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Home at last, and for a while

July 1, 2013

I guess the best thing you can say about our weekend in Kitsap is, it's over, and we don't have to go back to Silverdale until next summer.

We lost all three games to the BlueJackets, who swept a series from us for the first time in the nine-year history of the West Coast League. We could have won all three games, but we didn't, so it's time to flush it and move on.

We're in fourth place in the South Division but there is a lot of baseball left. If (or should I say when) we get things turned around on this 11-game homestand - nine of which are league games - we'll be right back in the hunt for a playoff berth.

So, the turnaround can start on Tuesday, when we open up a three-game series with the Bellingham Bells, the first of 11 games over the next 12 days at Goss Stadium. Wednesday is Fireworks Night, with a special 7:15 p.m. start, and the series concludes at 6:05 p.m. Thursday, early enough so everyone can make city City of Corvallis's fireworks display.

Our pitching rotation for the series is RHP Chris Bishop (0-2, 2.41) on Tuesday; RHP Casey Bloomquist (2-0, 3,75) on Wednesday and LHP Andrew Naderer (2-0, 0.64) on Thursday. Sounds like three wins.

We then host the WCL Portland Toros on Friday and the WCL Portland Lobos on Saturday, and then we're home with the Wenatchee AppleSox on July 8-10 and the Walla Walla Sweets on July 11-13.

There are Fireworks Night tickets still remaining, but they are going fast. So, advance sales are the smart way to go, and far more convenient. The stadium ticket office and the stadium gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The weather forecast is spectacular and we've got some great promotions planned, so be sure to get out to the ballpark. Our attendance through 10 home dates (11,923) is trending higher than last year through a comparable number of dates (+ 629). We'd love to hit 45,000 total for the summer and shatter the old mark of 42,447, set in our 2011 championship season.

Now, on to the news.

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The Chicago White Sox have returned third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) back to triple-A Charlotte after a brief stay with the big club while another player was on paternity leave. BeMo went 2-for-9 in three games.

Look for him to return to Chicago, for sure in September if not before.

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Alum Jake Rodriguez (2010), a catcher from Oregon State, has signed with the Houston Astros and is playing for Tri-City (Albany, N.Y.) Valley Cats in the New York-Penn League. One of 13 alums selected in the 2013 draft, he was a 19th-round pick.

Eight of the 13 draftees have signed, according to MLB.com. Unsigned are Matt Boyd (2010), Toronto; Jimmie Sherfy (2011), Arizona; Ben Wetzler (2011), Philadelphia; Scott Schultz (2011), Miami, and Jimmy Allen (2011), Boston.

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Nice story on Knights' pitcher Colin Feldtman in today's Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald by reporter Brad Fuqua. He'll also have a story later this week on new WCL President Dennis Koho, which we will also link.

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Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-2 with a run, a double and three RBIs in an 8-2 win over New Britain on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention went to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) hit a solo homer in a 2-0 win over Erie.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Grant Melker (2008-09) was 1-for-1 with an RBI as a pinch-hitter in a 3-2 loss to San Antonio.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) reliever Josh Osich (2008) got his 13th save with a shutout ninth inning in a 5-3 win over Stockton.

* Tri-City (A New York-Penn, Astros) catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010) was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks in a 6-2 win over Connecticut.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 3-for-5 with a solo homer in a 9-7 win over Asheville.

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That's it for today. See you at the ballpark this week!


Brent Morel's back in the bigs!

June 27, 2013

Happy Thursday, everyone! The sun is out, it's warming up and everyone's mood is better. Summer is finally here!

Lots of good news (in addition to the weather) to report today, so let's get right to it.

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First, congrats to Brent Morel (2006-07), the first Corvallis Knights alum to play in the major leagues (many more are in the pipeline, rest assured of that). The White Sox recalled BeMo from triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday and he went 1-for-3 against the Mets in his first game back.

Here's more on the story from the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper; here's more yet from MLB.com.

We don't know how long he'll stay up, but he's made a case for playing time by having a great year in Charlotte. He was hitting .280, with five homers and 40 RBIs, when he was recalled.

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Speaking of the White Sox, they have signed Knights alum (2010)/Oregon State senior first baseman Danny Hayes, their 13th-round selection in the recent MLB draft. He tweeted yesterday that he'll begin his pro career with the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers in the rookie Pioneer League.

