2006) of the Athletics and Tyler Anderson (2009) of the Rockies in the majors.

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Alums Elliot Surrey (2013) of UC Irvine and Austin Sodders (2014) of UC Riverside were nominated for Big West Conference Pitchers of the Week for April 3-9, but were not selected.

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Alum Grant Fink <2011) has been released by the Cleveland Indians after three years at the Class A level in their farm system. He played at Mt. Hood Community College and at Missouri Western. He hit .231 (178-769) in 231 career games, with 18 homers and 105 RBIs.

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Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 5-4 win over Tennessee on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (A Florida State, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-for-4 with a run and a triple in a 4-3 loss to Clearwater.

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Now that the college season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the pitchers today and the position players on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine lefty, a returnee from last season, is 5-1, 3.49 in nine games, with 36 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.

CHRIS BURKHOLDER: The Dartmouth righty is 1-0, 3.12 in 12 games, with 23 strikeouts in 26 innings.

CRAIG COLEN: The Cal Poly righty, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 3.27 in seven games, with eight strikeouts in 11 innings.

BRANDEN CUTSFORTH: The Treasure Valley CC righty, a returnee from 2015, is 2-3, 3.00 in 13 games, with 20 strikeouts in 30 innings.

TRENTON DUPREE: The Washington State lefty is 0-2, 6.00 in 11 games, with 14 strikeouts in 21 innings.

JACOB FRICKE: The Western Oregon lefty is 2-2, 2.57 in nine games, with seven strikeouts in 14 innings.

MILES GLAZIER: The UC Irvine lefty is 1-0, 0.00 in 14 games, with seven strikeouts in 13 innings.

GRANT GOODMAN: The San Francisco righty is 0-2, 12.94 in seven games, with eight strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

KYLE HATTON: The UC Santa Barbara lefty is 2-2, 1.93 in four games, with eight strikeouts in 14 innings.

CALEB HENRY: The Corban righty, a 10-day signee who played for us in 2015, is 1-4, 3.97 in nine games, with 37 strikeouts in 45.1 innings.

TANNER HOWELL: The Dixie State righty is 0-0, 8.31 in five games, with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

CODY HOFF: The Linn-Benton CC righty is 0-1, 8.43 in four games, with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The Western Nevada CC lefty, a returnee from 2015, is 7-0, 2.21 in 12 games, with 33 strikeouts in 57 innings.

SLATER LEE: The Cal Poly righty, a returnee from 2015, is 1-1, 7.84 in six games, with 17 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC Irvine righty, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 7.71 in two games, with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

AARON POPE: The Dixie State lefty is 2-1, 3.20 in five games, with 17 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

HAZAHEL QUIJADA: The UC Riverside righty is 0-1, 9.82 in four games, with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

CAMERON RICHMAN: The Portland righty is 1-1, 1.53 in 14 games, with 15 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

NICHOLAS STRANGE: The Tacoma CC righty has not pitched yet.

RYLEY WIDELL: The Washington State lefty is 1-1, 11.81 in nine games, with 13 strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

JACOB WONG: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-2, 4.08 in 10 games, with 16 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Victoria HarbourCats have signed their eighth returning player from the 2015 squad, left-handed pitcher Josh Mitchell, a junior from the University of Pittsburgh. The West Coast League club announced his signing on Wednesday along with another junior, Holden Lyons, from Oklahoma City, and a pair of young arms from Everett Community College. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week; we will see you again on Friday.


Knights sign UCR pitcher Quijada

April 7, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

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The Knights have signed pitcher Hazahel Quijada of UC Riverside for the 2016 season. He is a 6-foot, 195-pound lefty from San Gorgonio High School in Highland, Calif.

Quijada was named the San Andreas League MVP and the San Bernardino County MVP as a senior at San Gorgonio. He also was all-CIF Division 4 all-star honors, was named medium school all-state by Cal-Hi Sports, and was an honorable-mention Perfect Game all-American.

He replaces Pacific Lutheran right-handed pitcher Derrick Mahlum on the roster. Mahlum is injured and will not play summer baseball in 2016.

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Donnie Marbut, the former head baseball coach at Washington State University, was named the President of the West Coast League, the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi River, last week.

