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One win away from a championship!

August 19, 2013

We're one win away from our third West Coast League title.

Of course, if you're reading this you probably already know that. We took a 1-0 lead over Wenatchee in the best-of-3 WCL Championship Series on Saturday night with a tense 3-1 victory at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium in Washington.

Game 2 is at 6:40 tonight at Goss Stadium. Tickets are moving briskly and we hope to have a nice crowd, so don't get left out! Reserved seats are $11, GA seats are $5, and punch cards will be honored.

Now, on with today's news.

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Left-hander Andrew Naderer pitched a four-hitter through 8.1 innings to get the win on Saturday night, and Devon Barker got the final out for the save.

Kavin Kayes had three hits for the Knights to raise his playoff average to .750 (9-12) in three games. Mike Lucarelli (.600, 3-5) and Peter Van Gansen (.333, 5-15, 7 RBIs) are also having outstanding playoffs for the Knights.

Infielder Connor Spencer is Wenatchee's playoffs offensive leader, as he's hitting .600 (6-10) with a homer and two RBIs in three games. Infielder Stockton Taylor is hitting .462 (6-13), with an RBI.

Lefty Trevor Lubking is Wenatchee's projected starter, opposed by righty Jorge Perez for the Knights.

Wenatchee and Corvallis are the two most successful franchises in WCL history, with a combined five championships since the current two-division format was adopted in 2007. Wenatchee won title in 2009, 2010 and 2012; Corvallis was champion in 2008 and 2011. The AppleSox defeated the Knights in 2009 and 2012; the Knights defeated Wenatchee in 2008.

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We will set an all-time attendance record tonight against the AppleSox. We've drawn 42,305 fans through 32 games, an average of 1,322 per opening. Our all-time record is 42,447, set in 2011, so we're just 142 fans short of that.

With season tickets and tickets already sold we'll easily surpass that mark. But we'd love to smash that record, so the more the merrier at the stadium tonight.

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Good story here from The Oregonian on alum Jimmie Sherfy (2011). He's been promoted from Hillsboro in the short-A Northwest League to South Bend in the low-A Midwest League after a great month with the Hops.

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The owners of the WCL's newest franchise, Yakima, have launched a "name the team" contest. Click here to cast your ballot. Yakima joins the league for the 2014 season.

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Vermont (A New York-Penn, A's) catcher Ryan Gorton (2011) was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday in a 6-4 loss to Brooklyn to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 3-for-7 with a run in a doubleheader loss to Durham.

* Modesto (A California, Rockies) pitcher Tyler Anderson (2009) had seven strikeouts, gave up one run and five hits in seven innings and got the win in a 6-1 victory over Bakersfield.

* Boise (A Northwest, Cubs) pitcher Eddie Orozco (2008-09) threw 1.1 scoreless innings and had three strikeouts in a 10-2 loss to Tri-City.

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


Friday at last! Finals opener at Wenatchee on Saturday!

August 16, 2013

It's off the Wenatchee for the Corvallais Knights, as we search for our third West Coast League championship. The bus leaves at 2 p.m. Friday; the team will stay in Wenatchee on Friday night and then return to Corvallis immediately after the game.

Sunday is an off day and the series resumes 2 at 6:40 p.m. Monday at Goss Stadium with Game 2.

Here's a primer on the series:

WHAT: 2013 West Coast League Championship Series

WHO: Corvallis Knights (44-17) vs. Wenatchee AppleSox (33-25)

FORMAT: Best-of-3

WHEN: Saturday at Wenatchee, 7:05 p.m.; Monday at Corvallis, 6:40 p.m.; Tuesday at Corvallis, 6:40 p.m. (if necessary)

RADIO: All games on KEJO-AM 1240

LIVE STATS: Available at wccbl.com, or at corvallisknights.com

HOW ADVANCED: Corvallis won the South Division regular season and swept runner-up Medford 2-0 in the divisional playoffs. Wenatchee was second in the North Division and swept champion Walla Walla 2-0 in the divisional playoffs.

