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Wet Wednesday at the WWHQ

April 13, 2011

Well, spring (Tuesday) was nice while it lasted, no?

It's raining again down at the WWHQ - what else is new this year - but even the wet weather can't dampen our enthusiasm for the upcoming season. We're down to 51 days until our June 3 opener at Walla Walla against the Sweets, and it's just 55 days until our June 7 home opener at Goss Stadium against the Klamath Falls Gems.

And remember, single-game tickets, 10- and 15-game punch cards, and several season-ticket packages are on sale online by clicking here, or in person at the WWHQ in downtown Corvallis.

In fact, we already had several savvy customers in the office this morning, buying tickets for the always-popular July 3 Fireworks Night game against the Bend Elks. It's been a sellout the past two years, but at least two Knights fans already have their Fireworks Night tickets safely in the bank.

We suggest you do the same.


A couple updates:

Knights alum Tommy Hanson (2005) of the Atlanta Braves won his first game of the season on Tuesday, a 5-0 shutout of the Florida Marlins.


Former Knights Andrew Susac (2009) and Jake Rodriguez (2010) of the Oregon State Beavers both underwent surgery for broken hamate bones in their left wrist, and are on the DL for an undetermined period.

Here are the details from our hometown newspaper, the Corvallis Gazette-Times.


Several of our 2011 Knights were in action on Tuesday. Here's a rundown:

Cal Poly defeated Santa Clara 7-2. Outfielder Jimmy Allen was 1-for-4 and David Armendariz was 1-for-1 as a pinch-hitter for Cal Poly; Chris Mendoza took the loss for the Broncos, giving up three runs in 3.1 innings.

Concordia's Sean Myrom, a 10-day signee, was a combined 1-for-6 as the Cavaliers dropped a doubleheader at Corban, 8-0 and 3-1.

Middle infielder Nic Cuckovich of Riverside CC was 1-for-3 with a run in a 7-5 loss to Cypress CC.

Seattle infielder Nate Roberts was 1-for-3 and pitcher Cam Christian allowed three runs without retiring a batter in an 11-0 loss to Washington.

UC Irvine pitcher Nick Hoover threw three scoreless innings and had three strikeouts in a 3-0 victory over San Diego State.

UC Riverside outfielder David Andriese was 1-for-4 with a run, pitcher Dylan Stuart threw two scoreless innings and closer Mitch Patito had a scoreless ninth for the save in a 6-5 win over UNLV. Former Knight Eddie Orozco (2008-09) was the winner, and ex-Knights' great Richie Jimenez (2008-09) was 0-for-4 for the Rebels.

Wright State catcher Corey Davis was 0-for-3 in a 5-2 win over Miami of Ohio at the Joe Nuxhall Classic at the University of Cincinnati's Marge Schott Stadium.

Catcher Bo Altobelli was 0-for-4 for Texas Tech in a 4-1 win at New Mexico.


West Coast League owners will discuss expansion for the 2012 season, and other topics, when they gather April 22-23 in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue. Adding 1-to-3 franchises for the 2012 season will be high on the agenda. The WCL currently has nine teams.

Plans for the July 26 All-Star Game in Corvallis will also be discussed. President Dan Segel and assistant general manager/director of business development Bre Kerkvliet will represent the Knights.


Here's some more news from around the West Coast League:

The Kelowna Falcons are bringing in lots of talent for this year's club, according to this story in the Kelowna Capital News.


The Wenatchee AppleSox have signed infielder Adam Nelubowich and right-handed pitcher Scott Simon of Washington State for the upcoming season.

A native of Stony Plain, Alberta, Nelubowich is a redshirt freshman who missed 2010 with a labrum tear. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 14th round in 2009. A corner infielder, he also played for the Canadian Junior National Team in 2009. He is hitting .140 in 14 games this season.

The 6-foot-7 Simon is a freshman from Central Valley High School in Spokane who was selected in the 33rd round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He is redshirting this spring at WSU.

Here's the complete story from the AppleSox website.


