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The Knights are back in the groove

July 11, 2012

Now that summer has really arrived, we're back in the groove and our bats have come alive.

After a frustrating week on the road at Bellingham and Kelowna, we're hitting the ball with authority. We've scored 13 runs and have 23 hits in our last two games, 5-2 and 8-5 wins over Wenatchee. That's enabled us to restore a somewhat comfortable (3.5 games) lead over Bend in the West Division playoff race.

Goss Stadium is a pitcher's park. But when it finally warms up, the ball carries well and the customary advantage enjoyed by the pitchers is reduced. We hit five doubles on Thursday, and a homer and another double off the wall on Monday, the first two warms days we've had at the ballpark all summer.

Our series with the AppleSox ends tonight. The ZOOperstars! will entertain, presented by IBEW 280. It's a $2 Senior Wednesday (60-plus), and popcorn is just a buck.

And, since we've been winning, scoring and getting extra-base hits, our coupon deals with McDonald's, Qdoba and Pepsi have kicked in and fans have gotten free fries, $.99 tacos, and discounts on pizza and Pepsi at Papa's Pizza.

That's Affordable Family Fun!

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OK, enough with the commercials, Now let's get to some news.

Don't forget to help send your favorite Knight to the WCL All-Star Game in Walla Walla on July 24 by voting online. The Knight with the most votes will earn a spot on the West Division squad.

Pitcher Rob Dittrick of Pacific University leads at the moment with nearly 80,000 votes; he must have a great campaign organization! You can also vote at the stadium, or at Wilson Motors in Corvallis.

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Another nice night on Tuesday, another solid crowd (1,151), and we continue to chip away at catching up or surpassing last year's record attendance of 42,447.

We've drawn 19,314 to 16 home dates, an average of 1,207 per game. We're 1,083 behind last year at a corresponding date, but now that the weather is getting better and we've got some great promotions and weekend dates on tap, we're confident we'll soon pull even or even surpass last year's numbers.

But we can't do it without you, the most important piece of the attendance puzzle. So we'll see you at the ballpark!

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There were no minor league games last night because of the MLB All-Star Game. So we don't have a Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day to highlight today.

The feature will return tomorrow, and we'll have updated averages for our minor-league Corvallis Knights on Friday.

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


Barr's grand slam brightens the mood

July 10, 2012

Nothing like a grand slam to brighten the mood in the Knights' locker room, and down here at the WWHQ.

Austin Barr's massive shot over the left-field fence in the sixth inning powered us to a 5-2 win over Wenatchee on Monday. That ended a franchise-record seven-game losing streak and moved us three games ahead of Bend in the West Division standings.

It was Barr's second grand slam of the summer and just the third grand slam in the history of the Corvallis Knights. Your's truly might be the only person who saw all three.

* Our 2007 MVP, Jim Murphy of Washington State, blasted one off ex-Oregon Stater Kraig Sitton at Goss Stadium in a 6-2 win over the defunct Spokane RiverHawks on July 26, 2007.

* Barr's first grand slam came in the eighth inning of a 6-4 victory at Walla Walla on June 1.

* And his second was last night, ending a 13-inning scoreless streak and a 54-inning streak in which we were behind at the end of the inning.

Barr's first chance for No. 3 comes at 6:40 tonight, in the sandwich game of the series. OSU sophomore-to-be lefty Carlos Rodriguez (1-0, 2.16) is our projected starter.

So, come on out to the ballpark. It'a a $2 Tuesday, with special pricing available on Coors Light, and it's PEAK Internet Science and Technology Night. The ZOOperstars! are here Wednesday.

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Knights' utility Marc Gallegos went 3-for-4 on Monday and now leads the West Coast League in hitting with a .390 (32-82) average. A 10-day signee from Corban University who has earned a full-time job, Gallegos has played third, short, second and DH this summer.

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Don't forget to help send your favorite Knight to the WCL All-Star Game in Walla Walla on July 24 by voting online. The Knight with the most votes will earn a spot on the West Division squad.

Pitcher Rob Dittrick of Pacific University leads at the moment with more than 75,000 votes. You can also vote at the stadium, or at Wilson Motors in Corvallis.

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Our seven-game losing streak knocked us out of Perfect Game USA's top 30 summer ball ranking. We were No. 13 for several weeks before our tailspin.

We are now in the "also receiving votes" category. Here are the rankings, as compiled by Allan Simpson of Perfect Game.

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We finally got some nice weather for a home game last night and drew an enthusiastic crowd of 883. We won't be happy until every game is sold out, but that's not bad for a Monday.

We've drawn 18,163 to 15 home dates, an average of 1,210 per game. We're 1,175 behind last year at a corresponding date, but as the weather heats up and with the nice promotions we have in the future, we're confident we'll soon pull even or even surpass last year's numbers.