SERIES: Wenatchee leads the all-time regular-season series 26-25 and the playoff series 4-3

REGULAR SEASON: Corvallis won 4-2. Wenatchee won 2 of 3 on June 5-7 in Wenatchee; Corvallis swept Wenatchee on July 8-10 in Corvallis

LOCAL CONNECTIONS: Oregon State infielders Kavin Keyes and Gabe Clark play for the Knights. OSU outfielder Joey Jansen plays for Wenatchee.

OF NOTE: It's the fourth time Corvallis and Wenatchee, the two winningest teams in WCL history, have met in the finals. Corvallis won in 2008 (2-0); Wenatchee won in 2009 (2-0) and 2012 (2-1).

So there you have it. Go Knights!

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Some alumni news:

* The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted alum Matt Boyd (2010) to Dunedin of the advanced-A Florida State League. He started the summer at Lansing (Mich.) in the low-A Midwest League.

* St. Louis has assigned alum Sam Gaviglio (2009) to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on a rehab assignment. He pitched for the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Florida State League before suffering an arm injury and missing much of the summer.

* Arizona has promoted reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) to South Bend in the low-A Midwest League from Hillsboro in the short-A Northwest League.

* The Los Angeles Angels have assigned pitcher Tommy Hanson (2005) to Salt Lake City in the Pacific Coast League.

* The Cuns have moved pitcher Nick Struck (2009) down to double-A Tennessee from triple-A Iowa.

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Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs on Thursday night in an 8-7 loss to Ogden to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich went 1.1 scoreless innings and got the win in a 9-6 victory over Akron.

* Brevard County (A Florida State, Brewers) outfielder (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 5-3 winn over Tampa.

* West Michigan (A Midwest, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-4 with a homer in a 2-1 loss to Lansing.

* Salem-Keizer (A Northwest, Giants) pitcher Chris Johnson went 5.2 innings, allowed two runs and had four strikeouts in a 6-5 win over Hillsboro. He left with a 3-2 lead but got a no-decision.

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It's time to update the stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton is hitting .229 (27-118) with two homers and six RBIs in 43 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

BO ALTOBELLI (2010): Bo is hitting .250 (5-20) with no homers or RBIs in six games with Cedar Rapids, Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .240 (86-359) with six homers and 46 RBIs in 102 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .233 (48-206) with three homers and 17 RBIs in 60 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .333 (9-27) with two homers and six RBIs in nine games with New Orleans, Miami's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .305 (25-82) with four homers and seven RBIs in 20 games for San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant is hitting .252 (32-127) with one homer and 18 RBIs in 36 games for the Indians, Cleveland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .242 (43-178) with a homer and 18 RBIs for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .250 (22-88) with one homer and five RBIs in 32 games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan is hitting .198 (16-81) with one homer and three RBIs in 28 games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .282 (22-78) with five homers and 15 RBIs in 20 games for West Michigan, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .248 (68-248) with six homers and 32 RBIs in 73 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

DANNY HAYES (2010): Danny is hitting .250 (37-148) with three homers and 34 RBIs in 38 games for Great Falls, the White Sox affiliate in the Class A Pioneer League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .261 (73-280) with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 95 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2007): Brent is hitting .259 (86-259) with five homers and 48 RBIs in 89 games with Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International league.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .273 (117-429) with 19 homers and 70 RBIs in 119 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (2010): Jake is hitting .219 (14-64) with a homer and nine RBIs in 21 games for Tri-City, Houston's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .252 (66-262) with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 83 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JUSTIN VIELE (2010): Justin is hitting .263 (35-133) with one homer and 13 RBIs in 40 games with the Orioles of the Arizona Rookie League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 1-2, 4.12 in 10 games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 49 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 1-5, 4.53 in nine games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 34 strikeouts in 49.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (2010-12): Max is 1-1, 2.79 in 13 games with the Arizona Rookie League Padres, with one save and 19 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

