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Knights open WCL home schedule with Bells on Tuesday

June 8, 2015

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

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Tough series over in Bend, where the Knights lost the final two games after winning Friday night's opener. We left a combined 24 runners on base in the final two games, and it's tough to win when your offense scuffles in those situations.

But today marks the start of a new week, and a new opportunity. The Bellingham Bells come to town this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night in a rematch of the 2014 West Coast League Championship Series, which the Bells won 2-1. We have some excellent promotions for our first home WCL series.

* Tuesday is Big League Chew Opening Night, presented by AmeriTitle. The first 250 fans will get a pouch of Big League Chew, and a pack of 2015 Knights' trading cards.

* Wednesday is Holiday Inn Express Magnet Schedule Night. The first 1,000 fans will get a 2015 Corvallis Knights magnet schedule.

* Thursday is Block 15 Thursday/College Night. Come enjoy discounted prices on Knights Summer Ale and other beverages and check out the new TnT Builders Party Deck at Banners!

All three games start at 6:40 p.m., and will also be broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker on the call. So we will see you at the ballpark!

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Alum Bud Norris (2005) of Cal Poly and the Baltimore Orioles was activated from the 15-day disable list on Sunday and responded with five solid innings in a 7-3 victory over Cleveland. He allowed one run and four hits over five innings, had seven strikeouts, and got the win.

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The Washington (Pa.) Wild Things of the independent Frontier League have activated alum/former Oregon State infielder Carter Bell (2009) from the suspended list. He also played with the team in 2014 following his release from the Arizona organization.

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Greensboro (A South Atlantic, Marlins) pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011) allowed one run on four hits over six innings, struck out three, and won his second game in a row with a 4-1 victory over Hagerstown on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) got his 14th save by striking out the side on 10 pitches in the ninth to preserve a 4-1 win over New Hampshire.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) pitcher Jimmy Sherfy (2011) pitched a perfect ninth in a 4-2 win over Biloxi to earn his first save of the season.

* High Desert (A California, Rangers) DH Alex Burg (2008) hit his 14th homer of the year in a 6-4 loss to San Jose. Pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) allowed three runs and had three strikeouts over 7.2 innings for San Jose but got a no-decision when the bullpen blew the lead.

* Fort Wayne (A Midwest, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a 5-4 win over Wisconsin.

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That is all for today. See you on Tuesday.


Knights open WCL season at Bend tonight

June 5, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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The Knights head to Bend today for the start of West Coast League action. Right-hander Ryan Walker of Washington State is our projected starting pitcher for tonight's 6:35 opener at Vince Genna Stadium. Righty Nick Duron of Clark CC is the projected starter for Game 2, at 6:35 p.m. Saturday; lefty Cole Doherty of Portland gets the ball in Sunday's 1:05 p.m. series finale.

All three games will be on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker on the call.

We hold a 48-26 all-time regular-season record against the Elks and are 20-16 in games played at Vince Genna Stadium. We host the Elks once June 19-21, and then finish the season series on June 23-25 in Bend. Please click here for more on the Elks, from the Bend Bulletin newspaper.

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Just in case you missed it, please click here for out story on the hiring of Knights' veteran Dane Lund (2011-14) as our new assistant coach.

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Oregon State sophomore catcher Logan Ice (2014) was named an honorable-mention Pac-12 all-academic selection on Thursday. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and be either a starter or significant contributor. Congrats to Logan!

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Fort Wayne (A Midwest, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in a 10-5 win over Beloit on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) got his 13th save and lowered his ERA to 1.80 with a scoreless ninth to preserve a 4-3 win over Portland.

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-4 win over Biloxi. He is hitting .371 over his last 10 games to raise his average to .259 after a slow start.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) allowed two runs in five innings, had two strikeouts and got a no-decision in a 3-2 loss to Lexington. He missed last season with injuries.

* Peoria (A Midwest, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-4 with two runs in a 7-3 loss to Great Lakes. Second baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 2-for-4 with a run for Great Lakes (Dodgers).

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Preview stories on almost every WCL team can be found on Our Sports Central by clicking here and clicking the links on the WCL Headlines and WCL News portion of the home page.

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That is all for today. See you on Monday.


