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Alum A.J. Burke wins GNAC Pitcher of the Year Award

May 15, 2013

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

We're already halfway through the work week already, and down to 20 more days until our June 4 nonconference opener against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium.

Our latest projections are for about 1,700 students, teachers and guests from local elementary schools will be our guests. They'll learn from exhibits hosted by OMSI; the Oregon State Colleges of Science and Engineering; The Drawing Board; the Arts Center in Corvallis; the Musicafe Rock School; Corvallis da Vinci Days, and PEAK Internet.

There's still room for your class if you haven't already signed up; if you're interested, call 541-752-5656 for more details and to make reservations. Last year we drew 2,162 fans to Science and Art Day I, and we'd love to top that number and get our assault on 45,000 in total attendance for 2013 off to a great start!

In the meantime, we've got a lot of Knights-related news to announce today, so let's get started.

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Knights alum A.J. Burke (2012) of Western Oregon was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year; he also was a unanimous first-team all-star. Burke led the conference in ERA (2.78) and strikeouts (91 in 90.2 innings) and posted a 7-4 won-loss record.

Congrats to A.J., who had a solid season (4-3, 2.70) for us as well last summer.

Another alum, WOU senior outfielder Matt Nylen, (2011-12) was a unanimous first-team all-star. Nylen was also a first-team all-star in 2011.

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Alum Austin Hamilton, (2012) a sophomore shortstop at Linn-Benton Community College, has signed a letter of intent with Winthrop University, a Division I (Big South Conference) school in Rock Hill, S.C. Austin is hitting .291 in 39 games, with 18 RBIs and a stellar .409 on-base percentage.

"I'm super excited for the opportunity," Hamilton said Tuesday, between games of LBCC's doubleheader with Lane in what for now was the final home game in program history, as it has been eliminated.

"I didn't know they were even here recruiting me. It's across the nation, but I'm totally excited and blessed."

Hamilton was a NWAACC all-star in 2012 and probably will be again this season. The Big South is comprised of Winthrop, Coastal Carolina, Campbell, Radford, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, VMI, Presbyterian, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and UNC-Asheville.

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Alum Ben Weztler (2011) of Oregon State was nominated for Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for his win over Stanford on Sunday but was not selected. It went instead to another WCL alum, Oregon freshman Cole Irwin, for a shutout of Ohio State in a nonconference series. Irwin played at Cowlitz last summer.

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Wisconsin (A Midwest, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) did it again on Tuesday, He was 1-for-3 with a key three-run homer in a 9-7 victory over Quad Cities to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for the second day in a row. Mitch played at Cal Poly and was the 2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) doubled twice in an 8-7 loss to Louisville.

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) doubled home the winning run in the seventh inning of a 1-0 victory over Beloit.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in a 6-3 win over Rome.

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Lots of future and former Knights were in action on Tuesday in games for Portland and Cal Poly. Here's a rundown:

* Portland's Kramer Scott (2011) was 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs; Caleb Whalen (2012) was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI; Cody Lenahan (2013) was 2-for-4 Michael Lucarelli (2013) was 2-for-3 with a double and a run; Kody Watts (2013) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, with two strikeouts, and Colin Feldtman (2013) allowed two runs in .2 innings in a 9-3 win over Washington. Alex Nesbitt (2013) allowed four runs in one inning for the Huskies in only his third appearance of the season.

* Cal Poly crushed CSU-Bakersfield 10-4 and former and future Knights played a huge role, as usual. Jimmy Allen (2011) was 0-for-4 with an RBI; Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs; Brian Mundell (2013) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; David Armendariz (2011) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run; Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 0-for-4, and Casey Bloomquist (2013) allowed three runs and had five strikeouts in six innings for his fifth win in his last six Tuesday starts.

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The WCL's new Yakima franchise doesn't have a name or a stadium lease yet and it won't start playing until 2014. But we're confident those minor issues will be resolved shortly and the team is a great fit for the Yakima market, according to this editorial in the Yakima Herald newspaper.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have added pitcher Chris Van Dyke from Oakland University, and Arizona State University outfielder Johnny Sewald will join the club this summer. Click here for more details from the Bells' website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats will work with the Steve Nash Foundation as one of their Official Community Partners. Saturday, July 27, will be "Steve Nash Foundation Night" at Royal Athletic Park, when the HarbourCats play the Knights. Click here for more details.

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That's all for now. See you on Thursday.


Three weeks and counting

May 14, 2013

Three weeks from today (June 4) we begin our seventh season in Corvallis with a nonleague game against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium.

It should be a great day. More than 1,600 area elementary school students will be on hand to see the game and to learn from interactive displays staffed by OMSI; the Oregon State Colleges of Science and Engineering; The Drawing Board; the Arts Center in Corvallis; the Musicafe Rock School; Corvallis da Vinci Days, and PEAK Internet.

Last year's first Science and Art Day drew more than 2,100 fans, and we're hoping to top that this season. There's still room for your class; call us at 541-752-5656 for more details, and to register.

And here's a note for all our season-ticket holders: They're being printed as we speak and will be available starting May 20. You can pick them up in person at the WWHQ; have them left at will call each night, or we'll mail them to you or deliver them to you at your home or business. Just let us know your preferred option.

Now, for the rest of the news.

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Knights' alum Matt Nylen (2011-12) of Western Oregon was the MVP of last week's Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament. The Wolves defeated Central Washington in the championship game.

Nylen was 2-for-5 with a run and four RBIs in the championship game. Nylen hit .467 (7-15) in four tournament games overall, with a homer, four runs and five RBIs.

"It's such a great honor to be named Most Valuable Player, but it was a total team effort," Nylen said. "I just tried to take a patient approach at the plate and it worked out for me this weekend."

Click here for more details. Matt hit .358 (64-179), with five homers and 44 RBIs, as a senior.

