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Alum Ben Wetzler finalist for Dick Howser Trophy

June 5, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

With opening day now out of the way, don't forget we start the 2014 WCL season at Bend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It also marks the debut of new play-by-play announcer Alex Kuhn, a Dec., 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa who has already fallen in love with Oregon and Corvallis since arriving here this past Saturday. We are excited to hear him call a game.

Our projected starting rotation is Harrison McGhee of Concordia on Friday; Derrick Mahlum of PLU on Saturday and Chris Haddeland of Linfield on Sunday. That is a formidable pitching lineup this early in the season so we are confident we will get off to a fast start.

Our first WCL homestand is June 11-13 against the expansion Yakima Valley Pippins and June 14-16 against Walla Walla. Get on out to the stadium!

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Alum Ben Wetzler (2011), a senior left-handed pitcher at Oregon State, is one of five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, given annually to the nation's top collegiate player. The honor is voted upon and awarded by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Wetzler finished the 2014 season with a 12-1 record and national-best 0.78 ERA. Opponents tallied just 49 hits off him in 104 innings for a .143 batting average against, also the nation's best number.

He allowed two earned runs in a game just twice, and shut out opponents over at least seven innings of work six times. He finished with four complete games, including his last three starts, and had three shutouts.

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Ten former, current or future Knights are listed on Baseball America's list of the top 500 prospects for this year's MLB draft, which starts tonight in New York City and continues on Friday and Saturday.

They are (81) infielder Trace Loehr (2014) of Rex Putnam High in Milwaukie (81); (91) pitcher Jace Fry (2011) of Oregon State; (117) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly; (153) third baseman Kevin Padlo (2014) of Murrieta Valley HS in Murietta, Calif., and (229) pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011) of Oregon State.

Also on the list are (299) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) of Concordia (Ore.); (328) pitcher Jorge Perez (2012, 2013) of Grand Canyon; (394) pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) of UC Santa Barbara; (414) infielder Jimmy Allen (2011) of Cal Poly, and (465) catcher Chris Shaw (2014) of Midland (Texas) CC.

Here is the complete list. Lots of other WCL players there, too.

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With a team in Victoria, ferry travel is a fact of life in the West Coast League. So, the WCL has forged a partnership the with Black Ball Ferry Line that will see the Coho Ferry designated as the "Preferred Ferry of the West Coast League" for the 2014 season. Here is more, from the Ballpark Business website.

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* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 3-for-4 with two homers, two runs and RBIs in a 7-5 win over Jackson on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 3-for-4 with a run in a 6-4 win over Trenton.

* Quad Cities (A Midwest, Astros) catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010) was 1-for-3 with a run in a 6-3 loss to Burlington.

* The Blue Jays have returned pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) to Dunedin in the high-A Florida State League from New Hampshire in the double-A Eastern League.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems are expecting a good season and have high hopes for their first playoff berth. Here is a 2014 team preview, from the team website. And here is even more, from the Klamath Falls Herald and Review newspaper.

VICTORIA: Here's preview of the 2014 HarbourCats, from the HarbourCats Baseball Blog website.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox defeated the San Francisco Seals 5-0 on Wednesday in their nonleague season opener. Here is more on that story, from the Wenatchee website.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Knights win opener

June 4, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

It was a happy Wednesday for the Knights. We defeated the Portland SeaDogs 22-0 at Goss Stadium in a nonconference game in our season opener before more than 2,400 fans on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

Here is a rundown on the game, from our website. Thanks to all the school kids and regular Knights fans who made it a fun day at the ballpark!

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Remember, we open the 2014 WCL season at Bend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will also mark the debut of new play-by-play announcer Alex Kuhn, a Dec., 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa who has already fallen in love with Oregon and Corvallis since arriving here this past Saturday.

Our projected starting rotation is Harrison McGhee of Concordia on Friday; Derrick Mahlum of PLU on Saturday and Chris Haddeland of Linfield on Sunday. That is a formidable pitching lineup this early in the season so we are confident we will get off to a fast start.

Our first WCL homestand is June 11-13 against the expansion Yakima Valley Pippins and June 14-16 against Walla Walla. Get on out to the stadium!

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* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 3-2 win over Pensacola on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 0-for-0 but scored a run and had an RBI in a rain-shortened, 3-0 win over West Virginia.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: The annoying poles holding up the home-plate screen at Vince Genna Stadium have been removed, improving the view for the spectators. Click here for more on that story, from the Bend website; it is the first item on the menu. We head over to Bend on Friday for a three-game series.