Knights open WCL play at Bend on Friday

June 4, 2015

Happy Thursday, everyone. Our season got underway on Wednesday with a big win over the Portland Sea Dogs at Goss Stadium on our fourth annual PEAK Internet Science, Engineering & Art Day game, presented by the Oregon State Colleges of Science and Engineering.

A good time was had by all, and it was a great way to kick off our ninth season in Corvallis!

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The Knights have today off, and then head to Bend on Friday for the start of West Coast League action. Right-hander Ryan Walker of Washington State is the projected starting pitcher for Friday's 6:35 p.m. opener. Righty Nick Duron of Clark CC is the projected starter for Game 2, at 6:35 p.m. Saturday; lefty Cole Doherty of Portland gets the ball in Sunday's 1:05 p.m. series finale.

All three games will be on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker on the call. Tune in if you can't make the game live!

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Wednesday's opener drew a crowd of 2,249 on the fourth annual PEAK Internet Science, Engineering & Art Day, presented by the OSU Colleges of Science and Engineering. The record of 2,485 was set in 2014, so the Knights are 236 fans behind last year's pace through a corresponding number of home dates.

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Oregon State first baseman and 2015 Knight KJ Harrison was named a Freshman All-American on Wednesday by Collegiate Baseball. Harrison was also named the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year and a first-team Pac-12 all-star last week. He ended the season with a .309 average, 12 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and a league-leading 60 RBIs.

Harrison just received an invitation to join Team USA. Tryouts start June 18 and if makes the team, the season runs through July 8. So we're not exactly sure when we will see KJ, but we still hope he can make it for at least part of the summer. And, congrats!

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Tacoma (AAA Pacific Coast, Mariners) pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) allowed four hits and no runs and had five strikeouts over eight innings and got the win in a 6-1 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* New Hampshire (AA Eastern, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) threw 8.1 scoreless innings, allowed three hits, had six strikeouts and got the win in a 1-0 victory over Bowie. He lowered his ERA to 1.09.

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Yakima Valley shut out Walla Walla 2-0 on Wednesday in an exhibition game at The Orchard in Yakima. Mitch Skaggs provided the only runs in the game, delivering a two-out, two-run single to right field in the fifth inning. Here is more on that game, from Our Sports Central.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Dane Lund joins Knights as assistant coach

June 3, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope you are ready for the start of the 2015 season, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m. today when we host the Portland Sea Dogs at Goss Stadium. See you there!

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Another roster move to announce. Former Knights' star Dane Lund (2011-14), who just completed his senior year at Oregon State, will be our second assistant coach this season. He will be in uniform for today's game against the Sea Dogs, probably coaching first base.

We will have more on Dane on our website later today or tomorrow. Welcome (back) to the club!

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Here is more info on today's opener:

The Knights begin their ninth season at Goss Stadium with their fourth annual PEAK Internet Science, Engineering & Art Day game, presented by the Oregon State Colleges of Science and Engineering.

It's one of the most popular days at the ballpark for the Knights and a great experience for several thousand elementary school students from throughout the Willamette Valley. The 2014 SEA game drew a near-capacity crowd of 2,485, the largest yet for the promotion.

The Knights will field a makeshift lineup of sorts in the first two weeks of the season, as many of our projected full-time players are still in school. In the meantime, several 10-day signees will take their place and attempt to win full-time positions of their own for the balance of the summer.

Corvallis returns four players from a 2014 club that captured its eighth consecutive division title. The Knights won 10 of their final 11 series and went 24-9 over that span to pull away from Bend and finish 35-19 in league play.

The returnees are third baseman Jackson Soto of Oregon State; pitchers Harrison McGhee of Concordia and Merrick Patito of Chaffey College, and all-WCL first baseman Dalton Kelly of UC Santa Barbara.

Also, pitchers Alex Nesbitt of Washington and Jorge Perez of Grand Canyon, key members of our 2013 WCL championship team, return after missing last summer because of injury.

The Knights open their West Coast League season at 6:35 p.m. Friday in the first of three games at Bend against the arch-rival Elks at Vince Genna Stadium. Ryan Walker of Washington State is our scheduled starter. The Knights swept the Elks 2-0 in the divisional playoffs last summer to advance to the WCL Championship Series for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Corvallis starts the home portion of its WCL season at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday against the Bellingham Bells in a rematch of that aforementioned Championship Series, which the Bells won 2-1 by taking Game 2 and Game 3 at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham.

