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Another weekend, another alum no-hitter

March 10, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Great weekend in Corvallis, with Knights' alums playing a big role in helping the Beavers sweep Northern Illinois. Pitchers Ben Wetzler, Jace Fry and Scott Schultz from our 2011 West Coast League championship team all won games and Gabe Clark and Kavin Keyes from our 2013 championship team and future Knight Logan Ice (2014) all had big offensive weekends.

And how about Fry? He became the second alum in the past two weekends to pitch a no-hitter in a Saturday game when he twirled a masterpiece against the Huskies in Game 1 of their doubleheader. Chris Bishop (2012-14) of Pacific Lutheran also threw a no-hitter against Willamette on March 1.

For more on Jace's no-hitter, please click here for the complete story from OSUbeavers.com.

We are down to 86 days until we begin our 2014 season with a June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet, at Goss Stadium. They are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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We are thrilled that standout Corban University infielder Marc Gallegos is returning to the club after missing last season with a shoulder injury. You may have already seen the story on our homepage, but if you have not please click here and read all about it.

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Alum Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly was nominated for Big West Conference Player of the Week honors but was not selected. He hit .375 (6-16) with a homer, three doubles, six RBIs and three runs scored in four games.

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Here are the updated stats (through Sunday's games) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .196 (9-46) in 17 games, with no homers and eight RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 in one game.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .000 (0-1) in three games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .178 (8-45) with no homers and two RBIs in 13 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .364 (7-22) with no homers and three RBIs in 14 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara): The junior outfielder is hitting .314 (11-35) with no homers and four RBIs in 11 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder has played in one game but has not yet had an at-bat.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-0, 1.69 in three games, with 22 strikeouts in 16 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 0-0, 0.00 two appearances, with five strikeouts in six innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 0-0, 9.82 in two games, with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

ALEX HARDY (Washington): The freshman righty is 0-0, 10.80 in two games, with one strikeout in 3.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-0, 2.87 in four games, with 11 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-1, 4.76 in three games, with 17 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 4.70 in five games, with 10 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 5.40 in three games, with no strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 10.80 in three appearances, with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 0-1, 3.24 in five games, with six strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 0-0, 4.09 in four games, with nine strikeouts in 11 innings.

CHRIS VARGAS (UC Irvine): The freshman righty hasn't pitched yet.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-0, 2.70 in three games, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

We will update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have announced their promotional schedule for 2014 and it includes five Bobblehead Nights. Here is more information, from the team website. And New Mexico infielder Jared Holley is the team's Player of the Week. Here is more on that story, also from the team website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have established a five-member Community Advisory Committee. Five members of the Victoria sports and business community will provide valuable input into community engagement on all levels, giving the WCL team a fresh perspective going into the second season of HarbourCats baseball and beyond. Here is more on that story from the Victoria website.

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That is it for today. We will see you on again on Tuesday.


Sunshine and baseball on tap today

March 7, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

The sun is out in Corvallis this morning and our other hometown team, the Oregon State Beavers, hosts Northern Illinois in a four-game series this weekend, so what more could a guy ask for?

Alums of the Corvallis Knights will play a key role for the Beavers, as usual. Jace Fry (2011) and Scott Schultz are OSU's projected starting pitchers for Saturday's 12:35 p.m. doubleheader. And alum Ben Wetzler (2011) should get the ball for Sunday's 1:05 p.m. series finale.

Throw in alums Kavin Keyes (2013) at first base, Gabe Clark (2013) at DH, Nate Esposito (2012) at catcher and Caylen Clardy (2012) at outfield; relievers Kevin Flemer (2013) and Brandon Jackson (2012) out of the bullpen and future Knights Logan Ice (2014) behind the plate and infielder Dan James (2014) off the bench and it's easy to see why the Knights have such a vested interest in our landlords at Goss Stadium.

And, we are down to a mere 89 days until we begin our 2014 season with a June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet, at Goss Stadium. They're a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Here is the first edition of "Caught on the Hop," a column on the West Coast League by Longview, Wash.,-based Our Sports Central contributor Bruce Baskin. Longview will serve as Bruce's "home base" during the regular season, and he hopes to make some side trips elsewhere.

He will also run a WCL Road Trip segment featuring all 12 WCL cities and ballparks during the season. So, enjoy, and we'll be sure to also link his further columns.