That's all for today. Remember, direct any questions or comments to

Big weekend for Max Beatty, Kyle Hart

April 12, 2011

In our lead to Monday's blog we inadvertently overlooked big pitching performances over the weekend by Max Beatty of Pacific Lutheran and Kyle Hart of Redlands, two righthanders who should be mainstays on the Knights' 2011 staff.

Beatty pitched seven shutout innings and had 10 strikeouts in an 8-0 victory at Whitworth on April 10. Here's the story on his impressive showing from the PLU website.

Hart allowed one earned run over six innings and had five strikeouts in an 8-2 win over Pomona-Pitzer on April 9. Here's the rundown from the Redland's website.


Single-game tickets are now available by by emailing or by stopping by the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Come on down and see how we roll.

Remember, tickets for the July 3 OSU Federal Credit Union Fireworks Night go fast, so beat the rush and purchase your tickets, now.

Also, make sure to also get your West Coast League All-Star Game tickets, and seats for the initial Corvallis appearance by the world-famous San Diego Chicken.

The WCL All-Star Game powered by PEAK Internet features fireworks immediately after the game and is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26. The Famous San Diego Chicken, presented by Allstate Insurance - The Robblee Agency, is slated to appear on Saturday, July 16.

To check out the Knights' entire promotional schedule, click here.

And remember, season tickets are a great value! Our 2011 schedule includes 31 home dates; we have several season ticket options, from premium reserved seats for only $150 to GA for $110 to 10-game punch cards for only $40.

Check out our new Block reserved seating offer and all our ticket packages and prices by clicking here.

For more information on the Corvallis Knights, please visit and bookmark our website.


Here's a rundown on the progress of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC players as we hit the midway point of their college seasons:

COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO: Pitcher Tyler Duffin is 1-3, 5.59 in 19.1 innings over 15 games, with 19 strikeouts. CSI took 3 of 4 from the College of Eastern Utah last weeend; it hosts the College of Southern Nevada in doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.

CONCORDIA: Infielder Sean Myrom, a 10-game signee, is hitting .319 (29-91) in 25 games, with five homers and 15 RBIs. The Cavaliers lost 3 of 4 at British Columbia last weekend; they play a doubleheader at Corban today and doubleheaders at the College of Idaho on Saturday and Sunday.

FEATHER RIVER: Outfielder Dayton Alexander is hitting .360 (40-111) in 28 games, with four homers and 14 RBIs. FRC went 4-0 vs. Lassen College last week; it plays Butte College this Friday and Saturday and Lassen again on Sunday.

HAWAII PACIFIC: Pitcher Taylor Hill is 0-1, 6.48 in 8.1 innings over six games. HPU plays at Hawaii-Hilo Friday through Sunday.

MT. HOOD: Pitcher Nate Dolman is 3-1, 3.86 in 14 innings in five games, with four strikeouts. Pitcher Matt Pechmann 0-1, 1.50 in 18 innings over four games, with 16 strikeouts. The Saints swept doubleheaders from Chemeketa and SWOCC last week; they play doubleheaders at Clackamas today and at Linn-Benton on Saturday.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Beatty is 3-3, 2.72 in eight games, with 45 strikeouts in 53 innings. Infielder Corey Moore is hitting .327 (34-104) in 26 games, with a homer and 20 RBIs. The Lutes lost 2 of 3 at Whitworth last weekend; they host Puget Sound this Saturday (2) and Sunday.

REDLANDS: Hart is 7-1, 3.50 in 10 games, with 67 strikeouts in 61.2 innings. Redlands hosts Occidental on Friday and visits Cal Lutheran on Saturday and La Verne on Sunday. It took 2 of 3 from Pomona-Pitzer last weekend.

WESTERN OREGON: Infielder Griffin Boyd, a 10-day signee and 2010 Knight, is hitting .299 (32-107) in 30 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs. The Wolves took 3 of 4 against Lewis-Clark State last weekend and play doubleheaders at St. Martin's this Saturday and Sunday.


Don't forget the World Famous San Diego Chicken will be coming to Goss Stadium on Saturday, July 16, when we play the Kelowna Falcons.

Here's a highlight from the most popular and famous mascot in professional sports.


That about wraps up today's blog. We'll be back on Wednesday, with any applicable Knights news, and some updates from around the West Coast League.

