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Joe Beaver Show here on Tuesday

May 14, 2012

Tuesday will be a big day for us down here at the WWHQ, the happiest place on earth, now that the sun is out.

KEJO-AM 1240's popular Joe Beaver Show will broadcast live from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Knights offices in the Madison Plaza Building in downtown Corvallis (AKA the WWHQ). Co-hosted by former Knights play-by-play broadcaster Mike Parker and Jon Warren, the show free and open to the public, and we encourage you to come down and see us!

The show will feature lots of Knights news, with interviews with the new voice of the Knights, recent Virginia Tech graduate Kevin Burke; new assistant coach/former Knight Andy Jenkins, and Knights president Dan Segel. There will also be free hot dogs and merchandise giveaways and discounts.

KEJO has been the flagship station of the Knights since 2008 (we were on KRKT AM 990 in 2007), and we are looking forward to the second of what we hope will become an annual tradition at Madison Plaza. So head downtown and join the fun!

It's only 18 more days until our June 1 opener at Walla Walla, and a mere 22 until our June 5 home opener against Klamath Falls. So come on down and talk some Knights' baseball!

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Now, onto the rest of the blog.

Our roster continues to evolve as the season approaches.

We've signed Centralia (Wash.) College sophomore left-hander Devon Barker to a 10-day contract. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Puyallup (Wash.) native is 4-4 with a 1.71 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 52.2 innings this spring.

Two other 10-day signees, Cornell sophomore infielder Ryan Plantier and Redlands junior left-handed pitcher Mike Massari, will not join the club as expected. Plantier can't come because Cornell is playing in the NCAA tournament; Massari had a remote chance of making the team full-time and elected to stay home.

We may have a few more additions and subtractions before opening day, so stay tuned.

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Former Knights' star Corey Davis (2011-12), a senior at Wright State (Ohio), hit .412 as the Raiders went 4-0 last week. He scored five runs, drove in five more, and was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs in a 5-3 win over Youngstown State this past Sunday.

Also, former Knights' pitcher Eddie Orozco (2008-09) and 2012 Knights infielder Greg Mahle of UC Santa Barbara were nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, but did not win.

Orozco (5-5) had 12 strikeouts and allowed one unearned run and seven hits in eight innings in a 5-2 win at UOP on May 12. Mahle hit .500 (5-10) with three runs and three RBIs as the Gauchos lost 2 of 3 to Cal State Fullerton.

Oregon reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) was nominated for Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, but did not win. He saved a game against Oregon State and two against USC.

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Former Knights first baseman Dean Green (2008) of the West Michigan Whitecaps homered (No. 7), singled, drove in two runs and scored twice on Sunday in a 5-3 win over Fort Wayne to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Green played at Oklahoma State and Barry University; West Michigan is Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

And speaking of Knights in the pros, infielder Drew Garcia (2007) has been promoted from Class AA Birmingham to triple-A Charlotte. He had a two-run double on Sunday in a 7-6 loss to Buffalo.

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It's Monday, so we'll update the stats of our 2012 Division I players after another busy weekend around the country.

CAL POLY: Freshman outfielder Nick Torres is hitting .263 (42-160), with five homers and 26 RBIs. Freshman outfielder Alex Michaels is at .353 (18-51) with one homer and nine RBIs. Freshman pitcher Bryan Granger is 0-1, 4.43, with 13 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

OREGON: Sophomore outfielder Connor Hofmann is hitting 56 (30-117), with two homers and 13 RBIs.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Carlos Rodriguez is 0-0, 5.44, with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Freshman catcher Nate Esposito is hitting .167 (2-12) with two RBIs. Freshman pitchers Mitchell Tripp and Michael McCall haven't played yet.

PORTLAND: Freshman infielder Caleb Whalen is hitting .252 (37-147) with five homers and 24 RBIs. Junior pitcher Chris Johnson is 4-3, 3.50 in 61.2 innings, with 43 strikeouts.

SANTA CLARA: Junior pitcher Chris Mendoza is 1-1, 5.52 with a save and 14 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

SEATTLE: Junior infielder Nate Roberts is hitting .231 (34-147) with a homer and 15 RBIs.