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Here is an entertaining interview with Cowlitz general manager Jim Appleby on a number of WCL-related topics, from the Best Coast Baseball website. We have a great relationship with the Black Bears; we've hosted their interns several times at games between our teams at Goss Stadium, and have made good use of their party deck on our trips to David Story Field in Longview.

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Most of our 2014 Knights will be in action this weekend but two got a head start by playing on Thursday. Here's a recap:

* Dixie State first baseman Kevin Kline (2013-14) was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 9-6 win over Saint Martin's.

* Bellarmine outfielder Phil Leopold was 2-for-3 in a 4-1 loss to Lake Erie College.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed four more players for 2014. Here is more information, from the team website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have signed two more players for the upcoming season. Here is more on that story from the Walla Walla website. And here is the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a weekly feature on the Walla Walla website.

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That's it for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on again on Monday.


Armendariz named CCAA Player of the Week again

March 6, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Let's cut right to the chase.

It's only 90 days until we start the 2014 season with our June 4 nonleague opener on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet, against the independent Portland Sea Dogs at Goss Stadium. They're a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area; former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Should be a great day. The elementary school students who have attended the past two SEA days have learned, and also had a great time.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum David Armendariz (2011) of Cal Poly Pomona was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for the second time this season earlier this week. Armendariz was 5-for-8 (.625) in a doubleheader at Cal State Dominguez Hills, with a homer, five RBIs and three runs scored.

Here is more on that story from the CCAA website. Congrats to David, who transferred to CPP after spending his first three years at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He was our MVP, and a second-team all-WCL pick, in our 2011 championship year.

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Our story on returning infielder Mike Lucarelli and new pitcher Jackson Lockwood of the University of Portland is up on our website. Just click here for a good read.

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Several Corvallis Knights alums are in major league spring training camps. Here's an update:

MATT ANDRIESE (2009), Rays: A right-handed pitcher recently acquired from the Padres, Matt is 0-0, 0.00 in one appearance, with one strikeout in one inning. Matt played at UC Riverside.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009), Padres: A catcher, Rocky is hitting 1.000 (2-2) in two games, with an RBI. Rocky played at Portland.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009), Cardinals: A right-handed pitcher, Sam is 0-0, 0.00 in two appearances, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Sam played at Oregon State.

MITCH HANIGER (2010), Brewers: An outfielder, Mitch is hitting .571 (4-7) in four games, with a homer and five RBIs. MItch played at Cal Poly.

BRENT MOREL (2007), Pirates: A third baseman, Brent is hitting .167 (2-12) in five games, with no homers or RBIs. Brent played at Cal Poly.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009), Giants: A catcher, Andrew is hitting .000 (0-6) in four games, with no homers or RBIs. Andrew played at Oregon State.

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Only one 2014 Knight was in action for his respective college team on Wednesday. Midland (Texas) CC catcher Chris Shaw was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a double in a 13-3 win over Odessa JC.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have signed UC Riverside second baseman Edgar Morales and outfielder Thomas Walker for the 2014 season. Here is more information, from the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have signed Central Washington pitchers Brandon Williams and Mitch Yada for the upcoming season. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That's it for today. See you on Friday.


Van Gansen, Bloomquist headed to Eau Claire in 2014

March 5, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Raining again in Corvallis after a brilliant Tuesday that was a real indicator that spring is on the way. It was a nice night at Goss Field, another precursor of beautiful summer nights ahead.

Only 91 more days until we start the 2014 season with our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alums Peter Van Gansen and Casey Bloomquist, Cal Poly sophomores who were key members of our 2013 West Coast League championship team, will play with the Eau Claire (Wisc.) Express in the Northwoods League this summer. PVG was all-WCL at shortstop and Casey earned honorable mention at pitcher.

Here is more on that story, from the Express website. They didn't mention that Van Gansen and Bloomquist played for the Knights in a rival league last summer, but we'll overlook that oversight. Best of luck to two great guys.

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Pitcher Chris Bishop (2012-14) of Pacific Lutheran was named to D3baseball.com's national Team of the Week for throwing a no-hitter against Willamette last Saturday. No surprise there.

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It was a Knightspalooza over at Goss Stadium on Tuesday night in Oregon State's 5-0 win over Portland. Five of the 16 position player starters were former, current or future Knights.

Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli (2013-14) was 0-for-3; third baseman Cody Lenahan (2013) was 0-for-4 and had a brilliant, diving stop and throw to take an RBI single away from Dylan Davis, and second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 1-for-2 and had a double stolen from him on a great catch by Michael Conforto against the left-field fence.

For the Beavers, first baseman Kavin Keyes (2013) was 0-for-2 with a run and catcher Logan Ice (2014) was 1-for-4 with a run.

Several other 2014 Knights were in action for their respective teams on Tuesday. Here's a rundown:

* Oregon pitcher Jeremy Spencer (2014) allowed one unearned run in 2.1 innings and had five strikeouts in a 4-3 win over Seattle. He was not involved in the decision.

* Cal Poly pitcher Justin Calomeni (2014) improved to 3-0 by allowing four hits in six innings of a 6-0 win over Santa Clara. He had six strikeouts. Nick Torres (2012) and Jimmy Allen (2011) were each 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI; the aforementioned Van Gansen (2013) was 3-for-3 with a run and Alex Michaels (2012) was 1-for-3 for the Mustangs.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker (2013-14) was 1-for-2 in an 8-5 loss to San Diego State.

* George Fox pitcher Sean Eberhardt (2013-14) pitched a perfect inning in a 6-3 loss to Lewis-Clark State. Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013) took the loss for the Bruins.

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin (2013-14) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 4-3 loss to Riverside City College.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed two more freshmen from Arizona State, right-handed pitcher Seth Martinez and shortstop Colby Woodmansee. Here is more information, from the Bellingham website.

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed left-handed pitcher Ethan Kallin of Lower Columbia College. Here is more on that story from the Kelowna website.

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That's it for today. See you on Thursday.


PLU's Bishop named NWC Pitcher of the Week

March 4, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

As we noted on Monday, Pacific Lutheran junior pitcher Chris Bishop was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 24-March 2 for throwing a no-hitter against Willamette this past Saturday. Here is the official announcement, from the conference website.

Congrats to Bish. We look forward to seeing him again this summer.

Meanwhile, it's only 92 more days until the hits start coming at our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Several 2014 Knights were in action for their respective teams on Monday. Here's a rundown:

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin (2013-14) was 0-for-4 in a 6-3 loss to Irvine Valley CC.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker 92013-14) was 0-for-2 in a 5-2 loss to California.

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Here are the updated stats of our 2014 NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC Knights:

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a game.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .319 (15-47) in 13 games, with two homers and 10 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .264 (14-53) in 14 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

PHIL LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .000 (0-6) in two games, with no homers or RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .238 (10-42) in 16 games, with a homer and five RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .250 (1-4) in seven games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .306 (11-36) in 10 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 1-2, 0.36 in 25.1 innings over four games, with 22 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 1-0, 3.68 in 7.1 innings over six games, with two saves and seven strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 3-0, 0.67 in four games, with 24 strikeouts in 27 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 1.35 in seven appearances, with one strikeout in 6.2 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Michael has not pitched yet.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 2-1, 1.53 in three starts, with 20 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

MIKE NOWAK (Dixie State): Mike is 0-0, 109.90 in 1/3 of an inning in one appearance.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen has not pitched yet.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have added six more players to their 2014 roster, including two who were drafted out of high school but chose to go to college instead. Here's more, from the Victoria website. The HarbourCats also announced they'll play a June 22 exhibition game against the Langley Blaze of the Pacific International League at Evans Park to benefit the Duncan Junior Baseball Association. Here's more, also from the Victoria website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets announced the return of "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night, a benefit to raise money for breast cancer research. Here's more on that story from the team's website.

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


Bishop's no-hitter tops weekend action

March 3, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Hope you all had a great weekend. The Blog ran into Knights' head coach Brooke Knight and Miami scout Gabe Sandy, a former Knights' assistant coach, at the Oregon State game on Sunday. They were wet, but were doing well.

We're now down to 93 more days until our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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You may have already seen this on our Facebook page, but 2012-13 alum/2014 Knights pitcher Chris Bishop of Pacific Lutheran threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in the program's history on Saturday in a 10-0 win over Willamette at John Lewis Field in Salem. Bishop struck out five, walked one and hit a batter.

