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Jan. 13: Knights bolster staff, offense

January 13, 2011

Welcome back to the Knights Blog. Please bookmark this site and stop by often, as we plan to update frequently as the season draws closer every day!

The weather outside is terrible but our fifth season (wow!) at Goss Stadium is rapidly approaching. In fact, we host the new Klamath Falls Gems in exactly 146 days, on June 7.

We've been compiling the 2011 roster for quite some time and expect to field a club that will contend for our fifth consecutive West Division championship, and a West Coast League title to bookend the crown we won in 2008. Toward that goal, we've bolstered our pitching staff with four signings in the past month, and added two key offensive players.

First, the pitchers.

Righthander Nick Hoover of UC Irvine will return for his third summer in Corvallis. He's a 6-foot-1, 204-pounder who was 2-1, 2.63 with the club in 2010. A junior with the Anteaters, he will join current assistant coach Billy Clontz and former infielder Josh Hogan in the exclusive fraternity of three-year Knights.

Hoover will be joined by two other Anteaters: Lefty Mark Trentacosta, a 6-4, 220-pound junior from Orange, Calif., who played at Golden West Jr. College, and 6-1, 180-pound freshman righty Sebastian Santos, the Cy Young Award winner on his Murieta Valley (Calif.) High School team in 2010 before signing with the Anteaters.

The other new pitching signee is Kyle McNutt, a 6-5, 240-pound freshman at Riverside Community College. He played at East Valley High in Redlands, Calif., the alma mater of former Knights pitcher Tommy Hanson, now with the Atlanta Braves, and infielder Robby Hudson, now at Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization.

(BTW, we talked with Hudson in December at the Knights' annual board meeting, and will have an update on one of President Dan Segel's favorite all-time Knights in our news section in the coming months).

The offense gets a boost with the return of 5-11, 180-pound Washington State sophomore infielder J.K. Dykes, and 5-9, 170-pound Seattle University sophomore infielder Nate Roberts.

Dykes hit .300, with six RBIs, for the Knights in 2010. Roberts played for the Moses Lake Pirates; he led the WCL with 36 RBIs and hit .335, the sixth-best average in the league.

We open the season on June 3 at Walla Walla and play nine straight WCL games before some of our projected full-time players can join us with the end of their spring classes. So, we've also signed four players to 10-day contracts to fill the roster for that stretch, when we play at Walla Walla and Bend, and host Klamath Falls.

They are infielder Griffin Boyd of Western Oregon, a 2010 Knight; first baseman Sean Myrom, of Concordia; outfielder Nick Armenta of Portland, and pitcher Taylor Hill of Hawaii Pacific.

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Some improvements were made at Goss Stadium over the winter. We'll detail those in a coming edition. Other WCL clubs have also been busy at their stadiums as well.

At Klamath Falls, the front four rows of bleacher seating at historic Kiger Stadium are being turned into the Diamond Terrace section, featuring two rows of cushioned chairback seating. It's almost sold out, reflecting the big interest in the WCL in a region with a rich history of minor-league baseball.

A kids' play area, an additional concession stand, a beer stand, an upgraded sound system, and a lot of paint are also part of the refurbishing.

Walla Walla, another WCL market with a history of minor-league baseball, is expanding Borleske Stadium from 1,600 seats to about 2,200 seats.

Improvements include the addition of 120 Diamond Seats and a press box behind home plate. The right-field fence will be lowered to make room for a picnic pavilion.

A satellite beer garden and a new bleacher seating area in right-center field will also be included in the expansion, and a a new sound system will be added.

The Knights open the season at Walla Walla on June 3. Hopefully, the Blog will be making that trip!

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Remember Jason Schwartz, the Knights' No. 2 broadcaster from the 2010 season? He's now the play-by-play voice of the USC women's basketball team this winter, and probably having fun, since the Women of Troy are winning and he's a USC graduate.

Jason hopes to be broadcasting for a club in affiliated minor-league baseball this summer.