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Greensboro (A South Atlantic, Marlins) pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011) allowed one run over 5.1 innings, had two strikeouts and got his first win of the season in a 6-2 victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) closer Josh Osich (2008) earned his 12th save with a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-3 win over Portland.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) hit a two-run homer in a 6-5 win over Pensacola.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in a 10-2 loss to Reading. He's hitting .340.

* High Desert (A California, Rangers) DH Alex Burg (2008) was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his 12th, in a 9-8 win over Lancaster. Alex is hitting .319, with 33 RBIs.

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That is all for today. See you on Thursday.


PLU's Nelson joining the Knights

June 2, 2015

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Hope you are ready for the start of the 2015 season, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when we host the Portland Sea Dogs at Goss Stadium. See you there!

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Another roster move to announce. The Knights have signed Pacific Lutheran junior Cory Nelson, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound lefty from Puyallup, Wash., to a 10-day contract. Cory was 5-3 with two saves and a 3.35 ERA in 20 appearances and had 36 strikeouts in 53.2 innings for the Lutes in 2015.

Cory will join us in time for our home-opening series against Bellingham on June 9-11. Welcome to the club!

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Two alums are on Baseball America's list of the top 500 prospects for this year's MLB draft, which starts next Monday. They are pitchers Andrew Naderer (2013) of Grand Canyon, who checks in at No. 294, and Casey Bloomquist (2013) of Cal Poly, the No. 381-rated selection. Please click here for the entire list.

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Peoria (A Midwest, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and a walk in a 3-0 win over Kane County on Monday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) closer Josh Osich (2008) had one strikeout in one inning and earned his 11th save in a 5-3 win over Reading.

* Inland Empire (A California, Angels) closer Greg Mahle (2012) struck out the side and earned his eighth save in a 3-0 win over San Jose.

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The Kitsap BlueJackets have signed Creighton lefties John Oltman and Sam Norman for the 2015 season, which starts tonight with a nonleague game against the Thurston County Senators. Kitsap will then host the West Coast Guns on Wednesday before heading to Bellingham to open the WCL season on Friday.

A junior lefty from Cortland, Neb., Oltman is a three-year letterman whose best season was 2014, when he held opponents scoreless in 24 of his 31 appearances and posted a 2.92 ERA. He earned All-State honors after both his junior and senior campaigns at Beatrice High School.

Norman hails from Des Moines, Iowa, where he earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football in high school. During his junior season on the diamond, he batted .398, earning second-team all-state honors at first base.

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The Klamath Falls Gems have signed their final seven players for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story from the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday at The Blog, which goes to every-day status during the season, and also at the ballpark!


Two more Roadrunners sign 10-day deals

June 1, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you had great weekends, and are ready for the start of the 2015 season, which gets underway on Wednesday!

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We are excited for the start of the 2015 season, our ninth in Corvallis. We expect to field another West Coast League contender; you can read all about the 2015 club by clicking here for a team preview story from our website.

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We have another roster move to announce, to bolster our team for the early portion of the season.

The Knights have signed Linn-Benton Community College outfielder Emilio Alcantar and infielder Trevin Stephens of Linn-Benton CC to 10-day contracts.

Alcantar is a sophomore left-handed hitter from Vancouver, Wash. He led the Roadrunners with a .327 average (32-98) in 29 games, with no homers and eight RBIs.

Stephens is a freshman from Aurora, Ore., who played at Canby High School for ex-Knight JJ Stolsig. He hit .273 (42-154) in 44 games, with a homer and 20 RBIs.

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Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher Scott Lyman (2010) allowed four hits and no runs and had three strikeouts over seven innings and got the win in a 2-1 victory over Bradenton on Sunday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He improved to 7-1.

Honorable mention goes to:

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in an 8-4 loss to Iowa. He raised his average to .321.

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI in an 11-6 loss to Toledo.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins announced the signing of pitcher Connor Lau and outfielder Reid Martinez for the 2015 season. Both played at Yakima in 2014, and redshirted at Central Washington University this spring. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Tuesday at The Blog, which goes to every-day status during the season, and at the ballpark on Wednesday!


Knights sign LBCC's Musial to 10-day deal

May 29, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone. Our last week of the offseason is history; the season starts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday against the Portland Sea Dogs at Goss Stadium.