Marbut, a native of Aberdeen, Wash., and a former player at Portland State, is the league's fifth president.

Please click here for a Q&A with the new president, from the WCL website.

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Alums Cory Nelson <2015) of Pacific Lutheran and Caylen Clardy (2012) of George Fox were nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week honors for March 28-Aprtil 3, but were not selected.

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Toledo (AAA International, Tigers) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) allowed two runs on six hits, and had seven strikeouts in a 10-2 opening-day win over Louisville on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

We will have a list detailing the minor-league destination of all our alums in the near future.

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Now that the college season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the position players today.

EMILIO ALCANTAR: The Lewis-Clark State outfielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .333 (4-12) in four games, with one RBI.

ANDY ATWOOD: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .333 (2-6) in 10 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine first baseman/pitcher, a returnee from last season, is hitting .185 (5-27) in 15 games, with six RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The UC Riverside infielder, another holdover from 2015, is hitting .250 (23-92) in 26 games, with a homer and 13 RBIs.

BRENT GIBBS: The catcher from Arizona Central JC is hitting .376 (35-93) in 33 games, with three homers and 26 RBIs.

CODY HAWKEN: The Portland outfielder is hitting .208 (20-96) in 28 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

RILEY HELLAND: The San Francisco infielder is hitting .255 (12-47) in 21 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder is hitting .158 (8-51) in 21 games, with no homers and two RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .313 (31-99) in 25 games, with 13 RBIs.

STEPHEN KWAN: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .188 (3-16) in 15 games, with two RBIs.

COOPER MOORE: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .229 (11-48) in 16 games, with 10 RBIs.

KYLE NOBACH: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .333 (28-84) in 24 games, with two homers and 18 RBIs.

KYLE NORMAN: The San Francisco outfielder is hitting .118 (2-17) in 28 games, with no homers and one RBI.

ANDREW REICHENBACH: The George Fox catcher is hitting .342 (38-111) in 29 games, with four homers and 30 RBIs.

GREG SAENZ: The Grand Canyon infielder is hitting .288 (17-59) in 21 games, with a homer and seven RBIs.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher is hitting .200 (1-5) in four games, with three RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Mt. Hood CC infielder is hitting .370 (17-46) in 15 games, with seven RBIs.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Bellingham Bells have added third baseman Chris Maranto of Butler University. The redshirt junior is a native of Hawthorn Woods, Ill. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend; we will see you again on Monday.


Marbut named new WCL President

April 5, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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Donnie Marbut, the former head baseball coach at Washington State University, was named the President of the West Coast League, the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi River, last week.

Marbut, a native of Aberdeen, Wash., and a former player at Portland State, is the league's fifth president.

"The league is thrilled to introduce Donnie as its new leader," said owner/general manager Mark Nonis of the Kelowna Falcons, a founding member of the WCL. "We are confident he will guide our established league to new heights."

Please click here for more on that story, from the WCL website.

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Alum Scott Schultz (2011), a pitcher from Oregon State who was released by Arizona last week, has signed with the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers of the independent Frontier League. He spent two seasons in the Arizona organization after leaving OSU following the 2014 season.

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Now that the college season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the pitchers today and the position players on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine lefty, a returnee from last season, is 5-1, 4.06 in eight games, with 28 strikeouts in 31 innings.

CHRIS BURKHOLDER: The Dartmouth righty is 0-0, 4.26 in nine games, with 13 strikeouts in 19 innings.

CRAIG COLEN: The Cal Poly right, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 3.38 in six games, with eight strikeouts in eight innings.

BRANDEN CUTSFORTH: The Treasure Valley CC righty, a returnee from 2015, is 2-2, 3.17 in 11 games, with 18 strikeouts in 22 innings.

TRENTON DUPREE: The Washington State lefty is 0-1, 3.06 in nine games, with 11 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

JACOB FRICKE: The Western Oregon lefty is 1-2, 2.70 in eight games, with six strikeouts in 13.1 innings.

MILES GLAZIER: The UC Irvine lefty is 1-0, 0.00 in 12 games, with six strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

GRANT GOODMAN: The San Francisco righty is 0-2, 11.88 in six games, with eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

KYLE HATTON: The UC Santa Barbara lefty is 2-0, 2.08 in three games, with seven strikeouts in 13 innings.