That's all for now; no need to hit a nine-run homer in our first installment. So check back regularly, and remember ... Go Knights!


Welcome to the Knights blog

January 9, 2011

Welcome to the Corvallis Knights blog!

This will be THE place to go for news on the Corvallis Knights and on the West Coast League as we prepare for the 2011 season, our fifth at Goss Stadium.

We will have updates on past and present Knights as they continue in their college and professional careers; news about upcoming games and promotions; news and links to happenings around the league, and information on anything else related to the Knights and the WCL.

And even though it's winter and the NFL playoffs are upon us, the 2011 WCL season will be here before you know it. The Knights open at Walla Walla on June 3, and begin their home schedule, which includes the July 26 WCL all-star game, on June 7 when we host the WCL's newest franchise, the Klamath Falls Gems, at 6:40 p.m. at Goss Stadium.

See you at the ballpark, and remember, Go Knights!


Madrigal sparks Knights; Tampa Bay recalls Andriese

November 30, 1999

Happy Friday, everyone.

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Great night at Goss Stadium on Thursday. Electrified by three hits from new arrival Nick Madrigal, the Knights edged Bellingham 5-4 to salvage the finale of our three-game series.

A shortstop from Elk Grove, Calif., who will play for Oregon State in 2015-16, Madrigal went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a single, a steal and two runs scored. He also perfectly handled five defensive chances without an error.

And oh, by the way, he didn't even warm up. After flying to Portland, he and a friend drove through heavy traffic on I-205 and I-5 and didn't make it to Goss until about 10 minutes before the game. He changed quickly, and then got to work.

So now it's off to Wenatchee for a weekend series with the longtime-rival AppleSox. Portland's Cole Doherty (0-1, 10.80) is our projected starter tonight; Cory Nelson of PLU will go on Saturday and Austin Kelly of Linn-Benton, who saved Thursday's win, goes on Sunday.

Our roster will be strengthened considerably by the arrival of Madrigal, UC Irvine infielder Cole Kreuter and Washington catcher Andy Cosgrove. The rest of our full-time players are expected to report by Tuesday, when the Knights start a six-game homestand against Yakima Valley and Bend.

The Wenatchee games will be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240. We are taking a feed from Wenatchee's broadcast team, so Mike Parker gets the weekend off.

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More great news to report. Tampa Bay has recalled RHP Matt Andriese (2009) to the major leagues from triple-A Durham. Matt started the season with the Rays and has been up and down twice since then.

He is 0-1, 4.79 in seven games with the Rays, with two saves and 13 strikeouts in 20.2 innings, and was 1-0, 2.70 in five games at Durham, with 20 strikeouts in 20 innings.

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Make sure to vote for Goss Stadium as a top summer collegiate ballpark in Ballpark Digest's contest to determine the top venue in the country. The first round has us paired against Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls. You can get a ballot by clicking here. I’ve already voted!

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Thursday's crowd of 937 upped our season attendance to 5,794 in four dates. That puts the Knights 797 fans ahead of last year's total through a corresponding number of home openings.

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Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in a 4-2 win over Gwinnett on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. BeMo is hitting .381 (16-42) over his last 12 games, with a homer, seven RBIs and six multi-hit games.

Honorable mention goes to:

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in a 9-6 win over Sacramento. He raised his average to .305.

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in a 5-1 win over Chattanooga.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-5 with a run in a 6-4 loss to Jackson. Teammate Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched two innings of scoreless relief, with two strikeouts.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you here on Monday and at the ballpark on Tuesday!


Rubber game of Cowlitz series tonight

November 30, 1999

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Big game at Goss Stadium on Wednesday night. We rallied to defeat Cowlitz 3-2, and we moved into a tie for first place in the West Coast League's wild-card race.

We will try to win the series tonight in Game 3, set for 6:40 p.m. at Goss Stadium. It's a Block 15 Thursday and Barker Uerlings Insurance Reusable Grocery Tote Bag Night. Enjoy discounted Block 15 beverages, and the first 250 fans through the gates get a reusable grocery tote bag, compliments of Barker Uerlings.