TEXAS: Sophomore pitcher Trevor Tykel is 0-0, 0.00 in .1 innings in his lone appearance.

TEXAS TECH: Junior pitcher Aaron Corwin is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA over 12.1 innings, with five strikeouts.

UC IRVINE: Freshman infielder/catcher Chris Rabago is hitting .290 (18-62) with five RBIs. Junior pitcher Mark Trentacosta is 1-0, 2.57 in 29.1 innings, with 22 strikeouts.

UC RIVERSIDE: Sophomore pitcher Dylan Stuartis 6-6, 4.18, with 53 strikeouts in 84 innings. Freshman pitcher Antonio Gonzales is 0-1, 12.46, with 11 strikeouts in 13 innings; freshman Cody Dill hasn't pitched yet.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman utility Greg Mahle is hitting .333 (53-159) with no homers and 28 RBIs, and is 2-3, 3.32 as a pitcher, with 40 strikeouts and four saves in 43.1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Sophomore outfielder Nate Blackham is hitting .267 (24-90) with seven RBIs.

We'll update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday. Most have already completed their seasons.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed Oklahoma pitchers Cale Coshow and for the 2012 season.

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That's all for today. See you at the WWHQ on Tuesday!


Knights lose another Longhorn

May 10, 2012

If bad things do indeed come in threes, the Knights have filled their quota this week.

We learned late Wednesday that Justin Peters, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from the University of Texas, will have knee surgery after the college season and won't join us this summer, as planned. He was 0-0 in .1 innings in his lone appearance this spring.

He's the third player we've lost this week. Linfield pitcher Zach Manley (arm injury) and Texas first baseman Alex Silver (knee) will also miss the summer recovering from their injuries.

So, best wishes to Justin for a quick recovery, and here's hoping this spate of bad luck ends.

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Let's get this blog turned 180 degrees in the other direction, with some good news.

Former Knights infielder Griffin Boyd (2010-11) of Western Oregon, the reigning Great Northwest Conference Player of the Week, was also named the Division II West Region Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for his outstanding performance last week against Saint Martin's.

Boyd had 10 hits in 18 at-bats (.556), including four doubles, as the Wolves won 5 of 6 games against Saint Martin's. He also drove in six runs; here are the details from the WOU website. Congrats to Griff!

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More good news, this time from UC Santa Barbara, one of our new partner schools this season.

Freshman pitcher/first baseman Greg Mahle (2012) has joined former Knight Ryan Gorton of Oregon State on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Here are more details from the UCSB website. Congrats to Greg, who will play first base/DH for us this summer.

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We'd love to have UC Riverside junior outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) return for a third season, but we also can't fault him for expanding his horizons. He's headed for the Mankato (Minn.) MoonDogs in the Northwoods League this summer instead; here's the skinny from the MoonDogs' website.

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Former Oregon State catcher Andrew Susac (2009) is our Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day for Wednesday. Now playing for the San Jose Giants, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League, he was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run in a 10-9 win over Modesto.

Susac is hitting .247 (19-77) in 22 games, with a homer and seven RBIs.

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Pretty slim day of action on Wednesday for 2012 Knights. Here's a roundup:

* Seattle dropped a doubleheader at Central Michigan. Nate Roberts (2011-12) was 2-for-8 with two RBIs and Trent Oleszczuk (2011) was 3-for-8 with a run and an RBI.

* Mt. Hood swept two at LBCC. Dane Lund (2011-12) was 1-for-7 with two runs and an RBI; Tristan Metcalf (2012) was 2-for-7 with four RBIs and two runs, and Alex Foulon (2011-12) was 1-for-6 with two runs for MHCC. Austin Hamilton (2012) was 0-for-5 for LBCC.

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Here's our weeekly roundup of Corvallis Knights in minor-league baseball (all stats through Wednesday's games):

NICK AKINS (2007): Now with Rancho Cucamonga (A, Dodgers) in the California League, the former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .261 (23-88) with two homers and six RBIs.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) in the California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 2-2, 5.08, with 28 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

CARTER BELL (2009): Now with Visalia (A, Diamondbacks) in the California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .208 (16-77) with no homers and nine RBIs.