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Another roster move to announce, to bolster our pitching staff.

The Knights have signed Linn-Benton Community College pitcher Jacob Musial to a 10-day contract. A 5-foot-10, 180-pound freshman right-hander from Agua Dulce, Calif., Musial was 5-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 11 games this spring, with 61 strikeouts in 66 innings. He started four games and held opponents to a .259 batting average.

He helps fill a void created by the loss of projected Knights Joey Wise of GateWay CC and Justin Vernia of Tacoma CC. A member of the 2014 team, Wise will attend summer school instead. A Gonzaga signee, Vernia has been shut down for the summer after a heavy workload at TCC this spring.

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Knight-to-be KJ Harrison of Oregon State was named the Pacific-12 Conference Freshman of the Year, and a first-team all-star, on Wednesday in a vote of the coaches. For more on that story, click here.

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Seventeen former or future Knights will begin play in the NCAA Division I tournament today at regional sites all around the country.

They are Tyler Campbell (2012) of Vanderbilt; KJ Harrison (2015), Elliott Cary (2015), Christian Donahue (2015), Jackson Soto (2014-15), Gabe Clark (2013), Dane Lund (2011-14), Michael Howard (2014), Kevin Flemer (2013) and Logan Ice (2014) of Oregon State.

Also, Stephen Nogosek (2013) of Oregon; Dylan Hecht (2013), Dalton Kelly (2014-15), Clay Fisher (2015), Chris Clements (2015) and Scott Quinlan (2014) of UC Santa Barbara, and Gus Craig (2013) of Columbia.

Best of luck to everyone!

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Alum Drew Garcia (2007) has been promoted to triple-A Charlotte of the International League from double-A Birmingham of the Southern League. The UC Riverside product signed with the White Sox out of College, was traded to Colorado during the 2013 season, and re-signed with Chicago as a free agent in the last offseason after being released by the Rockies.

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New Hampshire (AA Eastern, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) allowed four hits and two runs and had seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 4-3 win over Reading on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. His ERA rose slightly to 1.23 but he did not get the decision.

Honorable mention goes to:

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to Round Rock. He raised his average to .327.

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in a 10-5 win over Toledo.

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs in a 6-5 win over Jacksonville.

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Time for the final update of the stats of our 2015 pitchers. We updated the position players on Wednesday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The lefty from UC Irvine was 2-0, 4.55 in 18 games, with two saves and 29 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. His season is over.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 3-0, 2.16 in eight games, with 10 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.

DAKODY CLEMMER: The Central Arizona JC righty was 6-3, 3.38 in 12 games, with 51 strikeouts in 66.2 innings. His season is over.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty was 2-5 5.77 in 11 games, with 32 strikeouts in 39 innings. His season is over.

NICK DURON: The righty from Clark College in Vancouver was 2-1, 3.75 in 11 games, with 40 strikeouts in 36 innings. His season is over.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC was 3-4, 4.39 in 13 games, with 43 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. His season is over.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly was 1-1, 6.27 in 10 games, with 10 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. His season is over.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty did not pitch this spring. He expects to be ready sometime this summer.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty did not pitch because of injury. He hopes to return sometime this summer.

JACOB MUSIAL: The Linn-Benton freshman righty went 5-5 in 11 games, with a 3.81 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 66 innings.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty was 1-0, 6.59 in 10 games, with eight strikeouts in 13.2 innings. His season is over.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty was 2-3, 6.00 in 14 games, with 44 strikeouts in 42 innings. His season is over.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty was 0-0, 7.45 in 12 games, with a save and 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings. His season is over.

RYAN WALKER: The Washington State righty was 1-1, 2.72 in 25 games, with 50 strikeouts in 56.1 innings. His season is over.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have added right-handed pitcher Riley Edmonds, a product of the Victoria Eagles program, just completed his first year at Otero JC, and outfielder Matt Bryan, a right-hand hitting outfielder who completed his junior season at McPherson College in Kansas. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Monday, and Go Beavers!


Knights lose two more pitchers, promote Kaplan

May 27, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope you all had great Memorial Day weekends.

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More roster news to announce, as our pitching staff takes a couple more hits.