We're third in the WCL in average attendance. Here are the numbers for the entire league; remember they don't include non-league games, so that's why our numbers don't match up exactly.

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Elizabethton catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 3-for-6 with two RBIs and a run scored in a 12-0 win over Johnson City to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Elizabethton is Minnesota's Class A (rookie) affiliate in the Appalachian League. He played at Texas Tech.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Clearwater first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) homered for the second day in row, scored trwice and drive in a pair in an 8-4 win over Brevard County. Clearwater is Philadelphi's affiliate in the Class A (advanced> Florida Statde League.

* Pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10), fresh off the disabled list, pitched a scoreless inning and had two strikeouts for the Lowell Spinners in a 10-2 loss to Batavia. Lowell is Boston's affiliate in the Class A (short) New York-Penn League.

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


X-rays negative for INF Nate Roberts

July 6, 2012

Another tough night at Bellingham on Thursday, as the Knights fell 6-5 in 10 innings and drop their fourth game in a row. We tied the game with two outs inthe ninth, but couldn't get the win.

Our roster is already a little thin on this trip because of passport issues, and we got some more bad news on Thursday. X-rays on infielder Nate Roberts' swollen right hand were negative, but the senior-to-be at Seattle University is out for the next 7-10 days.

The versatile Roberts was injured on Wednesday in a collision with left fielder Nate Blackham as they chased a pop fly. He was hitting .212 in 12 games, with two RBIs, and was playing solid defense at several positions.

Roberts missed almost the entire 2011 summer season with the Knights because of a wrist injury. So, get better Nate, we need you.

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The Knights have lost four in a row for the first time in exactly a year; we also dropped four straight on July 2-5, 2011.

Coincidentally, we also headed to Kelowna after the 2011 losing streak. We swept a series there, and then won 24 of our next 30 games after that to capture our second West Coast League championship.

Here's hoping history repeats itself, starting with tonight's 6:35 p.m. game against the rejuvinated Falcons at Elks Stadium in Kelowna.

Our projected starting rotation for the series is RHP Trevor Frank of UC Riverside (0-0, 0.00) tonight, and LHP Dylan Stuart (1-0, 3.00) of UC Riverside and RHP Rob Dittrick of Pacific University (3-0, 1.21) on Saturday.

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Former Knights pitcher/outfielder Michael Blake (2010) of Mt. Hood CC and Hawaii pitched .2 scoreless innings and had one strikeout for his first save in a 5-2 victory over Great Falls on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor league Player of the Day honors.

Missoula is Arizona's affiliate in the Class A (short) Pioneer League. Michael played at Tri-Cities in the Northwest League last year.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Former Cal Poly outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was 1-for-2 with a run and a double in a 5-3 loss to Cedar Rapids. Wisconsin is Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

* Another ex-Mustangs outfielder, Adam Melker (2008-09) of the Springfield Cardinals had a two-run homer in an 11-7 loss to Frisco. Springfield is St. Louis's affiliate in the Class AA Texas League.

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Finally, it's Friday, so here are the updated stats for our Corvallis Knights in minor-league affiliated baseball (all stats through Thursday's games):

NICK AKINS, Dodgers (2007): The former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .219 (14-64) with two homers and six RBIs for the Great Lakes Loons in the Class A Midwest League.

DAYTON ALEXANDER, Athletics (2011): The former Feather River College outfielder is hitting .158 (6-38) with three RBIs for Vermont in the Class A New York-Penn League.

BO ALTOBELLI, Twins (2010): The ex-Texas Tech catcher is hitting .053 (1-19) with one RBI for Elizabethton in the Class A Appalachian League.

TYLER ANDERSON, Rockies (2009): Now with the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon star is 7-2, 3.08, with 37 strikeouts in 64.1 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE, Padres (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 6-4, 3.16, with 74 strikeouts in 82.2 innings.

TAYLOR ARD, Mariners (2009): Now with Everett in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Washington State first baseman is hitting .268 (22-82) with thee homers and 18 RBIs.

CODY BARTLETT, Blue Jays (2007): Now playing for the Class A Gulf Coast Blue Jays, the ex-Washington State infielder is hitting .156 (5-32), with no homers and one RBI.

CARTER BELL, Diamondbacks (2009): Now with Visalia in the Class A California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .250 (41-164) with one homer and 17 RBIs. He is on the DL.

MICHAEL BLAKE, Diamondbacks (2010): Now with Missoula in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Mt. Hood/Hawaii pitcher is 0-0, 3.00, with one save and 14 strikeouts in nine innings.

ALEX BURG, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .268 (41-153) with seven homers and 22 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY, Giants (2010): The former Long Beach State infielder is hitting .273 (21-77) with no homers and one RBI for Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League.

JOHN ESHLEMAN, Giants (2008): The San Jacinto JC infielder, now with the double-A Eastern League Richmond Squirrels, has scored one run in three games but does not have an at-bat. He is on the 7-day DL.