KELOWNA: The Falcons have a new radio voice for 2014, Kyle Anderson. Here is more, from the Kelowna website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Ice, Rabago, Keyes, Schultz make all-regional team

June 3, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Actually, it is a pretty sad Tuesday in Corvallis, in the wake of Oregon State's 4-2 loss to UC Irvine on Monday night in the championship game of the NCAA Corvallis Regional. The Anteaters now move into the Super Regionals at Oklahoma State.

Four players with Knights ties made the all-regional team: OSU catcher Logan Ice (2014); UCI shortstop Chris Rabago (2012, 2013); OSU designated hitter Kavin Kayes (2013), and OSU pitcher Scott Schultz (2011).

UCI pitcher Elliot Surrey (2013), the winner of our Top Pitcher award last summer, didn't make the team but he had a win and a save against the Beavers.

Now that the Beavers are done, we are down to just one more day until we begin the 2014 season. Our opener is set for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. Veteran right-hander Chris Bishop (2012-14), a senior-to-be at Pacific Lutheran is our scheduled starter.

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.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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We open the 2014 WCL season at Bend this Friday-Sunday. Our projected starting rotation is Harrison McGhee of Concordia on Friday; Derrick Mahlum of PLU on Saturday and Chris Haddeland of Linfield on Sunday. That's a formidable pitching lineup this early in the season so we're confident we'll get off to a fast start.

Our first WCL homestand is June 11-13 against the expansion Yakima Valley Pippins and June 14-16 against Walla Walla. Get on out to the stadium!

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New signees Trace Loehr (2014) of Rex Putnam High School and Jackson Soto (2014) of West Albany have been selected to play in the Reser's Oregon All-Star Series, set for June 14-15 at Goss Stadium. Loehr will play for the North team, Jackson for the South.

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* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 3-for-5 with two runs, a double and an RBI and raised his average to .292 in a 9-6 win over West Virginia on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) earned his fourth save with one inning of shutout relief in a 6-3 win over Great Lakes. He had one strikeout.

* Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) has been placed on the 7-day DL.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues tied the Redding Colt 45s 2-2 on Monday night when a power outage stopped the game in the seventh inning. Click here for more on that story, from the Medford Mail-Tribune newspaper.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have numerous promos ready for this season. Click here for more information.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox open their season by hosting the San Francisco Seals in a two-game nonleague series on Wednesday and Thursday at Paul Thomas Sr. Field. The San Francisco Seals are an 18-over summer league team from the Bay Area.

The AppleSox are entering their 15th season (10th in the WCL) and are 463-249 (.650) under skipper Ed Knaggs, in his 14th season as coach. They have winning records in all 14 seasons he has coached. His assistants this year are AJ Proszek and Jason Krohn.

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That is it for today. See you at the ballpark on Wednesday.


Alums win three games at Corvallis Regional

June 2, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Quite a weekend of baseball over at Goss Stadium at the NCAA Corvallis Regional, and we're not done yet. Oregon State and UC Irvine will meet at 8 o'clock tonight in the championship game, with a Super Regional berth on the line.

Lots of Knights alums figured prominently in the games. Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz, members of our 2011 WCL championship team, had complete-game victories for the Beavers on Sunday to keep them in the title chase. First baseman Kavin Keyes (2013) had two hits, an RBI and several stellar defensive plays in Sunday night's win over the Anteaters.

UCI lefty Elliot Surrey, our 2013 Top Pitcher, had a brilliant game in defeating OSU on Saturday and Evan Brock (2010) threw a complete game in Sunday's loss. Shortstop Chris Rabago (2012, 2013) has been solid defensively throughout and had two RBIs on Saturday.

We are now down to just two days until we begin the 2014 season at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. Veteran right-hander Chris Bishop (2012-14), a senior-to-be at Pacific Lutheran, is our scheduled starter.

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.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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We open the 2014 WCL season at Bend this Friday-Sunday. Our projected starting rotation is Harrison McGhee of Concordia on Friday; Derrick Mahlum of PLU on Saturday and Chris Haddeland of Linfield on Sunday. That's a formidable pitching lineup this early in the season so we're confident we'll get off to a fast start.

Our first WCL homestand is June 11-13 against the expansion Yakima Valley Pippins and June 14-16 against Walla Walla. Get on out to the stadium!

