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Knights sweep Pippins, advance to WCL finals

August 11, 2016

Happy Thursday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League South Division champions!

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We defeated Yakima Valley 7-3 on Wednesday night to sweep the South Division playoff series. We now advance to the West Coast League Championship Series for the eighth time in 10 years.

We also won 4-2 at Yakima on Tuesday in the series opener. We are 12-1 in our last 13 games, and 43-20 overall.

The Championship Series starts at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham. Sunday is a travel day. Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) will be Monday and Tuesday at Goss Stadium, with a regular 6:40 p.m. start time.

We took 2 of 3 against the Bells in Bellingham on June 7-9, and 2 of 3 in Corvallis on June 27-29.

The Bells crushed host Victoria 12-1 on Wednesday to sweep their North Division playoff series. They also won 3-2 on Tuesday in Bellingham. Victoria (40-14) had the league's best regular-season record.

The Knights captured WCL Championships in 2008 (Wenatchee), 2011 (Walla Walla) and 2013 (Wenatchee). They lost in the finals in 2007 (Moses Lake), 2009 (Wenatchee), 2012 (Wenatchee) and 2014 (Bellingham). We had the home-field advantage every time we won, and did not every time we lost.

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Tickets for the Championship Series are now on sale. You can purchase your tickets online, at our office in downtown Corvallis, or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656. Punch cards will not be honored, as they are good for regular-season games only.

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Corvallis outfielder Emilio Alcantar of Lewis-Clark State has been suspended for three games by the WCL after being ejected from Tuesday's night game at Yakima Valley. It was his second ejection of the summer, leading to the automatic suspension; he was also tossed from a July 23 home game against Victoria.

Alcantar missed Wednesday's game, and must sit out the first two games of the Championship Series as well.

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A special note to faithful Blog reader Carol: Wednesday's crowd of 1,679 increased the season attendance to a team-record 50,788 in 33 dates, an average of 1,539 per game. The old mark of 49,656 was set in 2015, also in 33 openings. The Knights drew 12,729 fans in 29 dates in 2007, their first season in Corvallis.

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El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-5 with a double in a 10-8 loss to Fresno on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He upped his average to .393.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Toledo (AAA International, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-5 with two RBIs in a 7-5 loss to Columbus.

* Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) closer Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched a scoreless ninth, had two strikeouts and earned his seventh save in 3-1 win over Salt Lake. Reliever Greg Mahle (2012) pitched a scoreless inning for the losers.

* Connecticut (A New York-Penn, Tigers) pitcher Austin Sodders (2014) allowed two hits in three scoreless innings but did not figure in the decision in an 8-4 win over Auburn.

* Burlington (R Appalachian, Royals) catcher Nate Esposito (2012) was 2-for-3 and raised his average to .366 in a 3-1 loss to Princeton.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

* Head coach AJ Proszek of the Wenatchee AppleSox has resigned. He said he will spend more time in Spokane with his wife and family, while dedicating his summer months to recruiting and managing his pitching staff at the Community Colleges of Spokane.

He coached for four years overall at Wenatchee, the first two as an assistant coach for Ed Knaggs. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

* Bellingham's Shane Hanon, originally a 10-day signee, won the WCL batting title with a .331 average. Read more about his story, from Our Sports Central, by clicking here.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Knights quest for WCL championship starts tonight

August 9, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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The playoffs start tonight when we visit Yakima Valley for Game 1 of the best-of-3 South Division playoff series. It starts at 7:05 p.m. at Yakima County Stadium. Lefty Cameron Bishop (1-3, 1.45) of UC Irvine will start for us.

Game 2 will be at Corvallis on Wednesday, as will Game 3 on Thursday, if necessary. Lefty Aaron Pope (4-2, 2.07) of Dixie State is Wednesday's probable. Thursday's probable, if we get that far, is undetermined.

North Division playoff qualifiers Victoria and Bellingham start their playoff series at Bellingham on Tuesday. It resumes Wednesday and Thursday (if necessary) on Thursday.