ROCKY GALE, Padres (2007, 2009): The former Portland catcher is hitting .180 (9-50) for Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, with one homer and six RBIs.

DREW GARCIA, White Sox (2007): Now with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .233 (41-176), with four homers and 21 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO, Cardinals (2009): Now with Quad City in the Class A Midwest League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 5-5, 4.50, with 68 strikeouts in 80 innings.

DEAN GREEN, Tigers (2008): Now with the Gulf Coast League Tigers on a rehab assignement, Green is hitting .143 (1-7), with three RBIs. The former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder hit .306 (67-219), with nine homers and 38 RBIs, with West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League before being injured.

MITCH HANIGER, Brewers (2010): Now with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Class A Midwest League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .286 (14-49), with a homer and eight RBIs.

CHRIS JOHNSON, Giants (2011): Now at Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Portland pitcher is 1-0, 4.66 with nine strikeouts in 9.2 innings.

D.J. JOHNSON, Diamondbacks (2008-09): Now with Visalia of the Class A California League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-0, 2.79, with three saves and 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.

KYLE KRAUS, Red Sox (2009-10): Now with Lowell in the Class A New York-Penn League, the former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 4.50, with two strikeouts in two innings. He is on the 7-day DL.

SCOTT LYMAN, Marlins (2010): The ex-UC Davis star is 1-2, 8.53 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League, with 15 strikeouts in 19 innings.

THOMAS McCARTHY, White Sox (2010): Now with Great Falls in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Kentucky third baseman is hitting .242 (8-33) with no homers and three RBIs.

ADAM MELKER, Cardinals (2008-09): Now with Springfield in the double-A Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .234 (41-175), with three homers and 14 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY, Phillies (2007): Now with Clearwater in the Class A Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .269 (75-279), with eight homers and 51 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN, Marlins (2009): Now with Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 5-1, 5.01, with 10 saves and 25 strikeouts in 46.2 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO, Cubs (2008-09): Now with the Arizona Rookie League Cubs, the former UC Riverside pitcher is 1-0, 0.00, with three strikeouts in four innings.

JOSH OSICH, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-2, 3.50, with a save and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings.

GREG PEAVEY, Mets (2008): Now with Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 3-6, 5.94, with 48 strikeouts in 77.1 innings.

NICK STRUCK, Cubs (2010): Now with Tennessee in the Class AA Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 9-7, 3.64, with 74 strikeouts in 94 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC, Giants (2009): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .239 (50-209), with fsix homers and 28 RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: LHP Mark Trentacosta (2011), UC Irvine (Cardinals).

The Cardinals have released former UC Irvine pitcher Daniel Bibona (2007), a 2010 signee who this year was 0-1, 6.43 in three starts with the Batavia Muckdogs in the Class A New York-Penn League. He was drafted in the eighth round in 2010 and went 4-0, 1.91 at Quad Cities that summer, but he missed the entire 2011 season with arm injuries he never did shake.

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That's plenty for today. See you on Monday, when we host the Wenatchee AppleSox on a SNAP Fitness Miser Monday/$1 hot dog night.


Tough day in Bellingham

July 5, 2012

Tough day in Bellingham on Wednesday, as we were shut out in a doubleheader (3-0, 1-0) for the first time in franchise history.

Judging by the radio broadcast, we hit a ton of balls on the nose, but right at someone. Or, when we did hit for distance, it died at the fence or just short of the warning track.

Oh well, that's baseball, and we get another chance tonight in the 7 p.m. series finale. Bend also lost, so our lead was only trimmed by one-half game, and we still have a 5.5-game edge on the Elks.

It's off to Kelowna on Friday morning, where we play the Falcons in a single game on Friday night and a doubleheader on Saturday. We drive home on Sunday, and open a three-game series with Wenatchee on Monday.

Hopefully this great weather will hold. We're still waiting for nice, warm conditions for a home game. It's about time.

Speaking of the lousy June weather, it definitely had a negative impact on our attendance. We're at 17,280 through 14 openings, an average of 1,234 per game.

We're down 1,363 fans overall from our record (42,447) 2011 attendance in a corresponding number of openings. But with great weather and a nice homestand in the offing, we're confident we'll catch up and pass last summer's numbers.

Our Monday-Wednesday series against Wenatchee has good promotions every night.

* Monday is SNAP Fitness Miser Monday. SNAP Fitness members get a $3 GA tickets, and it's a $1 hot dog night.

* Tuesday is a BI-MART $2 Tuesday, and PEAK Technology & Innovators Night.

* Wednesday is ZOOperstars! night, presented by IBEW 280.

So get on out to the ballpark!

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The 2012 West Coast League All-Star Game is set for Tuesday, July 24, at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla. Each WCL team will have one player voted to the game by its fans.