DANIEL BIBONA (2007): Now with Palm Beach (A, Cardinals) in the Florida State League, the pitcher from UC Irvine is on the 7-day disabled list.

ALEX BURG (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .228 (13-57) with two homers and seven RBIs.

JOHN ESHLEMAN (2008): Now with Augusta (A, Giants) in the South Atlantic League, the San Jacinto JC infielder is hitting .238 (8-34), with no homers and one RBI.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Now back at Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) after a stint at Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, the former Portland catcher is hitting .235 (4-17), with no homers and one RBI.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Now with Birmingham (AA, White Sox) in the Southern League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .316, with one homer and 26 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Now with Quad City (A, Cardinals) in the Midwest League, is 1-2, 5.04, with 12 strikeouts in 25 innings.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Now with West Michigan (A, Tigers) in the Midwest League, the former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder is hitting .250 (30-120), with six homers and 16 RBIs.

D.J. JOHNSON (2008-09): Now with South Bend (A, Diamondbacks) in the Midwest League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-2, 2.57, with two saves and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings.

ADAM MELKER (2008-09): Now with Springfield (AA, Cardinals) in the Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .250 (21-84), with one homer and seven RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Now with Clearwater (A, Phillies) in the Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .260 (27-104), with four homers and 25 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): Now with Greensboro (A, Marlins) in the Florida State League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 1-1, 9.24, with six saves and six strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-0, 0.00, with a save and 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2008): Now with Binghamton (AA, New York Mets) in the Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 2-1, 4.85, with 21 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2010): Now with Tennessee (AA, Cubs) in the Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 4-2, 3.49, with 30 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .247 (19-77), with one homer and seven RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: INF Nic Cuckovich (2011), Riverside CC (Royals); P Dustin Emmons (2009), UC Riverside (Mets); P Scott Lyman (2009), UC Davis (Marlins); P Tyler Anderson (2009), Oregon (Rockies); OF Dayton Alexander (2011), Feather River CC (Athletics); INF Cody Bartlett (2007), Washington State (Blue Jays); P Michael Blake (2010), Mt. Hood/Hawaii (Diamondbacks).

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow on a TGIF!


No silver lining to this blog

May 9, 2012

Another bright, sunny day in downtown Corvallis, but there is no joy in Mudville this morning. We've got some bad news to report.

University of Texas sophomore first baseman Alex Silver, the cornerstone of our three-player Longhorns' crew, will undergo knee surgery after the college season and will not join the Knights this summer as anticipated.

Silver went 0-for-5 on Tuesday in a loss to Missouri, but he's hitting .275 in 37 games overall, with no homers and 16 RBIs. So it's a big blow, as Alex is a quality player and better yet, a quality person.

Best of luck with your surgery Alex, and have a quick recovery.

However, we do have some good news to counter the bad.

We've signed Western Oregon junior right-handed pitcher A.J. Burke to replace Linfield pitcher Zach Manley, who this week announced he'd miss the summer with an arm injury.

Burke is a 6-3, 210-pound junior who played at Linn-Benton Community College in 2010-11 and was a second-team NWAACC Southern Division all-star as a sophomore. A business major with a sports management minor at WOU, he is 3-0 with a 2.56 ERA in 11 games, with four saves and 27 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched.

Burke graduated from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro in 2009 and was a second-team 6A all-state and first-team all-Pacific Conference selection as a senior. He was also an all-Pacific Conference quarterback.

So, welcome aboard, A.J.!

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Former Knight Jake Rodriguez (2010), a sophomore catcher at Oregon State, has been added to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. It is given annually by the Greater Wichita Sports Commission to the nation's top college catcher.

Rodriguez is batting .297 with five doubles, two home runs and 26 RBIs. He has a .988 fielding percentage, has thrown out 24 of 38 potential base-stealers, and has three pickoffs. Here are further details from the OSU website.