Righty Chris Clements (1-2, 2.10) of UC Santa Barbara is our starting pitcher, opposed by Stanford lefty Chris Castellanos (2-0, 3.85). The Knights then head to Klamath Falls for a Friday-Sunday series with the Gems at Kiger Stadium.

See you at Goss!

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As we mentioned earlier, we pulled even with Yakima Valley in the race for the WCL’s wild-card playoff berth. Here are the wild-card standings after Wednesday’s games:

Team W L GB

Yakima Valley 20 18 -

Corvallis 20 18 -

Walla Walla 19 19 1

Victoria 18 20 2

Cowlitz 17 21 3

Medford 17 21 3

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Wednesday's crowd of 1,359 increased the season attendance to 35,548 in 25 dates. We are 4,557 fans ahead of their 2014 total through a corresponding number of openings.

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The San Francisco Giants optioned alum Josh Osich (2008), a left-handed reliever from Oregon State, back to triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday. Veteran reliever Jeremy Affeldt was activated from the DL and took Osich's spot on the 25-man roster.

Osich was 1-0, had six strikeouts and did not allow an earned run in 7.1 innings in nine appearances. The three runs he did allow were unearned, owing to an error by former Knight Matt Duffy (2010).

"He'll be back up here," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said of Osich. "I told him, 'You should be proud of where you are.' He has played his way back into being a top prospect for us."

Here is more on that story, from MLB.com.

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Bend outfielder Christian Cavaness has signed with the Minnesota Twins and has left the team. He hit .322 in 32 games, with three homers and 17 RBIs.

An NAIA All-American at Lindenwood University-Belleville in Illinois, he is the school's all-time leader in home runs, triples, RBIs and total bases. He will report to Fort Meyers, Fla., in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed Victoria native Eric Hegadoren, a 6-foot-9 right-hander from Yavapai College. Hegadoren, who pitched for the HarbourCats in 2014, will be a reliever for the remainder of the regular season.

He joined the team in time for its ongoing series against Bellingham. He played for the Victoria Eagles Provincial Baseball League program before heading to Yavapai, located in Prescott, Ariz.

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El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-6 with two runs, a double and three RBIs in a 15-2 win over Sacramento on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He is hitting .328.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Tri-City (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) shortstop Peter Van Gansen was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in a 4-2 win over Salem-Keizer.

* Bluefield (R Appalachian, Blue Jays) first baseman Gabe Clark was 1-for-5 with two RBIs and his third homer in a 6-5 win over Greeneville.

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That is all for today. See you here on Friday, and at the ballpark tonight!


Knights face elimination tonight at Bend

November 30, 1999

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Tough night at Goss Stadium on Tuesday, as we fell 12-1 to Bend in Game 1 of our West Coast League divisional series with the Elks. We are now one game away from elimination and the end of our season.

Game 2 is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend. Alex Nesbitt of Washington (3-2, 2.77) will start for Corvallis, opposed by Portland's Jordan Wilcox (3-2, 3.78) in a matchup of right-handers.

Tune into KEJO-AM 1240 and listen to Mike Parker on the mic for all the action.

If the Elks win, they sweep the series and advance to the WCL Championship Series for the first time since 2010 and only the second time in history. If the Knights prevail, we stay in contention for our eighth championship appearance and a decisive Game 3 will be played at 6:35 p.m. Thursday. Possible starters for a potential rubber game have not been announced.

The Championship Series starts Saturday at the lower-seeded team’s venue. Sunday is a travel day; Game 2 would be Monday and Game 3, if necessary, would be played on Tuesday.

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Alum Bud Norris (2005), released by Baltimore last week, has signed with the San Diego Padres and has been added to their 25-man active roster. He has a lifetime 55-66 record in all or part of eight major-league seasons with Baltimore and Houston, who drafted him out of Cal Poly in 2006.