MATT BOYD (2010): Matt has been promoted to Dunedin in the Class A Florida State League. He was 0-1, 0.64 in five games for Lansing, Toronto's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with 12 strikeouts in 14 innings.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. is 0-3, 7.98 in 11 games with the Arizona Rookie League Athletics, with 13 strikeouts in 14.2 innings.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor is 1-3, 2.96 in 15 games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He has one save and 31 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 0-0, 0.00 in one game with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals while on rehab from Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has three strikeouts in three innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (2011): Chase is 3-1, 1.44 in seven games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 28 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris is 5-3, 2.31 in 12 games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 68 strikeouts in 70 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 4-2, 4.20 in 12 games with Salem, Boston's affiliate in the single-A Carolina League. He has 26 strikeouts in 45 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 1-2,6.08 in three games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League, with six strikeouts in 13.1 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 7-3, 3.04 in 33 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He has 25 strikeouts in 53.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 0-1, 7.56 in seven games with Boise, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 12 strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 2-2, 6.05 in 12 appearances with Richmond, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has two saves and 19 strikeouts in 19 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 2-1, 2.14 in four games with Binghamton, the New York Mets' affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has 16 strikeouts in 21 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (2011): Jimmie is 0-0, 0.00 in one game with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League. He has two strikeouts in one inning.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 0-1, 5.91 in two games with Tennessee, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the double-A Southern League. He has six strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

That's all for today. Gave a great weekend and we will see you on Monday at Game 2 of the WCL Championship Series against Wenatchee, 6:40 p.m. at Goss Stadium!


Knights vs. Wenatchee, Act 4

August 15, 2013

It's now official.

The Knights will play Wenatchee (again) in the 2013 West Coast League Championship Series. It will be the fourth time in the WCL's nine-year history that the Knights and AppleSox have squared off in the best-of-3 finals.

The Knights won 2-0 in 2008. Wenatchee won 2-0 in 2009, and 2-1 in 2012. So if we prevail this year, it's all even-Steven.

We'll head up to Wenatchee on Friday afternoon, as Game 1 is set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. We'll return to Corvallis after the game.

Sunday is a travel day. Game 2 is set for 6:40 p.m. Monday at Goss Stadium. Game 3, if necessary, is set for 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, also at Goss.

Broadcaster Mike Parker will have the call on all three games on KEJO-AM 1240. We'll also have the customary updates on Facebook and Twitter.

We swept Medford and the AppleSox swept Walla Walla in the divisional round to advance to the finals. We took the regular-season series; the AppleSox won two of three in Wenatchee June 5-7, and we swept them in Corvallis July 8-10.

Here's the story on Wenatchee's series-clinching victory, from The Wenatchee World newspaper. Here's the story from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin newspaper.

It should be a good series. So come on out to Goss; tickets are on sale online, at the WWHQ in downtown Corvallis, and at the stadium on Monday, starting at 6 p.m.

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Our pitching rotation for the series is finalized. Lefty Andrew Naderer of Grand Canyon University (3-1, 2.48) will start Game 1. Righty Jorge Perez (1-1, 1.30) of GCU will start Game 2. Lefty Elliot Surrey (5-1, 1.26), the 2013 WCL ERA champion, will start Game 3 (if necessary).

Davis Engel, a Central Washington sophomore righty who was 4-4, 4,80 this summer, will start Game 1 for Wenatchee.

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The umpiring crew for the finals has been determined, according to West Coast League Supervisor of Umpires Tom Hiler. Steve Hilgendorf is crew chief, along with Russ Waterman and Colin Price.

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Wednesday night's crowd of 1,167 raised the season total to 42,305, the second-highest in our history and just 105 fans short of the all-time high of 42,447, set in 2011. We'll set a record on Monday when we host Wenatchee in Game 2 of the Championship Series.

Speaking of attendance, Baseball Digest has released its annual summer baseball attendance report; click here for the complete list.

Here's a list of teams ranked by season total, not by average. And click here for a league-by-league attendance report.

And remember, these numbers are for league games only, which hurts us this season because three of our top four crowds were for non-league games.

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Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) doubled twice, singled, scored twice and drove in three runs in a 9-7 win over Quad Cities on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention went to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 1-for-3 with a double and a run in a 4-2 win over Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) homered, singled, scored and drove in three runs in a 16-11 win over Ogden.