That where another 2010 Knight, infielder Thomas McCarthy, played last year in his first season as a pro. McCarthy had a great season in Great Falls but elected to retire in the offseason.

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Alum pitcher Aaron Corwin (2010, 2012) of Colorado Mesa University has signed with the Taos Blizzard in the independent Pecos League. Here's more from KJCT=TV in Grand Junction, Colo.; and here's a link to the Pecos League website.

Congrats to Aaron, who earlier this month made it to the finals of a tryout for a spot in the Colorado Rockies organization. It's another card on our Hall of Fame at the WWHQ in downtown Corvallis!

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Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) homered, singled, scored and had three RBIs in a 6-3 win over Wisconsin on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League PLayer of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Greenville (A South Atlantic, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) pitched a scoreless inning and got his second save in a 7-5 win over Charleston.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) doubled, scored and drove in two runs in a 5-3 win over Fort Meyers.

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Lots of news from around the West Coast League to report. Here's a roundup, from WCL media correspondent Sarah Isreal. Enjoy.

And Bellingham pitcher Mike Connolly has signed with the San Francisco Giants and will be leaving the club.

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That's all for today. Remember, we finish our series at Bend at 6:35 p.m. today and then head to Kitsap for games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Next home game is 6:40 p.m. Tuesday against Bellingham.


Last day of Juneuary?

June 26, 2013

Finally, the last day of Juneuary. Or so we're being told, I'll believe it when I see it. But I won't be complaining if it's really 92 on Friday, as advertised, and at least we're out of town so this crappy weather isn't affecting us.

We lost 4-2 at Bend last night. We had our chances but couldn't get a big hit. So we will try again tonight and Thursday at 6:35 p.m.

Now, on with the news.

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Two of our 2011 alums, infielder Jimmy Allen of Cal Poly (Boston) and pitcher Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon (Arizona) remained unsigned, several weeks after the MLB draft. They have until mid-July to sign, otherwise they'll return to college for their senior years.

Our four Oregon State alums (Danny Hayes, Ben Wetzler, Matt Boyd, Jake Rodriguez) have not signed yet, but their negotions were on hold while the Beavers were at the College World Series. Boyd (Toronto) and Hayes (Chicago WS), who played for us in 2010 are seniors, so we know they will sign; Wetz (2011), JRod (2010) and Schultz (2011) are juniors, so they have some options.

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Alum Matt Andriese (2009), a pitcher for the San Antonio Missions (AA Texas, Padres), did not play for the South Division on Tuesday at the Texas League All-Star Game because he'd just pitched this past Sunday.

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Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 4-for-5 with two runs, four RBIs, a homer and a double in an 11-5 win over Charlotte on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention went to:

* Pitcher Max Beatty (2010-12) of the Arizona Rookie League Padres threw 1.2 scoreless innings and had a strikeout in a 5-4 loss to the ARL Royals. He was not involved in the decision.

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It's time to update the stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton is hitting .220 (9-41) with two RBIs in 18 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .226 (48-212) with four homers and 25 RBIs in 62 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .210 (25-119) with two homers and 11 RBIs in 35 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .339 (37-109) with two homers and 19 RBIs in 31 games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .305 (61-200) with three homers and 33 RBIs in 55 games with Augusta (Ga.), San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant is hitting .222 (2-9) in two games for the Indians, Cleveland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .247 (20-81) with seven RBIs in 24 games for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .257 (10-39) with one homer and three RBIs in 11 games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan is hitting .143 (2-14) with one RBI in five games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .333 (25-75) with a homer and six RBIs in 18 games with Lakeland, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He's currently on the DL.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .265 (27-102) with two homers and 11 RBIs in 28 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .220 (40-182) with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 57 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2006, 2007): Brent is hitting .280 (68-243) with five homers and 40 RBIs in 66 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .296 (80-270) with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 73 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .268 (56-209) with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 67 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

JUSTIN VIELE (2010): Justin is hitting .267 (4-15) with no homers or RBIs in four games with the Orioles of the Arizona Rookie League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 0-1, 3.80 in eight games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 39 strikeouts in 42.2 innings, but is presently on the DL.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 8-2, 2.37 in 15 appearances for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. He has 63 strikeouts in 76 innings.