Congrats to Matt!

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Alum Miles Kizer (2010) of Washington and Western Oregon will coach the Dallas American Legion team this summer. He is also an assistant coach at WOU.

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Wisconsin (A Midwest, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run, a triple, two walks and two RBIs in a 5-4, 11-inning win over Burlington to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for Monday. Mitch played at Cal Poly and was the 2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 5-4 loss to Erie.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) lowered his ERA to 0.95 with a scoreless inning in a 9-2 loss to High Desert.

* South Bend (A Midwest, Diamondbacks) infielder Carter Bell (2009) was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI in a 6-2 win over West Michigan.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) infielder Matt Duffy (2010) was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in an 11-8 win over Rome.

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It's Tuesday, so here is our weekly update of the 2013 college stats for our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and junior-college players.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Junior infielder Scott Stone hit .291 (23-79) in 33 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs. CWU's season is over.

CONCORDIA: Sophomore outfielder Blake Drake hit .367 (84-229) in 55 games, with 27 RBIs. Concordia's season is over.

DIXIE STATE: Sophomore infielder Kevin Kline is hitting .358 (53-148) in 43 games, with six homers and 40 RBIs. DSU will host an NCAA Division II regional in St. George, Utah, this Thursday-Sunday.

GEORGE FOX: Junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski was 4-4, 3.18 in 12 games, with 66 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Sean Eberhardt was 3-0, 3.14 in 13 games, with 10 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. GFU has finished its season.

GRAND CANYON: Sophomore pitcher Jorge Perez is 6-4, 3.35 in 13 games, with 52 strikeouts in 86 innings. Freshman pitcher Andrew Naderer is 8-2, 2.62 in 13 games, with 67 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. GCU will play in the NCAA Division II regional at St. George this Thursday-Sunday.

MT. HOOD CC: Sophomore pitcher Eric Huson is 6-0, 2.11 in nine games, with 38 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY: Sophomore pitcher Kyle Treadway is 2-7, 3.91 in 11 games, with 23 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. The Boxers' season is over.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Junior pitcher Max Beatty was 7-5, 2.48 in 13 games, with 90 strikeouts in 87 innings. Sophomore pitcher Chris Bishop was 2-3, 4.89 in 16 games, with three saves and 37 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Jake Otness was 1-2, 8.04 in 18 games, with 26 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. PLU's season is over.

TACOMA CC: Sophomore pitcher Brandon Choate, a Washington signee, is 1-2, 2.61 in 13 games, with four saves and 25 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. Sophomore Chad Michaud is hitting .304 (24-79) in 23 games, with a homer and 22 RBIs as a catcher and is 0-0, 0.00 in five games as a pitcher, with a save and seven strikeouts in four innings. Knights' pitching coach Connor Lambert has the same job with TCC during the school year.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have signed Oregon Tech first baseman Dylan Rogers, a returnee from the 2012 team that narrowly missed the West Coast League playoffs. Rogers led OIT with a .366 batting average, 16 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 52 RBIs. Here's more from the Klamath Falls Herald and News.

VICTORIA: Where will the HarbourCats players come from? Click here and find out, in a story from the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

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I think that's all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Three more wins for future/alum Knights

May 13, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone.

This is starting to sound like a broken record, but that's OK because it's a good broken record.

Knights alums Matt Boyd (2010) and Ben Wetzler (2011) and future Knight Andrew Moore all earned wins and Scott Schultz (2011) got a save for Oregon State this weekend as the Beavers swept Stanford to assume uncontested possession of first place in the Pacific-12 Conference race.

It's the third weekend in a row the Beavers have swept a Pac-12 series and they extended their lead over Oregon to one game heading into this weekend's series at Eugene. Boyd, Wetzler and Moore have combined for all nine of those wins.

And with the weekend now behind us, we're down to just 22 more days until our June 4 season opener, a nonconference game against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day at Goss Stadium. So come see us at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis and get those season tickets and 10-game punch cards today.

Now, on with the news.

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Former Knights broadcaster Jason Schwartz (2010) broadcast the first no-hitter of his career on Sunday as his team, the Lancaster JetHawks, no-hit Stockton 2-0 in a California League game at Lancaster. It was a double-duty day for Jason, as he also wrote the game recap for the team's website.

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We like to give you a countdown toward the start of our season. With that in mind, here's a link to a story from Summer Baseball Insider detailing the starting date for summer college wood bat leagues around the country.

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Three 2013 Knights will be playing in the Division II national tournament. Pitcher Jorge Perez and Andrew Naderer of Grand Canyon University and first baseman Kevin Kline of Dixie State will play for their teams in the NCAA Division II West Regionals, hosted by Dixie State (St. George, Utah) this Thursday through Sunday. GCU and DSU meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the six-team event.

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Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy was 1-for-2 with three runs, a double and three walks in a 10-6 win over Greenville to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for Sunday. Matt was a Long Beach State Dirtbag.

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It's a Monday, so here are updated stats for our 2013 Division I players:

CAL POLY: Freshman catcher/DH Brian Mundell is hitting .287 (47-164) with nine homers and 35 RBIs in 45 games. Freshman infielder Peter Van Gansen is hitting .273 (39-143) with no homers and 11 RBIs in 49 games. Freshman pitcher Casey Bloomquist is 4-1, 4.59 in seven games, with 27 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.

COLUMBIA: Sophomore outfielder Gus Craig is hitting .313 (10-32) in 30 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

DARTMOUTH: Freshman outfielder Nick Ruppert hit .345 (19-55) in 16 games, with eight RBIs. He was sidelined earlier this year with a broken hand but will be recovered in time to play this summer.