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That's all for today, see you on Friday. And don't forget to buy your tickets!


Playoff Game 2 tonight; Knights lead 1-0

August 14, 2013

We had a great start to the South Division playoff series last night with an 8-6 victory at Medford. We now lead the best-of-3 series 1-0 and have the next two games at Goss Stadium.

We need just one win to advance to the West Coast League's Championship Series for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.

Last night we were sparked by four RBIs from shortstop Peter Van Gansen, the reigning WCP co-Player of the Week. Peter hit a two-run homer in the third to open our scoring; his two-run double in the ninth provided the eventual winning runs.

Third baseman Cody Lenahan homered; center fielder Blake Drake had two hits and two RBIs and Colin Feldman got the final out with the tying runs on base to preserve the win for starter Jorge Perez.

Jerad Casper and Matt Taylor drove in two runs each for the Rogues, who hit three doubles and scored three times in a ninth-inning comeback that fell just short.

Here's a link to the game story from the hometown Medford Mail-Tribune newspaper.

WCL ERA leader Elliot Surrey (5-1, 1.26) of UC Irvine is the projected starter for Corvallis. He blanked Medford 4-0 on July 26 in his lone game against the Rogues. Medford's probable is lefty Jon Forsythe (4-1, 1.43), the loser in Surrey's shutout.

The winner of the South Division playoff series advances to face either Wenatchee or Walla Walla in the finals. Host Wenatchee won 8-4 on Tuesday night to take a 1-0 lead in their North Division playoff series, which now switches to Walla Walla for Game 2 and Game 3, if necessary.

Here's a link to a story on that game from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin newspaper. A crowd of 1,096 watched that one at Paul Thomas Jr. Field in Wenatchee.

So, now you're all caught up.

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Tickets have been moving steadily for tonight's game but there are plenty left. We'd love a big crowd to cheer us on and to help us get into the finals.

We finished seventh in the WCL in attendance for league games at 31,475, an average of 1,211 for 26 openings. Click here for the complete league stats (WCL games only).

However, three of our four largest crowds were for nonleague games against the Portland Lobos (2,453; 2,278) and the Mid-Valley Rockets (1,830). So our overall regular-season attendance numbers are significantly better: A total of 41,138 and an average of 1,327, both regular-season franchise records.

We can break our all-time record (42,447), set in 2011, with a good crowd tonight, or if we advance to the WCL finals and get at least one more home game.

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Salem-Keizer (A Northwest, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) allowed two hits and had seven strikeouts in five shutout innings and got the win in a 3-0 victory over Hillsboro on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention went to:

* Indians (R Arizona Rookie League, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink (2011) was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in a 14-3 win over the Padres.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in a 10-4 loss to Ogden.

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That's all for today. See you at the stadium tonight!


Off to Medford

August 13, 2013

We'll be short today, because we're leaving for Medford and Game 1 of the WCL playoffs this morning and we don't want to be left behind!

You can listen to the game on KEJO-AM 1240, or follow it on Twitter, and we'll have updates on Facebook as well. I like our chances, with Jorge Perez starting for us.

Don't forget that Game 2 is at Goss Stadium at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday. We've got tons of prizes to give away and hopefully we can also win the playoff series and advance to the WCL Championship for the sixth time in the past seven years.

The Knights downtown offices will be open today and tomorrow to take care of all your ticket needs. They're also available online, and at the stadium on game day starting at 6 p.m.

So, see you at the ballpark!

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Hillsboro (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) closer Jimmie Sherfy 92011) pitched a scoreless ninth and had two strikeouts for his fifth save in a 2-0 win over Tri-City on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Orioles (R Gulf Coast League, Orioles) shortstop Justin Viele (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run in a 6-5 win over the Twins.

* West Michigan (A Midwest, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in a 10-4 win over South Bend.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-4 with a triple, a run and two RBIs in a 5-1 win over Missoula.

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That's all for today. We're off to Medford!