I guess we already know who will earn Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors on Tuesday, huh? Here's more on Bishop's feat, from the PLU website. Congrats to Chris, who was second-team all-WCL in 2013.

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Here are the updated stats (through Sunday's games) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .200 (7-35) in nine games, with no homers and eight RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 in one game.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder hasn't played yet.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .143 (5-35) with no homers and one RBI in 10 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee, is hitting .400 (6-15) with no homers and one RBI in nine games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara): The junior outfielder is hitting .208 (5-24) with no homers and an RBI in seven games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder has played in one game but has not yet had an at-bat.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-0, 2.70 in two games, with 16 strikeouts in 10 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 0-0, 9.82 in two games, with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

ALEX HARDY (Washington): The freshman righty is 0-0, 10.80 in two games, with one strikeout in 3.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-0, 3.09 in three games, with eight strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-0, 0.59 in two games, with 14 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 4.70 in five games, with 10 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 5.40 in three games, with no strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 13.50 in one appearance, with a strikeout in .2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 0-1, 4.26 in four games, with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 0-0, 5.72 in two games, with four strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

CHRIS VARGAS (UC Irvine): The freshman righty hasn't pitched yet.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-0, 4.50 in two games, with two strikeouts in two innings.

We'll update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday.

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Alum Eric Huson (2013) of Western Oregon was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday, Huson earned his second victory of the season with an eight-inning start against Central Washington Saturday. Huson scattered six hits and one walk over his eight frames, allowing one earned run and had six strikeouts.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed four infielders for the 2014 season, including Oregon State freshman sensation Caleb Hamilton, the Beavers' starting third baseman. Here's more, from the Cowlitz website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have signed Cal Poly freshman left-handed pitcher Jearl Jesson and North Dakota State junior right-hander Jay Flaa for the 2014 season. Here's more on that story from the team's website.

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


Padres invite Rocky Gale to major-league camp

February 28, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

Our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area, is just 96 days away. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Thursday was a big day for alum Rocky Gale (2007, 2009), a former University of Portland catcher. He was invited to major-league camp by the San Diego Padres.

Rocky has been in their farm system since 2010 and last year hit .2009 (4-20) in eight games at triple-A Tucson and .246 in 62 games at double-A San Antonio. Congrats to Rocky!

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It was also a big day for some 2013 Knights who will return to the club this summer for their second year in Corvallis.

* San Diego's Grant Melker was 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base in a 5-2 win over UNC-Wilmington.

* Dixie State's Kevin Kline was a combined 4-for-9 with a homer, a double, three runs and two RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of No. 1 California Baptist.

* Cypress College's Joe Duffin was 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 13-inning, 2-1 win over Orange Coast College.

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Looks like a nice day for Oregon State's home opener, set for 5:05 p.m. at Goss Stadium against Wright State of Ohio. It's the first of a four-game series and a 10-game homestand.

Lots of Knights connections will be featured. Alum Jace Fry (2011) is the projected starter for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader; the Game 2 starter could be alum Scott Schultz, another 2011 alum. Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) will start Sunday's game after being released from the NCAA's jail.

Alums Kavin Keyes (2013) And future Knight Logan Ice (2014) will start at first base and at catcher for the Beavers, with Gabe Clark (2013) and Dan James (2014) available off the bench and Kevin Flemer (2013) and Brandon Jackson (2012) available out of the bullpen.

Wright State is the alma mater of former Corvallis star Corey Davis (2010, 2011). He played for the Raiders in 2011 and 2012 and earned Horizon League all-star honors.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: Western Oregon outfielder Matt Taylor has been named the Rogues' Player of the Week for February 17-23. Here's more, from the Medford website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have announced their first major promotion of the season - Bobblehead Night. Please click here for more details.

WALLA WALLA: Here's Volume 2 of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a weekly feature on the team's website.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have an Alumni Night planned for July 12. Here's more on the story, from the Wenatchee website.

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That's it for today. Enjoy the Beavers-Wright State games, and we'll see you on Monday!


Beavers open at home with lots of Knights connections

February 27, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area, is just 97 days away. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Speaking of opening days, the first one of the local baseball season is just one day away. Oregon State hosts Wright State of Ohio at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Goss Stadium to start a four-game series that kicks off the Beavers' home schedule.