You can vote for your favorite Knight online starting today on the Knights' website, and at Goss Stadium or at Wilson Motors, starting on July 9.

So remember, vote early, and vote often, for your favorite Knight! Concordia University first baseman Sean Myrom was the fans choice in 2011, and he won the Home Run Derby!

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Former Knights' pitcher Jace Fry (2011), a rising sophomore at Oregon State, was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America magazine on Wednesday.

A WCL all-star for the Knights in 2011, Fry was 5-3 with a 2.45 ERA for the Beavers in 2012, three complete games in 13 appearances, all starts. He struck out 53 in 88.1 innings, limited opponents to a .215 average, and gave up just seven extra-base hits.

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Interesting story in today's Oregonian about the signing of Kyle Kraus of the University of Portland, a WCL all-star with the Knights in 2009-10 and one of the best pitchers in franchise history.

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Former Knights infielder D.J. Johnson (2008-09), converted into a pitcher in pro baseball, threw a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday to save Visalia's 5-2 win over Lancaster to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Johnson had one strikeout in his third save since being promoted to Visalia (A advanced, California League) from South Bend (A, Midwest League) in early June. Both teams are affiliates in the Arizona organization.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Jose catcher Alex Burg (2008), who continued his recent hot streak by going 2-for-4 with a run in an 8-4 win over Modesto. San Jose in San Francisco's California League affiliate; Burg played at Wazzu.

* Quad Cities pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009), an ex-Oregon Stater who got the win and had 11 strikeouts and allowed two earned runs in 5.1 innings in a 12-7 win over Kane County. Quad Cities is St. Louis' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

* Asheville pitcher Tyler Anderson (2009), an Oregon alum, allowed one unearned run in 5.2 innings and got the win in an 8-4 victory over Augusta. Asheville is Colorado's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League. Anderson had four strikeouts and is 7-2.

We'll have updated stats on all our minor-league Corvallis Knights in Friday's blog.

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


Knights-Bells rained out

July 3, 2012

Tonight's game at Bellingham has been rained out. It will be rescheduled as part of a Wednesday doubleheader, with the starting time still to be determined.

Summer just refuses to start in the Northwest.

Now, back to the regularly-scheduled blog.

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Greetings this morning. We're still on a high down here at the WWHQ after a spectacular Fireworks Night that would have been totally perfect had we not blown a 4-1, eighth-inning lead and lost our game to Kitsap.

A sellout crowd; an entertaining game; a danceoff between our Lil' K and the Kitsap closer, and a super fireworks display, which some Fireworks Nights veterans called our best ever. That's what summer baseball is all about.

Thanks to all who came, and don't forget, we have another Fireworks Nigh scheduled for our regular-season home finale, Aug. 4 vs. the Cowlitz Black Bears.

See you there as well!

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We are still No. 13th nationally in summer collegiate baseball in the latest Perfect Game USA weekly rankings, compiled by reporter Allan Simpson.

Here are this week's rankings. The WCL's Wenatchee AppleSox are ranked No. 3; the Bellingham Bells, who we play tonight, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday night at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, also received votes.

We'll have a chance to move up on Wenatchee next week. We host the AppleSox next Monday-Wednesday in the first three games of our next homestand.

Again, we're at Bellingham tonight (7:05), Wednesday afternoon (1:05) and Thursday night (7:05), and at Kelowna on Friday night (6:35) and Saturday night (5:00) for a doubleheader that concludes our final long road trip of the summer. All games will be on KEJO-AM 1240, with Kevin Burke calling all the action.

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Speaking of Bellingham, Bells' right-hander Sean Hartnett was named the WCL co-Player of the Week for his eight-inning one-hitter in a 6-0 win against the Knights at Goss Stadium on June 27. He shared the award with teammate Andrew Olson. Here are all the details, from the WCL website.

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Don't forget that the fourth annual Take me Out to the Ballgame 5K road run is set for July 18. It finishes at home plate of Goss Stadium about 45 minutes before our game with the Bend Elks.

The cost is $15, which includes a ticket to that night's game, or $5 to those 18 and under. For more details, see the Heart of the Valley Runners website. We're the co-sponsors of this event and love to have the runners hang around afterward for the game!

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Former Knights outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) of Cal poly hit his first pro homer and drove in four runs on Monday for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in a 9-2 win over Quad Cities. So he's our Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day.

The Appleton-based Timber Rattlers are Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League. Haniger was Milwaukee's pick in the supplemental first round of the 2012 draft.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Jose catcher Andrew Susac (2009). The ex-Oregon Stater was 3-for-5 with three runs, a homer and an RBI in a 7-6 California League loss to Stockton. San Jose is San Francisco's Class A (advanced) affiliate.