Here is more on that story from the SB Nation website.

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Tuesday night's crowd of 977 raised the season total to a franchise-record 49,443 in 33 dates. With one possible home game remaining, the Knights are 6,716 fans ahead of their 2014 total through a corresponding number of openings.

Speaking of attendance, here is a Baseball Digest story detailing attendance throughout summer baseball. We ranked 23rd out of more than 130 teams (league games only).

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Nashville (AAA Pacific Coast, A's) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI Ton Tuesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Frisco (AA Texas, Rangers) catcher Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-3 with a run in a 6-1 loss to Tulsa.

* Grand Junction (R Pioneer, Rockies) catcher Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 2-for-3 with a double and a run in a 4-3 loss to Great Falls.

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That is all for today; have a great day and cheer for the Knights tonight in Game 2.


Matt Andriese back in the majors!

November 30, 1999

Happy Friday, everyone.

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More good news to report on the major-league front concerning a Knights' alum.

* Tampa Bay has recalled pitcher Matt Andriese (2009), the 2009 West Coast League Pitcher of the Year, from Durham of the triple-A International League. It's his third stint in the majors this season and with rosters being expanded to 40 players on Sept. 1, there's a good chance he’ll be in the bigs for the rest of the year.

He is 3-3, 3.19 in 13 games with the Rays, with 34 strikeouts in 48 innings.

Matt is the third alum to be added to a big-league roster this week. San Francisco activated catcher Andrew Susac (2009) from the DL and recalled him from the minors after a short injury rehab stint in San Jose and Sacramento, and Toronto recalled first baseman Matt “Slider Guy” Hague (2005) from triple-A Buffalo.

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Wenatchee outfielder Keston Hiura was named to a first-team Perfect Game All-America on Wednesday. He was the only WCL player selected to the first-team.

Justin Flores of Kelowna was a second-team selection and Tyler Davis and Cadyn Grenier of Bend were third-team choices. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed outfielder Matt Smith of the Sacramento State Hornets for the 2016 season. A graduate of Eldorado High School in Placerville, Calif., he led all of USA high school baseball with 14 home runs this past season. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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Bowling Green (A Midwest, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-foir-4 with two homers and four RBIs in a 7-4 win over Fort Wayne on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He raised his average to .423 since his recent promotion from Hudson Valley of the Class A short-season New York-Penn League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) had two strikeouts in a scoreless inning of relief in a 2-1 win over Frederick. He lowered his ERA to 2.61.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in an 8-7 win over New Britain. He raised his average to .313.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Arizona Fall League update

November 30, 1999

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

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Time to update the stats of our alums in the Arizona Fall League:

* DANNY HAYES (2009, Glendale): The first baseman, who played for Charlotte (White Sox) in the triple-A International League in 2016, is hitting .194 (6-31) in nine games, with a homer and one RBI. He played at Oregon State.

* TREVOR FRANK (2012, Mesa): The right-handed pitcher, who played for Lynchburg (Cleveland) in the advanced-A Carolina League in 2016, is 1-0, 15.45 in four games, with one strikeout in 2.1 innings. He played at UC-Riverside.

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Some news from around the WCL:

Walla Walla general manager Katie Biagi has resigned. Her last official day will be October 31.

A graduate of Whitman College, first joined the Sweets during their inaugural 2010 season, as a member of the game-day staff. She was promoted in the fall of 2010 to manage the Sweets Shoppe on Main Street, starting her ascent to a senior leadership position with the team.

In subsequent years, she received promotions to director of operations, director of marketing, and finally was named general manager in the fall of 2013, replacing team president Zachary Fraser, who was in the process of starting parent company Pacific Baseball Venture's (PBV) second club in the West Coast League, the Yakima Valley Pippins.

Fraser will re-assume general manager responsibilities for the Sweets in addition to his role as president of PBV. He will work with the team’s board of directors to establish a long-term plan for the role past the 2017 season.