Nice start for Peavey

April 8, 2011

Once a Knight, always a Knight.

Pitcher Greg Peavey, a key component of our 2007 West Division championship team, made an impressive pro debut on Thursday night for the Savannah Sand Gnats, the New York Mets' affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Peavey allowed two hits over five innings and had eight strikeouts in the Gnats' 8-0 victory over the West Virginia Power in Charleston, W.Va. Here's a rundown from the Sand Gnats' website.

Congrats to Greg for a great start to his pro career!

And one of Peavey's 2007 teammates, Big Jim Murphy, that year's team MVP, homered for the Lakewood (Fla.) Blue Claws in a 2-0 victory over Kannapolis in another Sally League game.


Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel, the first Corvallis Knight (2007) to make the majors, is off to a great start. He's hitting .292 (7-24) in five games, with four RBIs. He has at least one hit in each game this season, and an 11-game hitting streak over the past two.


The minor-league assignments for our former Knights are starting to be finalized. You already know about Peavey and Murphy; here are the summer destinations for our other professionals who aren't in the majors yet:

BOBBY SCALES (1997): Iowa, Cubs triple-A Pacific Coast League.

CHRIS STEWART (2001): Fresno, Giants' triple-A Pacific Coast League.

ROBBIE HUDSON (2003-04): Lehigh Valley, Phillies' triple-A International League.

MATT HAGUE (2005): Indianapolis, Pirates' triple-A Pacific Coast League.

DANIEL TURPEN (2005): Colorado Springs, Rockies' triple-A Pacific Coast League.

DARIN HOLCOMB (2005): Tulsa, Rockies' double-A Texas League.

GARRETT PARCELL (2005): Jacksonville, Marlins' double-A Southern League.

MATT WAY (2007): Clearwater, Phillies' A Florida State League.

NICK AKINS (2007): Great Lakes (Mich.), Dodgers' A Midwest League.

BLAKE KEITZMAN (2007): Casper, Rockies' A Pioneer League.

JARED PRINCE (2006): Myrtle Beach (S.C.), Rangers' A Carolina League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Birmingham, White Sox double-A Southern League.

ADAM MELKER (2008-09): Batavia, Cardinals' A New York-Penn League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Fort Wayne, Padres' A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Augusta (Ga.), Giants' A South Atlantic League.

Daniel Bibona (2007) and Jared Eskew (2008) have yet to be assigned, but we'll update with their destinations when they're finalized.


Finally, only 56 days until the June 3 opener at Walla Walla and 60 days until out June 7 home opener at Goss Stadium against the Klamath Falls Gems.

And remember, send any questions about the Knights to

More news for a Thursday

April 7, 2011

Another day closer to the season; 57 more days until our June 3 opener at Walla Walla, and only 61 until our June 7 home opener against the Klamath Falls Gems at Goss Stadium.

Season tickets and merchandise are available at ourt luxurious WWHQ in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis.

And don't forget, the popular Joe Beaver Talk Show, hosted by Knights' broadcaster Mike Parker and Jon "Doc" Warren, will be broadcasting live from the WWHQ on May 18. So come on down and see us, get a free hot dog from Willie's, and talk some Knights baseball.


Some of our players had midweek nonconference games on Wednesday. Here's how they fared:

CONCORDIA: Infielder Sean Myrom was 1-for-3 in a 6-5 win at Pacific in Forest Grove.

FEATHER RIVER: Outfielder Dayton Alexander was 3-for-3, with a double, two runs and an RBI, in a 19-3 win over Lassen College.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Infielder Corey Moore was 1-for-2 with a run in a 5-1 win at St. Martin's.

Weather permitting, all of our 2011 Knights will be playing this weekend for their respective schools, and we'll update their progress next week.


Our interview with West Coast League president Ken Wilson was distilled for this story in the Longview Daily News by Rick McCorkle, the paper's beat writer for the Cowlitz Black Bears.


Some news from around the WCL:

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed sophomore right-handed pitcher/infielder Brandon Marris of Murray State (Jr.) College in Tishomingo, Okla.

He's a native of Colony, Texas, who played at Colony High School. Falcons' pitching coach Lloyd Gage also coaches him at Murray State.

