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Alums Wetzler, Fry get weekend starts for Beavers

April 3, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Only 62 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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Big series coming up for Oregon State this weekend, against Stanford at Goss Stadium. Alums Ben Wetzler (2011) and Jace Fry (2011) will be OSU's starting pitchers on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Alum Austin Barr (2012) has played in 10 games for Stanford and is hitting .125 (3-24), with two doubles and three RBIs.

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Lots of 2014 Knights in action for their college teams on Wednesday. Here's a quick rundown:

* Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli was 0-for-4 in a 6-2 win at Seattle. Losing pitcher Ted Hammond gave up just two earned runs in five innings and had two strikeouts. Caleb Whalen (2012) was 3-for-5 with a run and Cody Lenahan (2013) was 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Pilots.

* Bellarmine outfielder Phil Leopold, a 10-day signee, was 0-for-3 with a run in a 5-4 win over Oakland City College.

* Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos was 2-for-5 with two runs and a three-run homer in a 9-6 loss at Willamette.

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Big story by reporter Jack Hennessey on the Yakima Valley Pippins in the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper earlier this week. We don't visit Yakima this year, but the Pippins come to Corvallis June 11-13 for our first home West Coast League series.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Former Kelowna infielder Andrew Firth was honored by winning the Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy as the University of British Columbia's graduating male athlete of the year. Click here for more on the story, from the team website.

MEDFORD: Returnee Bill Jacobs and newcomer Max Milander, a 2014 Linfield College graduate, will be the Rouges' radio voices this season. Click here for the rest of the story, from the team website.

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

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Only nine more weeks until opening day

April 2, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Remember, our 2014 promotional schedule is out. And we also have some new ticket plans for you to consider, specifically our "Fun for $81" mini-plan. Please click here for more details.

Down to 63 days (nine weeks) until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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Installment No. 2 of reporter Bruce Baskin's "Post from the Coast" series on the Our Sports Central website is now available by clicking here. It contains news from all around the West Coast League and is a great way to keep up with league news.

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Lots of 2014 Knights in action for their college teams on Tuesday. Here's a quick rundown:

* Cal Poly pitcher Slater Lee allowed one run and had six strikeouts in 6.1 innings and got a no-decision in a 6-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield. Jimmy Allen (2011) was 1-for-3 and Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 0-for-2 with a run for the Mustangs.

* Oregon State catcher Logan Ice and Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli were each 0-for-1 and UP pitcher Jackson Lockwood allowed three earned runs in 4.1 innings and had four strikeouts in OSU's 9-6 win at UP. Kavin Keyes (2013) was 1-for-5 with a run, Gabe Clark (2013) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Scott Schultz allowed one earned run in .2 innings for the Beavers. Caleb Whalen (2012) was 1-for-2 with a run for the Pilots.

* Grand Canyon reliever Joey Wise pitched .2 scoreless innings in a 3-2 loss at Nevada.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker was 0-for-1 in a 7-1 win over San Diego State.

* Oregon pitcher Jordan Spencer went three scoreless innings, had three strikeouts and got the win in a 3-2 victory at Gonzaga. Stephen Nogosek allowed one run and had two strikeouts in two innings.

* Midland catcher Chris Shaw was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in an 11-3 win over Western Texas JC.

* Cypress CC DH Joe Duffin was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in an 11-5 win over Fullerton CC.

Bellarmine outfielder Phil Leopold, a 10-day signee, was a combined 2-for-8 with an RBI in a doubleheader loss to Southern Indiana.

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It is a Wednesday, so here are the updated stats on our 2014 NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights (through Sunday):

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a varsity game but is starring for the JV.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .341 (28-82) in 24 games, with four homers and 19 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .280 (37-132) in 35 games, with four homers and 33 RBIs.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .103 (3-29) in nine games, with no homers and two RBIs.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .269 (21-78) in 23 games, with no homers and 12 RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .218 (17-78) in 27 games, with three homers and 11 RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .167 (1-6) in 15 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .318 (28-88) in 25 games, with six homers and 28 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 3-3, 2.57 in 49 innings over eight games, with 45 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 2-1, 5.40 in 15 innings over 11 games, with two saves and 10 strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 6-0, 1.22 in eight games, with 42 strikeouts in 59 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 1.04 in 10 appearances, with two strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Michael is 0-1, 11.36 in one game, with two strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 5-2, 1.84 in seven games, with 44 strikeouts in 44 innings.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 2-1, 3.11 in four games, with 15 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have added three more players to their 2014 roster. Click here for the rest of the story, from the team website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have announced the first round of promotions for their inaugural season. Click here for more on the story, from the team website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Aaron Corwin signs with Alpine Cowboys in Pecos League

April 1, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

It is now just 64 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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We have some alumni news to report.

