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Derrick Mahlum returning to Knights

November 4, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Another signing to announce, and it's a good one.

Right-handed pitcher Derrick Mahlum, a redshirt sophomore from Pacific Lutheran who played for us in 2014, will return for the 2016 season. He missed the entire college and summer season in 2015 while recovering from an arm injury.

A 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Mill Creek, Wash., Derrick was 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA for the Knights in seven starts in 2014, with 25 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. He was a second-team Northwest Conference all-star as a freshman in 2014, when he was 7-3, 2.28 in 11 games, with 77 strikeouts in 71 innings while helping to lead the Lutes to the NCAA tournament.

He's another in a line of PLU pitchers to play for the Knights, joining Max Beatty (2010-12), Chris Bishop (2012-14), Jake Otness (2014) and Cory Nelson (2015), among others. Welcome back to the team, Derrick!

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Congrats to the Kansas City Royals for winning their second World Series. There is a slight Knights-Royals connection; Kansas City manager Ned Yost's son, Ned Yost III, played for the Knights in 2002 after his freshman year at the University of Georgia.

"He is a super-nice kid ... I imagine he enjoyed seeing his dad win the title last night," Knights' president Dan Segel said.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have signed incoming Baylor freshman Cody Moos and freshman Kai Gomez for the 2016 season. Moos is a 6-foot 1-inch, 170-pound lefty from Medina Valley High School in Castroville, Texas. Gomez is a 5-8-inch, 150-pound second baseman from San Fernando HS in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Please click right here for more details on the signings, 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 but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! See you on Friday.


Alum Matt Boyd earns MiLB award

November 1, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone.

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Alum Matt Boyd (2010), a left-handed pitcher who played for us after his freshman year at Oregon State, was the fans choice for the Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year, as awarded by the MiLB.com website.

Boyd had a great season for New Hampshire in the double-A Eastern League and with Buffalo in the triple-A International League while playing in the Toronto organization. He made it to the majors with the Blue Jays, and then was traded to Detroit and finished the season with the Tigers.

He was a combined 9-2 in 18 games, with 107 strikeouts in 112.2 innings. Here are more details, from the MiLB.com website. Congrats to Matt!

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More signing news to announce.

Our latest additions are junior Trenton Dupre and freshman Ryley Widell, a pair of left-handed pitchers from Washington State.

Dupre is 5-foot-9, 180-pounder from Davis High School in Yakima who transferred from Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. He was 8-3, 3.84 in 15 games in 2015, with 74 strikeouts in 77.1 innings. He was 8-1, 2.84 in 2014, with 51 strikeouts in 66.2 innings over 13 appearances.

Widell is a 6-4, 195-pounder from King Kekaulike HS in Haiku, Hawaii. Welcome to the team, guys!

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! See you on Wednesday.


Knights add WOU pitcher Jacob Fricke

October 29, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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More signing news to announce.

Our latest addition is pitcher Jacob Fricke, a freshman left-handed pitcher at Western Oregon who played at Glide High School. A 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, he was 12-0 with a 0.19 ERA in 2015, with 139 strikeouts and just nine walks in 74.2 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .106 off Fricke.

A four-year letterman, he was 34-2 in his career, with a 0.81 ERA and 358 strikeouts and just 46 walks in 208 innings. He also played basketball and goalie for the soccer team at GHS. Welcome to the team, Jacob!

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

* Pitcher Greg Mahle (2012, Angels) is 0-1, 16.62 in 4.1 innings over five games with the Mesa Solar Sox. He finished the 2015 season at Arkansas in the double-A Southern League.

* Outfielder Nick Torres (2012, Padres) is hitting .273 (9-33) in eight games with the Peoria Javelinas, with a homer and two RBIs. He finished the story with Lake Elsinore in the high-A California League.

* Catcher Chris Rabago (2012, 2013, Rockies) is hitting .267 (4-14) with a double in one four games with the Salt River Rafters. He finished the season with Grad Junction in the rookie-level Pioneer League.