It's a

April 6, 2011

Ok, let's play chicken, as in the World Famous San Diego Chicken, who will visit Goss Stadium on Saturday, July 16, for our game against the Kelowna Falcons.

It's his first appearance in Corvallis, and one of our top promotions of the entire summer. And since it's not often that an icon regarded as the Babe Ruth of sports mascots visits Goss Stadium, we thought it would be great to give you a preview of what you'll see when you come out to the ballpark that night.

(And you WILL come out to the ballpark that night).

So, here's a sample of the Chicken's dance-off against Barney routine, and some of the Chicken's greatest routines through the years.

He's a classic, and someone who all baseball fans should see.


Several 2011 Knights played in nonconference games on Tuesday; here's how they fared:

CAL POLY: Left fielder Jimmy Allen was 0-for-3 in a 4-0 loss to San Francisco.

OREGON STATE: Pitcher Scott Schultz threw a perfect ninth to complete an 11-1 victory at Portland.

RIVERSIDE CC: Infielder Nic Cuckovic was 0-for-2 in a 6-5 loss at Santa Ana.

SEATTLE: Infielder Nate Roberts was 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-4, 10-inning win over Washington.

UC RIVERSIDE: Outfielder David Andriese was 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-4, 11-inning win over No. 16 UCLA. Pitcher Dylan Stuart allowed one run in three innings - the first run he's surrendered this year - and Mitch Patito added two scoreless innings, with three strikeouts.

WASHINGTON STATE: Outfielder Nate Blackham was 1-for-5 in a 14-6 win at Gonzaga.

TEXAS TECH:Catcher Bo Altobelli doubled, singled, scored twice and drive in three runs in an 11-6 win over Texas-Arlington.


Here's some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed right-handed pitcher Owen Jones and left-handed pitcher Keeler Brynteson of the University of Portland for the 2011 season.

"We have had a lot of players from the University of Portland over the years and it is a relationship we really value," Wenatchee coach Ed Knaggs said. "The program has really done well the last few years and we are excited about the caliber of the pitchers they are sending us."

Jones is rejoining the AppleSox after two years away from the team. A redshirt junior from Edmonds, Wash., he was one of Wenatchee's most consistent pitchers in 2008 (3-3, 2.72) and was named an honorable-mention WCL all-star. He had the lowest ERA of any AppleSox starter that summer.

He spent last summer with the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League, going 6-3 with a 2.70 ERA. He is 2-3, 5.55 for the Pilots in 2011.

"Owen was great for us in 2008 and we are really thrilled to have him back," Knaggs said. "He had such a great experience with us that he wanted return. He is a very competitive guy on the mound and the type of player you love to have."

Brynteson is a junior from Anacortes who is 0-0, 6.14 in a team-high 17 appearances for the Pilots. He also played at Green Bay last summer; he led the league in appearances (33) and was 0-2, 3.82 ERA.

"He is a very resilient pitcher and we will use him a lot," Knaggs said. "He will be coming out of the bullpen, but he could see an occasional spot start."

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed freshman infielder Cody Stephens of Washington for the upcoming season. He's hitting .111 (1-9) in six games this spring.

A native of Concord, Calif., Stephens lettered three times at Clayton Valley High School and was team captain, a Diablo Valley Athletic League all-stazr, and team MVP his senior year.

The Falcons have also signed right-handed pitchers Tim Keller and Tyler Huffer of Arizona Western (Jr.) College.

Keller is a sophomore from Eugene who earned all-state honors at North Eugene High School. He also played for the Washington Nationals 2008 area code team.

Huffer is a sophomore from Kingman, Ariz., who can also play third base.

WALLA WALLA: Here are the latest 10 things to know about Sweets baseball, from the club's website.


Finally, only 58 days until our June 3 opener at Walla Walla, and 62 days until our June 7 home opener against Klamath Falls at Goss Stadium.

And if you ever have a question about the Knights, feel free to e-mail the Blog at, and we'll do our best to answer it.

Tuesday Knights update

April 5, 2011

Welcome to the Knights blog for a sunny Tuesday at the WWHQ in beautiful downtown Corvallis.

