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Former, future Knights lead Beavers over Bruins

April 3, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

Thursday was a big night for the Beavers and some former/future Knights. The Beavers edged No. 6 UCLA 3-2 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Game 1 of their weekend series.

Corvallis alums Gabe Clark (2013) and Michael Howard (2014) and future Knight Christian Donahue (2015) each had an RBI for the Beavers, against WCL alums James Kaprillian and Cody Poteet. It was a great win for OSU; the series continues tonight and on Saturday.

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We have released our promotional schedule for the upcoming season. Lots of great nights and great reasons to get out to the ballpark to watch your Corvallis Knights! Here is more on that story, from our website.

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As promised earlier this week, here is our story on alum Peter Van Gansen (2013, who is having a great junior year at Cal Poly.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 pitchers. We updated the position players on Wednesday.

SEAN BARRY: The right-hander from Santa Barbara City College is 5-2 in nine games, with a 1.49 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.

NOAH BREMER: The Washington righty is 3-2, 1.80 in nine games, with 21 strikeouts in 45 innings.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 0-0, 3.86 in four games, with five strikeouts in seven innings.

DAKODY CLEMMER: The Central Arizona JC righty is 4-2, 3.02 in eight games, with 37 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty is 1-2, 10.57 in four games, with 12 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC is 3-2, 3.71 in nine games, with 36 strikeouts in 43.2 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI: The righty from UC Riverside is 1-4, 3.55 in seven games, with 45 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly is 0-0, 5.40 in five games, with three strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He is expected to return to action next month.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He hopes to return by the end of the season.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty is 1-0, 3.60 in six games, with seven strikeouts in 10 innings.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty is 1-2, 6.89 in 11 games, with 30 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

MATT SMITH: The righty from Chapman is 5-1, 2.23 in seven games, with 52 strikeouts in 44.1 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS: The Riverside City College lefty is 7-0, 1.17 in eight games, with 39 strikeouts in 61.1 innings.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty is 0-0, 8.10 in nine games, with a save and eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

JUSTIN VERNIA: The Tacoma CC righty is 5-0, 0.81 in five games, with 30 strikeouts in 33 innings.

JOSH WALKER: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-1, 13.50 in five games, with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

RYAN WALKER: The Washington State righty is 0-0, 2.95 in 14 games, with 21 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.

JOEY WISE: The lefty from GateWay CC is 1-2, 4.26 in nine games, with 31 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

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Bellingham will host the 2015 West Coast League All-Star Game on Monday, July 20, at Joe Martin Field. It will be presented by award winning John Howie Restaurants: John Howie Steak, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar and Sport Restaurant & Bar. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Kitsap BlueJackets have signed six new players for the upcoming season. Colby Brown, Joe Galindo and Kyle Piersol will join the BlueJackets from the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). Also set to play for Kitsap are outfielders Tyler Brazelton and Alex Junior from Tennessee Tech and Spencer Dunlap from the University of San Diego.

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


Haddeland named Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week

April 1, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Alum Chris Haddeland (2014), a senior at Linfield, was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week for March 23-29. It's the third time this year he's earned the award.

Haddeland hurled a three-hit, complete-game shutout to lead the Wildcats to a 7-0 win over Willamette this past Saturday. He had five strikeouts and two walks in nine innings and did not allow a runner past second base.

Alum Chris Bishop (2012-14) of Pacific Lutheran was nominated, but not selected.

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Cal Poly pitcher Casey Bloomquist (2013) and UC Irvine pitcher Elliot Surrey (2013) were nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for March 23-29, but were not selected.

Bloomquist pitched a complete game with three strikeouts in an 8-1 win over Oregon State on March 27. Surrey pitched a complete game and had seven strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Hawaii that same night.

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Former Knights' pitcher Nick Struck (2009) of Mt. Hood CC has signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League. He was released by the Dodgers in the offseason; he also spent time in the Chicago Cubs' organization.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 position players. We will have the numbers for the pitchers on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The infielder from UC Irvine is hitting .222 (10-45) in 20 games, with three homers and 13 RBIs.

HAYDEN CALVERT: The Corban outfielder is hitting .239 (21-88) in 27 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.

ELLIOTT CARY: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .120 (3-25) in 15 games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDY COSGROVE: The Washington catcher is 0-for-1 in one game.

CHRISTIAN DONAHUE: The Oregon State second baseman is hitting .305 (18-59) in 23 games, with six RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The outfielder from UC Riverside is redshirting this year.