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The Clinton LumberKings (A Midwest, Mariners) have named Erik Oas as their new "Radio Voice" for the 2017 season.

Oas, 26, will serve as the team's Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. The San Diego native comes to Clinton following a stint with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Chicago White Sox Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he served as their Broadcast/Media Relations Assistant during the 2016 season.

He graduated from San Jose State in May 2013, then spent 2014 and 2015 in the WCL as the Director of Broadcast and Media Relations for the Klamath Falls Gems (2014) and Bellingham Bells (2015).

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Things are pretty slow on the Knights front right now, so that is all for today. Have a great weekend, go Beavers, and we will see you on Tuesday!


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November 30, 1999



Knights add Brewers' draftee Louis Crow to roster.

November 30, 1999

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Some good news to report on the roster front.

Pitcher Louis Crow, a graduated senior from Buena Park High School in Fullerton, Calif., will join the Knights for this weekend's series against Yakima Valley. A University of San Diego signee, he was selected by Milwaukee in the 16th round of the June MLB draft but apparently has elected to attend college instead.

Welcome to the Knights, Louis. He adds more quality depth for our pitching staff, which already leads the WCL in ERA.

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The Knights clinched the first-half South Division title and an automatic postseason playoff berth this past Monday with our 2-1 victory at Yakima Valley. The playoffs start on Aug. 10.

Our three-game, two-night series against Wenatchee concludes today with a 6 p.m. doubleheader. Both games will be seven innings. We also play Yakima Valley (Friday-Sunday) and the Salem Capitols of the Oregon Collegiate Baseball League (Monday) at Goss Stadium before heading to Walla Walla for three games.

* Tonight is a Block 15 Thursday; enjoy adult beverages for $2. Hot dogs are also just $2.

* Friday vs. Yakima Valley is MOM Magazine Ladies Night, hosted by Heresco Chiropractic. It is also a Fred Meyer Family Friday Night. Pick up your voucher at the Corvallis or Albany Fred Meyer to get redeemed at any Friday game at Goss Stadium for four reserved seats, four soft drinks, four hot dogs and four popcorns for only $44.

* On Saturday, the World Famous SD Chicken returns to Corvallis for the third time for our game against Yakima Valley. It is also an All-Family Vision Care $1,000 Kids Dash for Cash Night, presented by Best Heating and Cooling.

And Sunday's series finale vs. Yakima Valley is HOPE Night, presented by 107.9 FM. It is also a Lil' Knights Club game.

See you there! If you cannot make it, please catch all the games on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

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The WCL All-Star game is set for July 19 at Dale Story Field in Longview, Wash., hosted by the Cowlitz Black Bears. Players from Corvallis and other South Divisions teams will meet the best from the North Division; there will also be a Home Run Derby. The teams will be announced on Monday.

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Alum Nick Madrigal (2015) of Oregon State was named to the D1Baseball.com Freshman All-American team on Wednesday. It's the fourth such honor for Madrigal; he was recognized earlier by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and Perfect Game USA.

The Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year, Madrigal hit .333 and tied for OSU's lead with 65 hits. He had 11 doubles, five triples, one home run and 29 RBIs.

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Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) had three strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning for his first triple-A save in a 3-2 win over Tacoma on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Teammate Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Aces.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 4-3 loss to Mississippi.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) reliever Ben Wetzler (2011) had one strikeout and lowered his ERA to 0.59 with two scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over Palm Beach.

* Connecticut (A New York-Penn, Tigers) pitcher Austin Sodders (2014) gave up no earned runs and had two strikeouts in three innings in a 2-1 win over Williamsport.

* Everett (A Northwest, Mariners) reliever Elliot Surrey, the current NWL Pitcher of the Week, kept his ERA at 0.00 with 1.1 scoreless innings in a 12-1 win over Eugene.

------------------- That is all for today. Now that the season has started, we are blogging four days a week. Have a great day; see you at Goss Stadium on Thursday night, and back here on Friday.