CALEB HENRY: The Corban pitcher, a 10-day signee who played for us in 2015, is 1-3, 3.83 in eight games, with 32 strikeouts in 40 innings.

TANNER HOWELL: The Dixie State righty is 0-0, 8.31 in five games, with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

CODY HOFF: The Linn-Benton CC righty is 0-1, 8.43 in four games, with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The Western Nevada CC lefty, a returnee from 2015, is 7-0, 2.25 in 11 games, with 30 strikeouts in 52 innings.

SLATER LEE: The Cal Poly righty, a returnee from 2015, is 1-1, 8.68 in five games, with 15 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM: The Pacific Lutheran righty has not pitched yet.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC Irvine righty, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 7.71 in two games, with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

AARON POPE: The Dixie State lefty is 2-1, 3.20 in five games, with 17 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

CAMERON RICHMAN: The Portland righty is 1-1, 2.03 in 11 games, with 10 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.

NICHOLAS STRANGE: The Tacoma CC righty has not pitched yet.

RYLEY WIDELL: The Washington State lefty is 1-0, 11.25 in seven games, with 10 strikeouts in eight innings.

JACOB WONG: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-0, 4.08 in eight games, with 12 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

Two prep standouts from California who will play at the University of Arizona in 2017 will join the Wenatchee AppleSox this season. Infielder Shane Martinez and outfielder Matt Frazier will spend their summer in Wenatchee before starting with the Wildcats in the fall. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week; we will see you again on Friday.


Five Knights on MLB opening-day rosters

March 31, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

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The major-league baseball season opens on Sunday night and all indications are that five former Aloha or Corvallis Knights will be on opening-day rosters.

This year's big-league Knights are led by veteran catcher Chris Stewart (2001) of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Riverside City College. He's beginning his third season in the Steel City, where he's become a solid fixture after bouncing around the majors for several years, mostly with the Giants and Yankees.

Starting pitcher Bud Norris (2005) has found a new home with the Atlanta Braves, after spending time with the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres. Reliever Marc Rzepczynski (2006) is now with the Oakland A's, after stints with Toronto, St. Louis, Cleveland and San Diego.

Third baseman Matt Duffy (2010) is in his second season with the San Francisco Giants, after a breakout rookie season. He's teammates with reliever Josh Osich (2008), who was very impressive after making the big club last summer.

Over in the American League, pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) of the Tampa Bay Rays and pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) of the Detroit Tigers were among their team's final cuts. They will begin the season in the triple-A International League, Andriese at Durham, Boyd at Toledo.

Catchers Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) of San Diego and Andrew Susac (2009) of San Francisco were also late cuts and will start the season in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. Gale will play at El Paso, Susac at Sacramento.

And third basemen Brent Morel (2006-7) and Matt Hague (2005), each of whom have several years of MLB experience, signed with Japanese teams in the offseason and will play overseas this year.

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ESPN.com reporter David Schoenfield listed Osich among his "10 sleeper relief pitchers to watch for in 2016" story. Here is his analysis of the left-hander, who made the majors in 2015 after a lengthy stay in the Giants' minor-league organization:

"He has struggled with his command all spring (six walks, eight strikeouts), but the 27-year-old is a hard-throwing lefty who seems like a logical replacement for the retired Jeremy Affeldt. Osich was solid in 28.2 innings with the Giants last season, when he averaged 95.6 mph with his heater. He also throws a slider and changeup, and if he can throw strikes, he'll be a nice weapon."

Here is a link to the entire story.

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Now that the college baseball season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the position players today.

EMILIO ALCANTAR: The Lewis-Clark State outfielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .333 (4-12) in four games, with one RBI.

ANDY ATWOOD: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .222 (2-6) in 10 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine first baseman/pitcher, a returnee from last season, is hitting .192 (5-26) in 14 games, with five RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The UC Riverside infielder, another holdover from 2015, is hitting .247 (19-77) in 22 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

BRENT GIBBS: The catcher from Arizona Central JC is hitting .390 (32-82) in 30 games, with three homers and 24 RBIs.

