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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!


November 30, 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable mention goes to:

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

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

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

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


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.

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Knights complete series sweep with 10-2 victory.

November 30, 1999

Happy Friday, everyone.

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We ended our regular-season home schedule on a high note on Thursday with a 10-2 win over Gresham that gave us a series sweep. We have now won eight games in a row, and are averaging more than six runs over that span.

We then close the regular season against the Cowlitz Black Bears this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at David Story Field in Longview, Wash. Lefty Hazahel Quijada (3-0, 0.59) of UC Riverside is our projected starter tonight; Cal Poly righty Craig Colen (0-1, 5.40) goes on Saturday. Sunday's starter is undetermined.

If you can't make it to Longview, please catch the game on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

Yakima Valley clinched the other South Division playoff berth with Gresham's loss. Corvallis will face the Pippins at Yakima on Tuesday in Game 1 of the best-of-3 divisional playoff series. Game 2 will be at Corvallis on Wednesday, as will Game 3 on Thursday, if necessary.

Victoria is already in the playoffs, as the HarbourCats won the North Division's first-half title. Bellingham is one win, or a Walla Walla loss, away from clinching the other North Division berth.

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Tickets for our Wednesday's playoff game against Yakima Valley are now on sale. We will host Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) of the South Division playoff series next Wednesday and Thursday, if necessary.

We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible third game on Thursday. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

Sales have been brisk, so don't wait and miss out on ydour favorite seat!

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Here is an update of our alums in the Frontier League, with stats through Thursday's games:

* Infielder Carter Bell (2009) of the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers is batting .331 (82-248) in 66 games. He has eight homers and 53 RBIs. Carter played at Oregon State.

* Pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) of the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers is 4-3, 4.66 in 14 games, with 55 strikeouts in 781 innings. He also played at OSU.

* Infielder Seth Heck (2013) of the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies is hitting .262 (59-225) in 61 games, with a homer and 20 RBIs. He played at Tacoma CC and at Mississippi State.

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San Antonio (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-5 with three RBIs in a 16-15 loss to Tacoma on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He is hitting .364 since being promoted from double-A San Antonio.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run and a double in a 9-3 loss to Salt Lake.

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) earned his 11th save with 1.1 scoreless innings in a 7-3 win over Salem.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend, see you at Goss Stadium on Wednesday night for Game 2 of the playoffs, and back here on Monday.


Knights complete series sweep with 10-2 victory.

November 30, 1999

Happy Friday, everyone.

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We ended our regular-season home schedule on a high note on Thursday with a 10-2 win over Gresham that gave us a series sweep. We have now won eight games in a row, and are averaging more than six runs over that span.

We then close the regular season against the Cowlitz Black Bears this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at David Story Field in Longview, Wash. Lefty Hazahel Quijada (3-0, 0.59) of UC Riverside is our projected starter tonight; Cal Poly righty Craig Colen (0-1, 5.40) goes on Saturday. Sunday's starter is undetermined.

If you can't make it to Longview, please catch the game on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

Yakima Valley clinched the other South Division playoff berth with Gresham's loss. Corvallis will face the Pippins at Yakima on Tuesday in Game 1 of the best-of-3 divisional playoff series. Game 2 will be at Corvallis on Wednesday, as will Game 3 on Thursday, if necessary.

Victoria is already in the playoffs, as the HarbourCats won the North Division's first-half title. Bellingham is one win, or a Walla Walla loss, away from clinching the other North Division berth.

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Tickets for our Wednesday's playoff game against Yakima Valley are now on sale. We will host Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) of the South Division playoff series next Wednesday and Thursday, if necessary.

We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible third game on Thursday. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

Sales have been brisk, so don't wait and miss out on ydour favorite seat!

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Here is an update of our alums in the Frontier League, with stats through Thursday's games:

* Infielder Carter Bell (2009) of the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers is batting .331 (82-248) in 66 games. He has eight homers and 53 RBIs. Carter played at Oregon State.

* Pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) of the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers is 4-3, 4.66 in 14 games, with 55 strikeouts in 781 innings. He also played at OSU.

* Infielder Seth Heck (2013) of the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies is hitting .262 (59-225) in 61 games, with a homer and 20 RBIs. He played at Tacoma CC and at Mississippi State.

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San Antonio (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-5 with three RBIs in a 16-15 loss to Tacoma on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He is hitting .364 since being promoted from double-A San Antonio.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run and a double in a 9-3 loss to Salt Lake.

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) earned his 11th save with 1.1 scoreless innings in a 7-3 win over Salem.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend, see you at Goss Stadium on Wednesday night for Game 2 of the playoffs, and back here on Monday.


November 30, 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable mention goes to:

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

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

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


November 30, 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable mention goes to:

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

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

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

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