Ex-Knight Bo Altobelli (2010) of Texas Tech is also on the watch list. Altobelli is having a great season at TTU, as he's hitting .344 in 49 games, with two homers and 29 RBIs.

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Lots of Knights in action around the country on Tuesday,in addition to the aforementioned Silver. Here's a recap:

* Oregon State's Ryan Gorton (2011) and Jake Rodriguez (2010) were 1-for-4; Danny Hayes (2009) had a sacrifice fly in his lone at-bat; Jake Esposito (2012) didn't bat; Taylor Starr (2008) went 2.2 innings and got the loss, and Scott Schultz (2011) and Matt Boyd (2010) pitched 2.1 and .1 innings of scoreless relief, respectively, in a 3-2 loss at Oregon. Jimmie Sherfy (2011) had two scoreless innings and his 13th save and Connor Hofmann (2011-12) was 0-for-4 for the Ducks.

* UC Irvine pitcher Mark Trentacosta (2011-12) allowed one run in 4.1 innings and got a no-decision in a 4-1 loss to San Diego. Chris Rabago (2012) was 2-for-3 with a run and Evan Brock (2010) pitched a scoreless inning for the Anteaters.

* Portland's Caleb Whalen (2012) was 2-for-3 with a run, pitcher Kyle Kraus pitched two scoreless innings and pitcher Chris Johnson (2011-12) gave up three runs and took the loss in a 4-2 setback at Washington State. Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Cougs.

* Mt. Hood's Dane Lund (2011-12) was 3-for-8 with an RBI; Tristan Metcalf (2012) was 3-for-8 with four RBIs, Alex Foulon (2011-12) was 3-for-6 with an RBI and Kendall Motes (2012) won the opener with three innings of one-run relief as the Saints swept Lane CC.

* LBCC's Austin Hamilton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and pitched four innings and got a no-decision in the nightcap in a sweep of SWOCC.

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West Michigan first baseman Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in a 7-6 win over Lansing to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for Tuesday's games. West Michigan is Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed four more pitchers for the 2012 season. Here are the details from the Our Sports Central website.

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

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That's all for today. We'll update the stats of our minor-leaguers on Thursday.


Top Northwest Conference honors for Knights

May 8, 2012

It's another beautiful day in Corvegas. We could get used to this! Let's hope it's this nice on June 5-6, when we open Season VI in Corvallis with a quick two-game series against the Klamath Falls Gems at Goss Stadium.

And just a reminder: It's only 24 more days until our June 1 opener at Walla Walla, and a mere 28 until the aforementioned June 5 home opener against the Gems.

Several other things of note:

* Season-ticket holders can now pick up their 2012 tickets at the Knights' WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building, corner 4th Street and Madison Avenue (Starbucks and Einstein's Bagels building).

* KEJO radio's popular Joe Beaver Show will do a remote broadcast from the WWHQ from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. We'll have some giveaways, and discounted merchandise available for sale. Stop in and see co-hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren at work.

* Our new play-by-play announcer, Kevin Burke of Leesburg, Va., graduates from Virginia Tech on Saturday and arrives in Corvallis on May 25. Here's more information on Kevin, who is very excited to begin his professional career in our fair city.

That's enough housecleaning for today. Now, on to the news!

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Former Knights pitcher Brian Ranta (2011) of George Fox University was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year last week. He's one of several former or current Knights to earn NWC postseason honors.

Ranta, Pacific University pitcher Rob Dittrick (2012) and Pacific Lutheran designated hitter Jacob Hoffman (2012) were named first-team all-stars. PLU pitcher Nathan Eisenhauer (2010) earned second-team honors.

And George Fox pitchers Taylor Hill (2011) and Alex Keenan (2012), GFU infielder Taylor Hunter (2009) and PLU infielder Corey Moore (2011) earned honorable mention.

Here's a link to the entire team. Congrats to all our shining Knights!

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Nice story today in the Corvallis Gazette-Times today about OSU senior Ryan Gorton, a 2011 Corvallis Knights alum and a big reason why we won the West Coast League championship.