MAX BEATTY (2010-12): Max is 0-0, 2.45 in two games with the Padres in the Arizona Rookie League. He has seven strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. is 0-0, 0.00 in two games with the Athletics, Oakland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League. He has five strikeouts in three innings.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor is 0-0, 0.00 in two games for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He has three strikeouts in three innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris is 1-1, 1.50 in three games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with 11 strikeouts in 18 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 2-0, 1.69 in 14 games for Greenville, Boston's affiliate in the single-A South Atlantic League. He has eight strikeouts in 13 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 2-4, 4.52 in 14 games for Greensboro (N.C.), Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 70 strikeouts in 67.2 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 3-3, 5.03 with two saves in 16 appearances with Kane County (Ill.), the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 4-2, 6.65 in 30 appearances with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 29 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 2-1, 2.58 with 11 saves in 32 games with San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League. He has 47 strikeouts in 38.1 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 4-2, 3.27 in 20 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 13 strikeouts in 33 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 4-5, 6.05 in 14 games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 42 strikeouts in 74.1 innings.

We'll add our other alums who recently signed to the list as they are assigned to their respective teams.

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That's it for today. See you on Thursday.


Enough already with Juneuary!

June 25, 2013

Another rainy, dreary day down at the WWHQ. Didn't summer start last Friday? Still waiting for it to arrive!

Luckily the Knights are out of town, over in Bend for Game 1 of a three-game series against the Elks that begins a 6-game road trip. It appears they should be able to play in Bend tonight as any showers there are supposed to end by 4 p.m.

From Bend, we head to Kitsap for games on Friday-Sunday. So our next game is July 2 against Bellingham; that opens up an 11-game homestand, our longest of the season, with lots of promotions.

The biggest one, of course, is the July 3 Fireworks Night against Bellingham. Tickets are still available but they are going fast. The game will sell out, so get your seats now at the office or online. Don't wait until that night, because you might be out of luck!

Now, on to today's news.

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Some bad news to report, unfortunately.

Oregon State rising sophomore pitchers Andrew Moore and Max Engelbrekt will not pitch for us this summer as expected.

Moore threw 131 innings this spring and is being shut down this summer to rest from that heavy workload. He was 14-2 with a 1.79 ERA, was the Pacific-12 Conference Freshman of the Year, an all-league selection, and made several All-American teams.

Engelbrekt, who was 5-1 with a 1.30 ERA and five saves, sustained a back injury in the NCAA Super Regional against Kansas State and did not pitch again. His injury requires 6-to-8 weeks of rest to heal and that precludes him from playing summer baseball.

We sure wanted them, and we'll certainly miss them. But their health and their college/future professional futures are the most important things. So, get healthy guys.

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Victoria is rated No. 11 and Bend is rated No. 23 on this week's summer baseball Top 30, compiled by Perfect Game. We're not ranked yet, or even receiving votes, but we sure hope to be before too much longer. And here's a story detailing UCLA's connection with the WCL, from the league website. Lots of Bruins in the WCL!

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Salem-Keizer (A Northwest, Giants) pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) allowed three hits and had six strikeouts in six scoreless innings in a 1-0, 10-inning win over Vancouver on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He got a no-decision.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Brevard County (A Florida State. Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-4 with a triple, a run and an RBI in a 4-3 win over Dunedin.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 3-2 win over Savannah.

* Elizabethton (Rookie Appalachian, Twins) catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 7-2 win over Greeneville.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday. Jake Rodriguez


Back to work after a successful weekend

June 24, 2013

Juneuary continues in CorVegas with another cool, cloudy day. But fortunately for us it's an off day and then we're out of town at Bend and Kitsap while the dreary weather continues.

We're not home again until July 2, and by then the weather is supposed to have finally turned into summer, if the forecasters are to be believed. I hope so, because we have 11 home games in 12 days starting on July 2, including our July 3 Fireworks Night game against the Bellingham Bells.

Lots of good news to report today, so let's get started.

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First, some on-the-field news. We took 2 of 3 from Klamath Falls over the weekend to remain hot. We're 8-3 after a 2-5 start, have four straight series wins, and have drawn to within one-half game of the Gems in the race for second place in the West Coast League's Southern Division.

We can draw closer to the first-place Bend Elks this week too, as we're over in Central Oregon this Tuesday-Thursday at Vince Genna Stadium.

Dylan Hecht of UC Santa Barbara, Casey Bloomquist of Cal Poly and Andrew Naderer of Grand Canyon are our scheduled starting pitcher.