The WWHQ had a phone call from the parents of 2011 Knight David Armendariz of Cal Poly, wrapping up a few final details about the upcoming season. They're excited about visiting Goss Stadium/Corvallis, and we hope you are too.

We've cracked the 60 barrier. Only 59 more days until our June 3 opener at Walla Walla, and just 63 until our June 7 home opener against the Klamath Falls Gems. I remember when both numbers were in the hundreds, so yes, the season's getting closer.

We continue to strengthen our roster. On Monday we added Texas Tech catcher Bo Altobelli, a returnee from 2010. If you missed the anbnouncement on the Knights' blog or on Facebook, here are the details as reported in this morning's Corvallis Gazette-Times, the official hometown newspaper of the Knights.

Welcome back, Bo, and keep tearing it up in the Big 12.


Veteran Knight (2009-11) Nick Hoover of UC Irvine was nominated for Big West Pitcher of the Week for March 28-April 3, but did not win.

Hoover pitched 5.1 innings of 3-hit, 1-run relief in a victory over Cal State Northridge on April 2 and got the win. He also pitched a scoreless inning of relief in a 4-0 win over USC on March 29.

He's 2-1, 2.08 in 22 innings over 12 appearances this season, with 14 strikeouts.


Infielder Dan Winterstein of George Fox University, who made a cameo appearance for the 2009 Knights, was nominated for Northwest Conference Player of the Week honors, but did not win.


And congrats to Knights' host family dad Tom Picht of Corvallis, who has joined Mutual of Omaha as a sales agent/producer. Tom and his wife Brenda are in their second year in the host family program.

By the way, we have a big roster this summer and still need more host families. If you're interested, contact Jaimie Van Vleet, our Director of Player Housing, at 541-752-5656. It's a rewarding experience.


Here's a rundown on our Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior-college Knights.

COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO: Pitcher Tyler Duffin is 1-3, 4.91 in 18.1 innings over 14 games, with 20 strikeouts. CSI swept four games from Colorado Northwest CC last weekend; it hosts Eastern Utah CC in doubleheaders this Friday and Saturday.

CONCORDIA: Infielder Sean Myrom is hitting .338 (25-74), with five homers and 15 RBIs. The Cavaliers lost 3 of 4 to Lewis-Clark State last weekend; they play Pacific in Forest Grove on Wednesday and travel to the University of British Columbia this weekend for Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders.

FEATHER RIVER CC: Outfielder Dayton Alexander is hitting .347 (33-95), with four homers and 11 RBIs. FRCC defeated the College of the Siskiyous on Monday and plays Lassen College on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

HAWAII PACIFIC: Pitcher Taylor Hill is 0-1, 6.48 in 8.1 innings over six games. HPU plays doubleheaders against Dixie State on Wednesday and Thursday.

MOUNT HOOD CC: Pitcher Nate Dolman is 2-0, 0.82 in 11 innings over three games, with three strikeouts. Pitcher Matt Pechmann is 0-1, 0.00 in 11 inings over three games, with 14 strikeouts. The Saints play doubleheaders against Chemeketa on Thursday and against SWOCC on Saturday.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Infielder Corey Moore is hitting .322 (29-90), with a homer and 17 RBIs and pitcher Max Beatty is 2-3, 3.13 with 35 strikeouts in 46 innings over seven games. The Lutes took 2 of 3 against Whitman last weekend; they play at St. Martin's on Wednesday and at Whitworth on Saturday (2) and Sunday.

REDLANDS: Pitcher Kyle Hart is 6-1, 3,72 in 10 games, with 62 strikeouts in 55.2 innings. Redlands won 2 of 3 against Whittier last weekend and plays Pomona-Pitzer this Saturday (2) and Sunday.

WESTERN OREGON:Infielder Griffin Boyd is hitting .292 (28-96) in 26 games, with a homer and 14 RBIs. The Wolves play host to Lewis-Clark State this Friday-Sunday.


That's all for today. We'll be back tomorrow with more news about the Knights and some items from around the West Coast League.

It's a back to work Monday

April 4, 2011

Happy Monday, everyone.

It was a big weekend for the Corvallis Knights family.

