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Harrison off to fast start with Team USA

June 24, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

The Knights fell at Bend on Tuesday night in Game 1 of our series, our sixth loss in a row to the Elks. We've given up double-digit runs in our last three games, so we have to get our pitching in order.

Game 2 of the series at is set for 6:35 p.m. today; Chris Clements is our scheduled starter. The series concludes on Thursday; we head to Medford on Friday for a weekend series with the Rogues at Harry & David Field. All games will be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240.

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Knights' first baseman/catcher KJ Harrison (2015) of Oregon State is off to a great start with Team USA back in Cary, N.C. He has six hits and two RBIs in their first four games, and also threw out four runners while catching in a game against Taipei. Pitcher Stephen Nogosek (2013) is also with the team and threw a scoreless inning of relief, with one strikeout, in his lone appearance.

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Alum Matt Boyd (2010), a lefty from Oregon State, is having a great season in the Toronto organization and is now just a step away from the major leagues.

Boyd was 6-1, 1.10 in 12 games at New Hampshire in the double-A Eastern League, earning him a promotion to Buffalo in the triple-A International League. He is 1-1, 2.25 in two starts with the Bisons, with 12 strikeouts and no walks in 12 innings.

Here is more on Matt from the Minor League Ball website.

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Onetime Knights' signee Jack Graham of Slippery Rock (Pa.) University has signed with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him in the 38th round of the recent MLB draft. A middle infielder, Graham was ticketed to play for us in 2012 after his freshman year at Youngstown State, where he played in 2012 and 2013 before transferring, but stayed East instead.

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The Knights will host the U-19 Colts, an all-star team from Australia, at 6:40 p.m. Monday in an exhibition game at Goss Stadium. The Colts are on a month-long tour of the West Coast, playing American Legion teams and other summer wood-bat league clubs.

They are coached by Steve Fish, an assistant to Knights' skipper Brooke Knight with the champion Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League in 2012 and 2013. Fish also directed the Heat to the 2014 and 2015 championships after becoming head coach when Knight moved to Adelaide.

The game starts at 6:40 p.m. and is not included in our season-ticket package. Tickets are $10 for reserved, $6 for general admission, and are available online; at our office in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis; by phone at 541-752-5656, or at the stadium the day of the game.

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Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in a 6-3 loss to Gwinnett on Tuesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in an 8-5 win over Albuquerque.

* Hudson Valley (A New York-Penn, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 1-for-3 with a double and two runs in a 6-3 win over Lowell.

* High Desert (A California, Texas) utility Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-2 with a double and a run for the California League all-stars in a 9-2 win over the Carolina League all-stars.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) closer Josh Osich (2008) had two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-0 win over Trenton. He did not get a save but he lowered his ERA to 1.59.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Thursday.


Knights to host Australian team on Monday

June 23, 2015

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

The Knights were idle on Monday. We begin a six-game South Division road trip tonight with the opener of a three-game rematch series against Bend at Vince Genna Stadium. Righty Alex Nesbitt (0-0, 1.80) is our projected starter.

We then head to Medford on Friday for a weekend series with the Rogues at Harry & David Field. All six games will be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240.

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The Knights of the West Coast League will host the U-19 Colts, an all-star team from Australia, at 6:40 p.m. Monday in an exhibition game at Goss Stadium.

The Colts are on a month-long tour of the West Coast, playing American Legion teams and other summer wood-bat league clubs. They are coached by Steve Fish, an assistant to Knights' skipper Brooke Knight with the champion Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League in 2012 and 2013.

Fish also directed the Heat to the 2014 and 2015 championships after becoming head coach when Knight moved to Adelaide.

"The Colts have some of the best young players in Australia," Knight said. "It will be a great experience for both teams, and a lot of fun."

The game starts at 6:40 p.m. and is not included in the Knights' season-ticket package. Tickets are $10 for reserved, $6 for general admission, and are available online; at our office in the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis; by phone at 541-752-5656, or at the stadium the day of the game.