We might be without closer Jorge Perez for the series, as he sprained an ankle during warmups last Friday night. Jorge has four saves in as many attempts this season and has been lights-out as our closer. Hopefully he'll be ready to go by the time we hit Kitsap; if not, then Brandon Choate, who saved Sunday's 9-8 win over the Gems, will continue in that role.

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We also made a few roster moves. Pitchers Eric Huson (0-0, 1,80) of Mt. Hood CC, Tom Zarosinski (1-1, 4.32) of George Fox and Kyle Treadway (0-0, 4.00) of Pacifuc U. have been released. Zarosinski and Treadway were 10-day signees.

Zarosinski has already signed with the Okotoks Dawgs, a highly-successful team from Calgary, Alberta, that plays in the Western Major Baseball League. Huson may catch on with a WCL Portland team.

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Speaking of Knights pitchers,future Knight Andrew Moore (2013) of Oregon State was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Monday. Congrats to Andrew!

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Our attendance took a nice jump this weekend, despite the pregame rainstorm on Sunday that definitely impacted Sunday's walkup gate. Saturday's ZOOperstars! crowd of 2,042 was tremendous and there also was a ton of energy on Friday's Cowbell Night.

We've drawn 11,923 fans for 10 home dates, a 1,193 average. That's an increase of 629 over a corresponding number of dates in 2012, when we drew 41,834, the second-highest total in franchise history.

We expect big things out of our July 2-13 homestand. By that time the weather finally should have turned, and we've got a Fireworks Night and other great promotions. Help us set a franchise attendance record, and hit our target goal of 45,000!

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Several more Knights alums selected in the 2013 MLB draft have been assigned to their first minor-league club.

* Shortstop Justin Viele (2010) of Santa Clara is playing for the Orioles in the Arizona Rookie League.

* Pitcher Max Beatty of Pacific Lutheran is playing for the Padres in the Arizona Rookie League.

They join pitcher AJ Burke (2012) of the A's and third baseman Grant Fink (2011) of the Indians in the ARL.

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Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 3-for-4 with a triple, a run and three RBIs in a 6-2 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention went to:

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in a 14-6 win over Richmond. There's more news on Murphy in the next segment of the blog.

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Former Washington State standout Big Jim Murphy, our 2007 MVP, was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for June 17-23. He hit .371, with four homers and 10 RBIs; here's more from the Eastern League website.

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A teammate of Murphy's on that 2007 club, pitcher Mike Koons, has signed with the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association. He signed with Houston at midseason in 2007 and spent several years ion the Astros organization before being released.

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That's plenty, and that's it for today! See you on Tuesday.


Finally, Friday

June 21, 2013

Finally it's Friday. Seems like a long week and we still have three games ahead of us this weekend.

Sounds as if future Knight Andrew Moore (2013) will get the start for Oregon State today against Mississippi State at the College World Series. We wish him and the Beavers the best.

We miss the three Beavers who are supposed to play for us this summer (Moore, Max Engelbrekt, Gabe Clark), and announcer Mike Parker, but as long as they keep winning we'll gladly wait for their services. It has to end soon, right?

We're home this weekend against the Klamath Falls Gems in a matchup of the second-place (them) and third-place (us) teams in the South Division. Should be a good series. The weather is supposed to cooperate and we've got some good promotions for our final home games of the month.

* Tonight is Cowbell Night, presented by Linn Benton Tractor. The first 500 fans get free Knights cowbells, which are very popular at our games. Everybody wants more cowbell!

* Saturday the ZOOperstars! are in town. Fun for the entire family.

* Sunday is HOPE Night, sponsored by 107.9 FM.

So come on out to the ballpark!

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We defeated Medford 5-1 on Thursday night to win that series, our third series win in a row. We are now alone in third place in the WCL South Division and can overtake the Gems with a solid weekend.

We're 6-2 in our last eight games and appear to be playing much better now that pretty much our entire team has been assembled. It's not unusual for us to start a little slow and then pick up speed as the season goes along as our full-time players arrive.

Reliever Dylan Hecht of UC Santa Barbara has now joined us and we're at full-strength, except for the aforementioned Beavers.

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San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) threw a scoreless ninth and had two strikeouts for his 10th save in a 2-1 win over Stockton on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) infielder Drew Garcia (2007) was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double in a 12-11 win over Tacoma.