CODY HAWKEN: The Portland outfielder is hitting .229 (19-83) in 24 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

RILEY HELLAND: The San Francisco infielder is hitting .262 (11-42) in 19 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder is hitting .167 (7-42) in 18 games, with no homers and two RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .313 (26-83) in 22 games, with 13 RBIs.

STEPHEN KWAN: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .188 (3-16) in 12 games, with two RBIs.

COOPER MOORE: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .256 (11-43) in 14 games, with nine RBIs.

KYLE NOBACH: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .343 (24-70) in 21 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

KYLE NORMAN: The San Francisco outfielder is hitting .077 (1-13) in 24 games, with no homers and one RBI.

ANDREW REICHENBACH: The George Fox catcher is hitting .333 (33-99) in 26 games, with four homers and 27 RBIs.

GREG SAENZ: The Grand Canyon infielder is hitting .309 (17-55) in 18 games, with a homer and seven RBIs.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher is hitting .200 (1-5) in four games, with three RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Mt. Hood CC infielder is hitting .370 (17-46) in 15 games, with seven RBIs.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Bellingham Bells have added first baseman John Naff of Marysville, Wash., and the University of Washington to their 2016 roster. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend; we will see you again on Tuesday.


Gale, Susac sent to PCL

March 29, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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Alum Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) of the University of Portland was one of San Diego's final cuts as the Padres broke spring training. He was sent to triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League, where he has starred the past two years. Rocky made it up to the majors last season, so here is hoping he can get promoted again sometime this year.

Another alum catcher, Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State and the San Francisco Giants, was also optioned to the PCL. He will start the season in Sacramento. Here is more on Susac, from mlb.com.

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Now that the college season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the pitchers today and the position players on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine lefty, a returnee from last season, is 3-1, 3.58 in six games, with 26 strikeouts in 27.2 innings.

CHRIS BURKHOLDER: The Dartmouth righty is 0-0, 2.60 in seven games, with 13 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

CRAIG COLEN: The Cal Poly right, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 4.05 in four games, with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

BRANDEN CUTSFORTH: The Treasure Valley CC righty, a returnee from 2015, is 2-1, 4.10 in nine games, with 15 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

TRENTON DUPREE: The Washington State lefty is 0-1, 3.00 in eight games, with 10 strikeouts in 15 innings.

JACOB FRICKE: The Western Oregon lefty is 1-2, 3.38 in six games, with five strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

MILES GLAZIER: The UC Irvine lefty is 1-0, 0.00 in 10 games, with five strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

GRANT GOODMAN: The San Francisco righty is 0-1, 7.88 in five games, with seven strikeouts in eight innings.

KYLE HATTON: The UC Santa Barbara lefty is 2-0, 1.29 in two games, with five strikeouts in seven innings.

CALEB HENRY: The Corban pitcher, a 10-day signee who played for us in 2015, is 0-3, 4.37 in seven games, with 27 strikeouts in 35 innings.

TANNER HOWELL: The Dixie State righty is 0-0, 8.31 in five games, with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

CODY HOFF: The Linn-Benton CC righty is 0-1, 8.43 in four games, with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The Western Nevada CC lefty, a returnee from 2015, is 7-0, 2.35 in 10 games, with 28 strikeouts in 46 innings.

SLATER LEE: The Cal Poly righty, a returnee from 2015, is 1-1, 9.17 in four games, with 15 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM: The Pacific Lutheran righty has not pitched yet.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC Irvine righty, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 7.71 in two games, with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

AARON POPE: The Dixie State lefty is 2-1, 3.20 in five games, with 17 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

CAMERON RICHMAN: The Portland righty is 1-0, 1.69 in 10 games, with nine strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

NICHOLAS STRANGE: The Tacoma CC righty has not pitched yet.

RYLEY WIDELL: The Washington State lefty is 1-0, 11.25 in seven games, with 10 strikeouts in eight innings.

JACOB WONG: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-0, 4.02 in seven games, with 11 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Wenatchee AppleSox have signed left-handed pitcher Dylan Riddle and catcher Matt Reitano of UC-Irvine for the upcoming season. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week; we will see you again on Friday.


