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Jace Fry named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

March 31, 2014

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

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

With the weekend now out of the way and April on the way on Tuesday, we are down to 65 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

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

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Have a great weekend, and stay dry!

March 28, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

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

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

We are now down to 68 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

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

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

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

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

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

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

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

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

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

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


Rangers release Tommy Hanson

March 27, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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

Down to 69 days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

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

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

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


No sophomore slump for Casey Bloomquist

March 26, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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

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

It is now only 70 days - 10 weeks - until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

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

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

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

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


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

March 25, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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

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

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

We are down to 71 days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher. Should be a great day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 in one game.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in six games.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHRIS VARGAS (UC Irvine): The freshman righty hasn't pitched yet.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-0, 2.70 in three games, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

We will update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Wednesday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

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

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

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


Alum Rob Dittrick pitching well in Australia

March 21, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

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

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

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

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


Pippins preparing Yakima County Stadium for 2014 season

March 20, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

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

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Granger to play in Northwoods League again

March 19, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

It's opening day on the local public high school baseball scene today. Crescent Valley hosts Springfield and Corvallis High goes to North Marion. Just another sign that warm weather is on the way!

Another sure sign of more sunshine is our daily countdown. It is a mere 77 more days (11 weeks!) until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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Alum Bryan Granger (2012), a junior right-handed pitcher at Cal Poly, will return to the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers in the Northwoods League this summer. Here is more on that story from the Northwoods League website.

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Several more alums remain in major league spring training camps. Here's an update:

MATT ANDRIESE (2009), Rays: A right-handed pitcher recently acquired from the Padres, Matt is 0-0, 3.86 in two appearances, with one strikeout in 2.1 innings. Matt played at UC Riverside.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009), Padres: A catcher, Rocky is hitting .800 (4-5) in six games, with an RBI. Rocky played at Portland.

BRENT MOREL (2007), Pirates: A third baseman, Brent is hitting .167 (4-24) in 12 games, with no homers or RBIs. Brent played at Cal Poly.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009), Giants: A catcher, Andrew is hitting .267 (4-15) in nine games, with a homer and five RBIs. Andrew played at Oregon State.

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Several 2014 Knights were in action for their respective college teams on Tuesday. Here is a recap:

* Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli was 1-for-2 with a double and a run in a 7-6 loss at Washington. Third baseman Cody Lenahan (2013) was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs and second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 2-for-5 with a run for the Pilots.

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin was 0-for-3 in a 12-1 loss to Orange Coast College.

* Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos was 0-for-2 in a 9-1 loss to Pacific.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed two more players for the upcoming season. For more on that story, just click here and read all about it, from the Bellingham website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The expansion Pippins have been busy as well, signing three players from Gonzaga for their first season in the league. Here is more on the newest Pippins, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Linfield's Haddeland earns Pitcher of the Week honors

March 18, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Our 2014 promotional schedule is out today, and we've got some dandy nights at the ballpark planned, including three fireworks displays. Please click here to read all about it, and you can follow the links in the story to access the complete promotional schedule.

Meanwhile, we're down to 78 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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Linfield junior Chris Haddeland (2014) threw a one-hit shutout to lead top-ranked Linfield to a 5-0 victory over Whitman this past Friday to earn Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. He had five strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 0.80.

Pacific Lutheran sophomore Derrick Mahlum (2014) and George Fox senior Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013) were nominated but not selected.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have released left-handed pitcher Michael Blake (2010) of Mt. Hood CC and Hawaii. He was drafted in the 16th round in 2011 and played three seasons in their minor-league system, going 4-6 with a 5.07 ERA in 49 games, with 111 strikeouts in 71 innings.

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Alum Jimmy Allen (2011) of Cal Poly was nominated for Big West Conference Player of the Week honors for March 9-16 but was not selected. He hit .455 (10-22) with four doubles, a triple, five runs scored and eight RBIs in six games as the Mustangs swept three-game series from Northern Illinois and Wagner.

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

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a game.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .344 (22-64) in 18 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .291 (30-103) in 27 games, with three homers and 26 RBIs.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .154 (2-13) in 14 games, with no homers and one RBI.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .222 (10-45) in 13 games, with no homers and eight RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .222 (14-63) in 23 games, with two homers and eight RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .250 (1-4) in 11 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .321 (18-56) in 15 games, with four homers and 17 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 1-3, 2.00 in 36 innings over six games, with 33 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 1-1, 6.57 in 12.1 innings over nine games, with two saves and eight strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 5-0, 1.00 in six games, with 36 strikeouts in 45 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 1.17 in nine appearances, with two strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Clackamas CC stats are not yet available.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 4-1, 0.83 in five games, with 34 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

MIKE NOWAK (Dixie State): Mike is 0-0, 23.18 in 2.1 innings in three appearances, with one strikeout.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 1-1, 2.70 in two games, with 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: Abilene Christian freshman infielder Gunnar Buhner, a 2014 signee, is off to a good start, hitting .316 in 17 games. Here is more on that story, from the Bend website; just click the top menu item.

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems are upgrading Kiger Stadium during the offseason, spurred in part by the 2014 WCL All-Star Game, to be played there on July 21. Here's more on the improvements, from the Our Sports Central website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have signed four players from Canada for the 2014 season. Here is more on the signings, from the team's website.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Cards send Gaviglio to minor-league camp

March 17, 2014

Happy Monday and happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone.

Hope you all had great weekends. Oregon State sure did, as Knights' alums Ben Wetzler (2011) and Jace Fry (2011) each pitched gems and earned wins as the Beavers swept Utah to start the defense of their 2013 Pacific-12 Conference baseball title.

Wetzler took a no-hitter into the eighth and won on Friday night; alum Scott Schultz (2011) pitched a scoreless ninth. And Fry finished the series with a complete-game three-hit shutout on Sunday, when 2014 signee Logan Ice had three hits and two runs.

The Beavers host Arizona State this weekend. And, high school baseball starts in Corvallis and elsewhere around the state, so take in a game at your local diamond.

Speaking of upcoming events, we are down to 79 more days until our 2014 opener, set for June 4 at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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The St. Louis Cardinals assigned pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) to their minor-league camp. The Oregon State alum was 0-0, 3.38 in three games, with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Also, the Mets assigned pitcher Greg Peavey (2007), another OSU alum, to their minor-league camp. He pitched one scoreless inning in one appearance, with no strikeouts.

Miami assigned Washington State alum Alex Burg, our 2008 MVP, to minor-league camp. He didn't have an at-bat in a big-league game.

Peavey and Burg both reached triple-A in their respective organizations last season.

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We have an updated story on Knights' veteran Max Beatty (2010-12), now with the San Diego Padres organization on our website. Please click here to read all about it.

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

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .228 (13-57) in 21 games, with no homers and 10 RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 in one game.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .000 (0-3) in four games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .210 (13-62) with no homers and three RBIs in 18 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .364 (8-22) with no homers and three RBIs in 18 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara): The junior outfielder is hitting .268 (11-41) with no homers and four RBIs in 14 games.

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

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 4-0, 2.21 in four games, with 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 0-0, 0.00 over two appearances, with five strikeouts in six innings.

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

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

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

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-1, 4.74 in seven games, with 13 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

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

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 10.80 in three appearances, with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

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

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

CHRIS VARGAS (UC Irvine): The freshman righty hasn't pitched yet.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-0, 2.70 in three games, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

We will update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: Here is a rundown on the Black Bears latest signings, from the Daily News of Kelso-Longview. And here's a story on signee Caleb Hamilton of Oregon State, also from the Daily News.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets are seeking summer employees. So if you know of someone in the area or are looking for work there, here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.