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-3 with a run in a 5-2 loss to Portland.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) threw two scoreless innings, with two strikeouts, in a 2-1 loss to Fort Meyers.

* Elizabethton (R Appalachian, Twins) catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run and a double in a 3-0 win over Bristol.

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It's Friday, so here are the latest updated stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

DAYTON ALEXANDER (2011): Dayton is hitting .235 (8-34) with two RBIs in 15 games with Beloit, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .236 (46-195) with four homers and 25 RBIs in 58 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .198 (20-101) with two homers and 11 RBIs in 30 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .289 (26-90) with a homer and 13 RBIs in 26 games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .293 (54-184) with three homers and 28 RBIs in 51 games with Augusta (Ga.), San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

GRANT FINK (2011): Grant is hitting .000 (0-4) in one game for the Indians, Cleveland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .244 (19-78) with seven RBIs in 23 games for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .286 (8-28) with one homer and three RBIs in eight games with Colorado Springs, Colorado's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

RYAN GORTON (2011): Ryan is hitting .250 (2-8) with one RBI in three games for Vermont, Oakland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .333 (25-75) with a homer and six RBIs in 18 games with Lakeland, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He's currently on the DL.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .259 (22-85) with two homers and 10 RBIs in 23 games for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .225 (40-178) with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 55 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2006, 2007): Brent is hitting .276 (63-228) with five homers and 37 RBIs in 62 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .301 (77-256) with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 69 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .268 (52-194) with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 63 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 0-1, 3.80 in eight games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 39 strikeouts in 42.2 innings, but is presently on the DL.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 8-1, 1.99 in 14 appearances for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. He has 60 strikeouts in 72.1 innings.

A.J. BURKE (2012): A.J. is 0-0, 0.00 in one game with the Athletics, Oakland's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

TREVOR FRANK (2012): Trevor is 0-0, 0.00 in one game for Mahoning Valley, Cleveland's affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. He has no strikeouts in one inning.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

CHRIS JOHNSON (2011): Chris is 1-1, 2.25 in two games with Salem-Keizer, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A Northwest League, with five strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 1-1, 4.15 in three games for Salem, Boston's affiliate in the single-A Carolina League. He has eight strikeouts in 13 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 2-4, 4.52 in 14 games for Greensboro (N.C.), Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 70 strikeouts in 67.2 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 3-3, 5.03 with two saves in 16 appearances with Kane County (Ill.), the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 4-2, 6.59 in 28 appearances with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 28 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 2-1, 1.96 with 10 saves in 30 games with San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League. He has 45 strikeouts in 36.2 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 4-2, 3.48 in 19 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 12 strikeouts in 31 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 4-4, 5.84 in 12 games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 38 strikeouts in 69.1 innings.

We'll add our other alums who recently signed to the list as they are assigned to their respective teams.


Short blog for today

June 20, 2013

Busy day at the WWHQ, selling punchcards, Fireworks Night tickets, updating copy for the second printing of our program, etc. So we'll be brief.

Big night for us on Wednesday at Medford, where we evened our series with the Rogues with an 8-4 victory that featured a grand slam by the red-hot and rolling Blake Drake. He also doubled, scored the eventual winning run, and drove in four to give him eight RBIs for the week.

Add in his five doubles and his homer, and we'd like to think he's the early leader in the clubhouse for Player of the Week honors.

We do have some Knights news, and our Minor League Player of the Day award, so let's get rolling.

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Standout performance last night at the College World Series by Oregon State pitcher Matt Boyd, who is also a former Knight (2010). His 1-0 shutout of Indiana kept the Beavers' title hopes alive for two more days.

And another Knights alum, junior catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010), drove in the only run. So all things considered, a good night for the Knights, in Medford and in Omaha.

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Santa Clara shortstop Justin Viele (2010), one of 13 alums selected in the 2013 MLB draft, has signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He was selected in the 37th round. He has not yet been assigned to a minor-league franchise.

Of the non-OSU players who were drafted, only Oregon reliever Jimmie Sherfy (Arizona) and Cal Poly third baseman Jimmy Allen (Boston), key members of our 2011 West Coast League championship team, remain unsigned. The Beavers drafted can't negotiate until they stop playing in the CWS, whenever that is.