Diamondbacks release Scott Schultz

March 24, 2016

Happy Friday/Saturday, everyone.

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Alum Scott Schultz (2011) of Oregon State has been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks after two years in their minor league system. He was a key member of our talented 2011 pitching staff, which led us to the West Coast League championship.

Scott made it as high as low-A Kane County of the Midwest League last season. Overall he was 9-7 with a 4.54 ERA in 30 games, with 96 strikeouts in 121 career innings.

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Former Knight Michael McAdoo Jr. (2015) of UC Santa Barbara was nominated for Big West Conference Player of the Week honors for March 14-20, but did not win. Alums Elliot Surrey (2013) of UC Irvine and Austin Sodders 2014) of UC Riverside were nominated for Big West Pitcher of the Week honors, but did not win either.

Alum Cory Nelson of Pacific Lutheran was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but he did not win.

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Now that the college baseball season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the position players today.

EMILIO ALCANTAR: The Lewis-Clark State outfielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .333 (4-12) in four games, with one RBI.

ANDY ATWOOD: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in four games, with no homers or RBIs.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine first baseman/pitcher, a returnee from last season, is hitting .200 (5-25) in 13 games, with five RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The UC Riverside infielder, another holdover from 2015, is hitting .261 (18-69) in 20 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

BRENT GIBBS: The catcher from Arizona Central JC is hitting .384 (28-73) in 27 games, with two homers and 20 RBIs.

CODY HAWKEN: The Portland outfielder is hitting .265 (18-68) in 20 games, with two homers and 13 RBIs.

RILEY HELLAND: The San Francisco infielder is hitting .314 (11-35) in 16 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder is hitting .175 (7-40) in 17 games, with no homers and two RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .313 (25-80) in 21 games, with 13 RBIs.

STEPHEN KWAN: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .188 (3-16) in 12 games, with two RBIs.

COOPER MOORE: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .207 (6-29) in 11 games, with seven RBIs.

KYLE NOBACH: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .356 (21-59) in 16 games, with a homer and 11 RBIs.

KYLE NORMAN: The San Francisco outfielder is hitting .083 (1-12) in 20 games, with no homers and one RBI.

ANDREW REICHENBACH: The George Fox catcher is hitting .333 (29-87) in 23 games, with four homers and 26 RBIs.

GREG SAENZ: The Grand Canyon infielder is hitting .293 (14-48) in 16 games, with a homer and five RBIs.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher is hitting .200 (1-5) in four games, with three RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Mt. Hood CC infielder is hitting .370 (17-46) in 15 games, with seven RBIs.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Wenatchee AppleSox have signed three incoming UCLA recruits: Catcher Michael Toglia, infielder Ryan Kreidler, and outfielder Jeremy Ydens. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend; we will see you again on Tuesday.


Osich looking good with Giants

March 19, 2016

Happy Friday/Saturday, everyone.

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Alum Josh Osich (2008) of Oregon State looks to be on target to make the San Francisco Giants this spring. Former PA announcer Brian Brooks found this little nugget on CBS Sports and we are pleased to pass it along:

"Osich made his major league debut in 2015, compiling a 2.20 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 28.2 innings. He will fill the left-handed reliever role vacated by Jeremy Affeldt (retirement).

"While it is unclear whether manager Bruce Bochy will use Osich in high-pressure situations in the same vein as Affeldt, he will definitely be a part of this bullpen in 2016. The 27-year-old southpaw regularly sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and works off of it with his slider and changeup."

Congrats to Josh, who battled arm injuries and a lengthy stay in the minors before finally getting his chance last summer.

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Future Corvallis Knights Kyle Norman, Grant Goodman and Riley Helland got a small taste of their summer destination last weekend, when their University of San Francisco Dons played a rainy series against Oregon State at Goss Stadium.

And now that they've had an appetizer, the USF trio is eager to return to the Willamette Valley for the seven-course experience, when Corvallis is warmer and drier and they're playing for the home team. You can read all about their impressions of Corvallis and the Knights by clicking here.

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Now that the college baseball season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the position players today.

EMILIO ALCANTAR: The Lewis-Clark State outfielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .333 (4-12) in four games, with one RBI.