On to Medford!

August 12, 2013

The regular season is finally over, we're the South Division champions again, and we're off to Medford on Tuesday to start the South Division playoff series.

We'll bus down to Medford on Tuesday, and return right after the game. Righty Jorge Perez (1-1, 1.30) of Grand Canyon University is our scheduled starter.

Here's the schedule:

* GAME 1: Tuesday, 6:35 p.m., at Harry & David Field in Medford.

* GAME 2: Wednesday, 6:40 p.m., at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.

* GAME 3: Thursday, 6:40 p.m., at Goss Stadium in Corvallis (if necessary).

Wenatchee and Walla Walla will play the North Division playoff series at the same time, starting on Tuesday in Wenatchee. The winners of each best-of-3 series will advance to the WCL Championship Series.

That best-of-3 showdown starts Saturday, Aug, 17, at Walla Walla Walla or Wenatchee. Aug. 18 is a travel day; Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) will be at Medford or Corvallis on Aug. 19-20.

Tickets for our Wednesday night home game are now on sale. Punch cards are good for the playoffs. See you at the ballpark!

Now, on to the news.

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Knights shortstop Peter Van Gansen was named West Coast League co-Player of Week on Monday for games played on August 5-11. Click here for full details.

Van Gansen hit .500 (9-18) with a six RBIs, seven runs and two steals, with a .571 on-base percentage. He also had a club-record seven hits in a row in games against the Bend Elks.

A rising sophomore at Cal Poly, Van Gansen hit .310 in (44-142) in 40 games, with no homers, 24 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

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Click here for a wrapup story on the 2013 regular season, from our website.

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Here's a story on former Knights' star David Armendariz (2011) from The Tribune newspaper of San Luis Obispo. Nice to see that David's having a strong summer in the Cape Cod League.

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Indians (R Arizona Rookie League, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink (2011) was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBIs and two runs on Sunday in a 10-3 win over the Reds to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 3-for-5 with two runs in an 11-5 loss to Midland.

* Salem (A Carolina, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) threw two scoreless innings and had two strikeouts in a 6-1 win over Wilmington.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) homered, singled, scored twice and drove in a run in a 3-2 win over Bakersfield.

* South Bend (A Midwest, Diamondbacks) third baseman Carter Bell (2009) was 2-for-2 with two runs and two doubles in a 12-1 win over West Michigan.

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That's all for today. See you sometime on Tuesday.


Great night at the ballpark

August 9, 2013

The Knights concluded our regular-season home schedule on Thursday with another great night at Goss Stadium.

First, we defeated the Portland Lobos U-19 select team 7-4 to finish our seven-game homestand with a perfect record. We improved to 28-4 overall at home; we're also 26-5 overall since July 1.

And the crowd of 2,453 pushed our season attendance to 41,138, a record for the regular season. We had 31 home dates, so that's an average of 1,327 per opening.

With at least one home playoff game set for Wednesday, we've got a great shot to break our all-time record of 42,447, established in 2011, and to hit our preseason goal of 45,000 fans.

So buy your playoff tickets now. They are going fast.

Now, on with the news.

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Last night was infielder Seth Heck's final game with us this summer. He's leaving today for Mississippi State, his new college. Seth joined us as a 10-day signee from Tacoma Community College, earned a full-time gig, and became one of our more versatile and valuable players.

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Klamath Falls outfielder Cameron Newell of UC Santa Barbara and Medford reliever Brandon Williams of Mt. Hood Community College earned WCL co-Player of the Week honors. You can click right here for more details.

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Interesting story right here from The Daily News of Kelso-Longview outlining one coach's thoughts on how to "improve" the West Coast League. Not sure any of those ideas would work, but I guess it's a talking point.

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A couple promotions to announce:

* The Minnesota Twins have promoted catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) to single-A Cedar Rapids of the Midwest League from Elizabethton of the Rookie Appalachian League.

* The Miami Marlins have promoted outfielder Alex Burg, our 2008 MVP, to triple-A New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League. He had been playing with Jupiter in the high-A Florida State League. It's also his 26th birthday today.

