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Knights sign Portland lefty Cole Doherty

November 5, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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More updates to the roster today.

The Knights have signed junior left-handed pitcher Cole Doherty of the University of Portland for the 2015 season. He is a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas, who played at RRHS and at Blinn (jr.) College before transferring to UP.

Doherty was 0-1, 3.13 with one save in 12 appearances for Blinn in 2014, when the Bucs finished fifth in the junior college World Series. He had 23 strikeouts in 23 innings. He was 1-0, 7.71 in five games in 2013, with three strikeouts in seven innings.

He was first-team all-district and led Round Rock to area championship in 2012. He played for the Austin Slam summer team.

Welcome to the team, Cole.

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Right-handed pitching alum Jimmie Sherfy (2011) is 1-0, 0.00 in seven games with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. He has seven strikeouts in eight innings, has allowed just three hits and has two holds.

Sherfy played for Mobile in the double-A Southern League and for Visalia in the high-A California League this past season, in the Arizona organization. He played college baseball at Oregon.

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From the better-late-than-never department: Two Knights alums received the top awards for the 2014 Concordia University baseball team.

Junior outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was voted Most Valuable Player for the second straight season after leading the team in several offensive categories. The St. Louis Cardinals draftee hit .320 after starting all 49 games in centerfield. Drake led the Cavaliers with 51 runs, scores, 14 doubles and 21 stolen bases.

Right-handed starter Harrison McGhee (2014) was named the Most Valuable Pitcher after posting a 1.45 ERA in a team-best 86.2 innings. He went 5-3 and held opponents to a .200 batting average. The sophomore struck out 96 batters against just 30 walks. Harrison is returning to the Knights in 2015.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Knight-coached Bite tied for ABL lead

November 3, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Today's Blog will be abbreviated because it's a very slow time in the West Coast League.

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The Adelaide Bite, managed by Knights' skipper Brooke Knight, are in a four-way tie for first place after the first round of play in the Australian Baseball League. Four of the six teams have 2-2 record after splitting season-opening series; two have yet to play.

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

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009, Adelaide): The former Portland catcher is hitting .077 (1-13) in three games, with two RBIs. He is in the San Diego minor-league system.

COLIN FELDTMAN (2013, Adelaide): The former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 4.50 in one appearance, with three strikeouts. He is not in affiliated baseball.

LIAM BARON (2008-09, Perth): The former Linn-Benton CC and Gonzaga pitcher is 0-0, 0.00 in one appearance, with three strikeouts in four innings. He is a Perth native and a many-year veteran of the Heat.

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Yakima Pippins general manager Danny Tetzlaff is stepping down from his position to return to his native North Carolina, the team announced. Zachary Fraser, president of Pacific Baseball Ventures, owners of the Yakima Valley club, will serve as interim GM until a successor is named. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Feldtman, Gale, Baron in ABL

October 31, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone. Today's Blog will be abbreviated because it's a very slow time in the West Coast League.

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Three former Knights are playing in the Australian Baseball League, which began its season earlier this week.

Pitcher Colin Feldtman (2013) and catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) are playing for Knights' coach Brooke Knight and the Adelaide Bite. Feldtman made his debut last night in a 23-4 rout of Brisbane and allowed one run in two innings. Gale has played in both Adelaide games and is 1-for-10 with two RBIs.

Both players starred at the University of Portland. Gale just completed a great year at El Paso, San Diego's triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League; Feldtman is not in affiliated baseball.

Alum Liam Baron (2008, 2009) is back for another season with the Perth Heat. He is on their active roster but has not pitched yet. A Perth native, Liam pitched at Linn-Benton and at Gonzaga before heading back home.

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Right-handed pitching alum Jimmie Sherfy (2011) is 1-0, 0.00 in six games with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. He has six strikeouts in seven innings and has allowed just three hits.

Sherfy played for Mobile in the double-A Southern League and for Visalia in the high-A California League this past season, in the Arizona organization. He played college baseball at Oregon.

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That is all for today. Go Beavs, have a great weekend, and we will see you on Monday.


Knights sign WSU freshman RHP Ryan Walker

October 29, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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The Knights have signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Walker, a freshman at Washington State, for the 2015 season. He is a native of Arlington, Wash.

Walker was named a first-team Wesco Conference 4A North all-star in 2013 and 2014 as an infielder at Arlington High School, but he will pitch at WSU.

"Ryan has a low angle delivery that creates great deception," WSU pitching coach Gregg Swenson said. "He has a plus arm speed that will allow him to add velocity once his strength catches up to him.

"He has pitched for some great teams in his prep career and has a high ceiling as a Coug."