We will update their stats every Friday during the season.

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One change to our 2016 schedule. We will be in Yakima Valley on July 3-5, and not idle as was first announced. Should be nice and toasty for the holiday fireworks show the Pippins are sure to have! So, please click here for the updated version of our 2016 schedule.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! Have a great weekend, and we will see you again on Monday.


Knights release 2016 schedule

October 27, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Our schedule for the 2016 season is finalized. We will have 34 home games and 61 total games, starting on June 1 with our annual exhibition game against the Portland Sea Dogs at Goss Stadium on Science, Engineering & Art Day.

Our West Coast League opener is June 3 against the defending-champion Bend Elks at Vince Genna Stadium. We play our first nine games on the road (just in case the Beavers need Goss for NCAA regionals), so our WCL home opener is June 14 against the Kelowna Falcons, who lost to Bend in the WCL Championship Series.

All told we have 32 home dates and 34 home games, as we will play two doubleheaders. We will play 27 home league games and 27 away league games, and play every league opponent three times each.

The league has reverted to two divisions; we are in the South with Bend, Gresham, Yakima Valley, Kitsap and Cowlitz. The North will include Bellingham, Wenatchee, Walla Walla, Victoria and Kelowna.

Our big Oregon State Credit Union Fireworks Night will be July 2 this year, as we are idle on July 3-5, a nice break. The final regular-season home game is Aug. 4; we close the regular season at Cowlitz on Aug. 7.

For more details on the 2016 schedule, please click here for a story from our website, or click right here, for a story from the league website. There are also lots of stories on other WCL team's schedules on the Our Sports Central site.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have signed right-handed pitchers Josh Rios and Gavin Velasquez and catcher Chris Ceballos from Cal State-Fullerton for the 2016 season. Here is more 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 but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! Have a great day, and we will see you on Friday.


Knights add Nobach, three other Beavers for 2016

October 25, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend!

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The Knights have signed four players from Oregon State for the 2016 season. The newest Knights/Beavers are:

* Junior outfielder Kyle Nobach of Marysville High School in Marysville, Wash.

* Freshman infielder Andy Atwood of O'Dea High School in Everett, Wash.

* Freshman outfielder Steven Kwan of Fremont High School in Fremont, Calif.

* Freshman utility player Zak Taylor of Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Ore.

"These players all fit the Knights' profile," said OSU assistant coach Andy Jenkins, a former Aloha Knights player (2004) and Corvallis Knights assistant coach (2012). "I have a pretty good feel for the type of player who can be successful with the Knights, having played and coached for them.

"They will be a great addition to the team, be outstanding teammates, play hard and help the Knights succeed."

For more details on the signings, please click here.

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Gresham has been added to the West Coast League for the 2016 season. The to-be-named team will play its home games at Mt. Hood Community College, the West Coast League announced Friday. Here is more on that story, from the WCL website.

The Gems will remain viable and instead will play in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League. Here is more on that story from the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.

Also, here is even more on the changes, from the Ballpark Digest website.

Best of luck to the new Gresham team. The relocation of Klamath Falls and Medford should greatly reduce travel costs throughout the WCL. The 2016 WCL schedule will be released shortly.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! Have a great day, and we will see you on Wednesday.


Alum Brandon Jackson released

October 20, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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The Lake Erie Crushers of the independent Frontier League have released alum Brandon Jackson (2012), a right-handed pitcher who played for us after his junior year at Oregon State. He did not appear in a game. The Crushers are located in Avon, Ohio.

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The Bellingham Bells have promoted Mike Gange to head coach, the team announced. He served as an assistant coach for the Bells during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

A native of Marysville, Wash., Gange had a successful prep baseball career at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and then went on to play at Everett Community College and Western Oregon University. While at Western Oregon University, Gange played second base and was named to the GNAC All-Conference Academic Team. Gange also helped lead the Wolves to two league titles and a regional tournament appearance.