* San Diego has promoted catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) to triple-A Tucson of the Pacific Coast League. He had been playing at San Antonio in the double-A Texas League.

* Colorado has returned pitcher Tyler Anderson (2009) to Modesto of the high-A California League after a rehab assignment with Tri-City in the short-A Northwest League.

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West Michigan (A Midwest, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) homered twice and had three RBIs on Thursday in a 5-4 win over Lansing to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Hillsboro (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) closer Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in a 3-2 victory over Tri-City. He had one strikeout.

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It's time to update the stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton is hitting .255 (27-106) with two homers and six RBIs in 40 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

BO ALTOBELLI (2010): Bo is hitting .182 (2-11) with no homers or RBIs in three games with Cedar Rapids, Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .237 (81-342) with six homers and 42 RBIs in 98 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .225 (46-204) with three homers and 17 RBIs in 59 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .200 (1-5) with a homer and an RBI in three games with New Orleans, Miami's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .333 (22-66) with three homers and six RBIs in 16 games for San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant is hitting .222 (24-108) with one homer and 13 RBIs in 31 games for the Indians, Cleveland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .200 (4-20) with two RBIs for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .267 (20-75) with one homer and five RBIs in 27 games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan is hitting .205 (16-78) with one homer and three RBIs in 27 games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .268 (15-56) with four homers and 11 RBIs in 14 games for West Michigan, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League while on rehab assignment from Lakeland, its affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .245 (61-249) with six homers and 28 RBIs in 66 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

DANNY HAYES (2010): Danny is hitting .213 (26-122) with two homers and 23 RBIs in 32 games for Great Falls, the White Sox affiliate in the Class A Pioneer League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .257 (68-265) with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 90 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2007): Brent is hitting .269 (83-309) with five homers and 46 RBIs in 83 games with Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International league.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .275 (112-407) with 19 homers and 66 RBIs in 113 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (2010): Jake is hitting .232 (13-56) with a homer and eight RBIs in 18 games for Tri-City, Houston's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .252 (66-262) with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 83 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JUSTIN VIELE (2010): Justin is hitting .254 (26-95) with one homer and 10 RBIs in 34 games with the Orioles of the Arizona Rookie League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 0-2, 4.07 in nine games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 43 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 1-5, 4.14 in eight games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 30 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (2010-12): Max is 1-1, 2.40 in 10 games with the Arizona Rookie League Padres, with 16 strikeouts in 15 innings.

MATT BOYD (2010): Matt is 0-1, 1.00 in four games for Lansing, Toronto's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with eight strikeouts in nine innings.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. is 0-3, 9.82 in nine games with the Arizona Rookie League Athletics, with 12 strikeouts in 11 innings.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor is 1-3, 3.20 in 13 games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He has one save and 27 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

CHASE JOHNSON (2011): Chase is 2-1, 1.71 in six games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 21 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris is 4-3, 2.31 in 10 games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 58 strikeouts in 58.1 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 3-2, 4.12 in 10 games with Salem, Boston's affiliate in the single-A Carolina League. He has 21 strikeouts in 39.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 1-1,7.88 in two games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League, with three strikeouts in eight innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 6-3, 3.26 in 30 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He has 24 strikeouts in 49.2 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 0-1, 8.59 in six games with Boise, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 0-2, 7.07 in 12 appearances with Richmond, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has two saves and 17 strikeouts in 14 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 1-0, 0.90 in two games with Binghamton, the New York Mets' affiliate in the double-A Eastern League. He has 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (2011): Jimmie is 0-0, 0.00 in seven appearances with Hillsboro, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League. He has three saves and 12 strikeouts in seven innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 6-8, 6.17 in 22 games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 56 strikeouts in 109.1 innings.

That's all for today. Gave a great weekend and we will see you on Wednesday at our playoff opener!


WCL division champions, 2007-13

August 8, 2013

Well, it's now official. The Corvallis Knights are the champions of the West Coast League's South (formerly North) Division for the seventh year in a row.