The WCL Championship Series scenarios are set, should we defeat Yakima Valley and advance to the finals for the eighth time overall and for the first time since 2014.

* If we play Victoria, the HarbourCats would visit Goss Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 13. Aug. 14 would be a travel day and we would play Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) at Royal Athletic Park on Monday, Aug. 15 and on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

* If we play Bellingham, the Knights would visit Joe Martin Field on Saturday, Aug. 13. Aug. 14 would be a travel day and we would host the Bells at Goss Stadium on Monday, Aug. 15 and on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

We have never played Yakima Valley or Victoria in the playoffs. We fell 2-1 to Bellingham in the 2014 WCL Championship Series.

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Tickets for our playoff series against Yakima Valley are now on sale and are going fast. We will host Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) of the South Division playoff series next Wednesday and Thursday, if necessary. We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible Game 3 on Thursday.

Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656. Punch cards will not be honored, as they are good for regular-season games only.

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Knights' right-handed pitcher Chris Burkholder of Dartmouth was named the West Coast League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 1-7.

A senior-to-be for the Big Green, Burkholder turned in two masterful relief appearances and helped Corvallis go 5-1 for the week. He earned wins in scoreless relief performances against Gresham and at Cowlitz and threw a combined eight shutout innings, striking out eight and allowing just three hits.

For the season, he was 2-2 with a 1.57 ERA and one save in 12 appearances. He had 33 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.

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Outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) of the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for July.

The former Cal Poly star, the 2012 Big West Conference Player of the Year, led all of professional baseball with 25 extra-base hits in July, the most in any month in the PCL since the 2011 season.

He also led the league in runs scored (30), hits (45), total bases (93), doubles (13), home runs (11), RBIs (35), slugging (.830) and OPS (1.279).

Haniger was traded to the Diamondbacks in 2014 after being drafted by Milwaukee with the 38th overall selection in the 2012 MLB draft following his junior year with the Mustangs. Please click here for more on Mitch's award.

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The Knights led the West Coast League in ERA this summer with a 2.65 mark. They were also No. 1 in fewest runs allowed (178), and No. 2 in strikeouts (424).

We were third in batting average (.259), and second in steals (113). However, we were only thrown out 34 times in 147 attempts (.769); steals leader Walla Walla (116) was thrown out 56 times (.674), so we were a much more efficient base-stealing club than the Sweets.

The Knights also fared well among the WCL's individual leaders.

AVERAGE: 6. Zak Taylor, .309 (43-139). 7. Andy Atwood, .308 (53-172).

HITS: 5. Atwood, 53.

RBI: 6. Atwood, 25.

STEALS: 4. Atwood, 19. 5. Emilio Alcantar, 18.

WINS: 8. Jacob Fricke, 5.

STRIKEOUTS: 10. Ryley Widell, 46.

ERA: 7. Aaron Pope, 2.08.

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El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs and a run in a 5-2 win over Fresno on Monday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He upped his average to .383 since his recent promotion from Class AA San Antonio.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Toledo (AAA International, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in a 6-5 win over Indianapolis, raising his average to .342.

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Dalton Kelly (2014) was 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs in a 7-2 win over Beloit.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend, see you at Goss Stadium on Wednesday night for Game 2 of the playoffs, and back here on Thursday.


Knights head to Yakima for playoff opener

August 8, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone.

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We ended the regular season on Sunday with a 3-1 loss at Cowlitz that ended our 10-game winning streak. We finished 34-20 overall in the WCL and 16-11 in the second half, one game behind Yakima Valley.

The Knights face Yakima Valley on Tuesday in Yakima in Game 1 of the best-of-3 South Division playoff series. Game 2 will be at Corvallis on Wednesday, as will Game 3 on Thursday, if necessary. Lefty Cameron Bishop (1-3, 1.45) of UC Irvine will start Tuesday's game for Corvallis; lefty Aaron Pope (4-2, 2.07) of Dixie State is Wednesday's probable.