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Now healthy after years of arm problems, alum Josh Osich (2008) is having a great season with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He is 0-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 30 games, with 32 strikeouts in 33 innings and an outstanding 1.00 WHIP ratio.

Here is more on Josh from the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper, which the Blog used to deliver during his undergraduate days at the University of Richmond.

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Speaking of alums, we have new minor-league assignments for some of our Knights in the Pros.

* David Andriese (2010-11): West Virginia (A New York-Penn, Pirates).

* Cade Gotta (2011): Hudson Valley (A New York-Penn, Tampa Bay).

* Scott Schultz (2011): Missoula (A Pioneer, Diamondbacks).

* Nate Esposito (2012): Royals (A Arizona Rookie League, Royals).

* Chris Rabago (2012-13): Grand Junction (A Pioneer, Rockies).

Pitcher Austin Sodders (2014) signed with Pittsburgh on Monday. He and several other alums who signed recently have not been assigned to teams yet.

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Tri-City (A Northwest, Padres) shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) hit his first professional homer and was 2-for-5 in a 5-2 win over Boise on Monday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) homered and drove in two runs in a 4-3 loss to Akron.

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Oregon State signee Cadyn Grenier of the Bend Elks is the WCL's Player of the Week for June 14-21. Here is more on that story, from the WCL website.

The Elks are off to a fast start, at 12-3. Here is more on that, from the Bend Bulletin newspaper.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Wednesday.


Sweep by Bend ends Knights' impressive home streak

June 22, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone.

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Tough weekend at the ballpark, exacerbated by Sunday's 12-9 loss to Bend, a game we gave away with a horrible ninth inning that enabled the Elks to erase a 7-4 deficit.

It was the first time in history the Knights had been swept at home. We had played 60 three- or four-game home series without being swept since our 2007 relocation from Gresham before finally stumbling this weekend.

The Knights are idle on Monday. We begin a six-game South Division road trip on Tuesday night with the opener of a three-game rematch series against Bend at Vince Genna Stadium. Righty Alex Nesbitt (0-0, 1.80) is our projected starter.

We then head to Medford on Friday for a weekend series with the Rogues at Harry & David Field. All six games will be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240.

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Knights' coach Brooke Knight will not return for his third season as the manager of the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League. Here are the full details, from the team website.

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Sunday's crowd of 1,318 upped the season attendance to 14,912 in 10 dates. That puts us 3,052 ahead of last year's total through a corresponding number of home openings.

Overall it was a great weekend at the box office. The three games drew 5,686 fans, an average of 1,895. We now rank second in the WCL in attendance this season, and those figures don't include the 2,200+ we drew for our nonleague opener.

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The Washington (Pa.) Wild Things of the independent Frontier League have signed alum Carter Bell (2009) to a contract extension. The former Oregon Stater is hitting .258 (16-62) in 16 games, with a homer and five RBIs.

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Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) hit his second homer of the season, singled and scored twice in a 7-0 win over Jackson on Sunday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) closer Josh Osich (2008) allowed a run but had three strikeouts and got his 19th save in a 3-1 win over New Britain.

* Portland (AA Eastern, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009, 2010) allowed one run and had three strikeouts in 3.1 innings in an 8-7 loss to Reading.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Tuesday.


Knights win series finale, keep streak intact

June 19, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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A great night at the ballpark on Thursday, as we edged Yakima Valley 3-1 to take the series finale. We thus maintained our remarkable record of never having been swept in 60 three- or four-game series at Goss Stadium since we relocated to Corvallis from Gresham for the 2007 season.

We start a three-game series against Bend at 6:40 tonight in an early showdown for the South Division lead. The division-leading Elks took 2 of 3 from us in Bend on June 5-7 in each team's first series of the summer.