Ryan hit .318 with two homers and 28 RBIs in all games for us and hit .444 with nine RBIs in the playoffs. He homered in both games against Walla Walla in the WCL Championship Series.

He was also our groundskeeper. You can read all about Gorton by clicking right here.

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Former Knights infielder Griffin Boyd (2010-11) of Western Oregon was the Great Northwest Conference Player of the Week for April 30-May 6. He had 10 hits in 18 at bats (.556), including four doubles and six RBIs, as the Wolves won five of six games against Saint Martin's. Here are the details from the WOU website.

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Third baseman Carter Bell (2009) of the Visalia Rawhide is the Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day after going 2-for-3 with an RBI on Monday in a 5-3 California League win over Stockton. Visalia is Arizoan's advanced-A franchise.

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It's Tuesday, so here are the latest stats from our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights:

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Outfielder Jacob Hoffman hit .344 (45-131) with four homers and 32 RBIs. Utility Chris Bishop hit .125 (2-16) with three RBIs, and was 3-3, 4.40 as a pitcher, with 40 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. PLU's season is over.

REDLANDS: Pitcher Kyle Hart was 4-4, 5.32, with 41 strikeouts in 71 innings. Pitcher Mike Massari was 0-2, 9.00, with 12 strikeouts in 13 innings. Redlands season is over.

GEORGE FOX: Pitcher Alex Keenan was 2-3, 5.19 in 17.1 innings, with 16 strikeouts and three saves. GFU's season is over.

GRAND CANYON: Pitcher Jorge Perez was 3-3, 2.48, with 46 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Grand Canyon's season is over.

WESTERN OREGON: Outfielder Matt Nylen is hitting .315 (47-149), with three homers and 33 RBIs.

PACIFIC: Pitcher Rob Dittrick was 8-2, 2.87, with 54 strikeouts in 75.1 innings. Pacific's season is over.

CORBAN: Infielder Marc Gallegos hit .346 (72-208), with 26 RBIs and 33 steals in 40 attempts. Corban's season is over.

CONCORDIA: Pitcher Eric Weir was 4-6, 6.82, with 47 strikeouts in 60.2 innings. Concordia's season is over.

RIVERSIDE CC: Outfielder Cade Gotta is hitting .277 (39-141), with two homers and 19 RBIs. Pitcher Blake Burrell is 7-0, 1.44 in 87.1 innings, with 56 strikeouts. The Tigers will play in the four-team CCCAA Baseball Southern Super Regional, starting Friday.

COLLEGE OF THE SISKYOUS: Infielder Caylen Clardy hit .277 (31-112) with one homer and 11 RBIs. Siskyous season is over.

MT. HOOD: Pitcher Kendall Motes is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA, with 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. Catcher Dane Lund is hitting .292 (31-106), with no homers and 12 RBIs. Infielder Alex Foulon is hitting .174 (16-92) with eight RBIs and outfielder Tristan Metcalf is hitting .282 (20-71), with 12 RBIs.

LINN-BENTON: Utility Austin Hamilton is hitting .163 (15-92) with six RBIs and is 3-2, 2.40 as a pitcher, with 15 strikeouts in 30 innings.

We'll update the numbers of our Knights' minor leaguers on Thursday.

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Lots of news from around the West Coast League that we will update on Wednesday.


Manley sidelined for the summer

May 7, 2012

Some bad news to report on an otherwise glorious Monday at the WWHQ in downtown Corvegas.

An arm injury will prevent Linfield College junior right-handed pitcher Zach Manley from playing with the Knights this summer. A native of Coburg who graduated from Sheldon High School, Manley was 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 32.1 innings for the Wildcats.

He has not pitched since April 6, when he defeated Pacific Lutheran 6-2 in his sixth and final start of the spring.

"I am very disappointed that this has happened because I have been looking forward to playing for the Knights for some time now," Manley said. "I've talked to [Linfield coach Scott] Brosius and he also thinks shutting it down until fall is the way to go."

It's our second loss in the last week or so. We reported earlier that freshman infielder Jack Graham of Youngstown State will play elsewhere this summer, closer to his hometown of Cranberry Township, Penn.