North Division playoff qualifiers Victoria and Bellingham start their playoff series at Bellingham on Tuesday. It resumes Wednesday and Thursday (if necessary) on Thursday.

The WCL Championship Series scenarios are set, should we defeat Yakima Valley and advance to the finals for the eighth time overall and for the first time since 2014.

* If we play Victoria, the HarbourCats would visit Goss Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 13. Aug. 14 would be a travel day and we would play Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) at Royal Athletic Park on Monday, Aug. 15 and Tuesday, Aug. 16.

* If we play Bellingham, the Knights would visit Joe Martin Field on Saturday, Aug. 13. Aug. 14 would be a travel day and we would host the Bells at Goss Stadium on Monday, Aug. 15 and Tuesday, Aug. 16.

We have never played Yakima Valley or Victoria in the playoffs. We fell 2-1 to Bellingham in the 2014 WCL Championship Series.

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Tickets for our playoff series against Yakima Valley are now on sale and are going fast. We will host Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) of the South Division playoff series next Wednesday and Thursday, if necessary. We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible third game on Thursday.

Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656. Punch cards will not be honored, as they are good for regular-season games only.

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The Knights finished second to Victoria in the WCL attendance derby. We averaged 1,435 fans per game (37,322 overall) in 26 league dates; Victoria averaged 2,239 (60,466) to lead the league.

The totals do not include non-league games, so our SEAS Day and July 2 Fireworks Nights, which both drew more than 3,000 fans, do not count. Please click here for the complete totals, from the WCL website.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed alum Bud Norris (2005), a right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly, on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 1. He has a mid-back strain. Norris is 3-2, 4.34 in seven games with the Dodgers after going 3-7, 4.22 with the Braves before being traded in June.

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Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) outfielder David Armendariz (2011) was 4-for-4 with a homer, an RBI and three runs in a 7-2 win over Dayton on Sunday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Toledo (AAA International, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 6-1 win over Indianapolis, raising his average to .333.

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Dalton Kelly (2014) was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in a 2-0 win over Beloit. Teammate Gus Craig (2013) was 2-for-3.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend, see you at Goss Stadium on Wednesday night for Game 2 of the playoffs, and back here on Tuesday.


Knights complete series sweep with 10-2 victory.

August 5, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

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We ended our regular-season home schedule on a high note on Thursday with a 10-2 win over Gresham that gave us a series sweep. We have now won eight games in a row, and are averaging more than six runs a game over that span.

We then close the regular season against the Cowlitz Black Bears tonight, Saturday and Sunday at David Story Field in Longview, Wash. Lefty Hazahel Quijada (3-0, 0.59) of UC Riverside is our projected starter tonight; Cal Poly righty Craig Colen (0-1, 5.40) goes on Saturday. Sunday's starter is undetermined.

If you can't make it to Longview, please catch the game on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

Yakima Valley clinched the other South Division playoff berth with Gresham's loss. Corvallis will face the Pippins at Yakima on Tuesday in Game 1 of the best-of-3 divisional playoff series. Game 2 will be at Corvallis on Wednesday, as will Game 3 on Thursday, if necessary.

Victoria is already in the playoffs, as the HarbourCats won the North Division's first-half title. Bellingham is one win, or a Walla Walla loss, away from clinching the other North Division berth.

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Tickets for our Wednesday's playoff game against Yakima Valley are now on sale. We will host Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) of the South Division playoff series next Wednesday and Thursday, if necessary.

We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible third game on Thursday. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

Sales have been brisk, so don't wait and miss out on your favorite seat!

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Here is an update of our alums in the Frontier League, with stats through Thursday's games:

* Infielder Carter Bell (2009) of the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers is batting .331 (82-248) in 66 games. He has eight homers and 53 RBIs. Carter played at Oregon State.

* Pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) of the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers is 4-3, 4.66 in 14 games, with 55 strikeouts in 781 innings. He also played at OSU.