First, 2011 intern Leslie Mak of the Oregon State gymnastics team won the beam, bars and all-around championships at the NCAA Corvallis Regional on Saturday night, leading the Beavers to the team title and into the NCAA Championships.

And on Monday, she was named the NCAA West Region Gymnast of the Year. (She earlier was named the Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Year.)

So congrats, Leslie! The NCAA championships are April 15-17 in Cleveland.

And OSU freshman pitcher Ben Wetzler threw six effective innings on Sunday and got the win in an 8-4 victory at Arizona that gave the Beavers a series win. He settled down after a shaky start and give up just three runs.

According to radio reports, Wetzler got the start in OSU's biggest game to date because of his competitive attitude, and that's good news for the Knights as well as we expect him to be one of the mainstays of our 2011 summer staff.

And it helps that he can pitch. Wetzler is 4-1, with 26 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.


Nice story on Knights' fan Mark Armour and his family in the April-May edition of MOM Magazine.


There's a mention of Makai Thompson, a member of the Walla Walla Sweets ownership group, in this Tacoma News-Tribune story on the Tacoma Rainiers new ownership group.


Here's an update on our Division I 2011 Knights after this past weekend:

OREGON STATE: As mentioned, pitcher Ben Wetzler is 4-1, 4.15 in 34.2 innings, with 26 strikeouts. Pitcher Scott Schultz is 1-0, 3.12 in 17.1 innings over six games. Pitcher Tom Zarosinski and infielder Brendan Defazio haven't played yet.

The Beavers play at Portland on Tuesday and host Arizona State this weekend. OSU won 2 of 3 at Arizona this past weekend.

OREGON: Outfielder Connor Hofmann is hitting .218 (7-32) with four RBIs in 18 games. Pitcher Jimmie Sherfy is 0-0, 81.00 in .1 innings in his lone appearance. The Ducks host Washington this weekend after being swept at ASU this past weekend.

CAL POLY: Outfielder David Armendariz is hitting .148 (8-54), with four RBIs, in 21 games. Infielder Jimmy Allen is hitting .195 (8-41), with six RBIs, in 15 games and pitcher Chase Johnson is 0-2, 3.66 in six games, with 16 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

The Mustangs play at San Francisco on Tuesday and at UC Santa Barbara this weekend. They won 2 of 3 against visiting UC Riverside this past weekend.

DELAWARE: Pitcher Eric Young (3-2, 4.17) got the win against Georgia State this past Friday as the Blue Hens won 2 of 3 in their CAA series. He has 18 strikeouts in 36.2 innings over seven starts.

They play at Lehigh on Tuesday, host Maryland-Baltimore County on Wednesday and visit UNC-Wilmington this weekend.

HAWAII: Outfielder/pitcher Michael Blake is hitting .268 (22-82) in 26 games, with no homers and 14 RBIs. He's 0-0, 2.08 over 4.1 innings in six games as a situational reliever. Hawaii won 3 of 4 over Wichita State last week and hosts Sacramento State this weekend.

SANTA CLARA: Pitcher Chris Mendoza lost Sunday's series finale to Cal State-Bakersfield and is 2-3, 3.82 in 33 innings over seven games. The Broncos lost 2 of 3 to Bakersfield; they host Loyola Marymount this weekend.

SAN DIEGO STATE: Pitcher Justin Hepner is 0-0, 6.75 in three innings over three appearances, with four strikeouts. The Aztecs lost 2 of 3 to Oral Roberts this past weekend; they play at Long Beach State on Tuesday and host Utah this weekend.

SEATTLE: Infielder Nate Roberts is hitting .111 (6-54) with two RBIs in 18 games. Pitcher Cam Christian is 0-1, 12.60 in five innings over five games.

The Redhawks host Washington today, Washington State on Wednesday and go to Nevada this weekend.

UC IRVINE: Pitcher Nick Hoover is 2-1, 2.05 in 22 innings over 12 games and pitcher Sebastian Santos is 0-0, 0.00 in one inning in one game.

The Anteaters are at San Diego on Tusday and at Cal State-Fullerton this weekend. They swept Cal State Northridge this past weekend.