We're sorry to lose these guys. Best of luck to Zach in his rehab, and maybe we'll see Jack next summer.

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Knights' 2012 signee Marc Gallegos, a freshman shortstop at Corban College, was named to the NAIA West all-star team and the NAIA West Gold Glove team, as announced by the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

A native of Astoria, Gallegos hit .346, with no homers and 25 RBIs in 48 games, with 33 steals in 40 attempts. He struck out just eight times in 223 plate appearances.

Congrats to Marc!

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Former Knights star Ryan Gorton (2011), an Oregon State senior who was instrumental in our charge to the West Coast League championship, is on the 20-player watch list for the 2012 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award, given by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The award goes to the nation's top player who excels both as a pitcher and a position player. It's named after Olerud, the one-time standout pitcher/first baseman at Washington State who had a long and distinguished major-league career.

Here are mored details, from the OSU website. Congrats to Ryan!

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Former Knights pitcher Greg Peavey (2007), an Oregon Stater who now plays for the Binghamton Mets in the double-A Eastern league, is Monday's Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day.

Peavey struck out three and gave up four hits and an unearned run in seven innings on Sunday in a 2-1 win over Harrisburg. He wasn't involved in the decision, but he lowered his ERA to 4.85 in 29.2 innings. He has 21 strikeouts and just five walks.

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We found this story on Camas, Wash. catcher (and prospective 2012 Corvallis Knight) Austin Barr in The Oregonian. He's a Stanford signee who will join us sometime in June if he doesn't turn professional.

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It's Monday, so we'll update the stats of our 2012 Division I players after another busy weekend around the country.

CAL POLY: Freshman outfielder Nick Torres is hitting .260 (39-150), with four homers and 24 RBIs. Freshman outfielder Alex Michaels is at .383 (18-47) with one homer and eight RBIs. Freshman pitcher Bryan Granger is 0-1, 4.43, with 13 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

CORNELL: Sophomore infielder Ryan Plantier is hitting .172 (5-29), with five RBIs.

OREGON: Sophomore outfielder Connor Hofmann is hitting .261 (24-92), with two homers and 12 RBIs.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Carlos Rodriguez is 0-0, 5.44, with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Freshman catcher Nate Esposito is hitting .167 (2-12) with one RBI. Freshman pitchers Mitchell Tripp and Michael McCall haven't played yet.

PORTLAND: Freshman infielder Caleb Whalen is hitting .255 (35-137) with five homers and 23 RBIs. Junior pitcher Chris Johnson is 3-2, 3.13 in 54.2 innings, with 39 strikeouts.

SANTA CLARA: Junior pitcher Chris Mendoza is 1-1, 5.22 with a save and 14 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

SEATTLE: Junior infielder Nate Roberts is hitting .234 (30-128) with a homer and 13 RBIs.

TEXAS: Sophomore infielder Alex Silver is hitting .275 (38-138), with no homers and 16 RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Justin Peters has a 54.00 ERA in .1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Trevor Tykel is 0-0, 0.00 in .1 innings in his lone appearance.

TEXAS TECH: Junior pitcher Aaron Corwin is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA over 12.1 innings, with five strikeouts.

UC IRVINE: Freshman infielder/catcher Chris Rabago is hitting .273 (15-55) with four RBIs. Junior pitcher Mark Trentacosta is 1-0, 2.11 in 21.1 innings, with 20 strikeouts.

UC RIVERSIDE: Sophomore pitcher Dylan Stuart is 5-6, 4.44, with 47 strikeouts in 77 innings. Freshman pitcher Antonio Gonzales is 0-1, 10.95, with 11 strikeouts in 12.1 innings; freshman Cody Dill hasn't pitched yet.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman utility Greg Mahle is hitting .322 (48-149) with no homers and 25 RBIs, and is 2-2, 3.57 as a pitcher, with 33 strikeouts and four saves in 35.1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Sophomore outfielder Nate Blackham is hitting .256 (22-86) with seven RBIs.

