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Diamondbacks send Haniger back to triple-A

August 29, 2016

Happy Tuesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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The Arizona Diamondbacks returned alum Mitch Haniger (2010) to triple-A Reno on Aug. 26 when they activated outfielder A.J. Pollock from the disabled list. Haniger hit .237 (9-38) in 10 games, with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs in his first big-league stint.

He remains on Arizona's 40-man roster, however, so there is an excellent chance he will be recalled when the MLB rosters go from 25 to 40 on Sept. 1. Reno's season ends Sept. 5. Mitch was hitting .345 (82-238) in 67 games with the Aces, with 19 doubles, two triples, 19 homers and 59 RBIs heading into Monday's action.

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Four players from the West Coast League earned Perfect Game Summer All-American honors. Pitchers Zach Draper of Yakima Valley and Sam Hellinger of Bellingham were first-team selections. No Knights were chosen. Please click here for more on that story, from Perfect Game.

We handed Draper his only loss of the season in Game 1 of the South Division playoffs.

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Toledo (AAA International, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in an 8-1 win over Indianapolis on Monday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Round Rock (AAA Pacific Coast, Tigers) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 2-1 loss to New Orleans.

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) pitcher D. J. Johnson (2008, 2009) pitched a scoreless inning and got the win to even his record at 4-4 in a 5-1 victory over NW Arkansas.

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-for-6 with two runs in a doubleheader sweep of Mobile.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 1-for-2 with an RBI in an 8-3 loss to Tulsa.

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That is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you on Friday.


Nobach, Bishop, Dupre earn Knights' top awards

August 25, 2016

Happy Thursday/Friday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Senior-to-be outfielder Kyle Nobach of Oregon State was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Corvallis Knights on Tuesday.

Nobach played spectacular center field and led the Knights in runs scored (43) and triples (6), while hitting .299 with two homers, 26 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He also earned the Joe Segel Hustle Award, and was the MVP of the West Coast League All-Star Game.

Junior-to-be southpaw Cameron Bishop of UC Irvine was named the top professional prospect. Bishop struck out a team-high 56 batters over 40 innings and had a 1.45 ERA. He was also named the top prospect, as voted on by MLB scouts, at the 2016 All-Star Game.

Rising senior lefty Trenton Dupre of Washington State earned Top Pitcher honors. He was 4-0 with six saves and a 0.52 ERA in 34.1 innings over 16 appearances. He saved two games in the WCL Championship Series, earning him WCL Pitcher of the Week honors, and made the all-star team.

Voting was done by the coaches and team president Dan Segel.

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Left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski (2006), a UC Riverside alum, was traded to the Washington Nationals on Thursday by Oakland. Marc posted a 3.00 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the A's, with 37 strikeouts in 36 innings. His 70.5 percent ground-ball rate in 2016 is the second best in the Major Leagues behind Baltimore closer Zach Britton. Please click here for more on that story, from MLB.com.

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It is our final blog of the week, so here is our weekly 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 .323 (102-316) in 83 games, with 12 homers and 69 RBIs. Carter played at Oregon State.

* Pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) of the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers is 4-6, 5.51 in 17 games, with 67 strikeouts in 96.1 innings. He also played at OSU.

* Infielder Seth Heck (2013) of the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies is hitting .254 (68-268) in 72 games, with a homer and 23 RBIs. He played at Tacoma CC and at Mississippi State.

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Asheville (A South Atlantic, Rockies) catcher Chris Rabago (2012, 2013) was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in a 6-3 win over Hickory on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Round Rock (AAA Pacific Coast, Tigers) DH Alex Burg (2008) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 2-1 loss to New Orleans.

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) pitcher D. J. Johnson (2008, 2009) struck out two in two scoreless innings and earned a hold in an 8-4 win over Tulsa.

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-for-4 with a double in a 6-3 win over Birmingham.

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) had two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth to finish an 8-3 win over Wilmington.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday.


Burg, Nogosek move up

August 22, 2016

Happy Monday/Tuesday, everyone, from the home of your 2016 West Coast League champions!

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Now that the season is over, news gets much harder to come by. So we're cutting the Blog back to two days a week until next June, when we will crank it back up to four days a week.

We should be announcing some signings within the next month or so. So we will still keep you up to date on all the new from around the Knights Nation, just not quite as often as during the summer.

Thanks to everyone who made this a great summer for college wood-bat baseball, in Corvallis and all across the USA!

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Alums Alex Burg (2008) and Stephen Nogosek (2013) have been promoted by their respective professional organizations.

A Washington State alum with the Rangers, Burg moved to triple-A Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League from Frisco in the double-A Texas League. The Red Sox promoted Nogosek, who played at Oregon, from Lowell of the short-A New York-Penn League to Greenville of the low-A South Atlantic League.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

* The Victoria HarbourCats have named former major-league outfielder Brian McRae as their new manager for the 2017 season. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.