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We have two new, late roster additions, infielders Trace Loehr of Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie and Jackson Soto of West Albany. Both are Oregon State signees.

Loehr will join us on a full-time basis after the MLB draft. Soto is a 10-day signee. Welcome to the team, guys.

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* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2009, 2011) was 1-for-3 with a run in a 5-4 win over Tacoma on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink (2011) hit a solo homer in a 5-2 loss to Great Lakes.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues lost 4-2 on Sunday to the Seattle Cheney Studs and lost their preseason exhibition series 2-1. Click here for more on that story, from the Medford website.

VICTORIA: June 21 has been designated "Baseball Day in Victoria." Here is more on that story, from the HarbourCats website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Big baseball weekend at Goss Stadium

May 30, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

NCAA regional baseball is on tap for Goss Stadium this weekend. Partner school UC Irvine and UNLV get it started at 2 p.m., and the host Beavers entertain North Dakota State at 8 p.m.

The Blog has some work to do there, so we will be brief today. That's why we loaded up on Wednesday and Thursday.

It is now only five days until we begin the 2014 season at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, by hosting 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.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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We have mentioned it before, but it bears repeating. Lots of alums and 2014 Knights are playing in the NCAA Division I tournament, which starts today at partner schools Oregon State, at Cal Poly, and at 14 other regional sites around the country.

Eleven alums or future Knights will play for the Beavers, the No. 1 seed: Ben Wetzler, Jace Fry, Scott Schultz, Brandon Jackson, Kevin Flemer, Logan Ice, Dan James, Nate Esposito, Kavin Keyes, Gabe Clark and Caylen Clardy.

Nine alums/future Knights will suit up for Cal Poly: Peter Van Gansen, Nick Torres, Alec Smith, Jimmy Allen, Alex Michaels, Bryan Granger, Justin Calomeni, Slater Lee and Casey Bloomquist.

Three alums from UC Irvine will play at the Corvallis Regional: Elliot Surrey, Chris Rabago and Evan Brock.

Two alums from Washington will play in the Oxford, Miss., Regional: Brandon Choate and Alex Nesbitt. Also playing around the country are Stephen Nogosek (Oregon); Austin Barr (Stanford); Seth Heck (Mississippi State) and Gus Craig (Columbia).

Best of luck to everyone!

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Here is a preview of new coach Billy Clontz's Kelowna Falcons ballclub, from the Kelowna Capital News. We wish Billy, a former Corvallis player and assistant coach, all the best, except when he and assistant coaches Richie Jimenez (2008, 2009) and Dytlan Jones (2009, 2010) are playing the Knights!

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Here is a handy West Coast League primer for the 2014 season, from Our Sports Central reporter Bruce Baskin. It includes almost everything you need to know about the WCL.

And don't forget to check out the new WCL website. It is a big improvement.

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* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was a combined 5-for-7 with a triple, three runs and three RBIs in a sweep of Altoona on Thursday to Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 4-3 win at Norfolk.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) designated hitter Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs in a 5-1 win over Harrisburg.

* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run in a 4-3 win over Tennessee.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks have added even more improvements to Vince Genna Stadium. Here is more on that story, from the Bend website; just click the first item on the menu.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have upgraded the menu at Royal Athletic Park for the 2014 season. Here is more on that story, from the team website.

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


Fry, Bloomquist, Wetzler earn top honors

May 29, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Hope you had a great time at the remote broadcast of the Joe Beaver Show at the WWHQ on Wednesday.

We had a nice turnout, and many thanks to co-hosts Jon Warren and Mike Parker of KEJO-AM 1240, our flagship station, and to special guests Dan Segel, new Knights broadcaster Alex Kuhn,, and to new Linn-Benton Community College baseball coach Ryan Gipson, who I am sure will be supplying us with some players in the future.

It is now only six days until we begin the 2014 season at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, by hosting 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.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Three alumni pitchers earned top national honors on Wednesday as Oregon State's Ben Wetzler (2011) and Jace Fry (2011) and Cal Poly's Casey Bloomquist (2013) were named to Louisville Slugger All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball.

Wetzler was 11-1, 0.76 in the regular season; Fry was 11-1, 1.43 and Bloomquist was 12-1. 1.60. They will also play in the NCAA tournament, which starts Friday at regionals at Goss Stadium, at Cal Poly, and at 14 other sites across the country.

Please click here for more details. Congrats to all three players!