OREGON: Freshmen pitcher Jared Priestley is 0-0, 2.70 in five games, with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Andrew Moore is 10-1, 1.48 in 13 appearances, with a save and 46 strikeouts in 92.2 innings. Freshman pitcher Max Engelbrekt is 3-0, 1.69 in 17 appearances, with four saves and 15 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Freshman infielder Gabe Clark is hitting .161 (5-31) in 15 games, with four RBIs.

PORTLAND: Sophomore infielder Cody Lenahan is hitting .285 (49-172) in 48 games, with no homers and 17 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Michael Lucarelli is hitting .180 (20-111) in 42 games, with no homers and nine RBIs. Junior pitcher Colin Feldtman is 2-2, 2.51 in 32.1 innings over 17 appearances, with two saves and 20 strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Kody Watts is 1-2, 4.66 in 14 games, with 17 strikeouts in 29 innings.

SAN DIEGO: Sophomore outfielder Grant Melker is hitting .167 (1-6) in 25 games, with four runs, no homers and no RBIs.

SAN JOSE STATE: Junior catcher Dane Lund is hitting .200 (13-65) with a homer and four RBIs in 27 games.

UC IRVINE: Utility man Chris Rabago is hitting .268 (46-170) in 47 games, with a homer and 21 RBIs. Freshman pitcher Elliot Surrey is 1-0, 5.06 in nine games, with nine strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman outfielder Joseph DeRoche-Duffin is hitting .143 (1-7) in nine games, with no homers or RBIs. Freshman pitcher Dylan Hecht is 0-2, 2.10 in 25 games, with 401strikeouts in 30 innings.

WASHINGTON: Freshman pitcher Alex Nesbitt is 0-0, 0.00 in two appearances, with a strikeout in 2.1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Freshman pitcher Jacob Schroeder is 0-0, 12.46 in five games, with one strikeout in 4.1 innings.

Remember, stats for our Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players will be updated tomorrow. The season is over for some, but some are still playing.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: Lots of news from the Bells. First, they have scheduled three fireworks nights for the 2013 season; unfortunately, none are scheduled when we're there. And they are also hosting a job fair this Saturday, for anyone interested in working for the Bells this summer.

MEDFORD: The Rogues updated their roster Saturday with the loss of four players and the addition of four 10-day contract players and one full-season contract player. Click here for more details.

VICTORIA: Victoria's Royal Athletic Park, the hom eof the HarbourCats, is getting a makeover this spring in preparation for the upcoming season. Read all about it in the HarbourCats Baseball Blog. Also, pitcher Connor Russell of Victoria Island University has been named the team's Player of the Week.


It's a sunny TGIF in CorVegas

May 10, 2013

Another beautiful Friday at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. What a fantastic spring we've had; let's hope that pattern continues and the great weather will help us establish an attendance record at Goss Stadium this summer.

We're down to 25 more days until our June 4 season opener against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day at Goss Stadium. We expect more than 1,600 area elementary school students to be at the game so it should be a lot of fun.

Director of Tickets Jaimie Van Vleet will be printing this year's season tickets next week and they'll be available starting May 20. You can pick them up in person at the WWHQ; have them left at will call each night, or we'll mail them to you or deliver them to you at your home or business. Just let us know your preferred option.

Now, on to today's Knights news.

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The Miami Marlins have assigned utility Alex Burg, the MVP of our 2008 West Coast League championship team, to the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-advanced Florida State League. He signed with them last week.

Burg was released earlier this year by the San Francisco Giants after three years in their farm system, and had recently signed with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the independent American Association before returning to affiliated ball.

He joins Knights' alum James Nygren (2009) on the Hammerheads. Alex went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in his debut game with the club so he's off to a great start!

And the Arizona Diamondbacks have assigned infielder Carter Bell (2009) to the South Bend Silver Hawks in the Midwest League. He had not been placed with a team to that point; he played for Visalia in the California League in 2012.

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Several 2013 Knights were in action on Thursday for their respective college teams.

* Concordia center fielder Blake Drake was 2-for-4 with a run on Thursday in an 8-7, 10-inning loss to Tabor (Kan.) College in the opening round of the Santa Clarita (Calif.) Regional of the NAIA national tournament. Concordia then eliminated Cal State San Marcos 13-3 on Friday morning; a box score of that game isn't available yet. The Cavaliers will play Tabor again at 6 p.m. today in another loser-out game.

* Central Washington first baseman Scott Stone was 0-for-2 with a run in a 6-5 win over Montana State-Billings in the first game of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament at Western Oregon. He didn't play in a 3-0 win over WOU; alum Matt Nylen (2011, 2012) was 2-for-2 with two walks and AJ Burke (2012) gave up two runs in eight innings, had nine strikeouts and got the loss for WOU. CWU plays WOU again on Friday needing one win for the championship.

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San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, had six strikeouts and improved to 5-0 in a 2-1 win over Midland to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Las Vegas (AAA Pacific Coast, Mets) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) had one strikeout in one scoreless inning and got the win in a 6-5 victory over Round Rock.

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run in a 5-4 loss to Akron.

* Richmond (AA Eastern Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 9-8 win over Altoona.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) had two strikeouts in a scoreless inning and lowered his ERA to 1.06 in a 6-2 win over Bakersfield.