* Infielder Seth Heck (2013) of the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies is hitting .262 (59-225) in 61 games, with a homer and 20 RBIs. He played at Tacoma CC and at Mississippi State.

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San Antonio (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-5 with three RBIs in a 16-15 loss to Tacoma on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He is hitting .364 since being promoted from double-A San Antonio.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run and a double in a 9-3 loss to Salt Lake.

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) earned his 11th save with 1.1 scoreless innings in a 7-3 win over Salem.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend, see you at Goss Stadium on Wednesday night for Game 2 of the playoffs, and back here on Monday.


Fireworks Night concludes regular-season home schedule.

August 4, 2016

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Our regular-season home schedule comes to an end at 7:05 tonight when we host the Gresham GreyWolves on Pioneer & PEAK Internet Fireworks Night of the season. The Knights are 2-0 in the series so far and extended their winning streak to seven games in row with a 7-6 win on Wednesday. It is our longest such streak of the summer, and we are averaging five runs a game over that period.

San Francisco righty Grant Goodman (1-0, 2.01) is our projected starter tonight. We will have a big crowd, but tickets are still available.

It is also a Block 15 Thursday and Fan Appreciation Night. Adult beverages and hot dogs are only $2 apiece, and another spectacular fireworks show is planned for after the game. Please note the special 7:05 p.m. starting time.

See you there! If you cannot make it, please catch the game on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

We then close the regular season against the Cowlitz Black Bears this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at David Story Field in Longview, Wash.

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Catcher Andrew Susac (2009), traded to the Milwaukee Brewers from the San Francisco Giants on Monday, will remain in triple-A and play for Colorado Springs in the Pacific Coast League. He is on Milwaukee's 40-man roster, however.

According to reporter Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, you can expect to see the former Oregon State star back in the majors in September, when the rosters expand from 25 to 40. Since he's already on the 40man, the Brewers won't have to release anyone to make room for him with the big club.

Wrote McCalvy: "Susac, who hit .309/.407/.716 in 243 plate appearances for the Giants in 2014 and 2015, will begin his Brewers tenure at Triple-A Colorado Springs. But he is a good bet to make it the majors by the end of the season after the team traded starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers in a subsequent deal at Monday's nonwaiver trade deadline."

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Alum Matt Andriese (2009) of the Tampa Bay Rays will move back into their starting rotation following the trade of Matt Moore to San Francisco, a deal that also sent alum Matt Duffy (2010) to the Rays. Here is more on that story, from MLB.com.

Matt played at UC Riverside and was the WCL Pitcher of the Year, and our Top Pitcher, in 2009. His younger brother David also played for us in 2010 and 2011 and then played two seasons in Pittsburgh's minor-league organization.

Speaking of Duffy, the former Long Beach State star should be with the Rays shortly. He has been on the DL with an Achilles tendon injury and will report to Tampa Bay after a short rehab stint. Here is more on that story, also from MLB.com.

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Tickets for our Wednesday, August 10, playoff game are now on sale. We will host Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) of the South Division playoff series on Aug. 10-11. We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible third game on August 11th. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

We also have a special offer on our 2016 limited-edition alternate "Family" jerseys, for $125 each. Jerseys not sold through this special email offer will be auctioned off during tonight's game.

To reserve your jersey, email tickets@corvallisknights.com. Jersey numbers will be sold in the order of email receipt. There are no duplicate jersey numbers and less than 40 jerseys are available.

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Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) outfielder David Armendariz (2011) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in an 8-2 win over Great Lakes on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Toledo (AAA International, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 2-foir-3 with two walks and a double in a 9-5 win over Louisville.

* Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 6-3 loss to Salt Lake.

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Some news from the West Coast League:

* Victoria is about to set a WCL season attendance record. Please click here for that story, from Ballpark Digest.

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That is all for today. See you at Goss Stadium tonight for our final regular-season home game, against Gresham, and right back here on Friday.