Gange will assume head coaching duties immediately. He will be joined on staff by pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Jim Clem and assistant coach Dane Siegfried. Gange replaces Jeff James, who managed the Bells in 2014 and 2015 before resigning recently to spend more time with his family and young daughter.

For more details, please click here for a story from the Bellingham website.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! See you on Friday.


Knights sign top UC Riverside freshman

October 18, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great weekends.

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The Knights have signed freshman left-handed pitcher Hazahel Soto Quijada of UC-Riverside for the 2016 season. He played at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, Calif.

He was All-CIF Division 4, the San Andreas League MVP, the San Bernardino County MVP, a 2015 Perfect Game honorable-mention All-American and a Cal-Hi all-state medium school selection. He also played in the Scout League All-Star Game.

Welcome to the Knights, Hazahel!

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Alum Matt Boyd (2010) of the Detroit Tigers in a finalist for the MILB Top Starter of the Year Award after a great season with New Hampshire and Buffalo in the Toronto organization.

Boyd, who played at Oregon State and was an honorable-mention WCL all-star for us after his freshman year, was a combined 9-2 in 18 starts in the minors, with 107 strikeouts in 112 innings. You can vote for Matt by clicking here. Vote early and vote often!

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Alum Taylor Ard (2009) was voted the No. 6 prospect in the Frontier League by Baseball America after an MVP season with the River City (Mo.) Rascals. He has since signed with the Miami Marlins.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! See you on Wednesday.


Knights sign catcher from Arizona Central

October 15, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone. Hope you are all ready for a great weekend.

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The Knights have signed redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Gibbs of Arizona Central JC for the 2016 season. He's a 6-foot-1, 220-pound transfer from Indiana University who redshirted for the Hoosiers in 2014.

Gibbs was an all-Illinois performer also tabbed as three-time All-Southwestern Conference and The Telegraph Player of the Year twice at Alton High School in Alton, Ill., before signing with Indiana. He hit .412 with 33 RBIs, 22 doubles and a .562 on-base percentage and was the team MVP as a senior.

He owns the school record for most doubles in a season and for career RBIs, and he led Alton to a regional championship.

Welcome to the Knights, Jake!

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Returnee Dakody Clemmer of Central Arizona College, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vancouver, Wash., has committed to Nevada and will sign a letter of intent with the Wolfpack next month.

"I'm excited to be a part of their program and for the opportunity Nevada has given me," Clemmer said. "I just want to continue to get better here at Central every day and hopefully compete for a championship."

He was 3-1, 2.98 in 14 games for the Knights in 2015, with 33 strikeouts in a team-high 51.1 innings. He was 6-3, 3.38 at CAC in 2015, with 51 strikeouts in 66.2 innings.

"Dakody has worked very hard over the summer and this fall to get this opportunity and I'm sure [Nevada's coaches] will be very pleased to have him in their program," CAC head coach Anthony Gilich said.

Added Central Arizona pitching coach Jerry A'Hearn: "He has a unique skillset, a good arm and I believe he is going to continue getting better."

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Three Knights playing in Arizona Fall League

October 13, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope you all celebrating the Cubs' victory over St. Louis in the NLDS. Just four more wins away from their first World Series since 1945, the year my dad, a huge Cubs fan his entire life, got out of the U.S. Army after WWII.

That's a long time ago. It's high time for the Cubbies to get off the schneid, and for my dad to see them play in the World Series.

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Alum Chris Rabago (2012-13) of UC Irvine has been assigned to the Arizona Fall League by the Colorado Rockies. He will play for the Salt River Rafters.

Chris hit .306 (52-170) in 45 games for Grand Junction in the Pioneer League this season, with three homers and 28 RBIs. He was a two-time Joe Segel Award winner for us and was a great teammate.

The Angels have assigned lefty Greg Mahle (2012) of UC Santa Barbara to the Mesa Solar Sox of the AFL. Greg started the season in the California League and finished with Arkansas in the double-A Southern League and was 3-3 with 16 saves and a 3.06 ERA in 31 games, with 36 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.