* Pitcher Aaron Corwin (2010, 2012) has signed with the Alpine (Texas) Cowboys in the independent Pecos League. They play their first game on May 13. Aaron played at Feather River JC, at Texas Tech and at Mesa State. For complete info on the Pecos League, click here.

* Senior outfielder Connor Hofmann (2011-12) has left the University of Oregon baseball team and will no longer play for the Ducks. Please click here for the rest of the story, from the Oregon Daily Emerald newspaper; click here for more from the Oregonian.

Best of luck to Connor, wherever he lands. He caught a fly ball for the final out of the 2011 WCL Championship Series against Walla Walla and his spectacular dive onto the celebratory dogpile was epic and made the cover of our 2012 program.

* Outfielder Kyle Treadway (2013) of Pacific University was nominated for Northwest Conference Position Player of the Week honors but was not selected.

* Pitcher Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013) of George Fox was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected.

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Pretty limited schedule on Monday for 2014 Knights. Here's a quick rundown:

* Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos, who returns after taking 2013 off because of injury, was a combined 3-for-9 with an RBI and a double in a doubleheader split at Concordia. Center fielder Blake Drake (2013) was a combined 2-for-8 with two runs and a steal for Concordia.

* Clackamas CC pitcher Michael Kelly, a 10-day signee, pitched a complete game, allowed two earned runs and had five strikeouts in a 7-5 win over Chemeketa.

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

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .247 (20-81) in 27 games, with no homers and 12 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 (0-4) in six games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .175 (14-80) with no homers and three RBIs in 26 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .353 (12-34) with no homers and four RBIs in 24 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .259 (15-58) with no homers and seven RBIs in 19 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 with no homers or RBIs in two games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 5-1, 3.19 in seven games, with 43 strikeouts in 36.2 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 2-0, 0.77 over six appearances, with 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 1-0, 6.35 in three games, with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-0, 2.82 in seven games, with 14 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-1, 7.18 in seven games, with 19 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-2, 5.88 in nine games, with 13 strikeouts in 26 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 13.50 in four games, with no strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 9.64 in six appearances, with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 0-1, 3.18 in seven games, with nine strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 0-0, 3.29 in six games, with 11 strikeouts in 13.2 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 Wednesday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: Treasure Valley CC's Jerren Larimer, a 2014 Elk, is off to good start. Click here for the rest of the story; it's the top item on the menu.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats announced the appointment of Bob Miller to the position of head coach for the 2014 season. He was co-coach in 2013. Dennis Rogers, the 2013 head coach, informed the team he can't return this summer, as family health and business reasons will not allow him to commit in a way he would expect of himself. Click here for more on the story from the Victoria website.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Jace Fry named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

March 31, 2014

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

Alums Ben Wetzler (2011) and Jace Fry (2011) each earned victories this weekend as the Beavers won 2 of 3 in Arizona to remain tied for second place in the Pac-12. Future Knight Logan Ice (2014) also had a big series.

With the weekend now out of the way and April on the way on Tuesday, we are down to 65 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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Fry was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on Monday for the second time this season for his stellar performance at Arizona on Sunday in an 11-0 win over the Wildcats. He held them hitless for seven innings before giving up a clean single to start the eighth. Please click here for the rest of the story.

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Two alums have been released by their respective major league parent clubs.

* First baseman Taylor Ard (2009) of Washington State and Mt. Hood was released by Seattle, who chose him in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. A first-team all-WCL selection for us, he played at Clinton in the low-A Midwest League in 2013; in two pro seasons he hit .258 in 193 games, with 20 homers and 111 RBIs.

* The Cubs released pitcher Nick Struck (2009) after four years in their system. He was 39-37 overall, with a 4.04 ERA and 398 strikeouts in 568.1 innings. He twice reached triple-A with the Iowa Cubs. Nick played at Mt. Hood CC and was taken in the 39th round of the 2010 draft.

We will have the minor-league destinations of our many alums in affiliated baseball soon, once rosters have been finalized.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed outfielder Cooper Elliott and right-handed pitcher Chris McDowell of Washington State for the 2014 season. Click here for the rest of the story.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Have a great weekend, and stay dry!

March 28, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

Lucky for the Beavers that they are in Tucson this weekend to play the Arizona Wildcats, as it is shaping up to be a wet one here in Corvallis. Oh well, I would expect nothing less for spring break.

Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) will start tonight's game and alum Jace Fry (2011) gets the baseball on Sunday. Let us hope the Beavers can get their act together again, recover from last weekend's pratfall against Arizona State, and win the series.

We are now down to 68 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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Mark this down on your calendars: The Knights will host KEJO-AM 1240's popular Joe Beaver Road Show on Wednesday, May 21, at the team's offices in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis. It will be hosted by Mike Parker and Jon Warren, and feature Knights-related guests and interviews. Make sure to save the date, and then stop by and see us!

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Here is an updated story from CBSsports.com on former Knights' ace Tommy Hanson, the 2005 WCL Pitcher of the Year who was released on Thursday by the Texas Rangers. Pro baseball is a tough way to make a living.

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Only one 2014 Knight was in action for his college teams on Thursday. Here's a rundown:

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin was 1-for-3 with three RBIs, a double and a run in a 15-9 victory over Riverside CC.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears announced their press box and announcing staff will return intact in 2014. Here is more on that story from the Cowlitz website.

MEDFORD: New Mexico freshman Andre Vigil was selected as the Rogues' College Player of the Week. Please click right here for more on that story, from the Medford website.

WALLA WALLA: Here is the latest installment of "10 things to know about Sweets baseball," a regular feature on the Walla Walla website.

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


Rangers release Tommy Hanson

March 27, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Don't forget, our 2014 promotional schedule is out. And we also have some new ticket plans for you to consider, specifically our "Fun for $81" mini-plan. Please click here for more details.

Down to 69 days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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Alum Tommy Hanson (2005) of Riverside City College, the 2005 WCL Pitcher of the Year, was released by the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. He was 0-2, 6.43 in four games. He is now free to sign with any team. Here's more from the Dallas Morning News website.

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Lots of 2014 Knights and alums in action for their college teams on Wednesday. Here's a rundown:

* Oregon's Jordan Spencer pitched a scoreless inning and had one strikeout in a 12-5 win at San Francisco.

* Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli was 0-for-2 and pitcher Jackson Lockwood gave up four runs in one inning and was the loser in a 7-3 loss to Seattle. Portland's Colin Feldtman (2013) allowed two runs and had three strikeouts in 4.2 innings; second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 0-for-4 and third baseman Cody Lenahan (2013) was 1-for-3 with a run.

* Tacoma CC catcher Josh Latta was 1-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI and pitcher Stephen White gave up two earned runs in .1 innings and had a strikeout in a 7-5 win over Skagit Valley CC.

* Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos was 1-for-5 with a triple and a run in a 7-6 loss to Pacific University.

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Nice story in the Kelowna Capital News about Falcons' star Dawson Yates, a freshman at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Click here to read all about Yates, who will again play for the Falcons this summer.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed outfielder Nick Minteer and right handed pitcher Wyatt Mills of Gonzaga for the 2014 season. Here is more on that story from the Kelowna website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have announced their 2014 promotional schedule. Here's more from the Our Sports Central website. They also have announced a title sponsor for their annual Battle of the Badge benefit game.

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That is it for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Friday.


No sophomore slump for Casey Bloomquist

March 26, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

The Beavers and Seattle University were rained out yesterday so we'll have to wait another 10 days for our baseball fix at Goss Stadium. They are on the road at Arizona this weekend and not home again until April 4, against Stanford.

Don't forget, our 2014 promotional schedule is out. And we also have some new ticket plans for you to consider, specifically our "Fun for $81" mini-plan. Please click here for more details.

It is now only 70 days - 10 weeks - until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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A story on alum Casey Bloomquist (2013) of Cal Poly is up on our website. He's having a great sophomore season; please click here to read all about it.

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Lots of 2014 Knights and alums in action for their college teams on Tuesday. Here's a rundown:

* Oregon's Stephen Nogosek, a returnee from 2013, allowed one run and had one strikeout in two innings in an 8-4 loss at San Francisco.

* UC Santa Barbara outfielder Scott Quinlan was 0-for-1 and scored a run in a 5-4, 10-inning win at Fresno State. Pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) allowed two runs in two innings for the Gauchos, with three strikeouts.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker,, another 2013 returnee, was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 13-8 win at UC Riverside. For the Highlanders, pitcher Angel Landazuri (2014) allowed two earned runs and had a strikeout in 1.2 innings; outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 1-for-5 with a run; pitcher Antonio Gonzales (2012) allowed no earned runs in three innings, with three strikeouts, and pitcher Dylan Stuart (2011-12) allowed one earned run and had three strikeouts in three innings.

