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Knights open regular season on June 3

January 9, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone. We have a busy weekend on tap but for many of you, it's the end of the work week and that is always worth celebrating!

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As you may have read on the homepage, the Knights have finalized our 2015 schedule. We start on June 3 against the Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Art and Engineering Day at Goss Stadium, and close the regular season with an Aug. 9 afternoon home game against Medford. Playoffs follow, and we plan to be there, too.

Fireworks are schedule for June 20, July 3 and Aug. 8. The rest of our promotional schedule will be released shortly and you can be sure we will have something going on every night. Plus, the new "Banners" hospitality deck will be open out in left field and that sounds like a lot of fun.

For the complete schedule, please click here and read the story from our web site. See you at Goss Stadium!

Also here is the official WCL release on the schedule, with a team-by-team chart of who plays who, and where and when.

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Former Knights' shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) of Cal Poly will return to the La Crosse (Wisc.) Express of the Northwoods League this summer, the team announced. PVG was all-WCL for our 2013 championship team and also had a great season in the Northwoods League in 2014.

Please click right here for more details on that story, from the La Crosse website. Best of luck to Peter, another in the long line of Cal Poly standouts for the Knights.

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Former Knights' intern Mariah Ellis (2011), a member of our first class from the OSU College of Business, was recently named an account services representative at Nike, working with Foot Locker.

She had been a Nike Soccer Account Service Representative for PRO Unlimited of Beaverton since July, 2014. COB intern classmate Erica Hohlt also works at Nike.

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Infielder Dustin Breshears of Gonzaga and outfielder Lou Della Fera of Maine will return to Bellingham to play with the Bells this summer. Both were key members of the 2014 Bells team that defeated the Knights 2-1 in the WCL Championship Series. For more details, please click here to read a story from the Bellingham website.

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


Holly Jones rejoins the hometown team

January 7, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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As you may have read on the homepage, the Knights added a major piece to the front-office staff earlier this week with the addition of former West Coast League Executive of the Year and minor-league management veteran Holly Jones.

A former Knights' staffer from 2005-07 as a University of Oregon undergraduate, the Churchill High School graduate will serve as our new Senior Vice-President of Operations, responsible for event operations, marketing, ticketing, analytics and food and beverage service.

For more details on that story, please click here and read the story from our web site.

Welcome back to the team, Holly!

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Former Knights' player (2006, 2008-09) and assistant coach (2010-11, 2013) Billy Clontz will return for his second season as manager of the WCL's Kelowna Falcons, the team announced recently.

The Falcons were 14-39 overall and ended the 2014 season on a 12-game losing streak, numbers he hopes to reverse in 2015. Former Knights' Players of the Year Richie Jimenez (2009) and Dylan Jones (2010) were his assistant coaches in 2015; it's not known yet if they will return for another summer in Canada.

Please click right here for more details on that story, from the Kelowna website.

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The Seattle Mariners Winter Caravan will be in Victoria on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Scheduled guests are broadcaster Dave Sims; mascot the Mariner Moose; current pitchers James Paxton and Charlie Furbush, and former pitcher Steve Sinclair.

Paxton played in the WCL for Kelowna in 2007. For more details, please click here to read a story from the Victoria website that also includes news on recent moves in the team's front office.

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The M's Caravan will also be at Pybus Market in Wenatchee for a free event from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 to promote the organization and upcoming 2015 Major League Baseball season.

The Mariners will be represented by Danny Farquhar, Dominic Leone and James Jones. Broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith and the Mariner Moose will also be there. You can click here for more information from the Wenatchee website.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday!


Knights' Employee of the Year? Oh my

January 4, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Happy new year!

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Somehow, the executives who run the Knights have determined that your's truly is the team's Employee of the Year for 2014. Quite a surprise, we must admit, and quite an honor. And as we often say here, here is more on the story, from the Knights' website.

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The Adelaide Bite, managed by Corvallis skipper Brooke Knight, are all alone in first place with a 25-11 record after the latest round of games in the Australian Baseball League. They lead Brisbane by six games.

Here is a roundup of former Knights in the ABL:

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009, Adelaide) : The former Portland catcher is hitting .275 (20-75) in 23 games, with no homers and nine RBIs. Gale is now on Adelaide's reserve roster. He is in the San Diego minor-league system. He hit almost .300 at triple-A El Paso this season.

COLIN FELDTMAN (2013, Adelaide) : The former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 12.79 in four games, with 12 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Now on the team's reserve roster, he is not in affiliated baseball.

LIAM BARON (2008-09, Perth) : The former Linn-Benton CC and Gonzaga pitcher is 0-0, 0.68 in six appearances, with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings. He is a Perth native and a many-year veteran of the Heat.