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

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That's all for today. Unfortunately, we're off to the dentist.


Great news from Max Beatty

May 4, 2012

There's great news, and there's REALLY great news. Today we've got some of the latter.

Knights veteran Max Beatty (2010-2012) of Pacific Lutheran, who has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer, reports today that all his numbers are back to normal. He's getting better.

He did not attend school this past semester, but he's hopes to be cleared to start working out again and hopes to play this summer. He was a West Coast League all-star in 2011, and was the top-rated Division III draft prospect by Baseball America magazine earlier this year.

Congrats to a great kid and a great teammate. Go Max!

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Another harbinger that the 2012 season is getting closer and closer can be found on our home page. It's our 2012 promotional video, now available for viewing at corvallisknigxhts.com. We hope you enjoy reliving some memories from our 2011 championship summer, and hope it gets you fired up for the 2012 campaign.

Speaking of which, swe're down to 28 days iton http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_cc8r60greg

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Nice story on Oregon State freshman/Knights' alum Jace Fry (2011) by John Hunt in The Oregonian. Jace was a West Coast League all-star and is one of three 2011 Knights pitchers having great seasons in the Pac-12, along with OSU sophomore starter Ben Wetzler and Oregon sophomore closer Jimmie Sherfy.

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Several former/future Knights were in action for their respective college teams on Thursday at the NAIA West playoffs at Concordia College in Portland.

* Corban freshman shortstop Marc Gallegos (2012) was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in a 12-5, season-ending loss to British Columbia, A 10-day signee who should press for a full-time job, Gallegos hit .346 in 46 games, with no homers, 26 RBIs and 33 steals in 40 attempts.

* Concordia pitcher Eric Weir (2012) had one strikeout in two scoreless innings while finishing the Cavaliers' 7-1 win over UBC. Sean Myrom (2011) was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

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Greensboro reliever James Nygren (2009)earned Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for saving his team's 7-3 victory over Hickory on Thursday. The ex-Oregon State pitcher retired the final two hitters, the only batters he faced, to notch his fifth save.

Greensboro is Miami's franchise on the Class A South Atlantic League. Nygren is 1-1, 6.75 in 10 appearances, with five saves and five strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: The Wenatchee World newspaper reports the AppleSox have been renovating Paul Thomas Sr. Field, adding new seats with new seats, replacing the old ones that were formerly in the Kingdome.

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Great Host Family Dinner

May 3, 2012

We had a great Host Family Dinner at the Corvallis Country Club on Wednesday night. Lots of excitement about this year's assignments, lots of good questions about the 2012 prospects for the Knights and the West Coast League, and lots of French fries too. A great combination!

Also, El Presidente, Knights' president Dan Segel, will be in Seattle this weekend for the West Coast League spring meetings. Expansion (Victoria in 2013!) and other topics that will shape the future of the WCL are on the agenda.

And don't forget, hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren will broadcast KEJO's popular Joe Beaver Show from the Knights' WWHQ in downtown Corvallis on May 15, from noon until 2 p.m. We'll have some merchandise specials and giveaways during the show so make sure to stop in and see us.

Our Host Dinner, the Joe Beaver Show, and the WCL meetings are three more reminders that the 2012 season is just around the corner. Our June 1 opener at Walla Walla is a mere 29 days away, and Home Opener VI, June 5 against the Klamath Falls Gems, is only 33 days away.

So remember, tickets and merchandise are available at the WWHQ, in the Madison Plaza building, corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in beautiful downtown Corvallis. Come see us!

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Some more good news to report: Riverside City College freshman pitcher Blake Burrell, a 2012 Knight, was named a first-team Orange Empire All-Conference all-star. He was 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in conference play; he struck out 35 batters in 61.1 innings, with just 11 walks. Opponents hit .193 against the freshman from Canyon Springs High School.

He missed out on being name the Pitcher of the Year by one vote. Here are the details, from the RCC website. Congrats to Blake!

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Westview High School senior/2012 Corvallis Knight Carson Kelly is ranked as the No. 47 prospect for the 2012 MLB draft, set for June 4-6. Here's MLB.com's evaluation of the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, who doesn't turn 18 until July 14.