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Also on Wednesday, Fry was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, a first-team all-star, and to the all-defensive team. Wetzler was also a first-team selection; relief pitcher/alum Scott Schultz (2011) and catcher/future Knight Logan Ice (2014) earned honorable mention.

You can click here for more details.

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Remember, lots of alums and 2014 Knights will be playing in the NCAA Division I tournament, which starts this Friday at partner schools Oregon State, at Cal Poly, and at 14 other regional sites around the country.

Eleven alums or future Knights will play for the Beavers, the No. 1 seed: Ben Wetzler, Jace Fry, Scott Schultz, Brandon Jackson, Kevin Flemer, Logan Ice, Dan James, Nate Esposito, Kavin Keyes, Gabe Clark and Caylen Clardy.

Nine alums/future Knights will suit up for Cal Poly: Peter Van Gansen, Nick Torres, Alec Smith, Jimmy Allen, Alex Michaels, Bryan Granger, Justin Calomeni, Slater Lee and Casey Bloomquist.

Three alums from UC Irvine will play at the Corvallis Regional: Elliot Surrey, Chris Rabago and Evan Brock.

Two alums from Washington will play in the Oxford, Miss., Regional: Brandon Choate and Alex Nesbitt. Also playing around the country are Stephen Nogosek (Oregon); Austin Barr (Stanford); Seth Heck (Mississippi State) and Gus Craig (Columbia).

Best of luck to everyone!

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* Durham (AAA International, Rays) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed three hits and had six strikeouts over seven scoreless innings and got the win in a 7-0 victory over Toledo on Wednesday 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 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs in an 11-7 loss to Las Vegas.

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double in a 6-2 win over Buffalo.

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Usually we update the stats of our "Knights in the Pros" on Friday, but we've got day-long responsibilities at the NCAA Regional at Goss Stadium tomorrow, so we will update today instead.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .259 (22-85) in 26 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .304 (34-112) in 34 games, with four homers and 16 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants) : The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .299 (55-184) in 47 games, with a homer and 28 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .234 (40-171) in 48 games, with four homers and 25 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .311 (6-34) in 16 games, with eight RBIs.

DREW GARCIA (AAA Colorado Springs, Rockies): The second baseman from UC Riverside (2007) is hitting .206 (26-126) in 36 games, with four homers and 19 RBIs.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's): The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .139 (5-36) in 10 games, with no homers and one RBI.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .256 (32-125) in 37 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .233 (38-159) in 49 games, with four homers and 20 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .287 (51-178) in 50 games, with three homers and 23 RBIs.

ADAM MELKER (AA Arkansas, Angels): The outfielder from Cal Poly is hitting .264 (32-121) in 31 games, with two homers and 15 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .215 (32-149) in 40 games, with two homers and 23 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .241 (42-174) in 49 games, with seven homers and 27 RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Quad City, Astros) : The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .077 (1-13) in four games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .296 (29-98) in 29 games, with six homers and 20 RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 3-3, 2.93 in 10 games, with 37 strikeouts in 43 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 5-3, 3.92 in 11 games, with 51 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (TBA, Padres): The pitcher from Pacific Lutheran (2010-12) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

MATT BOYD (AA New Hampshire, Blue Jays): The pitcher from Oregon State (2010) is 0-2, 8.31 in six games, with 21 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.

A.J. BURKE (TBA, A's): The pitcher from Western Oregon (2012) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

TREVOR FRANK (A Lake County, Indians): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2012) is 1-2, 2.21 in 17 games, with three saves and 18 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State is 2-7, 5.79 in 10 games, with 45 strikeouts in 51.1 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-4, 5.79 in nine games, with 35 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) is 0-1, 9.00 in one game, with no strikeouts in two innings. He is on the 7-day DL.

KYLE KRAUS (A Salem, Red Sox): The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 2-0, 3.95 in eight games, with a save and 17 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 3-4, 2.26 in 10 games, with 42 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-2, 3.66 in 12 games, with a save and 12 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 6.59 in 13 games, with 12 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. He is on the 7-day DL.

GREG PEAVEY (AAA Las Vegas, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is 0-2, 12.96 in two games, with seven strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (AA Mobile, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 1-0, 6.75 in eight games, with a save and 10 strikeouts in eight innings.