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have released former Corvallis star Taylor Ard (2009), a third baseman who played at Mt. Hood CC and at WSU before signing with Seattle after the 2012 season. He was first-team all-WCL and was named the No. 3 pro prospect by Baseball America and Perfect Game after his season with the Knights, when he hit .359 with five homers and 40 RBIs in just 40 games.

He spent two years in the Seattle system before being released after the 2013 season. He played independent baseball in 2014 and then was signed by the Diamondbacks and played in Hillsboro, Missoula and South Bend. He had a career .265 minor-league average in 227 games, with 24 homers and 128 RBIs.

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San Francisco Giants' alums Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State and Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State each went 0-for-1 on Tuesday in a 10-0 loss at Kansas City in Game 6 of the World Series.

The series is now even at 3-3 and concludes tonight with Game 7 from Kansas City. Here is more on Duffy, from the New York Times.

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Former Knights' star Josh Hogan (2007-09) will return to the Medford Rogues for his third season as their coach. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Alex Nesbitt to return

October 26, 2014

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

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The Knights have signed right-handed pitcher Alex Nesbitt, a junior at Washington who also pitched for the Knights in 2013. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was supposed to return in 2014, but was shut down for the summer.

Alex was 0-1, 4.63 in 10 appearances for the Huskies in 2014, with nine strikeouts in 11.2 innings. He was 0-0, 10.80 in three appearances as a freshman, with one strikeout in 3.1 innings.

A graduate of Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Wash., Alex was a second-team 3A Wesco South League all-star as a shortstop in 2012 as a senior.

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Speaking of the Huskies, alum Brandon Choate (2013-14), a UW senior, was named the Most Improved Pitcher during fall drills, which concluded this past Friday. Brandon was outstanding as our closer the past two summers and also had a great first year with the Huskies (4-1, 2.54) in 2014 after transferring from Tacoma Community College.

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Alum Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State is 0-for-1 and alum Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State is 1-for-1 with a run so far for the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

Host San Francisco won Game 5 on Sunday night, 5-0, to take a 3-2 lead. The series resumes on Tuesday with Game 6, in Kansas City.

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The Medford Rogues have signed four players for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Knights sign RHPs Barry, Walker

October 23, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

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The Knights have signed right-handed pitchers Sean Barry of Santa Barbara City College and Josh Walker of Grand Canyon University for the 2015 season.

Barry is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound sophomore transfer from High Point University who graduated from Moorpark High School in Simi Valley, Calif. He was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 10 appearances at High Point in 2014, with 17 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

He was a three-year letterman at Moorpark, where he was 11-2 with a 0.88 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 95.2 innings as a senior. He was first-team Max Prep all-state, Perfect Game honorable mention All-California, and first-team all-Ventura County and the Marmonte League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Walker is a 5-11, 155-pounder from Chino Hills High in Chino Hills, Calif. He had a 1.05 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 26.2 innings and was a second-team Sierra League all-star as a senior in 2014.

"Josh shows great competiveness on the mound," Grand Canyon coach Andy Stankiewicz said. "Some may say he is undersized, but we don't. His arm plays."

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Alum Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State was 0-for-1 for the San Francisco Giants as a pinch-hitter on Thursday night in a 7-2 loss to Kansas City in Game 2 of the World Series. Infielder Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State did not play for the Giants. The series resumes tonight with Game 3 in San Francisco.

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New owner Matt Acker has redesigned the Kitsap BlueJackets' logo. Here is more on that story, and a rendering of the logo, from the Ballpark Biz.com website.

And speaking of new owners, the new ownership group of the Bend Elks has signed a lease with the Bend Parks and Rec Board for Vince Genna Stadium. Here is more on that story, from KTVZ-TV in Bend.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have hired Frank Mutz as their new head coach, He succeeds J.C. Biagi, who had led the franchise since its inception in 2010. Here is more on that story, from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin newspaper.

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


Angel Landazuri to return in 2015

October 22, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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The Knights have signed right-handed pitcher Angel Landazuri of UC Riverside for the 2015 season. He is a returnee from the 2014 team.

A 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore right-hander, Landazuri was 4-0, 2.43 in 10 regular-season games for the Knights in 2014, with 35 strikeouts in 48 innings. He was 0-0, 1.80 in his lone playoff start, with three strikeouts in five innings.

Landazuri was a second-team West Coast League all-star and was named the WCL Player of the Week for July 14-20. He earned the award by pitching eight shutout innings and getting the win in a 2-0 victory at Bellingham on July 18. He had a career-high 10 strikeouts, and did not issue a walk.