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Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) homered twice and singled, scored twice and drove in four runs on Wednesday in a 9-8 win over Portland to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was a combined 2-for-6 with two RBIs in a doubleheader split at Binghamton.

* Brevard County (A Florida State, Brewers)outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with two runs in a 9-5 win over Lakeland.

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Remember, we're home this Friday-Sunday against the Klamath Falls Gems. Friday is Cowbell Night; ZOOperstars! are in the house on Saturday and Sunday is 107.9 HOPE Night. The weather is finally supposed to get better, so we will see you at Goss Stadium!

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That's all for today. See you on Friday.


Chase Johnson signs with Giants

June 19, 2013

Happy Hump Day, everyone. Even though it's cloudy and cool today in Corvallis, we're halfway through the week, and we're out of town so the lousy weather won't affect our game.

We're at Medford tonight for Game 2 of our first series against the Rogues, who are coached by former Knights' standout Josh Hogan. Last night they got the better of us 7-1, but with budding Cal Poly star Casey Bloomquist on the mound for us tonight in his Knights' debut, I like our chances to even things up.

Remember, no radio tonight or Thursday. And also remember that we're back home on Friday for a weekend series with Klamath Falls. Friday is Linn Benton Tractor Cowbell Night; Saturday is ZOOperstars! Night, presented by IBEW 280, and Sunday is HOPE Night, presented by 107.9 FM.

Now, on with the news.

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Don't forget our annual free clinic, presented by Starker Forests, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at Goss Stadium. Waivers are available at the stadium that morning for any interested camper.

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Former Knights star pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) of Cal Poly has signed with the San Francisco Giants, who selected him in the third round of the recent MLB draft. He has not yet been asssigned to a minor-league roster, but there's a good chance he could play for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the short-season Northwest League.

We had 13 alums drafted and he's the fifth to sign, according to MLB.com. Already in the fold are Trevor Frank (2012) and Grant Fink (2011), Cleveland; Max Beatty (2010-12), San Diego, and AJ Burke (2012), Oakland.

Still unsigned are Jimmy Allen (2011), Boston; Justin Viele (2010), Baltimore, and Jimmie Sherfy (2011), Arizona. Our Oregon State drafted alums (Matt Boyd, Ben Wetzler, Danny Hayes, Jake Rodriguez, Scott Schultz) can't sign until they finish up at the College World Series.

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San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed two hits and had three strikeouts in five scoreless innings of an 8-4 win at Corpus Christi on Tuesday to improve to 8-1 and earn Corvallais Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-5 with a homer and an RBI in a 7-6 win over Syracuse.

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy ( (2007) was 2-for-2 with two RBIs in a 4-1 win over Portland.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a double in an 11-5 win over Bradenton.

* Brevard County (A Florida State, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI in an 8-3 win over Lakeland.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich, playing for the California League all-stars, had 1/3 scoreless innings in a 12-2 loss to the Carolina League all-stars at San Jose.

* Mahoning Valley (A New York-Penn, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) threw a scoreless inning in his pro debut in a 3-0 loss to Jamestown.

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That's all for today.


On the road again

June 18, 2013

Happy Tuesday, everyone. We're back at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights, catching up on some business after six consecutive home games and six consecutive nights at the ballpark, which puts us behind in our reporting.

The team left for Medford today for three games with the expansion Rogues at Harry and David Field. Remember, there's no radio for the next three games; click here to follow the next three games via live stats from the West Coast League site.

Overall, it was a pretty good homestand. We took 4 of 6 (.667), with series wins over Kitsap and Cowlitz, to move out of the Southern Division basement and into a third-place tie with the Black Bears.

More importantly, more full-time players reported and we're very close to being full-strength. New faces we welcomed were shortstop Peter Van Gansen and pitcher Casey Bloomquist of Cal Poly; outfielder Joe Duffin of UC Santa Barbara; pitcher Alex Nesbitt of Washington; infielder/catcher Chris Rabago and pitcher Elliot Surrey of UC Irvine, pitcher Jared Priestley of Oregon and pitcher Kevin Flemer of St. Mary's High in Berkeley, an Oregon State signee.

We're still waiting on pitcher Dylan Hecht of UC Santa Barbara, and on pitchers Andrew Moore and Max Englebrecht and infielder Gabe Clark of OSU. Hecht should be here soon; the Beavers will report shortly after they're done at the College World Series (no hurry there, fellows).