Third baseman Michael Farris (UC Riverside) joined the team this week and is hitting .556 (5-9) in three games, with a homer and three RBIs. Outfielder Emilio Alcantar (Linn-Benton) ranks 10th in the WCL with a .362 (17-47) average.

Bend infielder Tyler Davis of Northwest Nazarene earned West Coast League Player of the Week honors for June 8-14 for leading the Elks to a sweep at Cowlitz and series home victory over Victoria. He leads the WCL in average .451 (23-51) and in base hits (23).

Corvallis leads the all-time regular-season series 49-28 and holds a 25-8 edge in games played at Goss Stadium. The Knights also lead the playoff head-to-head 8-5; the teams met to advance to the WCL Championship Series in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014, with the Knights winning every year except 2010.

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We have great promotions all weekend.

* Tonight is Linn-Benton Tractor Cowbell Night. The first 250 fans will receive free Knights cowbells. It's always one of the loudest nights of the season!

* Saturday is Samaritan Health Service Fireworks Night. Note the special 7:15 p.m. starting time.

* Sunday is Coffee Culture Tumbler Giveaway Night. The first 250 fans through the gates get an iced coffee tumbler compliments of Coffee Culture. It's also our Father's Day game. Bring dad, and play catch with pops on the field after the game. And every Sunday there is free admission for all members of the Lil' Knights Club, presented by Jamba Juice.

See you there!

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Thursday's crowd of 1,503 upped the season attendance to 9,137 in seven dates. That puts us 658 ahead of last year's total through a corresponding number of home openings.

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Tacoma (AAA Pacific Coast, Mariners) pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) allowed four hits and had seven strikeouts in six shutout innings and got the win in a 12-3 victory over Albuquerque on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

There were no honorable mentions.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you at the ballpark this weekend!


Matt Andriese gets 2nd MLB win, over Washington

June 18, 2015

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Another tough night at the ballpark on Wednesday, as we lost 5-2 in Game 2 of our series against Yakima Valley. Game 3 is at 6:40 tonight. We have never been swept at home, so we expect we'll keep that record intact and prevail tonight.

Newcomer Chris Clements of UC Santa Barbara makes his starting debut tonight. He was projected to go on Wednesday, but got pushed back a day. He will be opposed by

Andrew Bernstein of Cal Poly (0-0, 0.00) in a matchup of freshmen right-handers making their first appearances of the summer.

It's a Block 15 Thursday and COUNTRY Financial Mini-Bat Night. The first 250 children through the gates get mini-bats compliments of COUNTRY Financial.

See you there!

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Big night in the majors on Wednesday for alum Matt Andriese (2009) of the Tampa Bay Rays. The former WCL Pitcher of the Year blanked Washington on two hits over four innings, had two strikeouts, and got his second major-league win in a 5-0 victory over the Nationals. Here is more on Andriese from MLB.com.

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Cal Poly shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013), an all-WCL player for our third title team, has signed with the San Diego Padres. He was their 12th-round pick in the recent MLB draft and will play for the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Northwest League, or for the Arizona Rookie League Padres.

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Wednesday's crowd of 980 upped the season attendance to 7,634 in six dates. That puts us 208 behind last year's total through a corresponding number of home openings.

We're actually tracking very well, however, as by this time last year we'd already had a Fireworks Night that drew nearly 2,000 fans. Our first 2015 Fireworks Night is set for Saturday and we expect the big crowd will push us back ahead of last year's numbers.

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Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) closer Josh Osich (2008) got another save on Wednesday, his 18th of the season, in a 4-3 win over Harrisburg to repeat as our Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honoree. He had one strikeout and lowered his ERA to 1.41.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Peoria (A Midwest, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 3-for-4 with a run in an 8-3 win over Beloit.

* Fort Wayne (A Midwest, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk in a 5-2 loss to West Michigan.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you at the ballpark all week!