CLAY FISHER: The UC Santa Barbara infielder is hitting .211 (15-71) in 21 games, with three RBIs.

JOSHUA GEORGE: The Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .100 (1-10) in 10 games, with no homers or RBIs.

TYLER HAMILTON: The George Fox catcher is hitting .200 (5-30) in 14 games, with three RBIs.

AUSTIN KELLY: The Linn-Benton infielder is hitting .321 (18-56) in 16 games, with a homer and 12 RBIs.

DALTON KELLY: The UC Santa Barbara first baseman is hitting .266 (21-79) in 24 games, with three homers and 16 RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder is hitting .243 (9-37) in 12 games, with five RBIs.

TYGER LINER: The LBCC catcher is hitting .208 (5-24) in 15 games, with three RBIs.

CLAY MOTT: The George Fox infielder is hitting .183 (19-104) in 26 games, with five RBIs.

TRAVIS SANDERS: The Portland infielder has not played yet.

HENRY RONDEAU: The LBCC outfielder is hitting .212 (11-52) in 15 games, with 10 RBIs.

JACKSON SOTO: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-3) in three games.

JES STAPLES: The Bellarmine outfielder is hitting .200 (14-70) in 22 games, with seven RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The infielder from Mt. Hood CC is hitting .292 (14-48) in 18 games, with four RBIs.

AJ VALENCIA: The George Fox outfielder is hitting .271 (19-70) in 24 games, with five RBIs.

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Bellingham has Bellevue College freshman catcher Alex Galgano and Washington State junior infielder Patrick McGrath to its 2015 roster. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed UCLA freshman infielder Scott Jarvis, incoming UCLA freshman outfielder Jake Pries and outfielder Kevin Amezquita of East LA Community College for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Giants return Susac to triple-A

March 30, 2015

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

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We caught up with Cal Poly junior shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) after last Saturday's game at Goss Stadium. Will have a story on how he's doing later this week.

Also touched base with pitcher Casey Bloomquist, (2013) who won Friday night's game. He's doing well too, enjoyed his weekend in Corvallis, and hopes to make it back up here this summer to catch some Knights' baseball if he can.

PVG and Bloomquist had great weekends as the Mustangs won the series 2-1. Pitchers Slater Lee (2015) and Justin Calomeni (2014) and outfielder Josh George (2015) didn't play.

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Speaking of Cal Poly, Mustang alum Brent Morel (2006-07) has been assigned to minor-league camp by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He will start the season at triple-A Indianapolis in the International League. He hit .214 (3-14) in nine spring games, with an RBI.

He spent last season at Indy and with the Pirates, so we can only assume he'll be back up in the majors at some point this season. He is the first Corvallis Knight to play in the majors, with the White Sox in 2011.

Rumor has it a Brent Morel bobblehead was in the Cal Poly dugout as a good-luck charm all weekend, but we can't confirm or deny that.

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The Giants have returned Oregon State/Knights alum Andrew Susac (2009) to their minor-league camp. He will start the season at Sacramento in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

Andrew spent the last three months of 2014 with the Giants and earned a World Series ring. Here is more on that story From MLB.com.

It appears alum Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State has made San Francisco's opening-day roster as the fifth infielder. He had a big day on Sunday; here are more details, also from MLB.com.

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We have some other alumni news to report.

* The White Sox assigned pitcher Jace Fry (2011) to minor-league camp. He played with Great Falls in the rookie-level Pioneer League in 2014 but was essentially shut down after a heavy workload at OSU.

* Tampa Bay assigned outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) to minor-league camp. The former San Diego Christian standout played for the Rays in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2014.

* The Giants assigned pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) of Cal Poly to minor-league camp. He played at Class A Augusta in 2014.

* Pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) is still in contention for a spot in Tampa Bay's starting rotation. He pitches against Baltimore today. He was at triple-A Durham in 2014.

The 2015 assignments for all our professional alums should be determined shortly. We will have an update when it all shakes out.

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The Klamath Falls Gems have signed Lower Columbia pitcher Nick Tabura and Western Oregon outfielder Adam Bloom for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story from the Klamath Falls Herald and News.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Cal Poly visit makes for a Knightsapalooza at Goss

March 27, 2015

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

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Cal Poly is in town to play the Beavers, so there will be plenty of future/former Knights at Goss Stadium this weekend, led by 2015 Knights-to-be Slater Lee, a right-handed pitcher, and outfielder Josh George.