* The playing surface at David Story Field in Longview, Wash., needs to be replaced. Please click here for all the details, from the Daily News of Kelso-Longview.

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Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) outfielder David Armendariz (2011) was 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI in a 6-1 win over Fort Wayne on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Former Cal Poly teammate Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 0-for-4 for Fort Wayne.

Honorable mention goes to:

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 2-1 win over Salt Lake, raising his average to .314.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 3-1 win over Fort Myers. Teammate Ben Wetzler (2011) pitched two scoreless innings and had one strikeout, lowering his ERA to 1.15.

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-for-4 with a double in a 2-0 win over Chattanooga.

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That is all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you on Friday.


Knights top Bells, win title; Arizona promotes Haniger to MLB

August 17, 2016

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

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As most of you undoubtedly know, we scored four times in our final two at-bats and rallied for a 6-4 victory over Bellingham on Tuesday night in the winner-take-all Game 3 of the West Coast League Championship Series.

It was the fourth WCL championship for the Knights (45-21), who won 14 of their final 16 games in a brilliant stretch sprint to the title. It was also our first Game 3 Championship Series victory in three chances.

First baseman Roman Garcia of San Diego was foremost among a plethora of hometown heroes. His towering two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the seventh gave the Knights a 5-4 lead; relievers Chris Burkholder (Dartmouth) and Trenton Dupre (Washington State) then carried the Knights to the finish line, aided by several tremendous defensive plays.

Here is more on that story, from our website. Congrats to the players, coaches, front office, fans and everyone else associated the Knights for a great season.

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Alum Mitch Haniger (2010) made his major-league debut with Arizona on Tuesday night and was 2-for-4 with a triple, a double and three RBIs in a 7-5 loss to the Mets in Phoenix.

Here is more on that story, from MLB.com. We will have more on Mitch on our website in the next day or so as well.

Congrats to Mitch, a former Cal Poly star who is the third member of our 2010 team, and our ninth alum overall, to play in an MLB game this season. He was a first-team WCL all-star in 2010.

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We drew 1,119 fans on Tuesday for our championship-night win over Bellingham, pushing the season total to a franchise-record 53,803 in 35 openings. That's an average of 1,537 per night, also a franchise record. Our old standard for total attendance was 49,656 for 33 openings in 2015. Our old mark for average was 1,505, also set last year.

The Ballpark Digest website recently had attendance numbers for many of the country's summer-league teams (league games only). Please click here for the details.

The Ballpark Digest website also has the attendance by league. Please click here for those numbers.

Thanks to everyone who made this a great summer for college wood-bat baseball, in Corvallis and all across the USA!

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Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs in a 9-6 loss to Frisco on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 6-3 loss to Chattanooga.

* Asheville (A South Atlantic, Rockies) catcher Chris Rabago (2012, 2013) was 2-for-4 with two runs in a 7-6 win over Columbia.

* Mahoning Valley (A New York-Penn, Indians) catcher Logan Ice (2014) was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 10-3 win over Batavia in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

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


Bells top Knights, force decisive Game 3 in finals.

August 16, 2016

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

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Bellingham forced a Game 3 of the West Coast League Championship Series by defeating Corvallis 5-2 at Goss Stadium on Monday night before a playoff-record crowd of 1,903 in Game 2 of the finals.

The winner-take-all finale is set for 6:40 p.m. Tuesday at Goss Stadium. Second-team all-WCL lefty Cameron Bishop of UC Irvine will start for the Knights, opposed by California righty Joey Matulovich for the Bells.

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).

This is Bellingham's third appearance in the Championship Series. The Bells erased a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Knights in the 2014 finals, when the final two games were held at Joe Martin Field.

Corvallis is 0-2 lifetime in Game 3s, losing at Wenatchee in 2012 and at Bellingham in 2014. Either way, a new WCL champion is guaranteed. The 2015 titlist, Bend, did not make this year's playoffs.

Hope you can make it. If not, follow Mike Parker's broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240 or follow along by computer at the WCL website.

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Tickets for tonight's Game 3 are available 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. The office will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. today. The stadium box office opens at 6 p.m.

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Speaking of tickets, Monday night may have been the Corvallis swan song of ticket manager Colton Surcamp, an OSU grad from Eugene who we profiled earlier this year.

He starts a 10-month internship as a data analytics analyst for the Portland Trail Blazers today and probably will not make it to tonight's Game 3. Best of luck to an outstanding member of our front office staff.

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Center fielder Kyle Nobach of Oregon State earned first-team all-West Coast League honors on Monday in a vote of the coaches. OSU teammates Zak Taylor and Andy Atwood and UC Irvine pitcher Chris Bishop earned second-team honors; 11 other Knights earned honorable mention.