Lots of Knights/OSU connections this season. Alum Jace Fry (2011) is the scheduled starter for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader; the Game 2 starter could be Scott Schultz, another 2011 alum.

And alum Ben Wetzler (2011) will start Sunday's game after being re-instated by the NCAA following a ridiculous 11-game suspension stemming from the 2013 draft. Shame on the Phillies, and even bigger shame on the NCAA.

Alum Kavin Keyes (2013) and future Knight Logan Ice (2014) will start at first base and catcher for the Beavers, with Gabe Clark (2013) and Dan James (2014) available off the bench and Kevin Flemer (2013) and Brandon Jackson (2012) available out of the bullpen.

If Wright State sounds vaguely familiar to Knights fans, it's because it's the alma mater of former Corvallis star Corey Davis (2010, 2011). He played for the Raiders in 2011 and 2012 and earned Horizon League all-star honors.

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Just in case you missed it, here's a link to our story on 2014 Knights' pitcher Chris Haddeland of Linfield College, one of the top arms in NCAA Division III. It's a good read.

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We missed this yesterday. On Tuesday, alum Blake Drake (2013) of Concordia went 0-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 6-3 win at Western Oregon. Future Knight Tim Rausch (2014) went 0-for-1 for WOU.

Also, alum Eric Huson, a junior at WOU, was nominated for Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for Feb. 17-23, but was not selected.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed pitchers Bryan Clough of Hawaii and Shane Bieber of UC Santa Barbara for the 2014 season. Here's more on the signings, from the Cowlitz website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats need a trainer for the upcoming season. Please click here for more details.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have hired Washington State student Trevor Williams as their radio broadcaster for the 2014 season. Here's more on the story, from the Wenatchee website. Congrats to Trevor. It's a great gig; current minor-league broadcasters Jason Schwartz, who also worked for us in 2010, and Chris King got their starts with the AppleSox.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have signed Northern Colorado infielder Ryan Yamane and Seattle University RHP Austin Hansen for the 2014 season. Here's more, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That's it for today. See you on Friday!


Kline makes Tino Martinez Award Watch List

February 25, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

We hit double-digits today. It's just 99 days until our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

We also should have our promotional schedule ready very shortly, now that some league procedural items have been resolved. We're expecting another great summer, with 32 home games on the docket.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Knights' standout Kevin Kline (2013, 2014) of Dixie State is one of 125 NCAA Division II players on the watch list for the 2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award, given to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball.

The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, Olympian and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez. Kline has moved from first base to third base this season. Congrats to Kevin!

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Future Knight Logan Ice (2014) of Oregon State, a freshman catcher, was 1-for-4 with a run, a double and two RBIs on Monday in a 3-2 win over Washington in Surprise, Ariz. Alum Kavin Keyes (2013) was 4-for-4 with a run; alum Kevin Flemer (2013) gave up one run and had one strikeout in two innings of relief; alum Caylen Clardy (2012) was a pinch-runner for the Beavers. No alums played for the Huskies.

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Here are the updated stats of our 2014 NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC Knights:

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a game.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .342 (13-38) in 11 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .205 (8-39) in 11 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

PHIL LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): Bellarmine opens its season this weekend.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .226 (7-31) in 11 games, with a homer and five RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .500 (1-2) in five games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .273 (6-22) in six games, with four doubles, a homer and seven RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 0-2, 1.10 in 16 innings over three games, with 17 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 1-0, 3.68 in 7.1 innings over six games, with two saves and seven strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 2-0, 0.43 in three games, with 18 strikeouts in 21 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 1.80 in five appearances, with one strikeout in five innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Clackamas opens its season this weekend.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 2-1, 1.53 in three starts, with 20 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

MIKE NOWAK (Dixie State): Mike is 0-0, 109.90 in 1/3 of an inning in one appearance.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): TCC starts its season this weekend.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed Arizona State University freshmen right-handers Hever Bueno and Eder Erives for the upcoming season. Click here for full details, from the Bellingham website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have signed middle infielder Ryan Rosa and left-handed pitcher Nick Suniga for the upcoming season. Both are freshmen at Cal Poly. Here's more, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That's it for today. See you on Wednesday!