Giants trade ex-Knights Duffy, Susac

August 1, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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The Knights complete their 10th regular season at Goss Stadium this Tuesday-Thursday with their initial home series against the expansion GreyWolves. The GreyWolves took 2 of 3 against the Knight in Gresham on July 20-22 in the first-ever games between the teams.

Corvallis enters the series fresh off a weekend sweep at Kitsap that stretched its winning streak to five games in a row. The Knights, who clinched a playoff berth by winning the first-half South Division title, are third place in the South in the second half, behind Yakima Valley and Gresham.

The Knights have set their projected starting rotation for the Gresham series. UC Irvine lefty Cameron Bishop (1-3, 1.33) will start on Tuesday night; Grand Canyon righty Jacob Wong (3-2, 2.70) goes on Wednesday night and San Francisco righty Grant Goodman (1-0, 2.01) starts Thursday night's Fireworks Night contest.

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The San Francisco Giants traded alums Matt Duffy (2010) and Andrew Susac (2009) on Monday.

A third baseman from Long Beach State who took second in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting last season, Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. Now at triple-A Sacramento on a rehab assignment, he hitting .253 (65-257) in 70 games, with four homers and 21 RBIs.

A catcher from Oregon State who was also at triple-A Sacramento, Susac was sent to Milwaukee. He was hitting .273 (57-209) in 58 games, with eight homers and 36 RBIs.

For complete details on both trades, click here for a story from MLB.com.

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Tickets for our August 10th playoff game are now on sale. We will be hosting Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) on Aug. 10-11. We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible third game on August 11th. Season ticket-holders have until today to claim their seats. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

We also have a special offer on our 2016 limited-edition alternate "Family" jerseys, for $125 each. Jerseys not sold through this special email offer will be auctioned during our final regular season game on Thursday.

To reserve your jersey, email tickets@corvallisknights.com. Jersey numbers will be sold in the order of email receipt. There are no duplicate jersey numbers and less than 40 jerseys are available.

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We start the final homestand of the regular season at 6:40 p.m. tonight, against the expansion Gresham GreyWolves. We have our usual collection of great promotions planned.

* Tonight is a Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday and a Jamba Juice Reading Club game; show your Bi-Mart card to get $2 peanuts, $2 Cracker Jack and $2 Pepsi products.

* Wednesday is 106.3 KLOO-FM Austin Powers Night, presented by Pepsi, and a Spindrift Wine Wednesday. Enjoy a specially-priced pour of Spindrift Cellars wine. General admission tickets for fans 60 years of age or older are only $2.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday, and Pioneer & PEAK Internet Fireworks & Fan Appreciation Night. Adult beverages and hot dogs are only $2 apiece, and another spectacular fireworks show is planned for after the game. Please note the special 7:05 p.m. starting time.

See you there! If you cannot make it, please catch all the games on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

We have will have at least one home playoff game on Aug. 10, against a to-be-determined opponent. We will also be home on Aug. 11, if a Game 3 is necessary.

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San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 3-for-4 with a homer in a 7-4 loss to Corpus Christi on Monday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) struck out two in 1.1 innings and got his 10th save in a 5-4 win over Potomac.

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Some news from the West Coast League:

* The Player and Pitcher of the Week are announced. Please click here for that story.

* The second-half pennant races have heated up. Please click here for that story.

* The Kitsap BlueJackets are toast as a WCL franchise after this season, as they are moving to Port Angeles, Wash. Please click here for more on that story, from the Kitsap Sun newspaper.

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That is all for today. See you at Goss Stadium tonight through Thursday for our final home series, against Gresham, and right back here on Thursday.


Knights head home after sweep of Kitsap.

July 31, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone.

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We won again at Kitsap on Sunday, 1-0, for a series sweep that extended our winning streak to five games in a row, matching our season high. Catcher Zak Taylor (Oregon State) drove home the winning run with a two-out double in the top of the ninth.

We are idle on Monday. We open their final home series of the regular season on Tuesday when the expansion Gresham GreyWolves make their initial appearance at Goss Stadium.