Alum Knights returning to their old stomping grounds are infielders Peter Van Gansen (2013) and Alec Smith (2014) and pitchers Casey Bloomquist (2013) and Justin Calomeni (2014).

Should be a fun weekend. The Mustangs, who won the Big West Conference title last season, are down a bit this season (7-14) but they have a quality program and it should be a very competitive series.

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Speaking of Cal Poly, the Cleveland Indians have returned CPU/Knights alum David Armendariz (2011) to their minor-league camp. He played at Mahoning Valley (Ohio) in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League last year after signing with the Indians following a standout season at Cal Poly Pomona, where he transferred for his senior year.

In other alum news:

* The Indians also assigned third baseman Grant Fink (2011) to minor-league camp. He played in the low-A Midwest League in 2014.

* Texas assigned recently-signed third baseman Alex Burg (2008) to its minor-league camp. He spent last year in the Miami organization at double-A Jacksonville.

* Arizona assigned pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) to minor-league camp. He was at double-A Mobile in 2014.

* Toronto assigned pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) to minor league camp. He played at double-A New Hampshire and Class A Dunedin in 2014.

* St. Louis assigned outfielder Blake Drake (2013) to minor-league camp. He played at Johnson City in the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2014.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 pitchers. We updated the position players on Wednesday.

SEAN BARRY: The right-hander from Santa Barbara City College is 4-3 in eight games, with a 1.51 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

NOAH BREMER: The Washington righty is 2-2, 1.59 in seven games, with 20 strikeouts in 34 innings.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 0-0, 3.86 in four games, with five strikeouts in seven innings.

DAKODY CLEMMER: The Central Arizona JC righty is 3-2, 2.79 in seven games, with 29 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty is 0-1, 13.06 in three games, with nine strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC is 3-2, 3.26 in eight games, with 30 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI: The righty from UC Riverside is 1-3, 2.47 in six games, with 40 strikeouts in 40 innings.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly is 0-0, 5.40 in five games, with three strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He is expected to return to action next month.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He hopes to return by the end of the season.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty is 1-0, 3.60 in six games, with seven strikeouts in 10 innings.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty is 1-2, 6.37 in 10 games, with 27 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

MATT SMITH: The righty from Chapman is 5-1, 1.51 in six games, with 52 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS: The Riverside City College lefty is 6-0, 1.01 in seven games, with 36 strikeouts in 53.1 innings.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty is 0-0, 9.00 in eight games, with a save and seven strikeouts in six innings.

JUSTIN VERNIA: The Tacoma CC righty is 4-0, 1.01 in four games, with 22 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

JOSH WALKER: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-1, 13.50 in five games, with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

RYAN WALKER: The Washington State righty is 0-0, 3.12 in 11 games, with 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

BRADY WILLIAMS: The Central Michigan lefty is redshirting this season.

JOEY WISE: The lefty from GateWay CC is 1-2, 4.26 in nine games, with 31 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have added Washington State's David Becker and Oregon State's Tyler Mildenberg to their 2015 roster. Here is more on that story from Our Sports Central.

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


New jobs for broadcasters Burke, Kuhn

March 24, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Some good news to announce on two of our recent play-by-play broadcasters, Virginia Tech graduate Kevin Burke (2012) and University of Iowa grad Alex Kuhn (2014).

Kevin has accepted a job as the voice of the Salem (Va.) Red Sox in the Carolina League. He worked at Traverse City (Mich.) in the Frontier League last summer and at High Point (N.C.) University this past academic year. He worked in Salem in 2011 before coming out to Corvallis.

Alex has taken a sports talk show/broadcasting job back in Iowa. He worked for KEJO-AM and as the PA voice of Oregon State soccer after his Knights job ended in August before leaving Oregon recently.

We will have more details on each broadcaster on our website very shortly, so stay tuned.

Jason Schwartz (2010) plans to return for his fourth season as the voice of the Lancaster JetHawks in the California League. He has broadcast for three straight championship teams.

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Linfield senior Chris Haddeland (2014) was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for March 16-22, but was not selected. He pitched a complete-game 8-hitter in a 5-2 win over Pacific on Saturday, with seven strikeouts. He is 4-1, 1.65 in seven starts, with 35 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.

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Nice story by president Dan Segel on our website on former Knights' catcher Dane Lund (2011-14) of Oregon State, who caught freshman Drew Rasmussen's perfect game against Washington State this past Saturday. Please click here to read all about it.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 position players. We will have the numbers for the pitchers on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The infielder from UC Irvine is hitting .212 (7-33) in 16 games, with three homers and nine RBIs.