Slater Lee earns BWC Pitcher of the Week honors

February 24, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Ran into former Knights' skipper Matt Dorey (2007) in Surprise, Ariz., this past weekend while watching Oregon State's tournament at Surprise Stadium. The director of amateur scouting for the Chicago Cubs was checking out the tournament for two days before heading off to Texas.

Also saw former Knight/Beaver Danny Hayes (2010), who was watching his former teammates prior to reporting to spring training with the Chicago White Sox in nearby Camelback Ranch in Phoenix. He had a nice rookie season at Great Falls in the short-season Pioneer League in 2013 after a good senior season with the Beavers.

Alum Scott Schultz (2011) of OSU had an outstanding, complete-game 6-hit performance in an 8-1 win over Indiana on Sunday. Alum Kavin Kayes (2013) and future Knight Logan Ice also had some key hits.

We're now down to 100 days until our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Here's some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Cal Poly freshman right-hander Slater Lee, a 2014 Knights' signee, was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday following his two-hit shutout of defending national-champion and 12th-ranked UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The native of Carlsbad, Calif., threw Cal Poly's first complete-game shutout in two years and the first complete-game two-hitter since 1996. Lee walked one and struck out seven.

Lee is 2-0, 0.59 and has allowed one earned run in 15.1 innings this season. Click here for more details, from the Big West Conference website. Alum Jimmy Allen (2011) of Cal Poly was the BWC's Field Player of the Week last week.

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Third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07), a former star at Cal Poly, has been claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates after being designated for assignment by Toronto on Friday. The Blue Jays had claimed him on waivers from the Chicago White Sox earlier in the offseason.

Morel, 26, has appeared in 194 Major League games over four seasons, with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs. Here's more from MLB.com:

"Morel was the White Sox's starting third baseman as a 24-year-old rookie in 2011, but hit just .245 with a .653 OPS in 126 games and has played sparingly in the majors since then. Chicago waived him in December after he hit .266 with six homers and a .751 OPS at Triple-A last season.

He'll compete for a spot on the Pirates' bench, but seems destined to wind up back in the minors or on the waiver wire again."

He joins alum Chris Stewart (2001) on Pittsburgh's 40-man roster.

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We've got a new story on redshirting catcher Dane Lund (2011-14) of Oregon State up on our website. Please click here to check it out.

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Some games remain to be played today, but here are the updated stats (through Sunday's games) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE, Oregon State: The freshman catcher is hitting .238 (5-21) with five RBIs in seven games.

DAN JAMES, Oregon State: The freshman infielder was 0-for-1 in one game.

MIKE LUCARELLI, Portland: The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .160 (4-25) in seven games.

GRANT MELKER, San Diego: The junior outfielder, another returnee, is hitting .300 (3-10) with two doubles in seven games.

TED HAMMOND, Seattle: The sophomore righty is 0-0, 9.82 in two games, with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

ALEX HARDY, Washington: The freshman righty is 0-0, 10.80 in two games, with one strikeout in 3.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI, UC Riverside: The freshman righty is 1-0, 3.52 in two games, with five strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

SLATER LEE, Cal Poly: The freshman righty is 2-0, 0.59 in two games, with 14 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD, Portland: The sophomore righty is 2-0, 0.00 in three games, with six strikeouts in 9.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN, UC Irvine: The freshman righty is 0-1, 6.75 in two games, with no strikeouts in 1.1 innings.

ALEX NESBITT, Washington: The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 13.50 in one appearance, with a strikeout in .2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK, Oregon: The freshman righty is 0-0, 9.00 in two games, with two strikeouts in two innings.

JORDAN SPENCER, Oregon: The junior lefty is 0-0, 5.72 in two games, with four strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

JOEY WISE, Grand Canyon: The freshman lefty is 0-0, 4.50 in two games, with two strikeouts in two innings.

We'll update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have added sophomore RHP Cody Ponce, junior catcher/outfielder Brandon Salgado, and redshirt freshman LHP Jake Menzhuber, all from Cal Poly Pomona, for the upcoming season. Here's more on that story from the Cowlitz website.

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have signed Oregon signee Slade Heggen, a senior catcher/outfielder at Sacred Heart High School in Missoula, Mont., and Austin Hagy, a senior utility at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, who is a Murray State College (Okla.) signee. Here's more, from the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.

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