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It's Friday, so here are the latest updated stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .177 (14-79) with a homer and eight RBIs in 24 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .000 (0-2) with no homers or RBIs in one game with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .375 (3-8) with no homers and two RBIs in two games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .279 (31-111) with a homer and 16 RBIs in 32 games with Augusta (Ga.), San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .200 (3-15) with an RBI in four games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .211 (12-57) with eight RBIs in 19 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .333 (25-75) with a homer and six RBIs in 18 games with Lakeland, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He's currently on the DL.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .303 (30-99) with three homers and 18 RBIs in 29 games for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .220 (18-82) with two homers and five RBIs in 25 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2006, 2007): Brent is hitting .242 (22-91) with two homers and 16 RBIs in 26 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .287 (35-122) with six homers and 21 RBIs in 32 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .307 (27-88) with four homers and 15 RBIs in 27 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 0-1, 3.18 in seven games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 36 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 5-0, 2.19 in seven appearances for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. He has 34 strikeouts in 37 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 1-0, 1.86 with one save in seven games for Greenville (S.C.), Boston's affiliate in the single-A South Atlantic League. He has 10 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 1-2, 5.33 in six games for Greensboro (N.C.), Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 23 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 1-2, 4.82 with one save in eight appearances with Kane County (Ill.), the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with seven strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 2-2, 5.23 in 14 appearances with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 12 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 1-0, 1.06 with four saves in 13 games with San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League. He has 21 strikeouts in 17 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 1-2, 5.63 in eight appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has five strikeouts in 16 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 0-3, 6.85 in five games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 11 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

We'll add other alums to the list as they are assigned to their respective teams.

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No WCL news to report today. Have a great weekend!!!


It's Friday Eve at the WWHQ

May 9, 2013

Happy Thursday, everyone. Another sunny, beautiful day in CorVegas, which this spring has been a virtual paradise, especially compared to the past two dismal, dreary, La Nina springs.

We're down to just 26 days until our June 4 season opener with the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day at Goss Stadium. More than 1,600 area elementary school students will be our guests at the game and we're looking forward to working with OMSI; the Oregon State Colleges of Science and Engineering; The Drawing Board; the Arts Center in Corvallis; the Musicafe Rock School; Corvallis da Vinci Days, and PEAK Internet, which will man the radar gun station, to give them a memorable experience at the ballpark.

Also, our 10-game punch cards have been selling like hotcakes the past week or so, so get yours now and don't miss out on all the fun this summer. A punch card ($40 for 10 GA tickets) is one of the best values in town!

Season tickets are also available, two more went out the door yesterday. And our new merchandise has started to arrive, so come visit us at the World-Wide Headquarters of the Corvallis Knights (the WWHQ) in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis.

Now, on with today's news.

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Several players with Knights' connections earned Northwest Conference postseason awards, as announced by the league on Tuesday.

Second-team selections were:

* Pacific Lutheran redshirt junior pitcher Max Beatty (2010-13).

Honorable mention selections were:

* George Fox junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013).

* George Fox junior pitcher Alex Keenan (2012).

* Pacific University senior pitcher Rob Dittrick (2012).

For the complete team, which features many other players with WCL ties, click here.

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Another good story on Knights' veteran Max Beatty (2010-13) of Pacific Lutheran, this one from The Oregonian and reporter Nick Dashel. Max played for us in 2010-12, has signed with us for 2013, and we get a prominent mention in the story.

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Only one game in Division I involving former/future Knights on Wednesday, but it was a Knightsapalooza when Oregon State deged Portland 4-3 at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.

* For the Beavers, Jake Rodriguez (2009) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Danny Hayes (2009) was 0-for-2 with an RBI, Brandon Jackson (2012) had three strikeouts and allowed one run in two innings and Scott Schultz (2011) pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.

* For the Pilots, Kramer Scott (2011) was 1-for-4 with an RBI; Caleb Whalen (2012) was 0-for-3; Cody Lenahan (2013) was 1-for-3 with a run; Beau Fraser (2012) was 0-for-3 with an RBI; Michael Lucarelli (2013) was 0-for-2 and Kody Watts (2013) and Colin Feldtman (2013) each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

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Knights alum Matt Boyd (2010) is profiled as an Everyday Champion by the Oregon State athletic department. Congrats to Matty B.

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Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs and two walks in an 8-3 victory over Columbus to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) doubled, scored and drove in two runs in a 10-4 loss to Portland.

* Wisconsin (A Midwest, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was a combined 2-for-6 with as double, two RBIs and a run in a doubleheader split with Clinton.

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We've run out of categories for our weekly Knights Top 10, so it's being mothballed for the time being.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

WALLA WALLA: Here is the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a regular feature on the Sweets' website.

WENATCHEE: Top recruits from UCLA, University of San Diego, and the University of Hawaii will gain experience in Wenatchee this summer before beginning their college careers. Infielder Gosuke Katoh and outfielder Brett Stephens of UCLA; outfielder Hunter Mercado-Hood, infielder Trae Arbet, and right-handed pitcher C.J. Burdick of USD, and first baseman Jake Bauers of the University of Hawaii will join the AppleSox. Click here for more details, from Our Sports Central.

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow on a TGIF.


Knights lose WSU pitcher Kellen Camus

May 8, 2013

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Big day down at the WWHQ this morning, with the arrival of former Knights/Washington State infielder JK Dykes, (2010-11), who will be our Washington State Sports Management Intern this summer. He graduated from WSU on May 4 with a degree in Sport Management (that's why he's our Sport Management intern).

He's already out on an errand, so we're putting him to work right away. He'll be a nice addition to our office staff.

However, we do have some bad news that's Wazzu-related. Junior pitcher Kellen Camus, a 2013 signee, has a bad shoulder and will miss the summer season. He was 3-2, 3.67 in 19 games this season, with three saves and 28 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

So, our only WSU player this summer will be freshman pitcher Jacob Schroder, a high-touted 6-foot-7 freshman right-hander who has pitched sparingly this spring and thus should be ready to go when he arrives in Corvallis.

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Pretty slim day again Tuesday on the college front, with very few of our 2013 players or alums in action. Here's a rundown:

* Tons of Knights in action for Cal Poly in a 5-2 win over San Jose State. Jimmy Allen (2011) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI; Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-5 with two runs; Brian Mundell (2013) was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI; David Armendariz (2011) was 0-for-3; Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 1-for-3 with a run, a double and an RBI, and Casey Bloomquist (2013) allowed two runs on four hits and had two strikeouts in 6.2 innings for his fourth win in his last five Tuesday starts. Dane Lund (2011-13) did not play for SJSU.