The Knights have set their projected starting rotation for the Gresham series. UC Irvine lefty Cameron Bishop (1-3, 1.33) will start on Tuesday night; Grand Canyon righty Jacob Wong (3-2, 2.70) goes on Wednesday night and San Francisco righty Grant Goodman (1-0, 2.01) starts Thursday night's Fireworks Night contest, which starts at 7:05 p.m.

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The San Francisco Giants have sent alum Matt Duffy (2010), a third baseman from Long Beach State, to Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League on a rehab assignment. He has been on the DL since June 20 with a strained left Achilles tendon.

A second-year player who took second in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting last season, Duffy is hitting .253 (65-257) in 70 games, with four homers and 21 RBIs.

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Tickets for our August 10th playoff game are now on sale. We will be hosting Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) on Aug. 10-11. We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible third game on August 11th. Season ticket-holders have until today to claim their seats. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

We also have a special offer on our 2016 limited-edition alternate "Family" jerseys, for $125 each. Jerseys not sold through this special email offer will be auctioned during our final regular season game on Thursday.

To reserve your jersey, email tickets@corvallisknights.com. Jersey numbers will be sold in the order of email receipt. There are no duplicate jersey numbers and less than 40 jerseys are available.

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We start the final homestand of the regular season at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, against the expansion Gresham GreyWolves. We have our usual collection of great promotions planned.

* Tuesday is a Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday and a Jamba Juice Reading Club game; show your Bi-Mart card to get $2 peanuts, $2 Cracker Jack and $2 Pepsi products.

* Wednesday is 106.3 KLOO-FM Austin Powers Night, presented by Pepsi, and a Spindrift Wine Wednesday. Enjoy a specially-priced pour of Spindrift Cellars wine. General admission tickets for fans 60 years of age or older are only $2.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday, and Pioneer & PEAK Internet Fireworks & Fan Appreciation Night. Adult beverages and hot dogs are only $2 apiece, and another spectacular fireworks show is planned for after the game. Please note the special 7:05 p.m. starting time.

See you there! If you cannot make it, please catch all the games on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

We have will have at least one home playoff game on Aug. 10, against a to-be-determined opponent. We will also be home on Aug. 11, if a Game 3 is necessary.

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Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) concluded a spectacular July by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs in a 12-7 win over Fresno on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He raised his average to .385.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 4-for-5 with two homers, two runs and three RBIs in a 17-10 loss to Jackson.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011) pitched three scoreless innings and had two strikeouts in a 6-5 loss to Dunedin. He lowered his ERA to 0.31.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save in a 4-1 win over New Hampshire.

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That is all for today. See you at Goss Stadium this Tuesday through Thursday for our final home series, against Gresham, and right back here on Tuesday.


Knights head to Kitsap after series win vs. Bend.

July 29, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone.

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Big win against the Bend Elks last night, as we took the series with a 3-1 victory. Righties Grant Goodman (0-0, 2.48) and Branden Cutsforth combined to shut the Elks down, and Michael Farris continued his emergence from a lengthy slump with a homer and a single.

We now head to Silverdale, Wash., this morning for a three-game series with the BlueJackets. Games are set for 6:35 tonight and Saturday night and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, all at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Corvallis will throw a trio of lefties at the BlueJackets. UC Riverside's Hazahel Quijada (2-0, 0.71) is tonight's projected starter; Western Oregon's Jacob Fricke (3-0, 2.72) goes on Saturday and Central Arizona's Ryley Widell (3-1, 2.62) goes on Sunday.

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The San Francisco Giants have placed alum Josh Osich (2008), a left-handed reliever from Oregon State, on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 24. He has a strained left forearm. He is 1-2, 4.25 in 48 games, with 21 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

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Here is an update of our alums in the Frontier League, with stats through Wednesday's games:

* Infielder Carter Bell (2009) of the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers is batting .351 (78-222) in 59 games. He has eight homers and 52 RBIs. Carter played at Oregon State.

* Pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) of the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers is 4-3, 4.99 in 13 games, with 51 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. He also played at OSU.