UC RIVERSIDE: Outfielder David Andriese is hitting .325 (25-77) with three homers and 12 RBIs in 21 games. Pitcher Dylan Stuart is 1-0, 0.00 in 12.2 innings over five games, with 16 strikeouts. Pitcher Mitch Patito blew a save at Cal Poly on Sunday and is 1-3, 4.15 in eight games, with eight strikeouts and four saves in 8.2 innings.

The Highlanders play at UCLA on Tuesday and host Pacific this weekend.

PORTLAND: Pitcher Chris Johnson is 1-1, 4.01 in seven games, with 27 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. Outfielder Nick Armenta is hitless in his lone at-bat.

The Pilots host OSU on Tuesday and Pepperdine this weekend. They lost three games at Creighton this past weekend.

WRIGHT STATE: Catcher Corey Davis is hitting .326 (29-89) in 24 games, with three homers and 17 RBIs. The Raiders host Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday and visit Le Moyne this wseekend.

WASHINGTON STATE: Outfielder Nate Blackham is hitting .273 (3-11) in 15 games, with no homers and no RBIs. The Cougars lost 2 of 3 to Stanford this past weekend; they play at Gonzaga on Tuesday, at Seattle on Wednesday and they host UCLA this weekend.


We're down to 60 days before our June 3 opener at Walla Walla and 64 days until our June 7 home opener at Goss Stadium against the Klamath Falls Gems.

Remember, tickets and merchandise are available on our website, or at the Knights' WWHQ in Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis.

We'll have an update on our Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college Knights on Tuesday.

Monday Blog II: Altobelli returns

April 4, 2011

The Knights are turning to a familiar face to address their catching problems for the 2011 season.

General manager Brooke Knight announced Monday that Texas Tech sophomore Bo Altobelli will return for his second season with the Knights. He will fill the void left by the loss of projected Knights Beau Fraser of Portland and Orrin Sears of Linn Benton Community College because of injuries and academic issues, respectively.

A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from Plano, Texas, Altobelli is hitting .393 (22-56) in 21 games this spring, with no homers and 13 RBIs.

"We are really excited to have Bo back," Knight said. "Bo has a sound understanding of the game, an infectious passion, and a balanced disposition. "He is tearing the cover off the ball this spring in the Big 12 as well. We are looking forward to his arrival in June."

Altobelli hit .244 (10-41) for the Knights in 2010, with no homers and five RBIs in 20 games, before leaving the team in late July after suffering an injury. An all-stater in 2009 as a senior at Plano High, he hit .231 (6-26) with no homers and five RBIs as a TTU freshman in 2010.

No foolishness here on April 1

April 1, 2011

We're all business today, as the start of the new month brings us to within 63 days of our June 3 opener at Walla Walla, and just 67 days away from our June 7 home opener at Goss Stadium against the Klamath Falls Gems.

And just so you know:

Season tickets and merchandise are available online, and at the WWHQ (that's Blogspeak for world-wide headquarters, for you newbies) in downtown Corvallis. Our 2011 pocket schedules are also now available.


OK, we knows this is early notice, but people get busy and calendars get filled. So here's the info on our free summer baseball clinic, sponsored by our good friends at Starker Forests, Inc.

It's scheduled for 12:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Goss Stadium, before our game with the Walla Walla Sweets, and is open to boys and girls age 5-14.

Instruction will be given by the Knights players and coaches, Oregon State players, and will be supervised by Knights' coach Brooke Knight. The clinic will emphasize the basics of baseball and ways to have fun with the game.

Campers must have a parent or guardian sign a liability release form to participate. To get a copy of the form prior to the camp, please email

The Corvallis Knights head trainer will be present at the clinic and attend to campers if necessary.


Some of our 2011 Knights had midweek games. Here's a roundup:

Cal Poly outfielder David Armendariz was 0-for-2 and pitcher Chase Johnson took the loss as the Mustangs fell 7-4 to Pepperdine on Tuesday.

Feather River College outfielder Dayton Alexander was 5 for 11, with three RBIs, as FRC swept three games from the College of the Redwoods on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hawaii outfielder Michael Blake was 0-for-8 in the first two games of a four-game home series against Wichita State that continues tonight and concludes on Saturday.