Gonzaga signee Justin Vernia (2015) of Tacoma Community College is being shut down for the summer and thus won't play for the Knights. He was 11-0, 1.70 and a NWAC West Region first-team all-star, so that is definitely a hit.

Also, returnee Joey Wise of GateWay CC in Arizona will attend summer school, and thus won't return to Corvallis. He was 0-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 12 games, with three saves and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings, for us in 2014.

So, 10-day signee Chase Kaplan of Western Nevada JC has been promoted to full-time status. He was 3-4, 4.39 in 13 games this spring, with 43 strikeouts in 53.1 innings.

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Alum Peter Van Gansen (2013), a shortstop at Cal Poly, was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-star. In 240 chances, the junior from San Fernando, Calif., recorded 83 putouts and 153 assists while committing just four errors for a .983 fielding percentage. He also led the Mustangs with 22 double plays.

Teammate Casey Bloomquist (2013), a right-handed pitcher, earned second-team all-conference honors. He won his final eight decisions as the team's Friday night starter after an 0-2 start, including a 6-0 mark in Big West games, and Cal Poly was 11-0 in his last 11 starts of the season.

Casey is 26-6 in three seasons with the Mustangs, No. 4 all-time on the school career wins list. His 2.79 career ERA ranks No. 9. For more on that story, click here.

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Alum Joe Duffin (2013-14) of Connecticut was named to the 2015 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Region team. Joe had a team-high 11 HR and hit .271 (46-170) in 53 games, with 39 RBIs.

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Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, lowered his ERA to 1.71 and earned his ninth save in a 6-3 win over Harrisburg 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 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 5-3 loss to Round Rock. He raised his average to .311.

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in a 10-5 win over Buffalo.

* Peoria (A Midwest, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run and an RBI in a 4-3 win over Clinton.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 position players. We will have the numbers for the pitchers on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The infielder from UC Irvine hit .240 (31-129) in 50 games, with four homers and 30 RBIs. His season is over.

ELLIOTT CARY: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .258 (23-89) in 34 games, with a homer and 13 RBIs.

ANDY COSGROVE: The Washington catcher was 0-for-1 in one game. His season is over.

CHRISTIAN DONAHUE: The Oregon State second baseman is hitting .294 (48-163) in 48 games, with 14 RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The infielder from UC Riverside is redshirting this year.

CLAY FISHER: The UC Santa Barbara infielder is hitting .247 (43-174) in 51 games, with 18 RBIs.

JOSHUA GEORGE: The Cal Poly outfielder hit .278 (5-18) in 18 games, with no homers and one RBI. His season is over.

TYLER HAMILTON: The George Fox catcher is hit .200 (9-45) in 20 games, with five RBIs. His season is over.

KJ HARRISON: The Oregon State first baseman is hitting .314 (66-210) in 55 games, with 10 homers and 58 RBIs.

AUSTIN KELLY: The Linn-Benton infielder hit .268 (34-127) in 37 games, with two homers and 25 RBIs. His season is over.

DALTON KELLY: The UC Santa Barbara first baseman is hitting .259 (28-108) in 35 games, with three homers and 19 RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder hit .300 (33-110) in 39 games, with 15 RBIs. His season is over.

TYGER LINER: The LBCC catcher hit .211 (16-76) in 34 games, with seven RBIs. His season is over.

RYAN MATRANGA: The University of San Francisco catcher hit .271 (13-48) in 24 games, with a homer and six RBIs. His season is over.

CLAY MOTT: The George Fox infielder hit .177 (26-147) in 38 games, with eight RBIs. His season is over.

HENRY RONDEAU: The LBCC outfielder hit .226 (28-124) in 37 games, with 17 RBIs. His season is over.

JACKSON SOTO: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in four games.

JES STAPLES: The Bellarmine outfielder hit .293 (49-167) in 50 games, with 16 RBIs. His season is over.

BRET SUNDBERG: The Sierra College infielder hit .250 (29-116) in 32 games, with 16 RBIs. His season is over.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The infielder from Mt. Hood CC hit .248 (26-105) in 43 games, with a homer and 17 RBIs. His season is over.