* Returnees Alex Nesbitt and Brandon Choate each pitched an inning for Washington in a 7-1 win over Gonzaga. Nesbitt allowed no hits or runs; Choate allowed one run and had two strikeouts.

* Returnee Joe Duffin of Cypress CC was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 5-3 win over Irvine Valley CC.

* Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos, who also played for us in 2012, was 1-for-4 with two runs and two steals in a 6-4 win over Willamette.

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Alum Eric Huson (2013) of Western Oregon was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association NCAA Div. II West Region Pitcher of the Week on Wednesday. He had a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Saint Martin's this past Sunday. Here's more, from the WOU website.

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

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a varsity game but is starring for the JV.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .333 (25-75) in 22 games, with four homers and 16 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .284 (33-116) in 31 games, with three homers and 29 RBIs.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .091 (2-22) in seven games, with no homers and one RBI.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .258 (17-66) in 19 games, with no homers and 12 RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .218 (17-78) in 27 games, with three homers and 11 RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .250 (1-4) in 13 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .333 (24-72) in 20 games, with six homers and 26 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 2-3, 2.45 in 44 innings over seven games, with 42 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 2-1, 5.79 in 14 innings over 10 games, with two saves and nine strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 6-0, 1.02 in seven games, with 38 strikeouts in 53 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 1.04 in 10 appearances, with two strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Michael is 0-1, 11.36 in one game, with two strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 4-2, 1.95 in six games, with 38 strikeouts in 37 innings.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 2-1, 2.11 in three games, with 14 strikeouts in 17 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed two more pitchers for the upcoming season. Here's more from the Bellingham website.

VICTORIA: Here's the latest edition of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog for your enjoyment.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The expansion Pippins, our opponent on June 11-13 in our WCL home-opening series, have signed two more players for their first season. Here's more from the Our Sports Central website.

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


D.J. Johnson signs with Traverse City in Frontier League

March 25, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

We will be headed back over to Goss Stadium tonight for the Oregon State-Seattle University game, weather permitting. The RedHawks feature future Knight Ted Hammond, a right-handed pitcher from Shorecrest High in Shoreline, Wash.

It is not anywhere near as nice in Corvallis today as it was over the weekend. But we are sure they will do their best to get the game in, so we will see you at the ballpark.

Remember, our 2014 promotional schedule is out. We also have some new ticket plans for you to consider, specifically our "Fun for $81" mini-plan. Please click here for more details.

We are down to 71 days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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Alum D.J. Johnson (2008-09), a right-handed pitcher from Mt. Hood CC and Western Oregon, has signed with the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League. He spent the past three seasons in the Arizona and Tampa Bay organizations and reached the high-A California League before being released. Here is more on that story, from the Traverse City website.

There will be another Corvallis connection to Traverse City this summer. We reported on Monday that broadcaster Kevin Burke, the Virginia Tech grad who was our 2012 play-by-play broadcaster, has been hired as their new radio voice. The Bums open their season on May 16.

Alum Ryan Platt (2008) of UC Riverside, a mainstay in the starting rotation who was second-team all-WCL on our first championship team, also pitched for Traverse City following his affiliated baseball career.

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One future Knight, and lots of alums, played for Cal Poly on Monday in a 16-8 win over California. Pitcher Slater Lee (2014) was roughed up for five runs inn one inning, with one strikeout. Outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 3-for-4 with three runs, three RBIs and a double; third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 2-for-4 with a run, a double and three RBIs; shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and reliever Bryan Granger (2012) pitched a scoreless ninth.

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WCL alums are making their mark in the Big West Conference this season. Read all about it in this story from the WCL website. And alums Andrew Ely and Brian Wolfe of Washington earned the past two Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. Ely played for Bellingham in 2012 and Wolfe played for Kelowna in 2010. Click here to read more.

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

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .217 (15-69) in 24 games, with no homers and 10 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 (0-4) in six games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .189 (14-74) with no homers and three RBIs in 22 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .346 (9-28) with no homers and three RBIs in 20 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara): The junior outfielder is hitting .280 (14-50) with no homers and six RBIs in 16 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 with no homers or RBIs in two games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 5-1, 2.76 in six games, with 40 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 1-0, 0.00 over three appearances, with eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

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

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-0, 2.18 in six games, with 13 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-1, 5.92 in five games, with 18 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-1, 4.68 in eight games, with 13 strikeouts in 25 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 13.50 in four games, with no strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 6.75 in four appearances, with five strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 0-1, 2.89 in six games, with seven strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 0-0, 4.09 in four games, with nine strikeouts in 14 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 Wednesday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WALLA WALLA: Mascot Sweet Lou's Bing Bang Rally Gang kids club, now in its fourth year, continues to grow. Here's more from the Walla Walla website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have named their flagship radio station and have hired former 2013 Victoria broadcaster Ryan Rouillard of the University of Oregon as their 2014 play-by-play voice. Please click here for more information, from the Our Sports Central website.