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Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was a combined 2-for-5 with a game-winning homer, double and three RBIs in a doubleheader split with Columbus to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) hit his sixth homer and was 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-1 win over Portland.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) reliever Josh Osich (2008) struck out the side in the ninth inning of a 10-3 win over Bakersfield to lower his ERA to 1.13.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KITSAP: The BlueJackets have signed outfielder Connor Jones, a junior at Villanova from Perry High School in Chandler, Ariz. He is hitting .191 in 45 games, with three homers and 24 RBIs. He hit .276 as a junior, with a homer and 35 RBIs, and .196 in limited duty as a freshman, with four RBIs.

WALLA WALLA: Ticket sales for the upcoming season are "brisk," according to this story on the Sweets' website. They were second in the WCL in league-game attendance in 2013, drawing 34,598 fans for 26 openings; we were third at 33,801 for 26 openings.

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That's all for now. See you on Thursday.


WCL president Ken Wilson steps down

May 7, 2013

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Lots of news to report on this sunny morning at the WWHQ in downtown Corvallis, so we'll dispense with obligatory chit-chat and get right to it.

Most importantly, Ken Wilson has stepped down as the president of the West Coast League after five successful seasons. No successor was named; he will remain as an advisor and consultant to the league through August 31.

Current WCL vice president Eddie Poplawski, the owner of the Bellingham Bells, will serve as the WCL's primary contact and administrator until a successor is hired.

Wilson succeeded Jim Dietz as the WCL's initial full-time president in March, 2008. During his tenure the WCL added franchises in Cowlitz, Walla Walla, Medford, Klamath Falls, Victoria and Yakima; the overall talent level improved, the All-Star Game was revived, and attendance increased to a record 259,213 for league games in 2012.

"The Corvallis Knights and WCL benefited greatly from Ken's expertise and diligence," Knights' president Dan Segel said. "He grew the WCL and was a guy we could always count on for consultation and support here in Corvallis. We wish him well, and thank him for his extraordinary efforts developing markets."

Before joining the WCL, Wilson worked 22 seasons as a major-league baseball broadcaster with Seattle, the California Angels, Cincinnati, Oakland, St. Louis and the Chicago White Sox. He then founded and operated the River City (Missouri) Rascals and Gateway (Illinois) Grizzlies minor-league franchises and was instrumental in the development of new stadiums for both clubs.

In the baseball offseason he spent 22 as a National Hockey League broadcaster, with ESPN, Sportschannel America and the St. Louis Blues. He also broadcast Washington State, Seattle Pacific and Big Eight Conference basketball, and St. Louis Rams football.

Best of luck to Ken, who always had a kind and encouraging word for The Blog on his many trips to Corvallis.

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Several former or future Knights were nominated for Player/Pitcher of the Week honors by their respective conferences, but they were not selected.

* Cal Poly freshman catcher/DH Brian Mundell, expected to be the top power source on the 2013 Knights, didn't earn Big West Conference honors despite hitting .467 (7-15) with a triple, a homer, three RBIs and three runs in four games. He raised his average 19 points to .293 (44-150), with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 41 games.

* Oregon State freshman pitcher Andrew Moore (2013) and junior catcher Jake Rodriguez didn't win Pac-12 honors. Moore pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout against California; Rodriguez hit .429 (3-7) with two RBIs and shone defensively as the Beavers swept California to stay in first place.

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Former Knights outfielder Nick Akins (2007) has signed with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the independent American Association. He was released recently by the Los Angeles Dodgers after four years in their farm system.

Here are more details, from the RedHawks website. Former Knight Alex Burg, our 2008 MVP, also signed with Fargo earlier this spring after being released by San Francisco but he has since signed with Miami and is back in affiliated baseball.

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We're down to 28 more days until our June 4 season opener with the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day at Goss Stadium, and up to more than 1,600 school kids from Philomath, Albany, Lebanon, Scio, Sweet Home, Monroe and Monmouth who will be attending the game.

(The Corvallis school district refuses to endorse this hometown event for its elementary school teachers and students. Go figure.)

This year's exhibitors include OMSI; the Oregon State Colleges of Science and Engineering; The Drawing Board; the Arts Center in Corvallis; the Musicafe Rock School; Corvallis da Vinci Days, and PEAK Internet, which will man the radar gun station.

Should be a great day. Last year's first Science and Art Day drew more than 2,100 fans.

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Quiet day in college baseball for our 2013 and former Knights. Here's a roundup:

* Portland edged Washington State 7-5 at UP. Kramer Scott (2011) was 0-for-3 with a run; Caleb Whalen (2012) and Cody Lenahan (2013) were 0-for-3; Beau Fraser (2012) was 2-for-4 with a run, Michael Lucarelli (2013) was 1-for-2 with a run and Kody Watts (2013) earned his third save with a scoreless ninth inning for the Pilots. Jacob Schroeder (2013) pitched 1/3 of a scoreless inning for the Cougars.

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Modesto (A California, Rockies) pitcher Tyler Anderson (2009) pitched six scoreless innings and had six strikeouts but was not involved in the decision in a 4-3 win over Bakersfield on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) had two strikeouts in two scoreless innings and earned a hold in a 3-1 win over Lakeland.

* Kane Co, (A Midwest, Cubs) pitcher Eddie Orozco (2008-09) had two strikeouts in two scoreless innings in an 11-8 loss to Dayton.

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It's Tuesday, so here is our weekly update of the 2013 college stats for our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and junior-college players. We'll do this every Tuesday throughout the college season; stats for our NCAA Division I players are updated on Mondays. All stats are through Monday's games.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Junior infielder Scott Stone is hitting .303 (23-76) in 31 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs.