* Everett first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) of Washington State was 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs in a 10-1 win over Eugene. Everett is Seattle's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

* Greensboro pitcher James Nygren (2009), another ex-Beaver, threw three scoreless innings and had two strikeouts in a 7-6 loss to Hickory. Greensboro is Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

We'll update the stats of all our minor league Corvallis Knights on Friday.

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That's all for today. We've got tomorrow off for the July 4 holiday, so we'll see you on Thursday.


It's Fireworks Night!

July 2, 2012

It's our annual holiday Fireworks Night at Goss Stadium, always one of the highlights of our season.

It's grown from a modest beginning in 2007 (just over 1,000 fans) to become a rite of summer in the Corvallis area. We have some seats left, but tonight should be the fourth straight year in which we've sold every single seat at Goss Stadium.

Three years ago we sold standing room and drew a stadium-record 3,506 fans. We can't do that any more, so we've stopped sales at 2,930 the past two seasons, and that's what we expect to anounce tonight.

Seats are available online, at our downtown ticket office (down the hall from Starbucks in the Madison Plaza) until about 4 p.m., and then at the stadium, starting at 6 p.m. The game starts at 7:15 p.m.

All chairback seats are reserved and cost $11. All bleacher seats are GA, and cost $5. So come see us in person, go online, or get to the ballpark early for a great night of baseball and fireworks.

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After our homestand ends tonight, we're off to Bellingham for games on Tuesday through Thursday, and then off to Kelowna, B.C., for a single game on Friday night and a doubleheader on Saturday.

We're idle on Sunday as we drive back from Kelowna. We start another homestand with a three-game series against Wenatchee on July 9, and face the Albany Mid-Valley Rockets American Legion team in an exhibition game on July 12

Here's our rotation for Bellingham: Tuesday, RHP Jorge Perez; Wednesday, RHP AJ Burke; Thursday, RHP Max Beatty.

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Former Knights catcher Alex Burg (2008) of Washington State and the San Jose Giants was 3-for-5 with a run in a 10-3 victory over Stockton on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Alex is hitting .444 (15-34) in his last 10 games, with three homers and six RBIs, to raise his season average to .265 (7-22). San Jose is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes was 3-for-4 with two runs in a 5-1 win over Vancouver. The Volcanoes are the Giants' affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

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Haven't heard anything about a nickname yet for the new Victoria franchise, which comes on line in 2013. They will have a contest to pick their new moniker.

But I got the Ebbets Field Flannels spring/summer catalog the other day and they are selling authentic 1911 Victoria Bees jerseys. The Bees were a franchise in the old Northwestern League back in that year; that circuit also had clubs in Seattle, Vancouver and Spokane.

Not sure what they'll do, but if they do choose "Bees" there's some history behind it.

And if you're into vintage baseball apparrel (and other sports too), EFF is the place to go.

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That's all for today. See you at the ballpark tonight!


So long June., and good riddance!

June 29, 2012

This will be the last blog of the month. So let's say so long to June, and good riddance! What a horrible month of weather; it will be July when we return on Monday, and hopefully summer will have finally arrived.

Speaking of summer, it's supposed to be 80 and sunny for our annual OSU Federal Credit Union Fireworks Night celebration, which this year is Monday, July 2, starting at 7:15 p.m. It has sold out the last three years and we do expect another sellout this year, as tickets are going fast.

So buy now, either online, at the WWHQ on Friday and Monday, or at the stadium on Friday, Saturday and Sunday before our games with Kitsap. You don't want to wait too long to pull the trigger and get left out of the best show in town!

And for the first time ever, the Corvallis Community Band will entertain at Goss Stadium throughout the game and during the fireworks. So it should be a great show, on top of the high-quality baseball you've come to expect from the Knights.

See you there!

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The existing summer wood bat team in Medford, the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs, is excited about the formation of a West Coast League expansion franchise in that city for 2013. Here's a story on that subject from the Medford Mail Tribune newspaper.

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Former Knights pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009), an Oregon State product, pitched seven shutout innings for Quad Cities on Thursday in a 1-0 win over Cedar Rapids to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

He had eight strikeouts and allowed just four hits, with no walks. Quad Cities is St. Louis's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Jose's Alex Burg (2008) homered again and was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run in a 9-6 win over Lake Elsinore. San Jose is San Francisco's Class A California League affiliate. Alex played at Wazzu.

* Outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was 1-for-2 with a double and two runs in a 7-3 win over Peoria. Wisconsin is Milwaukee's Class A affiliate in the Midwest League; Mitch played at Cal Poly and was the Big West Conference 2012 Player of the Year.

* Outfielder Dayton Alexander (2011), a Feather River JC grad, was 2-for-3 with a run, a double and an RBI in Vermont's 6-5 loss to Lowell. Vermont is Oakland's affiliate in the Class A (short) New York-Penn League.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: Here are some AppleSox notes, from the Wenatchee World newspaper. The ASox are here on July 9-11, after we return from next week's road trip.