A tradition that started our first summer in Corvallis was extended last night when we wrapped up this year's title with a 7-1 victory over the Bend Elks. That gives us a four-game lead, with only three league games remaining.

So, we've reached Goal 1. Goal 2 is a winning the South Division playoff series, and Goal 3 is winning the WCL Championship Series.

Here's the playoff schedule.

* We'll open the best-of-3 South Division playoff series at either Bend or Medford on Tuesday night. Game 2 will be at Goss Stadium on Aug. 14; Game 3, if necessary, will be Aug. 15.

* The best-of-3 WCL Championship Series will start at on Aug. 17 at either Walla Walla or Wenatchee. After a travel day, Game 2 will be at Corvallis, Bend or Medford on Aug. 19. Game 3 (if necessary) will be on Aug. 20.

Playoff tickets are now on sale. Season-ticket holders' seats will be held until end of business on Monday, August 12 before being released to the general public for sale.

And when it's over, we'll put the bats, balls and uniforms into storage, and start the planning for the 2014 season. It seems as if the 2013 season just started, and now it's almost over.

Now, on with today's news.

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Tonight is infielder Seth Heck's final game with the Knights, as he must report to Mississippi State, his new college. Seth joined us as a 10-day signee from Tacoma Community College, earned a full-time gig, and became one of our more versatile and valuable players.

Seth hit .272 in 46 league games, with five doubles, seven steals and 14 RBIs. We wish him the best of luck down in Starkvegas (Starkeville) with the Bulldogs, who finished second to UCLA at this year's College World Series.

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Last night's crowd of 1,104 pushed our season attendance to 38,685 for309 dates, an average of 1,290 per opening. So with Fireworks Night tonight, plus at least one home playoff game on Aug. 14, we've got a shot to break our all-time record of 42,447, established in 2011, and to hit our preseason goal of 45,000 fans.

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Some notes of interest:

* Third baseman Cody Lenahan had three RBIs last night and now leads the WCL with 36. He has 13 RBIs in his last six games.

* Pitcher Elliot Surrey leads the WCL in ERA at 1.27.

Catcher/outfielder Dane Lund is seventh in the WCL with a .344 average. He's tied for the WCL lead with 22 stolen bases (in 23 attempts, a .956 average). He has walked (20) or been hit by a pitch (7) 27 times, and has a .456 on-base percentage, second-highest in the WCL.

* The Knights have a league-record 129 stolen bases. The next-highest team (Medford) has 73.

* The Knights have a league-low 2.76 ERA. Bellingham is second at 3.40.

* We swept our last five home league series (Wenatchee, Walla Walla, Medford, Kelowna, Bend) and have a 15-game WCL home winning streak. We were 23-4 overall at Goss in league games this season. We're 22-5 in WCL games and 25-5 overall since July 1.

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Salem (A Carolina, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus threw three perfect innings, had two strikeouts and got the win in a 6-3 victory over Wilmington on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* South Bend (A Midwest, Diamondbacks) third baseman Carter Bell (2009) was 1-for-3 with a run, a triple and an RBI in a 5-2 win over Fort Wayne.

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-5 with an RBI in a 7-5 win over Quad Cities.

* Mahoning Valley (A New York-Penn, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank threw two scoreless innings and had four strikeouts in a 7-0 kiss to Lowell.

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That's all for today. Remember, fireworks tonight, and our first home playoff game is Aug. 14 against Bend or Medford.


One win away from a title

August 7, 2013

We're one win away from another division title.

Our 6-3 victory over Bend on Tuesday night gave us a three-game lead over the Elks with four games to play. One more win by us, or one more loss by the Elks, and we win the South (formerly West) Division for the seventh summer in a row.

That could happen tonight, as we finish the series with the Elks at 6:40 p.m. Lefty Elliot Surrey (4-1, 1.26) is our scheduled starter. He's been one of our most successful pitchers, so I like our chances.

So, we'll see you at the ballpark.

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No officials records exist, but there's a good chance shortstop Peter Van Gansen set a club record on Monday and Tuesday by banging out seven straight hits against Bend.