NICK STRUCK (AA Chattanooga, Dodgers): The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) is 1-3, 5.92 in five games, with 19 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells will have three Fireworks Nights this season. Here is more on that story, from the Bellingham website. They will also host a "Hometown Heroes" Night; Here is more on that, also from the team's website.

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems will have a local flavor this season, as several players from the area are on the club. Here is more, from the Herald and News newspaper.

MEDFORD: The Rogues are ready to go for the second season; here is a team preview, from the Medford Mail Tribune newspaper.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins unveiled their three new uniforms for their first season in the WCL on Wednesday. Here is more on that story, from the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Knights everywhere in NCAA tournament

May 28, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

We are now at one week and counting. It is only seven days until we begin the 2014 season at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, by hosting 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.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

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

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Remember, the popular Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM, the flagship station of the Corvallis Knights, will hold its annual remote broadcast at the World Wide Headquarters in Madison Plaza from noon until 2 p.m. today. The Madison Plaza building is located at the corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Corvallis. Co-hosts Jon Warren and Mike Parker will be on hand. Should be a fun event, so please stop by and see us!

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Lots of alums and 2014 Knights will be playing in the NCAA Division I tournament, which starts this Friday at partner schools Oregon State, at Cal Poly, and at 14 other regional sites around the country.

Eleven alums or future Knights will play for the Beavers, the No. 1 seed: Ben Wetzler, Jace Fry, Scott Schultz, Brandon Jackson, Kevin Flemer, Logan Ice, Dan James, Nate Esposito, Kavin Keyes, Gabe Clark and Caylen Clardy.

Nine alums/future Knights will suit up for Cal Poly: Peter Van Gansen, Nick Torres, Alec Smith, Jimmy Allen, Alex Michaels, Bryan Granger, Justin Calomeni, Slater Lee and Casey Bloomquist.

Three alums from UC Irvine will play at the Corvallis Regional: Elliot Surrey, Chris Rabago and Evan Brock.

Two alums from Washington will play in the Oxford, Miss., Regional: Brandon Choate and Alex Nesbitt.

Also playing around the country are Stephen Nogosek (Oregon); Austin Barr (Stanford); Seth Heck (Mississippi State) and Gus Craig (Columbia).

Best of luck to everyone!

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The Knights get the royal treatment from reporter Jacob F. Garcia in this feature story, entitled "A West Coast Dynasty: The Corvallis Knights," from the Best Coast Baseball website. It is excellent reading.

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The Knights were well-represented on this year's Big West Conference all-star team. The highest honor went to Larry Lee of longtime partner school Cal Poly, who earned Coach of the Year honors.

Cal Poly outfielder Nick Torres (2012) and UC Riverside pitcher Dylan Stuart (2011-12) earned first-team honors. Cal Poly third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was a second-team selection, as were Mustang shortstop Peter Van Gansen and pitcher Casey Bloomquist, stalwarts on our 2013 WCL championship team.

UC Riverside outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) and UC Santa Barbara pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) earned honorable mention. Here's a link to the entire team.

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Former Knights' player (2006, 2008-09) and assistant coach (2010-11, 2013) Billy Clontz is the new head coach at Kelowna and the Falcons are retooled and ready to make a run at the East Division title and a spot in the playoffs. Here is more on that story, from the Kelowna website.

The Knights-Kelowna connection doesn't stop with Clontz. Former Knights' MVPs Richie Jimenez (2008-09) and Dylan Jones (2009-10) will be an assistant coach and the pitching coach, respectively.

The Falcons visit Corvallis on June 20-22. We don't play at Kelowna this year.

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* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI and raised his average to .290 in a 3-0 win over Hickory on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2010) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 4-1 win over Norfolk in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) was activated from the 7-day disabled list.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Two members of the Falcon's front office staff participated in a charity bike ride this past weekend and raised more than $2,000 for the local Heart and Stroke Foundation. Here is more on that story, from the Kelowna website.

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have finalized their roster for the 2014 season. Here are more details, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Joe Beaver Show at the WWHQ on Wednesday!

May 27, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

We trust you had a great Memorial Day weekend, we certainly did.

The countdown is now in single digits. It is a mere eight days until we begin the 2014 season at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, by hosting 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.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

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

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Remember, the popular Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM 1240, the flagship station of the Corvallis Knights, will hold its annual remote broadcast at the World Wide Headquarters in Madison Plaza from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday (that's tomorrow!). The Madison Plaza building is located at the corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Corvallis. Co-hosts Jon Warren and Mike Parker will be on hand. Should be a fun event, so please stop by and see us!