That's all for today. See you at the ballpark this weekend; the sun is finally out!


More on the WCL expansion to Medford

June 28, 2012

If you're a regular reader of the Blog or of the Knights' twitter, you alread know about the West Coast League's upcoming expansion to Medford for the 2013 season.

Here's more on the expansion from the Medford Mail-Tribune.

Here's the official WCL release:

"PORTLAND, OREGON - June 27, 2012 - A West Coast League team will begin play in Medford, Oregon as soon as the 2013 season. League president Ken Wilson made the announcement at Harry & David Field in Medford.

The West Coast League is a summer wood-bat college league with nine teams located in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. It provides one of the best opportunities anywhere in North America for a college player. The WCL began play in 2005, and recently added a tenth team in Victoria, British Columbia, which will begin play in 2013.

"We're excited to include Medford in the West Coast League," said Wilson. "Our teams provide a great atmosphere for top amateur baseball players, and we've had some outstanding young players from the Medford area play in our league."

The team will be owned by CSH International, Inc., and will become the eleventh member of the league.

"The West Coast League has solid team owners, and we feel the league is a perfect fit for CSH and Medford," said Gary Gelinas, President of CSH International, Inc. "We look forward to working with the city to create a long-term lease for use of Harry & David Field, and to run a community-based first class operation."

The awarding of the team is contingent upon CSH International, Inc. securing a lease for Harry & David Field from the City of Medford, and completion of a fund-raising drive to add additional stadium seating.

The West Coast League has worked closely with the Medford Youth Baseball Society (MYBS), the current operators of Harry & David Field, and the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs to provide a team that will bring affordable family entertainment to Southern Oregon.

"The West Coast League has proven that there is no better summer collegiate baseball to be played anywhere," said Steve Jensen, President of the RiverDawgs. "We are proud to help bring such a prestigious league to Southern Oregon, and the local baseball community will benefit from this move."

Gary Miller, President of MYBS, stated, "The West Coast League is committed to being an active part of the community. Not only will the new team promote amateur baseball in the community, it plans to work with schools and non-profit organizations to help them do the great work they do in the community."

The owners of the new team have pledged a $250,000 matching gift. If successfully matched by the community, it will complete the seating at Harry & David Field. Through the generous committment of KOGAP, MYBS is on the way to reaching its matching goal. KOGAP has committed $65,000 in material and labor.

Season tickets for the yet to be named team may be reserved with a refundable $25 deposit."

And here's more on Medford from Baseball Digest.

Any suggestions on nicknames?

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Knights pitcher Blake Burrell of Riverside City College has to return to his home to his home in Southern California because of a slight shoulder injury. He was 0-1, 4.77 in 5.2 innings in two appearances, with eight strikeouts. No roster moves are planned at this time to replace Burrell.

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Former Knights outfielder Mitch Haniger of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in a 6-5 win over Quad Cities to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. The Rattlers are the Brewers' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League and are based in Appleton.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Pitcher Michael Blake (2010) of the Missoula Osprey had two scoreless innings and five strikeouts in a 20-0 win over Helena. Missoula is Arizona's affiliate in the Clss A (short) Pioneer League.

* Pitcher James Nygren (2009) of the Greensboro Grasshoppers had three scoreless innings and earned another win in an 8-2 decision over Lexington. It's his second such win in a week. Greensboro is Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted former Aloha Knights' star Matt Hague (2005) back to triple-A Indianapolis for the second time this year. Hague started the year with the Bucs, was sent back to Indianapolis on April 14, and recalled on May 25.

Hague hit .235 (16-68), with no homers and seven RBIs, in his two stints in the bigs. He's hitting .278, with a homer and 15 RBIs, in 36 games at Indianapolis, where he was an International League all-star in 2011.

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Finally, it's Thursday, so here are the updated stats for our Corvallis Knights in minor-league affiliated baseball (all stats through Wednesday's games):

NICK AKINS, Dodgers (2007): The former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .228 (13-57) with two homers and six RBIs for the Great Lakes Loons in the Class A Midwest League.

DAYTON ALEXANDER, Athletics (2011): The former Feather River College outfielder is hitting .148 (4-27) with one RBI for Vermont in the Class A New York-Penn League.

BO ALTOBELLI, Twins (2010): The ex-Texas Tech catcher is hitting .091 (1-11) with one RBI for Elizabethton in the Class A Appalachian League.

TYLER ANDERSON, Rockies (2009): Now with the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon star is 5-2, 3.42, with 29 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE, Padres (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 6-3, 3.17, with 67 strikeouts in 76.2 innings.

TAYLOR ARD, Mariners (2009): Now with Everett in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Washington State first baseman is hitting .333 (15-45) with two homers and 13 RBIs.

CODY BARTLETT, Blue Jays (2007): Now playing for the Class A Gulf Coast Blue Jays, the ex-Washington State infielder is hitting .083 (1-12), with no homers and one RBI.