For more on the Knights' all-WCL selections, please click here. For more on the entire all-star team, please click here.

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The San Francisco Giants have promoted alum Josh Osich (2008) to a rehab assignment with triple-A Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League after a similar stint with Richmond in the double-A Eastern League. He went on the 15-day DL on July 24 with a strained forearm.

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Osich is one of 234 West Coast League alums who have appeared in affiliated professional baseball games in 2016, an all-time high. He is also one of 24 alums to appear in a major-league game this season.

Here is more on that story, from the WCL website. For a complete list of Knights in affiliated baseball, please click here.

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Tacoma (AAA Pacific Coast, Mariners) pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) allowed four hits and one run, had five strikeouts and got the win in a 6.1 inning performance in a 5-1 victory over Memphis on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He lowered his ERA to 1.99.

Honorable mention goes to:

* South Bend (A Midwest, Cubs) pitcher Casey Bloomquist (2013) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings and got the decision in 3-2 win over Bowling Green. He had two strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.72.

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


Knights host Bells tonight in Game 2 of finals

August 14, 2016

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

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The Knights can claim their fourth West Coast League championship on Monday night by defeating the Bellingham Bells in Game 2 of the WCL Championship Series. The game starts at 6:40 p.m. at Goss Stadium. If the Bells prevail, a decisive Game 3 will be played on Tuesday, also at Goss at 6:40 p.m.

Corvallis took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-3 series by edging the Bells 4-0 at Joe Martin Stadium on Aug. 13. Pitchers Jacob Wong (Grand Canyon) and Trenton Dupre (Washington State) combined on a four-hit shutout; Wong went the first six for the win, Dupre the final three for the save. Shortstop Andy Atwood (Oregon State) led the offense with two hits, two runs and an RBI.

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).

This is Bellingham's second appearance in the Championship Series. The Bells erased a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Knights in the 2014 finals, when the final two games were held at Joe Martin Field.

Either way, a new WCL champion is guaranteed. The 2015 titlist, Bend, did not make this year's playoffs.

Hope you can make it. If not, follow Mike Parker's broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240 or follow along by computer at the WCL website.

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Tickets for Monday night's game are available 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. The office will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, and on Tuesday if necessary.

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We will be shorthanded for Monday's contest as outfielder Emilio Alcantar of Lewis-Clark State sits out the final game of a three-game suspension he received after being ejected from the Aug. 9 South Division playoff game at Yakima Valley. He served Game 1 on Aug. 10 and Game 2 on Aug. 13.

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.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have activated shortstop Matt Duffy (2010), who they received in a recent trade with the San Francisco Giants.

Alum Chris Stewart (2001), a catcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates, began a rehab assignment in Altoona of the Class AA Eastern League. He has been on the DL since July 2 with knee discomfort.

Alum Matt Boyd (2010) shut out Texas on two hits through seven innings on Aug. 13 and got the win in a 2-0 victory to improve to 4-2 on the season. Here is more on that story, from MLB.com.

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Helena (R Pioneer, Brewers) second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI in a 9-4 win over Orem on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 1-for-4 with a run, a triple and an RBI in an 8-7 loss to Mobile.

* Toledo (AAA International, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 1=for-3 with a two-run homer in an 11-3 loss to Norfolk.

* San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in a 4-0 win over NW Arkansas.

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That is all for today. Have a great day, and we will see you at Goss Stadium tonight!


Knights head to Bellingham on Saturday

August 12, 2016

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

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The West Coast League Championship Series between the Knights and Bellingham Bells 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.

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 with the exception of 2009.

Hope you can make it. If not, follow Mike Parker's broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240 or follow along by computer at the WCL website.

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Remember, 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. The office will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, and on Tuesday if necessary.

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We will be shorthanded for the first two games of the Championship Series. Outfielder Emilio Alcantar of Lewis-Clark State has been suspended for three games by the WCL after being ejected from the Aug. 9 game at Yakima Valley; he served Game 1 on Aug. 10.

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.

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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 .342 (95-278) in 73 games, with 10 homers and 65. Carter played at Oregon State.

* Pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) of the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers is 4-4, 5.00 in 15 games, with 60 strikeouts in 86.1 innings. He also played at OSU.

* Infielder Seth Heck (2013) of the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies is hitting .258 (61-236) in 64 games, with a homer and 21 RBIs. He played at Tacoma CC and at Mississippi State.

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Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Dalton Kelly (2014) was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two doubles and a run in a 6-4 win over Burlington on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Teammate Gus Craig (2013) was 2-for-3 with a solo homer.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-for-5 with a run and a double in a 12-1 win over Mobile.

* Lynchburg (A Carolina, Indians) closer Trevor Frank (2012) pitched one-third of an inning and earned his 13th save in a 3-2 win over Potomac.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend; see you here and at Goss Stadium on Monday.


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.