AJ VALENCIA: The George Fox outfielder hit .322 (39-121) in 37 games, with 11 RBIs. His season is over.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have added right-handed pitchers Andrew Bernstein of Cal Poly and Jordon Gonzalez of the University of the Pacific. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

Also, Bellingham has completed its 2015 roster with the addition of 11 10-day contract players. The 10-day player class consists of eight pitchers, a catcher and two infielders. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Duffy interviewed on Giants-Dodgers rivalry

May 22, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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More news from alum Matt Duffy (2010), the former Long Beach State star who is making a name for himself with the San Francisco Giants. Please click here for his thoughts on the Giants' rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and why it is so special to him, in a story from MLB.com.

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Big news from the operations side of the franchise. The Knights will control the concessions at Goss Stadium this summer, a big plus, in our opinion. Here is more on that development, from our website.

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Incoming pitcher Justin Vernia of Tacoma Community College was named a NWAC West Region first-team all-star. Alum Bryan Donahue of Mt. Hood was named Coach of the Year. Vernia pitched the Tigers over Edmunds in the opening game of the NWAC tournament on Thursday.

Catcher Josh Latta (2014) of TCC and infielder Austin Kelly (2015) of Linn-Benton were second-team selections. Congrats to all four honorees.

Alum Kevin Kline (2013-14) of Dixie State was named a second-team NCAA Division II West All-Region all-star.

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Great Lakes (A Midwest, Dodgers) second baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) homered and was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 4-3 win over Dayton on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Inland Empire (A California, Angels) pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) had a strikeout and earned his sixth save in a 4-2 win over Rancho Cucamonga.

* High Desert (A California, Rangers) outfielder Alex Burg (2008)went 2-for-5 to raise his average to .333 in a 22-5 loss to Lancaster.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 pitchers. We updated the position players on Wednesday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The lefty from UC Irvine is 2-0, 4.55 in 18 games, with two saves and 29 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 3-0, 2.16 in eight games, with 10 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.

DAKODY CLEMMER: The Central Arizona JC righty was 6-3, 3.38 in 12 games, with 51 strikeouts in 66.2 innings. His season is over.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty was 2-5 5.77 in 11 games, with 32 strikeouts in 39 innings. His season is over.

NICK DURON: The righty from Clark College in Vancouver is 2-1, 3.75 in 10 games, with 40 strikeouts in 36 innings. His season is over.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC was 3-4, 4.39 in 13 games, with 43 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. His season is over.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly is 1-1, 6.27 in 10 games, with 10 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He is expected to return to action soon.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty did not pitch because of injury. He hopes to return sometime this summer.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty is 1-0, 6.59 in 10 games, with eight strikeouts in 13.2 innings.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty was 2-3, 6.00 in 14 games, with 44 strikeouts in 42 innings. His season is over.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty was 0-0, 7.45 in 12 games, with a save and 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings. His season is over.

JUSTIN VERNIA: The Tacoma CC righty is 11-0, 1.70 in 13 games, with 82 strikeouts in 84 innings.

RYAN WALKER: The Washington State righty is 1-1, 2.72 in 24 games, with 47 strikeouts in 53 innings.

JOEY WISE: The lefty from GateWay CC was 1-5, 5.44 in 13 games, with 44 strikeouts in 44.2 innings. His season is over.

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The Bellingham Bells have added UCLA signee Justin Hooper;, Maine's Jake Marks, and Southern Mississippi's Chase Scott to their 2015 roster. Please click here for complete details, from Our Sports Central.

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The Kitsap BlueJackets have added freshman pitcher Colten Barnes of Pierce College and junior pitcher Nick Mailhot of St. Martin's for the 2015 season. Both are left-handers.

Barnes is a lefty from University Place who attended Curtis High School. He recently named to the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Western Region second-team after going 6-4 with a 2.54 ERA in 13 games, 10 of those starts.

Mailhot is from Olympia and attended Northwest Christian, where he was a four-year letter winner, a three-time all-league pick and league MVP as a senior in 2012.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you next Wednesday, as Monday is the Memorial Day holiday.


Pitching star Jorge Perez returning in 2015

May 20, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Good news to report this morning; the Knights have signed veteran Jorge Perez of Grand Canyon University for the 2015 season. Jorge pitched for Corvallis in 2012 and 2013, and was the winner in our 1-0 victory over Wenatchee in the final game of the 2013 WCL Championship Series.

He was sidelined this past spring due to injury; he had bone chips removed from his right elbow. He can return to competition as soon as June 16 with the Knights, and will return to Grand Canyon next spring as a redshirt senior.

