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Five Knights on MLB opening-day rosters

March 31, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a link to the entire story.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gale, Susac sent to PCL

March 29, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Diamondbacks release Scott Schultz

March 24, 2016

Happy Friday/Saturday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Osich looking good with Giants

March 19, 2016

Happy Friday/Saturday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bishop, Sodders nominated for Big West POTW honors

March 14, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ice earns Pac-12 POTW honors

March 11, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Knights lose Balfour to elbow surgery

March 7, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2016 Knights off to fast starts in college season

March 4, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

Now that the college baseball season is well underway it is time to update the stats of our incoming 2016 Corvallis Knights. We will do the position players on Fridays, and the pitchers on Tuesdays.

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

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

CAMERON BISHOP : The UC Irvine first baseman/pitcher, a returnee from last season, is hitting .444 (4-9) in six games, with three RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The UC Riverside infielder, another holdover from 2015, is hitting .241 (7-29) in eight games, with four RBIs.

BRENT GIBBS: The catcher from Arizona Central JC is hitting .408 (20-49) in 19 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs.

CODY HAWKEN: The Portland outfielder is hitting .357 (10-28) in eight games, with two homers and eight RBIs.

RILEY HELLAND: The San Francisco infielder is hitting .333 (4-12) in six games, with no homers or RBIs.

MATT KELLY: The Portland infielder is hitting .300 (3-10) in five games, with no homers or RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder, a returnee from 2015, is hitting .303 (10-33) in nine games, with five RBIs.

STEPHEN KWAN: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in five games, with an RBI.

COOPER MOORE: The Cal Poly infielder is hitting .182 (2-11) in five games, with three RBIs.

KYLE NOBACH: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .433 (13-30) in eight games, with six RBIs.

KYLE NORMAN: The San Francisco outfielder is hitting .000 (0-8) in eight games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDREW REICHENBACH: The George Fox catcher is hitting .333 (17-51) in 13 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

GREG SAENZ: The Grand Canyon infielder is hitting .316 (6-19) in seven games, with a homer and four RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The Mt. Hood CC infielder is hitting .385 (5-13) in four games, with four RBIs.

ZAK TAYLOR: The Oregon State catcher is hitting .000 (0-1) in two games, with two RBIs.

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

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

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

The Walla Walla Sweets have signed incoming UCLA freshmen Logan Pouelsen and Nick Scheidler, and current UCLA freshman Jordan Myrow for the 2016 season. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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


Surry nominated form Big West Pitcher of the Week honors

March 1, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Alum Elliot Surrey (2013) of UC Irvine was nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for Feb. 22-28, but was not selected. He allowed four hits, and unearned run and had five strikeouts in six innings in a 4-1 victory over Nevada on Feb. 26.

For more details, please click here for a recap from the UCI website. Congrats to Elliot, our 2013 Knights Top Pitcher, and the WCL ERA leader.

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

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

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

The Walla Walla Sweets have signed WCL veterans Patrick Chung and Nick Nyquist of Gonzaga for the upcoming season. An infielder, Chung played eight games for the Kitsap BlueJackets last season and hit .300 with three doubles and three RBIs. Nyquist, an infielder, played at Wenatchee last summer and hit .254 in 52 games with four doubles and 21 RBIs. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Bellingham Bells have added catcher David Banuelos of Long Beach State for the 2016 season. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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


Madrigal, Nelson earn Player of the Week honors

February 26, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

Two members of our 2015 squad were named conference players of the week for Feb. 15-21.

New Oregon State freshman second baseman Nick Madrigal (2015) earned Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Week honors for his performance in OSU's first three games in Surprise, Ariz. A native of Elk Grove, Calif., he batted .500 (7-for-14) with two runs scored, one double and six RBIs over his first three games.

Statistics accrued Monday in a 10-2 win over Utah did not count toward this honor. Please click here for more on Madrigal, from osubeavers.com.

Pacific Lutheran senior lefty Cory Nelson (2015) was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week. Nelson pitched a complete game to lead the 17th-ranked Lutes to a 5-2 win and a 2-1 series victory over No. 14 Linfield on Sunday. He allowed only two unearned runs on six hits in nine innings, striking out four and walking five, while earning his first win and lowering his earned run average to 0.90.

Congrats to both players!

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Alum Drew Garcia (2007), an infielder from UC Riverside who has played in the White Sox and Colorado organizations since 2008, remains unsigned after declaring free agency after last season. Now 29, he made it to triple-A with Charlotte and Colorado Springs several times and spent last season with Charlotte in the International League.

The other two free-agent Knight alums after last season, Alex Burg (2008) and D.J. Johnson (2008-09), have signed with Texas and the Los Angeles Angels.

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

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

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

The Yakima Valley Pippins have signed UC Riverside freshman infielder Cameron Haskell, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound left-handed hitter from Temecula, Calif., and Cal State-Northridge freshman infielder Derek Molina, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound infielder from Turlock, Calif., for the coming season. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed eight more players for the 2016 season. Headlining that group are UCLA incoming freshmen pitcher Kyle Mora and outfielder Jarron Silva. Please click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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