CARTER BELL, Diamondbacks (2009): Now with Visalia in the Class A California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .250 (41-164) with one homer and 17 RBIs. He is on the DL.

DANIEL BIBONA, Cardinals (2007): Now with the Batavia Muckdogs in the Class A New York-Penn League, the pitcher from UC Irvine is 0-1 6.43, with five strikeouts in seven innings.

MICHAEL BLAKE, Diamondbacks (2010): Now with Missoula in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Mt. Hood/Hawaii pitcher is 0-0, 2.70, with 12 strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

ALEX BURG, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .240 (28-121) with six homers and 20 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY, Giants (2010): The former Long Beach State infielder is hitting .273 (12-44) with no homers and one RBI for Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League.

JOHN ESHLEMAN, Giants (2008): The San Jacinto JC infielder, now with the double-A Eastern League Richmond Squirrels, has scored one run in three games but does not have an at-bat.

ROCKY GALE, Padres (2007, 2009): The former Portland catcher is hitting .200 (9-45) for Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, with one homer and five RBIs.

DREW GARCIA, White Sox (2007): Now with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .201 (30-149), with two homers and 17 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO, Cardinals (2009): Now with Quad City in the Class A Midwest League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 3-5, 5.03, with 40 strikeouts in 62.2 innings.

DEAN GREEN, Tigers (2008): Now with West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League, the former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder is hitting .306 (67-219), with nine homers and 38 RBIs. He is on the DL.

MITCH HANIGER, Brewers (2010): Now with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Class A Midwest League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .273 (6-22), with three RBIs.

CHRIS JOHNSON, Giants (2011): Now at Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Portland pitcher is 1-0, 3.18 with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

D.J. JOHNSON, Diamondbacks (2008-09): Now with Visalia of the Class A California League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-0, 4.05, with nine strikeouts and a save in 6.2 innings.

KYLE KRAUS, Red Sox (2009-10): Now with Lowell in the Class A New York-Penn League, the former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 0.00, with two strikeouts in one inning.

SCOTT LYMAN, Marlins (2010): The ex-UC Davis star is 1-0, 7.88 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League, with seven strikeouts in eight innings.

THOMAS McCARTHY, White Sox (2010): Now with Great Falls in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Kentucky third baseman is hitting .235 (4-17) with no homers and one RBI.

ADAM MELKER, Cardinals (2008-09): Now with Springfield in the double-A Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .248 (40-161), with two homers and 12 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY, Phillies (2007): Now with Clearwater in the Class A Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .265 (66-249), with eight homers and 50 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN, Marlins (2009): Now with Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 4-1, 4.05, with 10 saves and 21 strikeouts in 40 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO, Cubs (2008-09): Now with the Arizona Rookie League Cubs, the former UC Riverside pitcher is 1-0, 0.00, with two strikeouts in one inning.

JOSH OSICH, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-0, 1.98, with a save and 16 strikeouts in 14.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY, Mets (2008): Now with Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 3-4, 5.40, with 42 strikeouts in 66.1 innings.

NICK STRUCK, Cubs (2010): Now with Tennessee in the Class AA Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 9-6, 3.74, with 72 strikeouts in 89 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC, Giants (2009): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .237 (45-190), with four homers and 26 RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: LHP Mark Trentacosta (2011), UC Irvine (Cardinals).

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That's plenty for today. See you Friday.


Dash for Cash, Scout OverKnighter rescheduled

June 27, 2012

We have rescheduled our All Family Vision Care $1,000 Dash for Cash and our Scout OverKnighter, both of which were postponed by last Friday's horrible, rainy weather.

The $1,000 Kids Dash for Cash is now set for Sunday, July 22, starting at 5:15 p.m. All reserved tickets for the June 22 rained-out game should be used on July 22; bring your June 22 tickets to use that night.

GA tickets purchased for June 22 can be used on July 22, or at any other game except the July 2 and Aug. 4 Fireworks Nights. Just bring those tickets on July 22 and you're good to go.

The Scout OverKnighter has been rescheduled to Friday, Aug. 3. The same policy applies to those tickets. If they cannot be used for some reason, we will issue a refund.

June 22 was the first rainout in Corvallis Knights' history. Let's hope it's the last, and that our real summer weather has finally arrived and that Juneuary is finally over.

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The West Coast League will be expanding to Medford for the 2013 season, according to this story in the Medford Mail-Tribune.

So with Victoria, B.C., and Medford aboard for next season, we'll have 11 franchises, scheduling will be easier, and our footprint will now extend from Southern Oregon to Western British Columbia.

Kamloops, B.C., has also been mentioned as a possibility. That would give us a perfect dozen teams, and an easy split into two six-team divisions, which might have to be renamed North and South.

We'll have more on this as the process goes along.

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We're still No. 13!