ANDY ATWOOD: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-3) in four games, with no homers or RBIs.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine first baseman/pitcher, a returnee from last season, is hitting .250 (5-20) in 11 games, with three RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The UC Riverside infielder, another holdover from 2015, is hitting .232 (13-56) in 17 games, with eight RBIs.

BRENT GIBBS: The catcher from Arizona Central JC is hitting .397 (27-68) in 25 games, with two homers and 20 RBIs.

CODY HAWKEN: The Portland outfielder is hitting .309 (17-55) in 16 games, with two homers and 13 RBIs.

RILEY HELLAND: The San Francisco infielder is hitting .348 (8-23) in 13 games, with no homers and one RBI.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder is hitting .206 (7-34) in 14 games, with no homers and two RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .333 (22-66) in 17 games, with 11 RBIs.

STEPHEN KWAN: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .182 (2-11) in 10 games, with two RBIs.

COOPER MOORE: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .231 (6-26) in 10 games, with seven RBIs.

KYLE NOBACH: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .345 (19-55) in 15 games, with a homer and eight RBIs.

KYLE NORMAN: The San Francisco outfielder is hitting .083 (1-12) in 17games, with no homers and one RBI.

ANDREW REICHENBACH: The George Fox catcher is hitting .360 (27-75) in 20 games, with two homers and 23 RBIs.

GREG SAENZ: The Grand Canyon infielder is hitting .341 (14-41) in 13 games, with a homer and five RBIs.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher is hitting .200 (1-5) in four games, with three RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Mt. Hood CC infielder is hitting .367 (11-30) in nine games, with five RBIs.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Yakima Valley Pippins have added Hunter Hansen, an East Valley High School alumni with previous experience in the West Coast League, and right-handed pitcher Ryan Garcia, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior from La Salle High School in Sierra Madre, Calif., who will play at UCLA next season, to their 2016 roster.

Hanson, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior from the College of Idaho, played in the WCL for Wenatchee in 2015 and Klamath Falls in 2014. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have signed incoming University of Nevada freshmen Ryan Anderson and Cole Henderson for the 2016 season.

Anderson is a 6-foot 6-inch, 180-pound left-handed pitcher from Spanish Springs High School in Sparks, Nev. Henderson is a 6-foot 3-inch, 180-pound right-handed pitcher and third baseman from Valhalla High School. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend; we will be off on Tuesday but we will see you again sometime late next week.


Bishop, Sodders nominated for Big West POTW honors

March 14, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone.

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Alums Cameron Bishop (2015) of UC Irvine and Austin Sodders (2014) of UC Riverside were nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for March 7-13, but did not win.

Bishop pitched 6.2 shutout innings and got the win in a 2-0 victory over Tennessee on Saturday. He allowed just four hits and had six strikeouts. Bishop is returning to the Knights this season.

Sodders allowed one run and four hits and had seven strikeouts over six innings and got the win in an 8-4 victory over CSU-Bakersfield on Saturday. He played for us after his freshman year at Riverside City College.

Also, alum Caleb Whalen (2012) was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for Feb. 29-March 6. He hit .462 with three doubles, a home run, four runs scored and five RBIs as the Pilots won three of four against the UC Riverside Highlanders at Joe Etzel Field. Whalen was also a perfect 2-for-2 in steals and played a flawless center field.

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Now that the college baseball season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the pitchers today; we update the position players on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine lefty, a returnee from last season, is 3-1, 2.82 in five games, with 20 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

CHRIS BURKHOLDER: The Dartmouth righty is 0-0, 4.15 in three games, with six strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

CRAIG COLEN: The Cal Poly right, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 4.05 in four games, with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

BRANDEN CUTSFORTH: The Treasure Valley CC righty, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 4.00 in two games, with 10 strikeouts in nine innings.

TRENTON DUPREE: The Washington State lefty is 0-1, 5.62 in four games, with eight strikeouts in eight innings.

JACOB FRICKE: The Western Oregon lefty is 1-1, 3.58 in three games, with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

MILES GLAZIER: The UC Irvine lefty is 0-0, 0.00 in six games, with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

GRANT GOODMAN: The San Francisco righty is 0-1, 7.94 in two games, with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

KYLE HATTON: The UC Santa Barbara lefty has not pitched yet.