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


Alum Rob Dittrick pitching well in Australia

March 21, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

Knights' alums Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry, pitchers on our 2011 West Coast League championship team, are Oregon State's projected starters tonight and Sunday as the Beavers host Arizona State in a big Pacific-12 Conference series at Goss Stadium this weekend.

Should be a good one. Look for alums Scott Schultz (2011), Brandon Jackson (2012), Kavin Keyes (2013) and Gabe Clark (2013) and future Knight Logan Ice (2014) to also play key roles for the Beavers.

We're not sure if alums Caylen Clardy (2012) and Nate Esposito (2012) and future Knight Dan James (2014) are on the 27-man weekend roster. See you at the ballpark!

Remember, our 2014 promotional schedule has been released, and we also have some new ticket plans for you to consider, specifically our "Fun for $81" mini-plan. Please click here for more details.

It is now 75 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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Alum Rob Dittrick of Pacific University, our 2012 Top Pitcher, has helped the Morley Eagles of the State League in Perth, Australia advance to the Grand Final in that city. They will face the Braves in a best-of-three championship series.

Rob pitched eight-innings of no-hit ball on March 12 in an elimination-game victory over Gosnells Hawks that moved the Eagles into the semifinals. He then pitched a complete-game, 4-0 shutout over the South Perth Cubs on March 17 to even their series 1-1; the Eagles then won the decisive game 1-0 to advance to the finals.

Congrats to Rob, an all-West Coast League player and the WCL's ERA leader (1.10) by almost a full run in 2012.

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Nice story in Sports Illustrated magazine recently about the four Valaika brothers of Hart High in Newhall, Calif. UCLA's Pat Valaika played for the Wenatchee AppleSox in 2011. Please click here to read more.

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Slow day in college baseball for our 2014 Knights. Here's a recap:

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin was 1-for-3 in a 4-2 loss to Orange Coast College.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: Nebraska catcher Tanner Lubach and Lane CC pitcher Jeff Hardy share Rogues Player of the Week honors. Here's more from the Medford website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats' playing field will now be known as Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park following the signing of a multi-year arrangement. For more on that story, just click here and read all about it, from the Victoria website. And here's a more humorous take, from the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

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

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


Pippins preparing Yakima County Stadium for 2014 season

March 20, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

We plugged it on Tuesday but it is definitely worth another mention. Our 2014 promotional schedule has been released, and it is a good one, with three Fireworks Nights and lots of other giveaways and events to make your summer at the ballpark an affordable and enjoyable one. We also have some new ticket plans for you to consider, specifically our "Fun for $81" mini-plan. Please click here for more details.

And most important of all, we have the "Spirit of '76" today. It is just 76 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs 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. Should be a great day.

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

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Nice story by Yakima TV station KIMA Sports Director Alan Sillence on the work going on at Yakima County Stadium in preparation for the expansion Pippins' debut this June. Please click here to watch the video.

We do not visit Yakima this season, thanks to the unbalanced schedule, but we host the Pippins on June 11-13 in our first WCL home series.

And I'm sure someone will score that old "Yakima Bears" banner. Sounds like a great addition to your man cave or garage.

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Maybe you saw if but if you did not, please click here for a story on Kevin Flemer, a 2013 alum, and 2014 Knights Logan Ice and Dan James, three freshmen at Oregon State.

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Several 2014 Knights were in action for their respective college teams on Wednesday. Here's a recap:

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker, a returnee from our 2013 club, was 0-for-1 in a 4-3 loss to Washington State.

* Bellarmine outfielder Phillip Leopold was a combined 2-for-8 with three runs, two RBIs and a double in a doubleheader split with Rockhurst.

* Midland CC catcher Chris Shaw was 0-for-3 with an RBI in an 8-4 win over West Texas JC.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The Falcons and new head coach Billy Clontz have signed New Mexico pitcher Mike Gould for the upcoming season. For more on that story, just click here and read all about it, from the Kelowna website.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.