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The Bellingham Herald newspaper rates the Bells winning the West Coast League's Championship Series over the Knights as that area's No. 10 sports news story of 2014. Here is more on that story, from the newspaper.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Wild Things re-sign alum Carter Bell

December 31, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Our last blog of the year, so let us get started.

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Don't forget, all team gear purchased at our world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis is 50% off until 2 p.m. today. So you still have four hours to get a good deal.

Also, 2015 season tickets are on sale, at the same great price as last season. If you are season-ticket holder from 2014, and want to renew for 2015, please see general manager Bre Miller at the WWHQ, or call her at 541-752-5656.

You can also email tickets@corvallisknights.com to let us know if you would like to renew and we will email you an invoice. All 2014 reserved season-ticket seats will be held for 2014 season-ticket holders until the end of the year.

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Alum Carter Bell (2009) has been re-signed by the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things of the independent Frontier League. He signed with them last season after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks after three years in their organization.

Bell hit .289 (89-308) in 88 games, with four homers and 37 RBIs. He also tied for the team lead with 30 steals in 35 attempts. All in all, a solid season for the former Oregon State third baseman.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins were named the No. 2 sports story of the year for that city by the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper. You can read more on that story by clicking here for full details.

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That is all for today. See you in 2015!


Half-price sale on gear at WWHQ!

December 29, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

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Don't forget, all team gear purchased at our world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis is 50% off until the end of the year. The office will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through New Year's Eve.

Also, 2015 season tickets are on sale, at the same great price as last season. If you are season-ticket holder from 2014, and want to renew for 2015, please see general manager Bre Miller at the WWHQ, or call her at 541-752-5656.

You can also email tickets@corvallisknights.com to let us know if you would like to renew and we will email you an invoice. All 2014 reserved season-ticket seats will be held for 2014 season-ticket holders until the end of the year.

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Alum Tyler Anderson (2009), a pitcher from Oregon, was named the top left-handed starter in the Colorado organization by MiLB.com in its annual ratings of players in every organization. He was their first-round draft choice in 2011. Here is MiLB's analysis:

The 20th overall pick in 2011, Anderson entered the season at a crossroads and responded in a major way, leading the Texas League in ERA (1.98), WHIP (1.11) and opponents' average (.216).

"His other seasons have been chopped up because of injury," Colorado senior director of player development Jeff Bridich said. "The development process can get delayed because of that. That's why this year was so big.

"I think he was able to just pitch and not worry about how he was feeling. Partially because of that, you saw the type of pitcher that he is and why he was drafted so high and thought of so highly in his draft class."

Anderson was 7-4 with a 2.06 ERA in 22 games, with 103 strikeouts in 113.1 innings in his first season in double-A.

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Former Bend Elks' public address announcer Jared Lewis will work with the Harlem Globetrotters this year. You can read more by clicking here for full details, from the Bend Bulletin newspaper. Now, the Elks' PA approach might not be everyone's cup of tea but he should be perfect for the Globetrotters.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Bloomquist named 2nd-team preseason All-American

December 24, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Merry Christmas Eve!

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Alum Casey Bloomquist (2013), a right-handed pitcher who will be a junior at Cal Poly this season, has been named a preseason second-team All-American by Louisville Slugger. Casey was 12-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 16 games in 2014, with 74 strikeouts in 98 innings. Bloomquist and the Mustangs play Oregon State at Goss Stadium this March 27-29.

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The Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League have exercised their 2015 option on alum Eric Massingham (2006-07), a right-handed pitcher and another Cal Poly alum who has been a mainstay with the Otters since leaving the Philadelphia organization after two years.

Massingham was 0-0, 0.75 in 10 games with the Otters in 2014, with eight saves and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings. He also pitched for Southern Maryland in the Atlantic League in 2014. Massingham is Evansville's all-time saves leader, with 70.

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The Medford Rogues will have a new general manager next year. The team announced earlier this week that Chuck Heeman is leaving the club after nearly three years at the helm. You can read more by clicking here for full details, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. Friday is a holiday so we will see you on Monday.


Adelaide sweeps Sydney, tightens grip on first place in ABL

December 22, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Welcome to the new week!

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The Adelaide Bite, managed by Corvallis skipper Brooke Knight, are all alone in first place with a 19-9 record after a sweep of the Sydney Blue Sox in the most recent round of games in the Australian Baseball League.

Here is a roundup of former Knights in the ABL:

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009, Adelaide) : The former Portland catcher is starting to hit after a slow start and has raised his average to .275 (20-75) in 23 games, with no homers and nine RBIs. Gale is now on Adelaide's reserve roster. He is in the San Diego minor-league system. He hit almost .300 at triple-A El Paso this season.

COLIN FELDTMAN (2013, Adelaide) : The former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 12.79 in four games, with 12 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Now on the team's reserve roster, he is not in affiliated baseball.