We've lost Cal Poly catcher/DH Brian Mundell to elbow surgery, and 10-day signees Scott Stone of Central Washington and Jake Otness of Pacific Lutheran have been released.

So, that's where we stand heading into the next stage of the season.

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Overcast weather, a stiff breeze and Monday night contributed to the sparse crowd of 635 for the homestand finale. It's our smallest of the season (let's keep it that way!) and our smallest regular-season crowd since a gathering of 628 against Kitsap on a rainy Sunday night on July 17, 2011.

Our overall attendance this season is 7,973 in seven dates, an average of 1,139 per opening. However, we've got three excellent promotions for this weekend's series against Klamath Falls and the weather should be better, so we're hoping to blast right on by last year's totals.

* Friday is Linn-Benton Tractor Cowbell Night.

* Saturday is ZOOperstars! Night.

* Sunday is Hope Night presented by 107.9 FM.

See you at the ballpark!

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Former Knights catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was on a bus with his Elizabethton Twins teammates that collided with a wrong-way driver on I-295 near Jacksonville, Fla., as it headed north to Tennessee for the team's Appalachian League opener. Bo and his teammates are OK; the other driver was killed.

Here are more details, from Ballpark Digest. We're glad that Bo and his teammates are all fine. He played at Texas Tech.

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Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) stayed red-hit by going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI on Monday in a 12-inning, 5-4 loss to Syracuse to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Brent is hitting .351 (13-37) over his last 10 games, with seven RBIs, to raise his average to a season-high .284.

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Speaking of new Knight Kevin Flemer, his older brother, Asheville pitcher Matt Flemer, was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for June 10-16. He pitched two-hit ball over 7.2 innings and had six strikeouts against Savannah on June 11, but got a no-decision.

The older Flemer brother pitched at California. Asheville is Colorado's affiliate in the Class A Sally League. Former Oregon star pitcher Tyler Anderson, a 2009 Knight who was the first Corvallis player selected in the first round of the MLB draft, played there last summer and was an all-star.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Back-to-work Monday

June 17, 2013

We're back in the office after a very busy weekend, with the Knightys playing three home games and also hosting the Reser Oregon All-Star Series on Saturday and Sunday.

So, we're doing some catching up today, between answering the phone and running errands and then listening to the Beavers play Louisville in a loser-out game at the College World Series.

The good news is, we swept the weekend and now have a four-game winning streak heading into tonight's 6:40 p.m. series finale against Cowlitz. We're 6-5 in the West Coast League and now have undisputed possession of third place after spending much of the early season in last or next-to-last place in the six-team Southern Division.

Oregon freshman RHP Jared Priestley will make his Knights' debut tonight as our starting pitcher in the 6:40 p.m. series finale against Cowlitz at Goss Stadium. Then it's off to Medford for a Tuesday-Thursday series, and then back home for three games against the Klamath Falls Gems.

We finally get a day off on June 24, our first since June 11. By that time, we'll have played 19 games in 20 days, starting on June 4, so a "vacation" day will be most welcome.

Now, on to today's news, which will be abbreviated because we're playing tonight.

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No radio for our Tuesday-Thursday series at Medford. Mike Parker's still in Omaha and the Rogues' home station, KBOY-AM 580, doesn't have live streaming. So, please click here on those days to follow the game live online.

Broadcasts will resume on Friday, when we host the Klamath Falls Gems in the opener of a three-game series at Goss Stadium.

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Two alums have been assigned to their first minor-league teams for the upcoming season.

* Pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) will play for the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Scrappers, Cleveland's affiliate in the short-A New York-Penn League. The former UC Riverside star was drafted earlier this month.

* Catcher Ryan Gorton (2011) of Oregon State will play for Vermont, Oakland's New York-Penn League affiliate. He signed in 2011 but missed the season while rehabbing an injured knee.

We'll keep track of the 11 other Knights who were drafted this year. Soime have already signed but have not been assigned to their minor-league teams yet.

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Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-4 with a run, a double and three RBIs on Sunday in a 6-3 win over Columbus to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

* Honorable mention goes to:

* Colorado Springs (AAA PCL, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 2-fir-3 with a run and a double in a 9-7 win over Last Vegas.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) reliever Josh Osich (2008) had one strikeout in a scoreless inning and earned his ninth save in a 10-8 win over Visalia.

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That's it for today. See you on Tuesday.