The Padres have assigned outfielder Nick Torres (2012) to the Peoria Javelinas of the AFL. He was promoted to Lake Elsinore in the high-A California League after making the all-star game for Fort Wayne in the low-A Midwest League and hit .275 (58-211) in 52 games, with three homers and 30 RBIs. He had five homers and 70 RBIs in 129 total games.

Congrats to all three players.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed returnee Michael Gretler, a sophomore at Oregon State, for the 2016 season. He hit .236 (25-106) and had a .373 on-base percentage in 32 games, with one homer, for Victoria in 2015.

The HarbourCats have also added four players from Fresno State: Catcher Joe Prior, shortstop/infielder Scott Silva, outfielder Jake Stone, and right-handed pitcher Mark Reece.

For more details, please click here for more details, 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 but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! See you on Friday.


Taylor Ard signs with Miami Marlins

October 11, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all enjoyed our much-needed Saturday rain shower, and had great weekends, no matter what you were up to.

In the meantime, we have some news to announce.

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Alum Taylor Ard (2009) has parlayed a great season in the Frontier League into a contract with the Miami Marlins. They signed the former Mt. Hood CC/Washington State star to a free-agent deal late last week.

A power-hitting corner infielder who played with the River City (Mo.) Rascals this past summer, was named the Frontier League's Most Valuable Player. He received the Morgan Burkhart Award, given annually to the league's MVP following a vote by general managers, coaching staffs, and local media in all of the Frontier League markets.

Ard hit .303, with a league-leading 26 home runs and 75 RBIs, in his second year with the Rascals. He previously played for three years in the Seattle and Arizona organizations and hit .265 (219-826) in 227 career games, with 24 homers and 128 RBIs.

Congrats to Taylor, a 25-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., who was selected by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2012 MLB draft out of WSU.

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More good news to report on the signings front.

Cal Poly junior pitcher Slater Lee will return for the 2016 season. A 6-foot, 200-pound righty, Slater went 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 47 innings for us in 2015. He was named the Knights Top Pitcher by vote of the coaches and front office.

Slater was named the West Coast League's co-Player of the Week for July 6-12 for a 1-0, 4-hit win over Kitsap on July 10. He struck out three, did not issue a walk and faced just 29 hitters while completing the game in 1:43.

Lee shared that award with Chase Kaplan of Western Nevada CC, who is also returning for the 2016 season. Kaplan also shut out Kitsap 1-0, on July 9.

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A total of 25 WCL alums appeared in major-league games this past season.

Most of you know our MLB alums: Matt Duffy, Andrew Susac, Josh Osich, Matt Boyd, Brent Morel, Matt Andriese, Rocky Gale, Bud Norris, Matt Hague, Marc Rzepczynski and Chris Stewart.

Topping WCL/MLB honor roll is 2015 MLB home run leader Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles. He starred for the Kelowna Falcons in 2005, the WCL's inaugural season.

Also making the grade in 2015 were Trevor Brown of the San Francisco Giants, who played for Wenatchee in 2010; outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (Bend Elks) of the New York Yankees; pitcher Jason Hammel (Wenatchee AppleSox) of the Chicago Cubs; southpaw Tommy Milone (Wenatchee AppleSox) of Minnesota; starting pitcher James Paxton (Kelowna Falcons) of Seattle and infielder Eric Sogard (Bend Elks) of Oakland.

Also, outfielder Cole Gillespie (Wenatchee AppleSox) of Miami; outfielder Daryl Ceciliani (Bend Elks) of the New York Mets; pitcher Blaine Hardy (Wenatchee AppleSox/Bend Elks) of Detroit; pitcher Tyler Wagner (Kelowna Falcons) of Milwaukee; pitcher Jeff Francis (Bellingham Bells) of Toronto; pitcher Chad Smith (Wenatchee AppleSox) of the Los Angeles Angels, and pitcher Marco Gonzales (Wenatchee AppleSox) of St. Louis.

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That is all for today. News gets a little harder to find in the offseason but we still plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the 2016 season starts! See you on Wednesday.