* Infielder Seth Heck (2013) of the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies is hitting .264 (52-197) in 54 games, with a homer and 19 RBIs. He played at Tacoma CC and at Mississippi State.

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Tickets for our August 10th playoff game are now on sale. We will be hosting Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) on Aug. 10-11. We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible 3rd game on August 11th. Season ticket-holders have until August 1 to claim their seats. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

We also have a special offer on our 2016 limited-edition alternate "Family" jerseys, for $125 each. Jerseys not sold through this special email offer will be auctioned during our final regular season game on Thursday, Aug. 4.

To reserve your jersey, email tickets@corvallisknights.com. Jersey numbers will be sold in the order of email receipt. There are no duplicate jersey numbers and less than 40 jerseys are available.

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We start the final homestand of the regular season at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, against the expansion Gresham GreyWolves. We have our usual collection of great promotions planned.

* Tuesday is a Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday and a Jamba Juice Reading Club game; show your Bi-Mart card to get $2 peanuts, $2 Cracker Jack and $2 Pepsi products.

* Wednesday is 106.3 KLOO-FM Austin Powers Night, presented by Pepsi, and a Spindrift Wine Wednesday. Enjoy a specially-priced pour of Spindrift Cellars wine. General admission tickets for fans 60 years of age or older are only $2.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday, and Pioneer & PEAK Internet Fireworks & Fan Appreciation Night. Adult beverages and hot dogs are only $2 apiece, and another spectacular fireworks show is planned for after the game. Please note the special 7:15 p.m. starting time.

See you there! If you cannot make it, please catch all the games on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

We have will have at least one home playoff game on Aug. 10, against a to-be-determined opponent. We will also be home on Aug. 11, if a Game 3 is necessary.

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Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) continued his torrid July by going 2-for-2 with a double, a run and two RBIs in a 5-1 win over Sacramento to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Teammate Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched a scoreless two-third of an inning for his fifth save, lowering his ERA to 0.84.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) pitcher DJ Johnson (2008, 2009) got the win and gave up one run in 2.1 innings in a 10-6 victory over Tulsa. He had two strikeouts.

* Boise (A Northwest, Cubs) pitcher Justin Calomeni (2014) got his third hold with three scoreless innings in a 9-3 win over Hillsboro. He had three strikeouts.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-2 with a run and two RBIs in a 10-2 win over Northwest Arkansas.

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That is all for today. See you at Goss Stadium next Tuesday through Thursday for our final home series, against Gresham, and right back here on Monday. Have a great weekend!


Knights rally, even series with Bend 1-1.

July 28, 2016

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Big win against the Bend Elks last night, as we rallied late from a 4-2 deficit to force extra innings, and then won 5-4 in the 11th on a walk-off single by third baseman Michael Farris of UC Riverside. The series is now even at 1-1.

We can split the season series by winning tonight, when we host the Elks at 6:40 p.m. in Game 3. Righty Grant Goodman (0-0, 2.48) of San Francisco gets the start, against Chemeketa righty Kris Jackson (4-2, 2.22).

We then head to Silverdale, Wash., on Friday morning for a three-game series with the BlueJackets. Games are set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, all at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

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Tickets for our August 10th playoff game are now on sale. We will be hosting Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) on Aug. 10-11. We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible 3rd game on August 11th. Season ticket-holders have until August 1 to claim their seats. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

We also have a special offer on our 2016 limited-edition alternate "Family" jerseys, for $125 each. Jerseys not sold through this special email offer will be auctioned during our final regular season game on Aug. 4.

To reserve your jersey, email tickets@corvallisknights.com. Jersey numbers will be sold in the order of email receipt. There are no duplicate jersey numbers and less than 40 jerseys are available.

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We have several good promotions scheduled for our final game with Bend.

* It is a Block 15 Thursday, and is also Reusable Grocery Bag Tote Bag Night, presented by Barker Uerlings Insurance. The first 250 fans receive a free tote bag, and adult beverages and hot dogs are priced at $2.