CALEB HENRY: The Corban pitcher, a 10-day signee who played for us in 2015, is 0-2, 3.20 in five games, with 22 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

TANNER HOWELL: The Dixie State righty is 0-0, 15.43 in two games, with no strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

CODY HOFF: The Linn-Benton CC righty is 0-0, 21.60 in two games, with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The Western Nevada CC lefty, a returnee from 2015, is 5-0, 1.85 in eight games, with 23 strikeouts in 34 innings.

SLATER LEE: The Cal Poly righty, a returnee from 2015, is 1-1, 9.17 in four games, with 15 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM: The Pacific Lutheran righty has not pitched yet.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC Irvine righty, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 7.71 in two games, with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

AARON POPE: The Dixie State lefty is 2-1, 3.20 in five games, with 17 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

CAMERON RICHMAN: The Portland righty is 0-0, 0.00 in six games, with six strikeouts in five innings.

NICHOLAS STRANGE: The Tacoma CC righty has not pitched yet.

RYLEY WIDELL: The Washington State lefty is 0-0, 24.30 in four games, with five strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

JACOB WONG: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-0, 5.63 in four games, with six strikeouts in eight innings.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Walla Walla Sweets have signed sophomore pitcher/outfielder Sam Neely of Trinity University in San Antonio for the 2016 season. He is a native of Atascadero, Calif. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Bellingham Bells have signed outfielder Brandon Shirley of UC San Diego and pitcher/outfielder Connor Williams of BYU for the upcoming season. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week, and we'll see you again on Friday.


Ice earns Pac-12 POTW honors

March 11, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

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Alum Logan Ice (2014) of Oregon State was named the Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Week and was named to the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher, this past week.

Ice was 6-for-8 (.750) with six hits, two home runs, a triple, a double, eight RBIs and drew three walks in three games against the University of San Diego and William & Mary.

Ice was one of 74 players on the Bench Award Watch List. It will be pared down to semifinalists on May 18. Finalists will be announced June 6, with the winner taking home the hardware from Wichita on June 30. For more on that story, please click here.

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We will be over at Goss Stadium this weekend, watching Oregon State's home-opening series against the University of San Francisco. We will have a story on 2016 Knights/Dons Grant Goodman, Kyle Norman and Riley Helland sometime next week on our home page.

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Now that the college baseball season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the position players today; we update the pitchers on Tuesday.

EMILIO ALCANTAR: The Lewis-Clark State outfielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .333 (4-12) in four games, with one RBI.

ANDY ATWOOD: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-3) in four games, with no homers or RBIs.

CAMERON BISHOP: The UC Irvine first baseman/pitcher, a returnee from last season, is hitting .278 (5-18) in nine games, with three RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The UC Riverside infielder, another holdover from 2015, is hitting .220 (9-41) in 12 games, with five RBIs.

BRENT GIBBS: The catcher from Arizona Central JC is hitting .385 (20-52) in 20 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs.

CODY HAWKEN: The Portland outfielder is hitting .293 (12-41) in 12 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs.

RILEY HELLAND: The San Francisco infielder is hitting .471 (8-17) in eight games, with no homers and one RBI.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder is hitting .200 (4-20) in nine games, with no homers and one RBI.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .292 (14-48) in 13 games, with seven RBIs.

STEPHEN KWAN: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .167 (1-6) in seven games, with an RBI.

COOPER MOORE: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .250 (6-24) in nine games, with seven RBIs.

KYLE NOBACH: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .381 (16-42) in 11 games, with six RBIs.

KYLE NORMAN: The San Francisco outfielder is hitting .000 (0-9) in 11games, with no homers and one RBI.

ANDREW REICHENBACH: The George Fox catcher is hitting .349 (22-63) in 16 games, with two homers and 16 RBIs.