Eight make Knights debuts in loss to Yakima Valley

June 17, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Tough night at the ballpark on Tuesday, as we fell 4-3 to Yakima Valley in the opener of a three-game series with the Pippins that kicks off a six-game homestand.

However, eight new players made their Corvallis debuts, and that bodes well for the future. The new Knights were Christian Donahue and KJ Harrison (Oregon State); Michael Farris (UC Riverside); Cameron Bishop (UC Santa Barbara); Michael Martin (UC Irvine); Alex Nesbitt (Washington), and Josh George and Slater Lee (Cal Poly).

Another newcomer, Chris Clements of UC Santa Barbara, will make his debut tonight as our starter in Game 2 of the series, at 6:40 p.m. Popular veteran starter/reliever Jorge Perez (2012-13) of Grand Canyon also arrived last night and is available if needed.

It's Beaver Basketball Night, Presented by the Hilton Garden Inn, and Spindrift Cellars Wine Tasting Night. OSU men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle will throw out the first pitch.

See you there!

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Big night in the majors on Tuesday for alums Matt Duffy (2010) and Andrew Susac (2009) of the San Francisco Giants in a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Duffy was 3-for-4 with a two-run homers, two runs and three RBIs and Susac was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

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More alum news to report from the world of professional baseball.

Recent draftee Gus Craig (2013), an outfielder from Columbia, has signed with the Seattle Mariners and been assigned to Peoria of the Arizona Rookie League. Catcher/infielder Nate Esposito (2012) of Concordia signed with Kansas City but was not assigned to an affiliate.

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Tuesday's crowd of 860 upped the season attendance to 6,654 in five dates. That puts us 276 behind last year's total through a corresponding number of home openings.

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We lost 51-49 to Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass., in the second round of Ballpark Digest's contest to determine the top summer collegiate venue in the country. Here are the final second-round results. Thanks to those who voted; guess I should have voted a few more times!

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Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) closer Josh Osich (2008) needed just seven pitches in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 17th save in a 1-0 win over Harrisburg to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Portland pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009, 2010) allowed one run and had one strikeout in three relief innings in a 6-1 loss to Binghamton.

* Great Lakes (A Midwest, Dodgers) second baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 1-for-3 with a double, a run and a walk in a 3-2 win over Lake County.

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI and raised his average to .308 in a 3-2 loss to Albuquerque.

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Bend infielder Tyler Davis of Northwest Nazarene earned West Coast League Player of the Week honors for June 8-14 for leading the Elks to a sweep at Cowlitz and series home victory over Victoria. Please click here for more details.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you at the ballpark all week!


Series with Yakima Valley starts 6-game homestand

June 16, 2015

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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The Knights return home tonight after a historic series at Wenatchee to face the Yakima Valley Pippins, the hottest team in the early portion of the West Coast League season. The Pippins started the summer with a five-game winnings streak and lead the East Division with a 6-3 mark.

Strengthened by the arrival of infielders Nick Madrigal, Jackson Soto and Cole Kreuter and catcher Andy Cosgrove, we rebounded from back-to-back series losses to Bend and Bellingham by recording their first-ever series sweep at Wenatchee.

A Beaver-to-be shortstop from Elk Grove, Calif., Madrigal is off to a fast start since arriving for the June 11 win over Bellingham, one day after being selected by Cleveland in the 17th round of the MLB draft. He enters the series hitting .400 (8-20), with four RBIs. Here is more on Madrigal, from The Oregonian.

Even more of our full-time players will be on hand for the current homestand, which also features three games against South Division arch-rival Bend this Thursday through Saturday.

Corvallis leads the all-time series against Yakima Valley 2-1. A 2014 expansion team, The Pippins won the East Division title before falling to Bellingham in the divisional round of the playoffs.

All games this week start at 6:40 p.m. except for Saturday, when the game starts at 7:15 p.m. because of the postgame fireworks, sponsored by Samaritan Health Services. They will be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker doing the play-by-play.