LIAM BARON (2008-09, Perth) : The former Linn-Benton CC and Gonzaga pitcher is 0-0, 0.68 in six appearances, with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings. He is a Perth native and a many-year veteran of the Heat.

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The Medford Rogues have added four more players to their 2015 roster: UC Irvine junior RHP Kyle Davis and sophomore first baseman Andrew Martinez; junior LHP Max Bethell of Cal Poly Pomona and junior outfielder Cole Loncar of Texas-Pan American.

You can read all about it by clicking here for full details, from the Summer Baseball Insider website.

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The Walla Walla Sweets will stage the third annual "Battle of the Badge," a charity event between the city's police and firemen. It will be played Saturday, May 30, at Borleske Stadium. Both teams have won once. Click right here for more on that story.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Twins eye Peavey as possible starter

December 19, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone. We are ready for the weekend, so let's get started.

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We wrote recently about alum Greg Peavey (2007), a right-handed pitcher from Oregon State who was selected by the Minnesota Twins (from the Mets) in the triple-A phase of the recent Rule 5 draft.

That's great for Greg, a fresh start in a new organization. Here is more on that story and on Peavey, from reporter Seth Stohs of the Twins Daily website.

Go Greg!

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A quick update: Left-handed pitching alums Josh Osich (2008) and Matt Boyd (2010) of Oregon State each were married recently. Boyd is in the Toronto organization; Osich pitches in the Giants organization.

Former intern Kylen Trevor, a member of our 2011 intern class, the first from the OSU College of Business, recently took a new job as a Sales & Marketing Director at KemperSports. A member of the 2012 intern class, OSU graduate Kaitlynn Phillips, is now in sales with the Hilton Garden Inn in Corvallis.

Congrats to everyone!

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Alum Kevin Flemer (2013), a sophomore pitcher at Oregon State who was a key cog on the staff of our 2013 WCL championship team, will play for the LaCrosse Loggers in the Northwoods League this summer. Kevin was 2-1, 0.81 in 11 games for us that summer following his senior year in high school.

"Kevin follows in the footsteps of his older brother Matt who was one of the best competitors we've ever had in a Logger uniform," La Crosse GM Kevin Goodell said.

"On top of that, Kevin comes from a storied program in Oregon State that produces many of the top players in the country on an annual basis. Kevin will be a great asset to our team."

Kevin played at Kelowna in the WCL last summer and was 0-2, 12.19 in seven games with a bad team. Please click right here for more on that story.

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


Adelaide alone atop the ABL

December 17, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We are back after a quick trip to Florida to see some family. It was sunny and 75 degrees there, but it is nice to be home.

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The Adelaide Bite, managed by Corvallis skipper Brooke Knight, are all alone in first place with a 15-9 record after another round of games in the Australian Baseball League.

Here's a roundup of former Knights in the ABL:

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009, Adelaide) : The former Portland catcher is starting to hit after a slow start and has raised his average to .275 (20-75) in 23 games, with no homers and nine RBIs. He is in the San Diego minor-league system. He hit almost .300 at triple-A El Paso this season.

COLIN FELDTMAN (2013, Adelaide) : The former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 12.79 in four games, with 12 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. He is not in affiliated baseball.

LIAM BARON (2008-09, Perth) : The former Linn-Benton CC and Gonzaga pitcher is 0-0, 0.68 in six appearances, with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings. He is a Perth native and a many-year veteran of the Heat.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have added several players with local ties to their 2015 roster. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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New Victoria owner Matthew Stoudt wants the team to stay put at Royal Athletic Park. Here is more on that story, from the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Twins select Peavey in Rule 5 draft

December 13, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. OK, so you might be reading this on Saturday or Sunday, but we are gone for several days due to family obligations so we are giving you Monday's Blog a couple days early.

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The Minnesota Twins selected alum Greg Peavey (2007), a right-handed pitcher from Oregon State, out of the New York Mets' farm system in the triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft on Friday.

A sixth-round draft pick in 2010, Peavey went 11-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 18 starts at double-A Binghamton in 2014 and was 1-5, 11.62 in six starts at triple-A Las Vegas.

"He's been a starter, and I think that's probably what he is," Minnesota pro scouting coordinator Vern Followell told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press newspaper. "I'm not sure he's got a dynamic pitch that leads you toward the bullpen. We're trying to get lucky here and get a starter."

He is 37-27 with a 4.48 ERA in his minor-league career, with 380 strikeouts in 520.1 career innings over 121 appearances.

Best of luck to Greg. Sometimes a fresh start in a new organization can do wonders.

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Knights' all-West Coast League reliever Brandon Choate (2013-14), a senior at Washington, is the subject of this profile article in Summer Baseball Insider. We are looking for Brandon to have a big senior year and to be selected in the 2015 MLB draft.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have added three players from Southern Illinois University to their 2015 roster. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have added two players from UC Irvine and one from New Mexico to their roster for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story, again from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.