CONCORDIA: Sophomore outfielder Blake Drake is hitting .367 (79-215) in 52 games, with 26 RBIs.

DIXIE STATE: Sophomore infielder Kevin Kline is hitting .358 (53-148) in 43 games, with six homers and 40 RBIs.

GEORGE FOX: Junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski was 4-4, 3.18 in 12 games, with 66 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Sean Eberhardt was 3-0, 3.14 in 13 games, with 10 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. GFU has finished its season.

GRAND CANYON: Sophomore pitcher Jorge Perez is 6-4, 3.35 in 13 games, with 52 strikeouts in 86 innings. Freshman pitcher Andrew Naderer is 8-2, 2.62 in 13 games, with 67 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. GCU will learn May 12 if it has qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament.

MT. HOOD CC: Sophomore pitcher Eric Huson is 5-0, 2.18 in eight games, with 33 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY: Sophomore pitcher Kyle Treadway is 2-7, 3.91 in 11 games, with 23 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. The Boxers' season is over.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Junior pitcher Max Beatty is 7-5, 2.48 in 13 games, with 90 strikeouts in 87 innings. Sophomore pitcher Chris Bishop is 2-3, 4.89 in 16 games, with three saves and 37 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Jake Otness is 1-2, 8.04 in 18 games, with 26 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

TACOMA CC: Sophomore pitcher Brandon Choate, a Washington signee, is 1-2, 2.57 in 12 games, with four saves and 24 strikeouts in 19 innings. Sophomore Chad Michaud is hitting .319 (22-69) in 20 games, with a homer and 21 RBIs as a catcher and is 0-0, 0.00 in four games as a pitcher, with a save and five strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Knights' pitching coach Connor Lambert has the same job with TCC during the school year.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: Two pitchers and a pair of infielders from California, including a one-time runner-up in golf's World Long Drive Championships, will play for the Black Bears this summer. Here are more details from The Daily News newspaper of Kelso-Longview.

VICTORIA: Redshirt freshman Chris Lewis of Sacramento State was named HarbourCats Player of the Week for hitting .500 (8-16) with a home run, two doubles, six RBIs, five runs and a walk. Click here for more details from the team's website.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed right-handed pitcher Chris McDowell from Washington State and right-handed pitcher Trevor Dunlap of Washington for the 2013 season. Here's more from the club's website.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Knights sign Max Beatty of PLU

May 6, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you're as excited as we are at the WWHQ to be back at work.

We are down to a mere 29 more days until our June 4 nonconference season opener against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day at Goss Stadium. So get your season tickets and 10-game punch cards now.

We do have some other good news to report.

The Knights have signed Pacific Lutheran University redshirt junior Max Beatty, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander, for the 2013 season. Beatty also pitched for Knights in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and will be the first collegiate four-year Knight in franchise history if he does not turn professional after the June draft. He is rated the No. 3 Division III prospect by Baseball America.

The Vancouver, Wash., native was 7-5, 2.48 in 13 games at PLU this spring, with 90 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 87 innings. He was twice named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week and is a strong candidate for league postseason honors.

He was 2-1, 4.01 in eight games for the Knights in 2012, with 20 strikeouts in 40.1 innings after missing the 2012 college season while recovering from cancer. In 2011 he was 6-1, 2.42, and earned all-WCL honors, started the WCL Championship Series clincher against Walla Walla and appeared in the WCL All-Star Game.

Welcome back, Max.

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Outfielder Gus Craig (2013) of Columbia hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning on Saturday to lift them Lions to a 6-5 victory over Dartmouth in Game 1 of the Ivy League Championship Series at Columbia's Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

Columbia also won the nightcap 12-5 to win the series and advance to the NCAA tournament. Craig is a Eugene native.

Another 2013 Knight, outfielder Nick Ruppert, played for Dartmouth this season but suffered a broken hand earlier this spring and missed the rest of the season. He is expected to be available for summer ball, however.

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Concordia and sophomore outfielder Blake Drake (2013) won the NAIA West tournament at Concordia on Friday to qualify for the NAIA national tournament.

The Cavaliers are the No. 5 seed at the Santa Clarita regional on May 9-13, hosted by top-seeded The Master's College (Calif.). The Cavaliers will be joined Cal State San Marcos as the No. 2 seed, San Diego Christian as the No. 3 seed and Tabor (Kan.) as the No. 4 seed.

The regional champions will join host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho, May 24-31.

Drake hit .367 (79-215) in 53 games, with no homers, 26 RBIs and 20 steals in 26 attempts.

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For the second weekend in a row, future/alumni Knights won all three games for Oregon State as the Beavers swept a Pac-12 series at Goss Stadium, this time against California. Matt Boyd (2010) won on Friday, Andrew Moore (2013) won on Saturday and Ben Wetzler (2011) won on Sunday.

Future Knight Max Engelbrekt (2013) and 2011 alums Jace Fry and Scott Schultz closed out Sunday's game in relief of Wetzler.

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It's a Monday, so here are updated stats for our 2013 Division I players:

CAL POLY: Freshman catcher/DH Brian Mundell is hitting .293 (44-150) with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 41 games. Freshman infielder Peter Van Gansen is hitting .278 (37-133) with no homers and 10 RBIs in 45 games. Freshman pitcher Casey Bloomquist is 3-1, 5.06 in six games, with 25 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

COLUMBIA: Sophomore outfielder Gus Craig is hitting .313 (10-32) in 30 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

DARTMOUTH: Freshman outfielder Nick Ruppert hit .345 (19-55) in 16 games, with eight RBIs. He was sidelined earlier this year with a broken hand but will be recovered in time to play this summer.