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We have another roster move to announce. Pitcher Nick Duron of Clark College/Tigard High has decided to turn pro. He was selected by Boston in the 31st round of the recent MLB draft, as the 921st selection. Congrats and good luck to Nick.

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Don't forget to vote for Goss Stadium in Ballpark Digest's contest to determine the top summer collegiate venue in the country. We are paired against Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass., the home of the Pittsfield Suns of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, in the round of 16. You can get a ballot by clicking here. I've already voted!

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Chattanooga (AA Southern, Twins) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) allowed one run on three hits over eight innings, had five strikeouts and got the win in a 6-1 victory over Birmingham on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Peavey improved to 6-2.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Indianapolis third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-3 loss to Gwinnett. He has at least one RBI in six of his last eight games.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk in an 8-1 loss to New Hampshire.

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Please click here to read reporter Grant Lucas's story on the new owners of the Bend Elks, from the Bend Bulletin newspaper.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you at the ballpark all week!


Knights back above .500 after sweep at Wenatchee

June 15, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone.

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What a difference a couple days can make! Last Thursday morning, we'd lost four games in a row and were 1-4 in the West Coast Conference. Now, a mere five days later, we are 5-4 and fresh off our first-ever sweep at Wenatchee, following last night's wild, 11-10, 12-inning win over the AppleSox.

We had never swept the AppleSox at Paul Thomas Sr. Field in the 11-year history of the WCL before this past weekend. And our three wins evened the all-time series at 30-30, so the Knights now have a winning or .500 career record against every single WCL opponent.

Not sure what time we arrived back in Corvallis this morning, but today is a welcome day off. We should be rested and ready for the start of this week's home series against Yakima Valley (Tuesday-Thursday) and Bend (Friday-Sunday). All games start at 6:40 p.m. except for Saturday, when the game starts at 7:15 p.m. because of the postgame fireworks, sponsored by Samaritan Health Services.

All the games will be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker doing the play-by-play.

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Our roster was strengthened considerably this past weekend by the arrival of Oregon State infielder Jackson Soto, UC Irvine infielder Cole Kreuter and Washington catcher Andy Cosgrove. The remainder of our full-time players are expected to report by Tuesday.

Some 10-day signees were released to accommodate those incoming full-timers. So, we thank Bret Sundberg, AJ Valencia, Henry Rondeau and Taylor Travess for their contributions, and wish them the best in their baseball future.

Also, first baseman/outfielder Dalton Kelly (2014) of UC Santa Barbara, an all-WCL choice for us last summer, has elected to turn pro and thus won't join us again this year. He went to Seattle in round 38 as pick No. 1,145. He was ranked No. 5 by Perfect Game in their 2014 top WCL prospects list.

Good luck to a great guy.

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Tampa Bay recalled RHP Matt Andriese (2009) to the major leagues from triple-A Durham on Friday, and he promptly won his first big-league game, against the Chicago White Sox. You can read more on that by clicking here.

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Goss Stadium edged Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls 52-48 in the opening round of Ballpark Digest's contest to determine the top venue in the country. Now we are paired against Waconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass., the home of the Pittsfield Suns of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, in the round of 16. Make sure you vote for the Knights; you can get a ballot by clicking here. I've already voted!

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Some big alumni news to report from the world of minor-league baseball.

* Toronto has promoted pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) to Buffalo in the triple-A International league from New Hampshire in the double-A Eastern League. He lost in his debut on Sunday, but pitched well. Matt played at Oregon State.

* Pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) of San Jose (Giants) and utility Alex Burg (2008) of High Desert (Rangers) have been named to the California League all-star team that will play the Carolina League all-star team on June 23 at Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Chase played at Cal Poly, Alex at Washington State.

* Pitcher Scott Lyman (2010) of Jupiter (Marlins) has been named to the South Division team for the Florida State League to be played Saturday at St. Lucie. Scott played at UC Davis.