Jorge was also rated the WCL's No. 2 pro prospect by Baseball America and Perfect Game in 2013 and was selected in the 30th round of the 2014 draft by the New York Yankees. He also played for the West Division in the 2013 WCL All-Star Game.

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Alum Matt Boyd (2010), the former Oregon State star now with New Hampshire, Toronto's affiliate in double-A, was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week on Monday for May 11-17. Please click here for more details.

Congrats to Matt, one of the great guys in baseball. He was honorable-mention all-WCL in 2010.

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Alums Connor Hofmann (2011-12) of San Francisco and Cody Lenahan (2013) of Portland earned honorable-mention all-West Coast Conference honors. Here is more on Lenahan's selection, from the UP website. And congrats to Connor, whose career was reborn at USF this year after he was buried for three seasons at Oregon.

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Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 3-for-4 with a homer and an RBI and raised his average to .361 in an 8-5 loss to Richmond on Tuesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Chattanooga (AA Southern, Twins) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) allowed two runs and had seven strikeouts in seven innings and got the win in a 10-3 victory over Montgomery.

Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI in a 5-4 win over Mobile.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 position players. We will have the numbers for the pitchers on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The infielder from UC Irvine is hitting .235 (28-119) in 47 games, with four homers and 27 RBIs.

ELLIOTT CARY: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .277 (23-83) in 32 games, with a homer and 13 RBIs.

ANDY COSGROVE: The Washington catcher is 0-for-1 in one game.

CHRISTIAN DONAHUE: The Oregon State second baseman is hitting .285 (43-151) in 44 games, with nine RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The infielder from UC Riverside is redshirting this year.

CLAY FISHER: The UC Santa Barbara infielder is hitting .244 (40-164) in 48 games, with 14 RBIs.

JOSHUA GEORGE: The Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .294 (5-17) in 17 games, with no homers and one RBI.

TYLER HAMILTON: The George Fox catcher is hit .200 (9-45) in 20 games, with five RBIs. His season is over.

KJ HARRISON: The Oregon State first baseman is hitting .322 (64-199) in 51 games, with 10 homers and 57 RBIs.

AUSTIN KELLY: The Linn-Benton infielder hit .268 (34-127) in 37 games, with two homers and 25 RBIs. His season is over.

DALTON KELLY: The UC Santa Barbara first baseman is hitting .262 (27-103) in 32 games, with three homers and 18 RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder is hitting .320 (32-100) in 36 games, with 15 RBIs.

TYGER LINER: The LBCC catcher hit .211 (16-76) in 34 games, with seven RBIs. His season is over.

RYAN MATRANGA: The University of San Francisco catcher hit .271 (13-48) in 24 games, with a homer and six RBIs. His season is over.

CLAY MOTT: The George Fox infielder hit .177 (26-147) in 38 games, with eight RBIs. His season is over.

HENRY RONDEAU: The LBCC outfielder hit .226 (28-124) in 37 games, with 17 RBIs. His season is over.

JACKSON SOTO: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in four games.

JES STAPLES: The Bellarmine outfielder hit .293 (49-167) in 50 games, with 16 RBIs. His season is over.

BRET SUNDBERG: The Sierra College infielder hit .250 (29-116) in 32 games, with 16 RBIs. His season is over.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The infielder from Mt. Hood CC is hitting .255 (24-94) in 36 games, with a homer and 16 RBIs.

AJ VALENCIA: The George Fox outfielder hit .322 (39-121) in 37 games, with 11 RBIs. His season is over.

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The Kitsap BlueJackets have announced the broadcast team of Sven Alskog, Justin Rice and Nikki Torres for the 2015 season.

Alskog, currently at Idaho State University, has previously held roles in the West Coast League with the Bellingham Bells as a Media Assistant and the Klamath Falls Gems as their Promotions and Communications Coordinator. Sven will be the lead voice of the BlueJackets in 2015, also handling media relations duties.

Rice is a recent graduate of Washington State University with a degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. Justin also worked as a Radio DJ and Broadcaster at KUGR Cougar College Radio, had a sports talk show and called WSU baseball games.

Torres, also at Washington State, has previous communication-related experience working for Seafair, the Pac 12 Network and The Daily Evergreen, among others. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Strategic Communication with a minor in Business Administration at WSU.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.