OREGON: Freshmen pitcher Jared Priestley is 0-0, 2.70 in five games, with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Andrew Moore is 9-1, 1.37 in 12 appearances, with a save and 44 strikeouts in 79 innings. Freshman pitcher Max Engelbrekt is 3-0, 1.69 in 17 appearances, with four saves and 15 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Freshman infielder Gabe Clark is hitting .161 (5-31) in 15 games, with four RBIs.

PORTLAND: Sophomore infielder Cody Lenahan is hitting .278 (44-158) in 41 games, with no homers and 16 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Michael Lucarelli is hitting .184 (18-98) in 37 games, with no homers and nine RBIs. Junior pitcher Colin Feldtman is 2-2, 2.83 in 28.2 innings over 15 appearances, with two saves and 17 strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Kody Watts is 1-2, 5.26 in 11 games, with 15 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

SAN DIEGO: Sophomore outfielder Grant Melker is hitting .167 (1-6) in 24 games, with four runs, no homers and no RBIs.

SAN JOSE STATE: Junior catcher Dane Lund is hitting .220 (13-59) with a homer and four RBIs in 21 games.

UC IRVINE: Utility man Chris Rabago is hitting .271 (46-170) in 44 games, with a homer and 20 RBIs. Freshman pitcher Elliot Surrey is 1-0, 5.06 in nine games, with nine strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman outfielder Joseph DeRoche-Duffin is hitting .143 (1-7) in nine games, with no homers or RBIs. Freshman pitcher Dylan Hecht is 0-2, 1.93 in 23 games, with 40 strikeouts in 28 innings.

WASHINGTON: Freshman pitcher Alex Nesbitt is 0-0, 0.00 in two appearances, with a strikeout in 2.1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Junior pitcher Kellen Camus is 3-2, 3.67 in 19 games, with three saves and 28 strikeouts in 23.1 innings. Freshman pitcher Jacob Schroeder is 0-0, 18.00 in three games, with no strikeouts in three innings.

Remember, stats for our Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players will be updated tomorrow.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: The left-field fence at Vince Genna Stadium will have a new look this year, and the Elks have signed right-handed pitcher Justin Huckins, a junior at Linfield College, for 2013. Click here and read the first two items on the menu for more details.

COWLITZ The Black Bears have signed pitchers Cody Bellinger, Trent Paddon, Brett Nielsen and outfielder Austin Grebeck, incoming freshmen at Oregon, and left-handed pitcher Layne Bruner,, an incoming Washington State freshman, for the 2013 season. will head to WSU this fall. Here are more details from The Daily News of Kelso-Longview.

KELOWNA: The Falcons have released their 2013 promotional schedule. Click here for the details.

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have completed their signings for the 2013 season. For all the details, please click here for a story from the Gems' website.

MEDFORD: The Rogues are getting closer to their first opening day. Here are more details, from the Medford Mail-Tribune newspaper. Also, several 2013 Rogues have received all-conference honors; here are more details from Our Sports Central.

VICTORIA: The progress of the team's Canadian players are updated on this edition of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

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That's all for today. See you on Tuesday.


Another Friday, whoop whoop!

May 3, 2013

It's Friday again, whoop whoop!

And what better way to celebrate the end of the work week than by updating the countdown and by updating the faithful readers of the blog with the latest Knights news.

First, the countdown. We're down to just 32 days until our June 4 season opener with the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day at Goss Stadium. It's an 11 a.m. game and we expect more than 1,600 area elementary school students to attend. Should be a fun day!

Also, former Knights reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) of Oregon has been named as one of the top draft prospects among relievers by Baseball America magazine. Here's the skinny, from reporter Conor Glassey. As the story says, Jimmy got his career turned around in Corvallis two summers ago and we're thrilled to follow his career, hopefully all the way to the major leagues.

Now, on with today's news.

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Veteran Jaimie Van Vleet, who started with us as an intern in 2008 during her undergraduate years at Oregon State, has returned to the Knights on a part-time basis as our Director of Tickets. She will also coordinate the Host Family program. She will start on Monday. Welcome back, Jaimie!

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Here's an update on former Knights superstar intern Leslie Mak, the one-time Oregon State gymnastics standout who interned for us in 2011. She graduated from OSU in 2012 and is now living in Portland and working as a sales rep for the E&J Gallo Winery.

Way to go, Leslie!

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Concordia sophomore outfielder Blake Drake went 1-for-3 with a run on Friday in a 2-1 win over Menlo College at the NAIA West tournament at Concordia. The Cavaliers will face Menlo again at noon today in the championship game of the double-elimination event.

If Menlo wins that game, a second championship game will follow. The victory advances to the NAIA national tournament.

Drake was the only 2013 Knight in action on Thursday.

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San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) needed just 10 pitches in 1.2 scoreless, hitless innings, got the win and lowered his ERA to 1.29 in a 4-2 victory over Bakersfield that earned him Corvallis Knights Minor league Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) got a hold after pitching two scoreless innings in a 10-6 win over Charlotte.

* Wisconsin (A Midwest, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was a combined 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, two RBIs and two runs in a doubleheader split with Lansing.

* Greensboro (A South Atlantic, Marlins) pitcher Scott Lyman (2010)allowed an unearned run, struck out six in five innings and got the win in an 8-1 victory over West Virginia.

* The Padres have promoted catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) to triple-A Tucson of the PCL from double-A San Antonio of the Texas League.