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Buffalo (AAA International, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd allowed two runs and six hits and had eight strikeouts over seven innings against Charlotte in his triple-A debut on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He was the losing pitcher as the Bisons fell 2-1 to the Knights.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Indianapolis third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 4-2 win over Gwinnett.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-2 loss to Richmond. Reliever Josh Osich (2008) had one strikeout, closed the game with a shutout inning and lowered his ERA to 1.50 for Richmond but did not meet the criteria for a save.

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in a 4-3 loss to Chattanooga.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run in an 8-6 loss to Jackson. Teammate Jimmie Sherfy (2011) gave up four runs in 1/3 of an inning and got the loss.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you at the ballpark on Tuesday!


Madrigal sparks Knights; Tampa Bay recalls Andriese

June 12, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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Great night at Goss Stadium on Thursday. Electrified by three hits from new arrival Nick Madrigal, the Knights edged Bellingham 5-4 to salvage the finale of our three-game series.

A shortstop from Elk Grove, Calif., who will play for Oregon State in 2015-16, Madrigal went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a single, a steal and two runs scored. He also perfectly handled five defensive chances without an error.

And oh, by the way, he didn't even warm up. After flying to Portland, he and a friend drove through heavy traffic on I-205 and I-5 and didn't make it to Goss until about 10 minutes before the game. He changed quickly, and then got to work.

So now it's off to Wenatchee for a weekend series with the longtime-rival AppleSox. Portland's Cole Doherty (0-1, 10.80) is our projected starter tonight; Cory Nelson of PLU will go on Saturday and Austin Kelly of Linn-Benton, who saved Thursday's win, goes on Sunday.

Our roster will be strengthened considerably by the arrival of Madrigal, UC Irvine infielder Cole Kreuter and Washington catcher Andy Cosgrove. The rest of our full-time players are expected to report by Tuesday, when the Knights start a six-game homestand against Yakima Valley and Bend.

The Wenatchee games will be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240. We are taking a feed from Wenatchee's broadcast team, so Mike Parker gets the weekend off.

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More great news to report. Tampa Bay has recalled RHP Matt Andriese (2009) to the major leagues from triple-A Durham. Matt started the season with the Rays and has been up and down twice since then.

He is 0-1, 4.79 in seven games with the Rays, with two saves and 13 strikeouts in 20.2 innings, and was 1-0, 2.70 in five games at Durham, with 20 strikeouts in 20 innings.

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Make sure to vote for Goss Stadium as a top summer collegiate ballpark in Ballpark Digest's contest to determine the top venue in the country. The first round has us paired against Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls. You can get a ballot by clicking here. I've already voted!

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Thursday's crowd of 937 upped our season attendance to 5,794 in four dates. That puts the Knights 797 fans ahead of last year's total through a corresponding number of home openings.

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Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in a 4-2 win over Gwinnett on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. BeMo is hitting .381 (16-42) over his last 12 games, with a homer, seven RBIs and six multi-hit games.

Honorable mention goes to:

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in a 9-6 win over Sacramento. He raised his average to .305.

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in a 5-1 win over Chattanooga.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-5 with a run in a 6-4 loss to Jackson. Teammate Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched two innings of scoreless relief, with two strikeouts.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you here on Monday and at the ballpark on Tuesday!


Incoming OSU frosh Nick Madrigal joins Knights

June 11, 2015

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Tough night again at the ballpark on Wednesday, as we fell 5-2 to Bellingham in Game 2 of the rematch of the 2014 West Coast League Championship Series, which the Bells won 2-1.

The series concludes at 6:40 p.m. today, with Washington State righty Ryan Walker (1-0, 0.00) pitching for us, opposed by a to-be-determined starter for the Bells. Their projected pitcher for tonight, Eric Kisena of Edmonds (Wash.) CC, was drafted by Detroit on Wednesday so he's on hold.