GREG SAENZ: The Grand Canyon infielder is hitting .261 (6-23) in eight games, with a homer and four RBIs.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher is hitting .250 (1-4) in three games, with three RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Mt. Hood CC infielder is hitting .346 (6-26) in eight games, with five RBIs.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Cowlitz Black Bears will host the annual WCL All-Star Game at David Story Field on July 19. The North All-Star team is made up of players from the Kelowna Falcons, Victoria HarbourCats, Bellingham Bells, Walla Walla Sweets and Wenatchee AppleSox. The South team is assembled from the Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Cowlitz Black Bears, Gresham GreyWolves, Kitsap BlueJackets and Yakima Valley Pippins. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have signed Oklahoma Wesleyan junior shortstop Trevor Achenbach, who also played at Clackamas CC, and pitcher Alden Huschle, a senior at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Wash., who will attend Seattle University this fall. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you again on Tuesday.


Knights lose Balfour to elbow surgery

March 7, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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We told you our roster would change a bit as the season got closer, and unfortunately our prediction has come true.

Right-hander Joseph Balfour, a junior at San Jose State, will miss the rest of the college season, and summer baseball, after having Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery. He earned second-team all-WCL honors last summer as the ace of the Cowlitz Black Bears.

Joseph is a native of Sherwood, Ore., and pitched last spring for Mt. Hood CC after pitching his frosh season at St. Martin's University.

Tough break for Joseph, but if he redshirts this year, he'd be available to play for us again in 2017 after his redshirt junior season. Get better soon!

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Now that the college baseball season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming Knights. We will do the pitchers today; we update the position players on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP : The UC Irvine lefty, a returnee from last season, is 2-1, 4.02 in four games, with 14 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

CHRIS BURKHOLDER: The Dartmouth righty is 0-0, 4.15 in three games, with six strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

CRAIG COLEN: The Cal Poly right, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 5.79 in three games, with two strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

BRANDEN CUTSFORTH: The Treasure Valley CC righty, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 4.50 in one game, with four strikeouts in four innings.

TRENTON DUPREE: The Washington State lefty has not pitched yet.

JACOB FRICKE: The Western Oregon lefty is 1-1, 3.58 in three games, with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

MILES GLAZIER: The UC Irvine lefty is 0-0, 0.00 in three games, with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

GRANT GOODMAN: The San Francisco righty is 0-1, 7.94 in two games, with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

KYLE HATTON: The UC Santa Barbara lefty has not pitched yet.

CALEB HENRY: The Corban pitcher, a 10-day signee who played for us in 2015, is 0-2, 2.66 in four games, with 16 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

TANNER HOWELL: The Dixie State righty is 0-0, 15.43 in two games, with no strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

CODY HOFF: The Linn-Benton CC righty is 0-0, 21.60 in two games, with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The Western Nevada CC lefty, a returnee from 2015, is 5-0, 2.03 in seven games, with 20 strikeouts in 31 innings.

SLATER LEE: The Cal Poly righty, a returnee from 2015, is 1-1, 7.47 in three games, with 13 strikeouts in 15 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM: The Pacific Lutheran righty has not pitched yet.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC Irvine righty, a returnee from 2015, is 0-0, 0.00 in one game, with no strikeouts in .1 innings.

AARON POPE: The Dixie State lefty is 2-1, 3.20 in five games, with 17 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

CAMERON RICHMAN: The Portland righty is 0-0, 0.00 in four games, with six strikeouts in four innings.

NICHOLAS STRANGE: The Tacoma CC righty has not pitched yet.

RYLEY WIDELL: The Washington State lefty has not pitched yet.

JACOB WONG: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-0, 7.50 in three games, with five strikeouts in six innings.

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Remember, our 2016 season tickets are on sale and may be purchased over the phone at 541-752-5656; by e-mail at tickets@corvallisknights.com, or online by clicking here. You can also get tickets at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, on Jefferson Avenue in downtown, just east of the Jefferson-4th Street intersection.

We will play 34 home games in 32 dates this summer, starting on June 1 with the annual nonleague game against the Portland Sea Dogs. Our WCL opener is June 3 at Bend; our WCL home opener is June 14 against Kelowna. So do not miss out!

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Some news from around the West Coast League to report this morning.

The Bellingham Bells have added Oakland University (Mich.) catcher Matt DiLeo, a native of Rockford, Mich., to their 20-16 team. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason, so we will now just be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays until the season starts. Have a great week, and we will see you again on Friday.