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Just to get you ready for 2014, here is our season-preview video and our season preview story, from our website. Enjoy!

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The Knights have signed sophomore right-hander Harrison McGhee of Concordia University in Portland.

McGhee was an NAIA-West all-star in 2014 and was 5-3 with a 1.45 ERA in 12 games, with 96 strikeouts in 86.2 innings. He led the Cascade Collegiate Conference in strikeouts and was third in ERA. He graduated from Ramona HS in Ramona, Calif.

He helps fill the void left by the loss of Oregon pitchers Stephen Nogosek (2013) and Jordan Spencer, of UC Irvine's Michael Martin and of Western Oregon's Zach Kayser, all of whom are being shut down for the summer and thus won't play for us as expected.

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Alum Dylan Stuart (2011, 2012) of UC Riverside was nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for May 19-25, but was not selected. Dylan pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief, had two strikeouts and got the win in an 8-6 victory at Hawaii on May 24 in the Highlanders' penultimate game of the season.

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* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI in a 5-4 win over Tennessee on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-4 with two runs, a homer and an RBI in an 11-9 loss to Hickory.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) pitched a scoreless inning, had a strikeout and lowered his ERA to 2.21 in a 1-0 loss to Great Lakes.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) was placed on the 7-day disabled list.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins announced that Country Financial will be the presenting sponsor for Opening Day on June 6 when they take on the Wenatchee AppleSox. Click here for more details, from the Our Sports Central website. The Pippins will also unveil their new uniforms on Wednesday; Here are more details, also from Our Sports Central.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday, at the WWHQ!


Knights sign Merrick Patito of Chaffey College

May 23, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

We are down to just 12 days until we begin the 2014 season on Wednesday, June 4, by hosting the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day at Goss Stadium, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

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

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The Knights have signed right-handed pitcher Merrick Patito of Chaffey College for the 2014 season. He was 6-3, 3.80 in 11 starts and 12 appearances as a freshman at Chaffey in 2014, with 71 strikeouts in 72 innings.

If his name sounds familiar, it should. Merrick is the younger brother of former Knights pitcher Mitch Patito (2010-12), who completed his eligibility at UC Riverside this season. Merrick graduated from Jurupa Valley High School.

He helps fill the void left by the loss of Oregon pitchers Stephen Nogosek (2013) and Jordan Spencer, of UC Irvine's Michael Martin and of Western Oregon's Zach Kayser, all of whom are being shut down for the summer and thus won't play for us as expected.

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Linfield junior Chris Haddeland (2014) was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year and the D3baseball.com West Region Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive year. Haddeland is 11-1 with a save and a 0.97 ERA, with four shutouts, seven complete games, and 76 strikeouts and has held opposing batters to a .171 average.

Unfortunately, Haddeland and the Wildcats lost 10-0 to St. Thomas (Minn.) on Friday morning in the opening game of the DIII World Series in Appleton, Wis. They are still alive, however, and will play Emory University at 9 a.m. PDT on Saturday morning in a loser-out game.

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Only two 2014 Knights were in action on Thursday in a slow day for West Coast baseball.

* UC Santa Barbara outfielder Scott Quinlan was 1-for-4 with two runs in a 7-1 win over UC Davis.

* Tacoma CC pitcher Stephen White went .2 scoreless innings in a 4-2 loss to Treasure Valley in the NWAACC championships at Longview, Wash.

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Remember, the popular Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM, the flagship station of the Corvallis Knights, will hold its annual remote broadcast at the World Wide Headquarters in Madison Plaza from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28. The Madison Plaza building is located at the corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Corvallis. Co-hosts Jon Warren and Mike Parker will be on hand. Should be a fun event, so please stop by and see us!

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New Hampshire (AA Eastern, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) allowed one hit and one run, had four strikeouts and got a non-decision in a 3-1 win over Reading on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 9-4 loss to Toledo.

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale was 1-for-2 with an RBI in a 10-8 loss to Sacramento.

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Here is the latest installment of our "Knights in the Pros" update, a Friday feature throughout the minor-league season.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .273 (18-66) in 21 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .293 (27-92) in 29 games, with four homers and 12 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants) : The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .307 (50-163) in 42 games, with a homer and 27 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .243 (37-152) in 43 games, with four homers and 23 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .176 (6-34) in 13 games, with six RBIs.