The rising sophomore at Cal Poly had three singles, a triple and four runs against the Elks on Monday. He then added three straight RBI singles on Tuesday before grounding out in his final at-bat.

The hot streak raised his average from .282 at the start of the week to .318 heading into tonight's series finale. He now ranks 13th overall in the WCL in hitting.

Third baseman Cody Lenahan has 10 RBIs in his last five games and is now tied for second in the WCL with 33. He's a rising junior at Portland. He's also bumped his average to a season-high .316 by hitting .360 (9-25) in his last seven games.

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Salem-Keizer (A Northwest, Giants) pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) of Portland made the Northwest Conference South Division all-star team. He gave up two runs in the all-star game at Everett on Tuesday night. He is 4-3, 2.31 in 58.1 innings, with 58 strikeouts.

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San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 3-for-4 with three RBIs on Tuesday in a 4-2 win over Arkansas to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

Padres (Arizona Rookie League) pitcher Max Beatty (2010-12) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, with two strikeouts, in a 2-1 win over the Giants.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run in a 7-3 loss to Visalia.

* West Michigan (A Midwest, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) homered in a 6-3 win over Dayton.

* Great Falls (R Pioneer, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-4 with a run, a double and two RBIs in a win an 8-4 win over Helena.

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Last night's crowd of 1,168 pushed our season attendance to 37,581 for 29 dates, an average of 1,296 per opening. So with two dates left, plus at least one home playoff game, we've got a shot to break our all-time record of 42,447, established in 2011, and to hit our preseason goal of 45,000 fans.

* Tonight is Mid-Valley Dental Night. We play the Bend Elks in our final West Coast League regular-season home game of the summer.

* Thursday is PEAK Internet Fireworks Night, presented by Pioneer Telephone, and a Block 15 Thursday. We'll have a great fireworks display after our final home game of the regular season. We play the Portland Lobos, the select U-19 team we also faced back on June 4 in our season opener.

But we can't do it without you, so come on out to the ballpark and watch what we think is the top team in the WCL!

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There's talk of a second possible summer collegiate league in the Upper Midwest, a region presently dominated by the Northwoods League. Here's more on that story, from Baseball Digest.

That's all for today. Get out to the ballpark tonight, ad we'll be back tomorrow with another edition of the blog.


What a night at Goss!

August 6, 2013

Wow, what a night at Goss Stadium on Monday!

A big win over second-place Bend, lots of extra-base hits, a great (1,706) crowd, warm weather ... what wasn't to like?

We'll do it all again tonight, starting at 6:40 p.m. Righty Chris Bishop (3-2, 2.45) of Pacific Lutheran, one of our most efficient pitchers of late, is our starter. It's a Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday; all GA seats are $2 with your Bi-Mart card. It's also a $2 Tuesday for Coors Light.

Now, on with the news.

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Remember, if we finish in first place in the South Division, we'll open the divisional playoffs on the road on Aug. 13 and then play at home on Aug. 14 and (if necessary) Aug. 15. If we take second, we're home on the 13th and away on the 14th and 15th.

The WCL Championship Series starts on Aug. 17 at the North representative's stadium. Game 2 is Aug. 19; game 3 is Aug. 20, if necessary.

Punch cards are still good for the playoffs, but season-ticket holders have to purchase tickets if they want their same seats.

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Last night's Wilson Motors Night crowd pushed our season attendance to 36,413 for 28 dates, an average of 1,300 per date. So with three dates left, plus at least one home playoff game, we've got a shot to break our all-time record of 42,447, established in 2011, and to hit our preseason goal of 45,000 fans. But we can't do it without you, so come on out to the ballpark and watch what we think is the top team in the WCL!

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Lansing (A Midwest, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) allowed one run on three hits and had two strikeouts in four innings of a 2-0 loss to Fort Wayne on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. It was the first run he's allowed this season in nine innings.

No honorable mentions today. Many of the leagues had the day off, or had an abbreviated schedule, so there were pretty slim pickings.

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That's all for today, See you at the ballpark tonight, and back here on Wednesday.