A graduate of Redlands High School in Redlands, Calif., Landazuri was 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 20 appearances as a freshman at UC Riverside, with 35 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

He is the third member of the 2014 staff to sign for 2015. Right-handers Merrick Patito of Chaffey College and Harrison McGhee of Concordia will also return.

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Former OSU gymnastics star Leslie Mak, one of the stars of our 2011 intern class from the OSU College of Business, is off to a great start in her career with the E&J Gallo Winery. Please click here for an update on Leslie.

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Nice start to the 2015 World Series for San Francisco and alums Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State and Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State on Tuesday night in a 7-1 win over Kansas Coty in Game 1 of the World Series. They did not appear in the game.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Welcome back after the weekend

October 20, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great weekends and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Now, on with the news.

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Alums Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State and Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State begin their first World Series on Tuesday night when the Giants travel to Kansas City for Game 1. Game 2 is Tuesday, also in KC. We will be watching!

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Lots of West Coast League news and notes in the latest edition of "Post From the Coast," a regular column about the WCL by Our Sports Centralreporter Bruce Baskin. Please click here for his latest installment.

He will give his impressions of Corvallis in the next edition.

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Big improvements are underway at Joe Etzel Field in Portland, the home stadium for our partner program at the University of Portland. A new synthetic surface is being installed, and other upgrades are underway. Click here for more details.

UP shortstop Michael Lucarelli, our 2014 MVP, might not make an error with a synthetic surface!

A new synthetic surface will be installed in the infield and outfield at Goss Stadium shortly too. Throw in the new locker room/hospitality deck project under construction down the left-field line and the home of the Knights will have a brand-new look next summer.

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The West Coast League's annual fall meeting concluded on Friday in Salem, the home base of president Dennis Koho. We will try to get a recap from president Dan Segel sometime this week.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Susac, Duffy advance to World Series

October 17, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone. Tough loss for the Beavers last night, but Utah is a pretty good team. That's football, I guess. Now, on with the news.

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Alums Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State and Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State have advanced to the World Series in their rookie seasons, quite an accomplishment. The Giants punched their ticket with a 6-3, 10-inning win over St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

Neither player played in the win. The series starts at Kansas City on Tuesday night. We will be watching!

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The Knights have signed junior third baseman Michael Farris of UC Riverside for the 2015 season. He is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound transfer from Golden West College via Los Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, Calif.

A right-handed hitter, Farris batted .340 (52-153) in 36 games in 2014, with two homers, 14 RBIs and a team-high 52 hits and a team-best 22 runs. He was a first-team Golden West Conference all-star as a utility player.

Farris is also a pitcher and went 3-1, 0.00 in eight games in 2014, with three saves and nine strikeouts in 12 innings. He was 2-1, 2.87 in 17 games in 2013, with 33 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

Welcome to the team, Michael.

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The West Coast League's annual fall meeting concludes today in Salem, the home base of president Dennis Koho. Knights' president Dan Segel said yesterday that the meetings are going smoothly and the league's top brass should be closer to finalizing the 2015 schedule, which we hope to release shortly.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend.


Susac, Duffy move closer to World Series

October 15, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It is a wet one, fall is definitely here, but it is supposed to be nice on Thursday for the Oregon State-Utah football game, so that is a bonus. Hope you all had great weekends.

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Alums Andrew Susac (2009) of Oregon State and middle infielder Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State did not play on Tuesday night in San Francisco's 5-4 win over St. Louis in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

Game 4 is tonight. The Giants lead 2-1 and can move to within one win of their third World Series in the last five years with a victory.

Baltimore pitcher Bud Norris (2005), a Cal Poly alum, went 4.2 innings in a 6-4 loss to Kansas City on Saturday and got a no-decision in Game 2 of the ALCS. Kansas City took a 3-0 lead on Tuesday night and can wrap up its first trip to the World Series since 1985 with a win tonight.

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Alum Tyler Anderson (2009), a former No. 1 draft pick of Colorado from Oregon, is rated as the No. 11 pro prospect in the Texas League by Baseball America. Now with the Twins, he was 7-4, 1.98 in 23 games, with 106 strikeouts in 118.1 innings at Tulsa in 2014.

Giants' catcher Andrews Susac (2009) was ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, but he's already in the majors.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed pitcher Chris Fougner, a graduate of the baseball academy program at Lambrick Park, and Everett, Wash., pitcher Zander Clouse of Bellevue College for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

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The West Coast League's annual fall meeting is set for Thursday and Friday in Salem, the home base of president Dennis Koho. Topics to be discussed are the finalization of the 2015 schedule and a further league-wide marketing plans, including the revamped WCL website and social media initiatives.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday. Go Beavs!