DREW GARCIA (AAA Colorado Springs, Rockies): The second baseman from UC Riverside (2007) is hitting .219 (23-105) in 30 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's): The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .139 (5-36) in 10 games, with no homers and one RBI.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .261 (29-111) in 33 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .239 (38-159) in 44 games, with three homers and 19 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .276 (43-156) in 44 games, with two homers and 21 RBIs.

ADAM MELKER (AA Arkansas, Angels): The outfielder from Cal Poly is hitting .301 (31-103) in 26 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .198 (25-126) in 34 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .255 (39-153) in 42 games, with seven homers and 26 RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Quad City, Astros) : The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .111 (1-9) in three games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .267 (24-90) in 26 games, with six homers and 18 RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 3-3, 2.48 in nine games, with 32 strikeouts in 40 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 3-3, 4.93 in nine games, with 41 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (TBA, Padres): The pitcher from Pacific Lutheran (2010-12) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

MATT BOYD (AA New Hampshire, Blue Jays): The pitcher from Oregon State (2010) is 0-1, 6.30 in five games, with 20 strikeouts in 20 innings.

A.J. BURKE (TBA, A's): The pitcher from Western Oregon (2012) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

TREVOR FRANK (A Lake County, Indians): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2012) is 1-2, 2.50 in 15 games, with three saves and 15 strikeouts in 18 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State is 2-6, 5.76 in nine games, with 42 strikeouts in 45.1 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-4, 4.63 in seven games, with 33 strikeouts in 45 innings. He is on the 7-day DL.

CHRIS JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) is 0-1, 9.00 in one game, with no strikeouts in two innings.

KYLE KRAUS (A Salem, Red Sox): The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 1-0, 4.63 in seven games, with a save and 12 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 3-3, 1.61 in nine games, with 40 strikeouts in 56 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-1, 2.87 in 11 games, with 11 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 6.59 in 13 games, with 12 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. He is on the 7-day DL.

GREG PEAVEY (AAA Las Vegas, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is 0-1, 13.50 in one game, with four strikeouts in four innings. He was promoted to triple-A last week.

JIMMIE SHERFY (AA Mobile, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 1-0, 9.00 in six games, with a save and eight strikeouts in six innings.

NICK STRUCK (AA Chattanooga, Dodgers): The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) is 0-3, 6.87 in four games, with 13 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have signed two more players for the upcoming season. Click here for more details.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have completed their staffing for the 2014 season. Here are more details, from the Victoria website.

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That is it for today. Monday is a holiday, so we'll see you on Tuesday.


Bloomquist finalist for top pitcher award

May 22, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Hope everyone enjoyed last night's season ticket-holder bash at Buffalo Wild Wings, one of our many fine sponsors. The Blog was unable to attend because of other commitments, but it sounds as if a good time was had.

Speaking of good times, we are down to just 13 days until we begin the 2014 season on Wednesday, June 4, by hosting 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.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

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

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Big honors for an alum of our 2013 West Coast League championship team.

Cal Poly sophomore right-handed pitcher Casey Bloomquist was named one of 18 semifinalists for the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Pitcher of the Year award on Tuesday. The award will be presented on June 28 at the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions in Lubbock.

Casey is 12-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 90 innings. Please click here for more details, from the Cal Poly website.

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Can't remember if we mentioned this or not, but better twice than never at all. Returning first baseman Kevin Kline of Dixie State was named a first-team PacWest Conference all-star. He hit .319 (65-204) in 53 games, with 20 doubles, seven homers and 54 RBIs.

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Remember, the popular Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM, the flagship station of the Corvallis Knights, will hold its annual remote broadcast at the World Wide Headquarters in Madison Plaza from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28. The Madison Plaza building is located at the corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Corvallis. Co-hosts Jon Warren and Mike Parker will be on hand. Should be a fun event, so please stop by and see us!

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* Springfield (AAA Texas, Cardinals) pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) pitched 5.2 scoreless innings, had seven strikeouts and got the win in a 5-2 victory over Midland on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank lowered his ERA to 2.50 with a scoreless inning to finish a 10-3 win over Fort Wayne.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks are doing more good work at Vince Genna Stadium, one of the best venues in the WCL. Click here for more details; it's the first item on the menu.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins and Sunfair Chevrolet are partnering for the "Field of Dreams" program. It allows local children to join Pippins players on the field for the starting lineups and national anthem at 17 select Pippins games this summer. Here are more details, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.