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It's Friday, so here are the latest updated stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .206 (13-63), with a homer and seven RBIs, in 19 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .304 (28-92) with a homer and 14 RBIs in 26 games with Augusta (Ga.), San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .143 (2-7) with an RBI in two games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .189 (10-53) with six RBIs in 17 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .296 (24-81) with three homers and 15 RBIs in 23 games for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .222 (18-81) with two homers and five RBIs in 24 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2006, 2007): Brent is hitting .215 (14-65) with a homer and nine RBIs in 19 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .313 (30-96) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 25 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .297 (22-74) with four homers and 12 RBIs in 23 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 0-1, 3.74 in six games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 30 strikeouts in 33.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 3-0, 2.42 in five appearances for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. He has 29 strikeouts in 26 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 1-0, 1.93 with one save in six games for Greenville (S.C.), Boston's affiliate in the single-A South Atlantic League. He has 10 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 1-2, 5.33 in six games for Greensboro (N.C.), Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 23 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 1-2, 6.14 with one save in seven appearances with Kane County (Ill.), the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with three strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 1-2, 5.79 in 12 appearances with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 11 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 1-0, 1.29 with four saves in 10 games with San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League. He has 14 strikeouts in 14 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 1-1, 7.71 in six appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has three strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 0-2, 6.50 in four games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has five strikeouts in 18 innings.

We'll add other alums to the list as they are assigned to their respective teams.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks have signed Abilene Christian incoming pitcher Scott Kinzler and Feather River Community College pitcher Jace Puckett to their 2013 staff. More details are available by clicking here and reading the second item on the home page menu.

MEDFORD: Construction at Harry & David Field in Medford is progressing, according to these photos from Ballparkbiz.com.


Big day for future Knight Blake Drake of Concordia

May 2, 2013

We were very excited several weeks ago when we signed sophomore center fielder Blake Drake of Concordia University. On Wednesday, he (again) validated that excitement.

Drake was 5-for-8 with a steal in a 4-3, 15-inning win over Oregon Tech in the opening game of the NAIA West tournament at Concordia. He then went 1-for-2 with a run in a 2-1 win over the University of British Columbia.

Drake is now hitting .369 (75-203), with 24 RBIs, 20 steals in 24 attempts, and a .426 on-base percentage. He has struck out just 13 times in 223 plate appearances.

Concordia plays Menlo College of California at noon today in its next game.

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Knights' alum Matt Boyd (2010), a senior left-handed pitcher at Oregon State, was added to the Golden Spikes Award watch list Thursday by USA Baseball. It is given annually to the nation's top collegiate player. The watch list contains 60 players and will be trimmed to 30 semifinalists on May 28. Three finalists will be announced June 4 and the winner will be selected and presented on July 19.

Boyd is 8-2 with a 1.96 ERA entering this weekend's series with California. The lefty is third in the Pac-12 Conference with a .192 average against, third with 70 strikeouts, and eighth in ERA. Here's more from the OSU website.

Boyd will start Friday's game; 2013 Knight Andrew Moore (8-1, 1.54) will start Saturday's game and 2011 Knights alum Ben Wetzler (4-1, 1.47) will start Sunday's finale.

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Another alum update: The Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League have received pitcher Eric Massingham (2006-07) of Cal Poly from the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League for two players to be named later. Mass has played for the Otters off and on for several years since being released by the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Wednesday was a big day for Knights alums in minor league baseball.

Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) homered, doubled, scored once and had three RBIs in an 11-6 win over Bowie to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) hit his fourth homer of the year in a 2-1 loss to Portland.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) doubled, tripled and scored once in a 9-3 win or NW Arkansas.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy was 1-for-1 with a double, a run and three walks in a 5-3 loss to Hagerstown.

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Congrats also to Lori Ilg's second- and third-grade class at Ash Creek Elementary School in Monmouth, which is rapidly becoming a Knights' favorite. They just reserved a spot at Science and Art Day at Goss Stadium, set for 11 a.m. June 4 when we open the season with a nonconference game against the Portland Lobos.

They're the third class from that school to say they're attending, and it must be a special school because Ash Creek students are nicknamed Knights! So far we've taken reservations for about 1,550 school kids from the Mid-Valley area to attend; we've got more room, so if you're interested call us at 541-752-5656 and we'll set you up!

By the way, that game is just 33 days away! So get your season tickets and 10-game punch cards now.

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The WCL became a 12-team league on Wednesday when it was announced that Yakima has been added as an expansion franchise for the 2014 season. Here's more on that story, from the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper, and even more from The Wenatchee World newspaper.

Yakima's historically been a great baseball city, with the American Legion Beetles program, the Yakima Valley CC program, and a long history with the Northwest League. The blog attended the old Pac-10 Northern Division Tournament in Yakima several times, and most of the games were well-attended.

Nothing was announced yesterday but we probably can assume Yakima will play in the Northern Division with Victoria, Kelowna, Bellingham, Wenatchee and Walla Walla. That balances the divisions with six teams each.

Welcome to the league!

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We already told you about outfielder Blake Drake's stellar performance at yesterday's Concordia games. Here's a roundup of Wednesday games involving 2013 Knights, and some alums (all players 2013 unless noted).

* Oregon's Jared Priestley threw a scoreless inning in a 3-2 loss at Seattle. Infielder Nate Roberts (2011-12) was 1-for-4 with an RBI for Seattle.

* Tons of Knights in action for Cal Poly in a 5-3 loss to Pepperdine. Jimmy Allen was 1-for-4; Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-4 with a run and a double; Brian Mundell was 2-for-3 with a run, a triple and an RBI; David Armendariz (2011) was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI; Peter Van Gansen was 0-for-4 with an RBI; Casey Bloomquist allowed three runs in two innings, with one strikeout, and got the loss, and Chase Johnson (2011) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, with two strikeouts.

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News from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging is sponsoring the Black Bears' June 5 opener against Kitsap. The first 1,000 fans entering the park will receive a free 2013 Magnetic Schedule, courtesy of Ellen Rose and the staff at Mt. St. Helens Motel in Castle Rock. For more details, click here.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats will partner with the British Columbia Premier Baseball League to host a Victoria Mariners home game against the Victoria Eagles at Royal Athletic Park on May 28. For more details, click here.

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow on a TGIF!