The Knights are ranked 13th (again) in the most recent Perfect Game USA summer baseball poll. compiled by Allan Simpson of the web site, which closely follows prep, college and summer collegiate baseball.

West Coast League rival Wenatchee is No. 4 and surprise WCL East Division contender Kelowna is No. 19. Here are the complete rankings from the website.

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We've now won 12 games in a row overall and 11 straight in WCL action after Tuesday night's thrilling 3-2 walkoff win over the Bellingham Bells.

Unfortunately for us, the 4 p.m. rainshower hammered our potential attendance and for the first time this year we're running behind last summer's record total of 42,447. It actually turned into a pretty decent night for a ballgame, and we thank the 780 Knights fans who attended.

Our total attendance through eight dates is 9,190, an average of 1,149 per opening. We're only 468 fans behind last year's pace, though, and with some decent weather and some good promotions through the rest of this homestand we hope to be back ahead and trending in the right direction for the rest of the season.

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Former Knights' catcher Alex Burg (2008) of the San Jose Giants was 3-for-4 with a homer, an RBI and three runs scored in a 6-2 win over Stickton to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. The Giants are San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League.

Honorable mention to:

* Pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) of the Lake Elsinore Storm, San Diego's California League affiliate. He went 5.1 innings to get the win in a 4-2 victory over Inland Empire, and gave up two runs on four hits, with four strikeouts. He's now 6-3.

* Infielder Drew Garcia (2007) of the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox triple-A International League club. He was 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI in an 8-0 win over Pawtucket.

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That's it for today. We'll update the stats of our Knights in the minors on Thursday.


Knights-Bells renew historic series

June 26, 2012

We host the Bellingham Bells, a charter member of the West Coast League, tonight through Thursday at Goss Stadium. All three games start at 6:40 p.m., and tickets are available, either online, at the WWHQ in downtown Corvallis, or at the stadium, starting at 6 p.m. each night.

Here are some series notes, as compiled by broadcaster Kevin Burke:

* Corvallis won its 11th consecutive game, skimming past the Stars of WCL Portland 8-7 on Sunday evening at Goss Stadium. Austin Barr delivered a bases loaded sac fly in the bottom half for the winning run. Nate Roberts led the offense with two hits and three RBI. Nine pitchers saw action for Corvallis.

* Our current 11-game winning streak is the second longest since the franchise relocated to Corvallis in 2007, behind only a 16-game winning streak in 2009. In addition, a win today would be our 11th consecutive league victory, establishing a new franchise-high. Not only that, but the Knights are 7-0 at home for the first time ever.

* Corvallis has dominated opponents offensively and on the mound during this 11-game stretch. The Knights have outscored opponents 72-25, while outhitting them .276 to .217. Pitching has been spectacular as well, as the Corvallis staff has a 1.72 ERA in the last 11.

* Stanford signee Austin Barr has provided in clutch situations this year, already corralling 3 game-winning RBIs in just eight games: an eighth-inning grand slam on opening night at Walla Walla; a two-out, two-strike, ninth-inning RBI single at Cowlitz on 6/11; and a bases loaded eighth-inning sac fly on Sunday vs Portland.

Barr is tied for the team lead in hitting at .417 (10-24), which would be the sixth-best mark in the league if he had enough at-bats to qualify.

* Tonight's Probables: For Corvallis, Jorge Perez, RHP, Grand Canyon (2-1, 1.13). Ranked fifth in the league among qualifiers in ERA; Perez starts his fourth game this season and comes off his best outing 11 days ago. Against Walla Walla on June 15, Perez threw five shutout innings, yielding just two hits and striking out seven. His 11 strikeoutss are third-best on the team.

For Bellingham, Andrew Olson, LHP, Seattle (2-0, 5.40). Olson takes the bump for the third time this year with both of his previous starts against Klamath Falls. In his last start on June 18, he went five innings, allowing five runs against the Gems and earned the win in a 13-7 victory. Olson didn't pitch in his first year at Seattle this spring.

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Former Knights slugger Taylor Ard (2009) of Washington State hit two homers, scored three times and drove in five runs for Everett in a 13-2 win over Vancouver on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Everett is Seattle's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Pitcher Eddie Orozco (2008-09) of UC Riverside and the Arizona Rookie League Cubs. He pitched a scoreless inning, had two strikeouts, and earned his first professional victory in a 6-4 win over the ARL Indians.

* Utility Alex Burg (2008) of the San Jose Giants was 2-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBIs in a 15-4 loss to Stokton. San Jose is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League.

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Some news from around the WCL:

KELOWNA: Kelowna catcher Jerry McClanahan of UC Irvine and pitcher David Ernst of North Dakota State shared the most recent WCL Players of the Week honors. Congrats to the Falcons, who we will see in Kelowna on July 6-7 and in Corvallis on the 20th and 21st of July.