Riverside CC pitcher Kyle McNutt won his first game of the season in an 11-3 victory over Irvine Valley CC on Thursday. He allowed two hits and two runs, with two strikeouts, over five innings.

UC Irvine pitcher Nick Hoover pitched a scoreless inning in a 4-0 shutout of USC on Tuesday.

Portland pitcher Chris Johnson gave up two runs on five hits and struck out four over five innings on Tuesday but was not involved in the decision in a 5-4 loss to Washington.

Washington State outfielder Nate Blackham scored as a pinch-runner in a 17-11 win over Gonzaga on Tuesday.


Former Knights outfielder Jordan Poyer (2009) has decided to drop baseball and concentrate on playing football for Oregon State, according to this story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

A former star at Astoria High School, Poyer will be a junior defensive back/kick returner this fall. He played in seven games for the Knights in 2010 and hit .333 (1-3), with one RBI.


Some updates from around the WCL:

WALLA WALLA: Upgrades continue at the Sweets' Borleske Stadium, where the Knights open the 2011 season with a three-game series on June 3-5. Here's a look at the project, from the Sweets' website.

We hope to get a first-hand look at Borleske - where Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Ozzie Smith, and OSU baseball coach Pat Casey all started their pro careers as San Diego Padres farmhands - during the opening series.

BELLINGHAM: We mentioned the Bells' new ownership group had unveiled new colors and a new team logo the other day, but here's another story on the ceremony, from Ballpark Digest.

Thursday 3/31

March 31, 2011

Let's say goodbye to March, and with good reason. It's finally going out like a lamb after 30 days of endless rain and gloom that made Corvallis Knights baseball seem further away than ever.

But today is Opening Day in the major leagues. It also brings us to within 64 days of our own June 3 opener at Walla Walla, and to within 68 days of Opening Night V, the Return of the Knights!! at Goss Stadium on June 7 against Klamath Falls.

And rest assured that the wheels are still turning behind the scenes to strengthen this year's ballclub and to make sure we contend for our fifth consecutive West Coast League West Division championship.

Some things get old. But this:

West Division champion

2007: Corvallis Knights.

2008: Corvallis Knights.

2009: Corvallis Knights.

2010: Corvallis Knights.

never does and we're committed to a five-peat.

Now, on with the rest of the blog.


The Knights have released catcher Orrin Sears of Linn-Benton Community College, who has returned to his native New Mexico after being declared academically ineligible.

Coupled with the loss of Portland catcher Beau Fraser to injury, that leaves us a little shorthanded at that position. Returnee Corey Davis of Wright State is the only player on the roster with catching experience, but we're working to resolve that lack of depth and could have a resolution in the near future.


Our interview with WCL president Ken Wilson can now also be found on the WCL homepage.


From around the WCL:

KLAMATH FAllS: Here's an update from Gems' general manager Chuck Heeman on the construction at Kiger Stadium:

"The Kiger Association has been hard at it, cleaning, painting and completing construction on the new Diamond Terrace seating area. They're also installing a new screen behind the backstop, you'll see the difference right away.

"The equipment for the McDonald's Kids Dugout has arrived and will be installed in mid-May, I think you'll really be impressed! It's a great place to bring the kids, we know sometimes kids don't like to sit and watch the game as much as the rest of us, so we'll take care of them for you.

The McDonald's Kids Dugout will be attended by a Gems staff member to watch over the goings on, so you'll be able to watch the game.

The Sign Guy and his crew have been out behind the outfield fence, installing our second level of signage, and starting this weekend will be installing the signs from our valuable corporate partners. We'd hoped to get these up earlier but the weather has made field conditions too wet, but now we're back on track!

Construction has been ongoing for the new merchandise shop, I'm hoping to complete that in the next week or two."

The Knights visit the Gems on Aug. 2-4. If we accompany the club on that trip it will be neat to see one of the most historic stadiums in the Pacific Northwest.

There are also stadium upgrades underway in Walla Walla, and new ownership in Bellingham, all part of the WCL's ongoing improvement and evolution into one of the country's premier summer wood-bat baseball leagues.