HAYDEN CALVERT: The Corban outfielder is hitting .239 (21-88) in 27 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.

ELLIOTT CARY: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .124 (3-24) in 13 games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDY COSGROVE: The Washington catcher has not played yet.

CHRISTIAN DONAHUE: The Oregon State second baseman is hitting .319 (15-47) in 19 games, with six RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The outfielder from UC Riverside is redshirting this year.

CLAY FISHER: The UC Santa Barbara infielder is hitting .211 (12-57) in 17 games, with one RBI.

JOSHUA GEORGE: The Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .100 (1-10) in 10 games, with no homers or RBIs.

TYLER HAMILTON: The George Fox catcher is hitting .200 (5-30) in 14 games, with three RBIs.

AUSTIN KELLY: The Linn-Benton infielder is hitting .295 (13-44) in 13 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

DALTON KELLY: The UC Santa Barbara first baseman is hitting .250 (17-68) in 20 games, with two homers and 13 RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder is hitting .200 (6-30) in nine games, with two RBIs.

TYGER LINER: The LBCC catcher is hitting .100 (2-20) in 12 games.

CLAY MOTT: The George Fox infielder is hitting .196 (18-92) in 23 games, with five RBIs.

TRAVIS SANDERS: The Portland infielder has not played yet.

HENRY RONDEAU: The LBCC outfielder is hitting .184 (9-49) in 13 games, with nine RBIs.

JACKSON SOTO: The Oregon State infielder made his debut last night and went 0-for-1 for the Beavers.

JES STAPLES: The Bellarmine outfielder is hitting .190 (11-51) in 18 games, with five RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The infielder from Mt. Hood CC is hitting .293 (12-41) in 14 games, with three RBIs.

AJ VALENCIA: The George Fox outfielder is hitting .276 (16-58) in 21 games, with five RBIs.

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The Bellingham Bells have signed sophomore catcher Bronson Larsen and sophomore infielder Cole Wilstead of BYU for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Landazuri named Big West Pitcher of the Week

March 23, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great weekends

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UC-Riverside sophomore Angel Landazuri, a 2014 Knight who will return this summer, was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday for the week of March 16-22.

Landazuri fanned a career-high 13 Tulane batters in eight innings this past Friday but did not get the decision in an eventual 2-1 win. He surrendered two hits and did not walk a batter.

Landazuri retired the first 16 batters he faced. His 13 strikeouts are the most for a UC Riverside pitcher since former Knight Eddie Orozco (2008-09) had 15 back on March 10, 2012. Landazuri 40 strikeouts and just seven walks so far this season.

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Several other alums received Player of the Week nominations in their respective conferences.

* UC Irvine's Elliot Surrey (2013) was nominated for the Big West Pitcher of the Week honor snared by Landazuri.

* Concordia catcher Nate Esposito (2012) was nominated for Cascade Conference Player of the Week.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have added two Central Washington University (CWU) graduates to the staff: Wendy M. King (1989) as the Director of Market Development and Jordan Halstead (2014) as Operations Coordinator. They will work out of the team's new downtown offices. Here is more on that story from Our Sports Central.

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Theme Nights are back this season for the Walla Walla Sweets. Families can feast on select concessions items for $1 on Sundays courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts; Kids are just $1 on Sundays and Mondays thanks to Community Bank, and Tuesday is all about $2 bills at Borleske Stadium. Here is more on that story from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Alums sent to minor-league camps

March 20, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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Some alumni news from spring training to report this morning.

* The Minnesota Twins have assigned pitcher D.J. Johnson (2008-09) to their minor-league camp.

* The San Diego Padres have assigned outfielder Nick Torres (2012) to their minor-league camp.

* The Colorado Rockies have assigned pitcher Tyler Anderson to their minor-league camp.

* The Toronto Blue Jays have assigned infielder Matt "Slider Guy" Hague to their minor-league camp.

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Time for our Friday update on our 2015 pitching staff. We will have the stats the position players on Wednesdays and the pitchers on Fridays.

SEAN BARRY: The right-hander from Santa Barbara City College is 4-2 in seven games, with a 1.37 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 46 innings.

NOAH BREMER: The Washington righty is 2-2, 1.29 in six games, with 18 strikeouts in 28 innings.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 0-0, 5.40 in two games, with two strikeouts in five innings.