See you there! If you cannot make it, please catch all the games on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

Our final home series of the 2016 regular season is Aug. 2-4, against Gresham.

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Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning and earned his second save in a 6-5 win over Akron on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reno (AAA Pacific Coast, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-3 with two runs and a double in a 7-3 win over Sacramento. Sacramento catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 1-for-4 in the loss.

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) had two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth in a 6-5 loss to Wilmington.

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Dalton Kelly (2014) was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in an 8-3 win over Wisconsin.

* Helena (R Pioneer, Brewers) second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs in a doubleheader split with Ogden.

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Some news from elsewhere in the WCL:

* Former Wenatchee pitcher Derek Callahan has signed with the Texas Airhogs, an Amarillo-based franchise in the independent American Association. The former Gonzaga lefty started against us in the 2012 WCL Championship Series.

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That is all for today. Now that the season has started, we are blogging four days a week. See you at Goss Stadium tonight for the series finale against Bend; next Tuesday through Thursday for our final home series, against Gresham, and right back here tomorrow for our final blog of the week.


Knights open series with Bend tonight.

July 26, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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We start our penultimate home series, against the Bend Elks, tonight. Righty Jacob Wong (3-2, 3.03) of Grand Canyon is our projected starter. Lefty Aaron Pope (4-2, 2.27) of Dixie State goes on Wednesday and righty Grant Goodman (0-0, 2.48) of San Francisco starts on Thursday.

We then head to Silverdale, Wash., on Friday morning for a three-game series with the BlueJackets. Games are set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, all at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

There are just 12 games remaining in the regular season. The summer has flown by so far!

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First baseman/DH Roman Garcia was named the WCL Player of the Week for July 18-24 on Monday. The senior-to-be at the University of San Diego extended his hit streak to eight games with hits in all five of the Knights' games after the All-Star Game.

He was 10-for-22 (.456) with six runs scored, three doubles and five RBIs for the week. Here is more on that story, from the WCL website.

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As we reported on Monday, outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) of the Reno Aces was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for July 18-24. Mitch played at Cal Poly and was the 2012 Big West Conference Player of the Year.

Look for Mitch in the major leagues shortly. Here is more on his honor, from the PCL website.

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Tickets for our August 10th playoff game are now on sale. We will be hosting Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) on Aug. 10-11. We are now offering the opportunity in advance to "opt-in" for tickets to a possible 3rd game on August 11th. Season ticket-holders have until August 1 to claim their seats. Purchase your tickets online, at our office or by giving us a call at 541-752-5656.

We also have a special offer on our 2016 limited-edition alternate "Family" jerseys, for $125 each. Jerseys not sold through this special email offer will be auctioned during our final regular season game on Aug. 4.

To reserve your jersey, email tickets@corvallisknights.com. Jersey numbers will be sold in the order of email receipt. There are no duplicate jersey numbers and less than 40 jerseys are available.

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We have promotions scheduled for each game of our series with Bend.

* Tonight is a Bi-Mart $2 Tuesday, with $2 prices on Pepsi products, $2 peanuts, and $2 Cracker Jack.

* Wednesday is the Andrea Beem Team Key Chain Giveaway Night. The first 250 fans get a free key chain. You can also enjoy a specially-priced pour of Spindrift Cellars wine. GA tickets for seniors (60+) are just $2.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday/Reusable Grocery Bag Tote Bag Night, presented by Barker Uerlings Insurance. The first 250 fans receive a free tote bag, and adult beverages and hot dogs are priced at $2.

See you there! If you cannot make it, please catch all the games on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker calling the action.

Our final home series of the 2016 regular season is Aug. 2-4, against Gresham.

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San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs in a 10-4 win over Corpus Christi on Monday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) pitcher DJ Johnson (2008, 2009) finished a 6-0 win over Northwest Arkansas with two scoreless innings.

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That is all for today. Now that the season has started, we are blogging four days a week. See you at Goss Stadium this week, and right back here, on Thursday.