* Tonight is a Block 15 Thursday, and College Night. We encourage fans to wear their favorite college sweatshirt, enjoy discounted prices on Knights Summer Ale and other beverages, and check out the new TnT Builders Party Deck at Banners!

It will also be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker on the call. So we will see you at the ballpark!

We hit the road for a weekend series at Wenatchee on Friday morning. Our next homestand is June 16-21 against Yakima Valley and Bend.

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A big roster move to announce. The Knights have signed Oregon State incoming freshman infielder Nick Madrigal of Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif. Nick was selected in the 17th round of the MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday but he should be in uniform for us tonight.

He's a 5-foot-8, 160-pound wizard who should help us immediately. He hit .481 on the USA Baseball U-18 team that won the gold medal in Mexico in 2014. He was All-American, all-state, all-area and all-league honors at Elk Grove and was ranked as the 109th recruit nationally by Perfect Game last year.

The rest of our full-time players will arrive over the weekend and we should be at full strength for Tuesday's homestand.

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It was a big day for us on Wednesday at the Major League Baseball draft, as 11 former or current players were selected. If most sign, we'll have more than 40 alums in affiliated baseball this summer.

Here's a quick rundown; for complete details, please click here for a story from our website.

* Cal Poly junior shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013), the 2015 Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was taken in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres as the 357th overall selection.

* Oklahoma junior catcher Chris Shaw (2014) went to the Baltimore Orioles in the 15th round with the 463rd overall selection. He also was taken in the 14th round in the 2014 draft after his sophomore season at Midland (Texas) JC, by St. Louis at No. 435.

* Cal Poly junior right-handed pitcher Casey Bloomquist (2013) went to the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round with the 503rd overall selection. He was honorable-mention all-WCL in 2013.

* Infielder Nick Madrigal (2015) of Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif., went to Cleveland in the 17th round as the 514th selection. He will play at OSU in 2015-16.

* Left-handed pitcher Austin Sodders (2014) of Riverside City College was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round as the 517th overall selection.

* Oregon State outfielder Gabe Clark (2013) went to Toronto in the 26th round as the 782nd overall selection. He was ranked as the WCL's 17th-best pro prospect by Perfect Game after his 2014 season at Victoria.

* Columbia outfielder Gus Craig (2013), the 2015 Ivy League co-Player of the Year, was drafted by Seattle in the 30th round as the 905th overall pick.

* Current Corvallis pitcher Nick Duron (2015) of Clark College went to Boston in the 31st round as the 921st selection.

* Utility Nate Esposito (2012) of Concordia went to Boston in the 33rd round as the 999th overall pick.

* Lefty Andrew Naderer (2013) of Grand Canyon was selected by Detroit in the 37th round as the 1,120th pick. He was ranked No. 11 in Perfect Game's 2013 WCL pro ratings.

* Returning Knights' first baseman Dalton Kelly (2014-15) of UC Santa Barbara went to Seattle in round 38 as pick No. 1,145. He was ranked No. 5 by Perfect Game and No. 14 by Baseball America in their 2014 WCL pro evaluations.

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Wednesday's crowd of 1,068 upped the season attendance to 4,857 in three dates. That puts the Knights 584 fans ahead of last year's total through a corresponding number of home openings.

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Chattanooga (AA Southern, Twins) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) allowed no runs and two hits, had three strikeouts and got the win in a 56-2 victory over Jackson on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Greg is now 5-2.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-3 win over Rochester. BeMo is hitting .342 (13-38) over his last 10 games, with a homer, six RBIs and five multi-hit games.

* High Desert (A California, Rangers) DH Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and his 16th homer in a 16-3 win over Lake Elsinore.

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Some early roster moves in Victoria. The HarbourCats have released lefty Connor Suing (Western Oregon) and outfielder Matt Bryan (McPherson College). Catcher Evan Willow (McPherson College) and infielder Zane Takhar (Northeastern Oklahoma) have left the team. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you at the ballpark tonight!