DAKODY CLEMMER: The Central Arizona JC righty is 3-1, 1.85 in six games, with 25 strikeouts in 34 innings.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty is 0-1, 13.06 in three games, with nine strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC is 2-2, 3.24 in seven games, with 25 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI: The righty from UC Riverside is 1-3, 2.81 in five games, with 27 strikeouts in 32 innings.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly is 0-0, 9.00 in three games, with two strikeouts in three innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty has not pitched yet.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty has not pitched yet.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty is 0-0, 7.20 in four games, with four strikeouts in five innings.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty is 0-2, 7.33 in nine games, with 20 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

MATT SMITH: The righty from Chapman is 4-1, 1.65 in five games, with 42 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS: The Riverside City College lefty is 5-0, 1.19 in six games, with 30 strikeouts in 45 innings.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty is 0-0, 9.00 in eight games, with a save and seven strikeouts in six innings.

JUSTIN VERNIA: The Tacoma CC righty is 3-0, 0.00 in three games, with 16 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

JOSH WALKER: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-1, 13.50 in three games, with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

BRADY WILLIAMS: The Central Michigan lefty has not pitched yet.

RYAN WALKER: No stats are available for the Washington State righty.

JOEY WISE: The lefty from GateWay CC is 0-2, 4.19 in eight games, with 26 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

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The Klamath Falls Gems have signed University of Utah freshman Spencer Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound pitcher, and Brian Pozos, an infielder at the University of Portland, for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story from the Klamath Falls Herald and News.

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Victoria coach Graig Merritt, a former professional baseball player and now a Tampa Bay Rays scout, has been named to the cast of the wildly popular reality show Big Brother Canada, which will air this spring on Global TV. The first episode is slated for March 23. Here is more on that story from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend.


Knights sign Dakody Clemmer of Arizona Central JC

March 18, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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The Knights have signed Dakody Clemmer, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman right-handed pitcher at Central Arizona JC. He played at Mountain View High School in Vancouver, Wash., under ex-Knight Aaron Coiteux (2004).

Dakody was a first-team Greater St. Helens League all-star in 2014 as a senior. Welcome to the team, Dakody.

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Future Knights' catcher/infielder KJ Harrison (2015) of Oregon State gets a lot of pub in the second part of this story in Baseball America.

The Beavers play host to Washington State in their Pacific-12 Conference home-opening series at Goss Stadium this weekend.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 position players. We will have the numbers for the pitchers on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The infielder from UC Irvine is hitting .240 (6-25) in 13 games, with three homers and seven RBIs.

HAYDEN CALVERT: The Corban outfielder is hitting .176 (12-68) in 22 games, with two homers and 10 RBIs.

ELLIOTT CARY: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .143 (3-21) in 11 games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDY COSGROVE: The Washington catcher has not played yet.

CHRISTIAN DONAHUE: The Oregon State second baseman is hitting .325 (13-40) in 17 games, with six RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The outfielder from UC Riverside hasn't played yet.

JOSHUA GEORGE: The Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .000 (0-8) in eight games, with no homers or RBIs.

TYLER HAMILTON: The George Fox catcher is hitting .179 (5-28) in 13 games, with three RBIs.

AUSTIN KELLY: The Linn-Benton infielder is hitting .222 (6-27) in eight games, with two RBIs.

DALTON KELLY: The UC Santa Barbara first baseman is hitting .233 (14-60) in 17 games, with a homer and 11 RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder is hitting .208 (5-24) in seven games, with two RBIs.

TYGER LINER: The LBCC catcher is hitting .000 (0-13) in eight games.

CLAY MOTT: The George Fox infielder is hitting .205 (15-73) in 18 games, with four RBIs.

TRAVIS SANDERS: The Portland infielder has not played yet.

JACKSON SOTO: The Oregon State infielder has not played yet.

JES STAPLES: The Bellarmine outfielder is hitting .182 (8-37) in 14 games, with four RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The infielder from Mt. Hood CC is hitting .241 (7-29) in 10 games, with an RBI.

AJ VALENCIA: The George Fox outfielder is hitting .268 (11-41) in 16 games, with three RBIs.

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The Bellingham Bells have hired Erik Oas as their play-by-play voice for the 2015 season. A 2013 graduate of San Jose State, he was the voice of the Klamath Falls Gems last season. Here is more on that story from Our Sports Central.

The Bells have also signed right-handed pitchers Jon Olson, a UCLA signee from Damien High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Jordan Talbot of California. Here is more on that story, also from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Knights sign Mt. Hood's Taylor Travess

March 16, 2015

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

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The Knights have signed freshman outfielder/infielder Taylor Travess of Mt. Hood Community College to a 10-day contract. A left-handed hitter, he is a graduate of Springfield High School and was a two-time all-league shortstop for the Millers.

A 5-foot-9, 175-pounder, he also played in the Reser's Oregon All-Star Series, and in the Les Schwab Bowl in football after an all-state season at wide receiver. He also played basketball.

Welcome to the team, Taylor.

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Future Knights' pitcher Noah Bremer (2015) of Washington is profiled in the second part of this story on the D1baseball.com website.

Another future Knight, Oregon State first baseman/catcher KJ Harrison (2015) gets some love in the first part of the story, which is on the Beavers. All in all, good reading about players who we expect will be cornerstones on our 2015 club.

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Three alums in the minors were assigned back to their organizational spring-training camps late last week. The Chicago White Sox moved first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) and second baseman Drew Garcia (2007), and the Los Angeles Angels moved pitcher Greg Mahle (2012).

Hayes will probably play in high-A this season after spending 2014 at low-A. A free-agent signee, look for Garcia to play at triple-A Charlotte in the International league. Mahle will most likely play high-A as well.

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The Wenatchee AppleSox have signed Chris Carns, a freshman right-hander at Seattle University, and Justin Marsden, a high school pitcher who has signed with Seattle, for the 2015 season.

A native of Federal Way, Wash., Carns will help anchor the bullpen in 2015. He played at Decatur High School. Marsden, a native of Auburn, Wash., plays at Auburn Mountainview High School. Here is more on that story from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Knights sign Henry Rondeau of LBCC

March 12, 2015

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

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The Knights have signed sophomore outfielder Henry Rondeau of Linn-Benton Community College, a Corvallis native and former standout at Corvallis High School, to a 10-day contract.

Rondeau played at Feather River College in 2014 and hit .281 (16-57) in 28 games, with no homers and eight RBIs. He was a Mid-Willamette Conference all-star and a first-team 5A all-state selection as a CHS senior. He also played in the Reser's Oregon All-Star Series.

Welcome to the team, Henry.

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Nice story from Comstock's magazine reporter Steve Martarano on the major life change underway for alum Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State and the San Francisco Giants. Please click here to read it.

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Former Knights' center fielder Connor Hofmann (2012-13) is now playing at the University of San Francisco after transferring from Oregon and sitting out the 2014 season.

He was in the starting lineup this week when the Dons won two games against the Ducks in Eugene. He is hitting .288 (15-52) in 15 games, with a homer, two RBIs and six steals in seven attempts.

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Alum Alex Burg of Washington State, our 2008 MVP, has signed a free-agent contract with the Texas Rangers. He was in the Miami organization in 2014 and hit .267 (60-227) in 76 games at double-A Jacksonville of the Southern League, with seven homers and 29 RBIs.

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Time for our first season update on our 2015 pitching staff. We will have the stats the position players on Wednesdays and the pitchers on Fridays.

SEAN BARRY: The right-hander from Santa Barbara City College is 3-1 in five games, with a 1.29 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 34 innings.

NOAH BREMER: The Washington righty is 2-1, 2.21 in five games, with 13 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 0-0, 5.40 in two games, with two strikeouts in five innings.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty is 0-1, 13.06 in three games, with nine strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC is 1-2, 4.10 in six games, with 19 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI: The righty from UC Riverside is 1-2, 1.75 in four games, with 19 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly is 0-0, 9.00 in three games, with two strikeouts in three innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty has not pitched yet.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty has not pitched yet.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty is 0-0, 7.20 in four games, with four strikeouts in five innings.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty is 0-2, 9.87 in eight games, with 17 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

MATT SMITH: The righty from Chapman is 3-1, 1.82 in four games, with 33 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS: The Riverside City College lefty is 4-0, 1.38 in five games, with 26 strikeouts in 39 innings.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty is 0-0, 9.00 in eight games, with a save and seven strikeouts in six innings.

JUSTIN VERNIA: The Tacoma CC righty is 2-0, 0.00 in two games, with nine strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

JOSH WALKER: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-1, 13.50 in three games, with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

BRADY WILLIAMS: Central Michigan lefty has not pitched yet.

RYAN WALKER: No stats are available for the Washington State righty.

JOEY WISE: No stats are available for the lefty from GateWay CC.

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Infielder Mitch Skaggs of the College of Idaho will return for his second season with the Yakima Valley Pippins. Here is more on that story from Our Sports Central.

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