"The top 2012 prospect from the Pacific Northwest, scouts will take a look at Kelly both as a pitcher and as a third baseman. While he has some power potential as a hitter, it's more likely going to be his arm that will get him drafted.

"Kelly uses a clean and easy delivery to throw fastballs in the 89-92 mph range, flashing an occasionally above-average heater. His two-seamer will come in on right-handed hitters and has some sink to it. He also throws a curve, which is sharp and tight at times. He throws both pitches for strikes and is very even-keeled on the mound.

"Kelly will struggle repeating his delivery at times, which impacts his command and his velocity. Issues with his mechanics also hamper his ability to spin his breaking ball well. All of that is correctable and teams are likely going to be interested in an athletic right-hander with this kind of upside."

Here's a link to the entire Top 50. We expect plenty of former Knights and other WCL alums to be drafted, so there's plenty of reasons to follow it live at MLB.com.

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Former Washington State star Jim Murphy of the Clearwater Threshers, our 2007 MVP, is today's Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day. Murph was 2-for-5 and hit a 3-run homer in a 6-4 win over Daytona on Wednesday. Clearwater is Philadelphia's franchise in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League.

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Here's a roundup detailing how former and future Knights fared for their respective college teams on Wednesday:

* Former Knights pitcher Mitch Patito (2010-11) of UC Riverside pitched seven shutout innings on Wednesday in a 5-2 win at UNLV. He struck out six and gave up five hits.

* Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos (2012) was 1-for-5 in a 16-6 loss to Concordia in the NAIA West Regional at Concordia.

* Oregon outfielder Connor Hofmann (2011-12) was 0-for-1 and reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) got his 12th save in an 8-7 win at Gonzaga.

* Santa Clara reliever Chris Mendoza pitched .2 scoreless innings and shortstop Justin Viele (2010) was 2-for-4 with two runs in a 3-2, 11-inning win at Seattle. Infielders Trent Oleszczuk (2011) and Nate Roberts (2011-12) were each 0-for-4 for the RedHawks.

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Here's our weeekly roundup of Corvallis Knights in minor-league baseball (all stats through Wednesday's games):

NICK AKINS (2007): Now with Rancho Cucamonga (A, Dodgers) in the California League, the former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .268 (22-82) with two homers and six RBIs.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) in the California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 2-1, 3.86, with 22 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

CARTER BELL (2009): Now with Visalia (A, Diamondbacks)in the California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .138 (8-58) with no homers and six RBIs.

DANIEL BIBONA (2007): Now with Palm Beach (A, Cardinals) in the Florida State League, the pitcher from UC Irvine is on the 7-day disabled list.

ALEX BURG (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .250 (11-44) with two homers and six RBIs.

JOHN ESHLEMAN (2008): Now with Augusta (A, Giants) in the South Atlantic League, the San Jacinto JC infielder is hitting .190 (4-21), with no homers and one RBI.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Now back at Lake Elsinore (A, Padres) after a stint at Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, the former Portland catcher is hitting .143 (1-7), with no homers and one RBI.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Now with Birmingham (AA, White Sox) in the Southern League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .311, with one homer and 21 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Now with Quad City (A, Cardinals) in the Midwest League, is 1-2, 4.35, with 10 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Now with West Michigan (A, Tigers) in the Midwest League, the former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder is hitting .253 (24-95), with five homers and 11 RBIs.

D.J. JOHNSON (2008-09): Now with South Bend (A, Diamondbacks) in the Midwest League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-1, 2.45, with two saves and 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.

ADAM MELKER (2008-09): Now with Springfield (AA, Cardinals) in the Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .236 (17-72), with one homer and five RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Now with Clearwater (A, Phillies) in the Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .274 (23-84), with four homers and 21 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): Now with Greensboro (A, Marlins) in the Florida State League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 1-1, 7.20 with four saves and five strikeouts in 10 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-0, 0.00, with a save and 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2008): Now with Binghamton (AA, New York Mets) in the Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 2-1, 6.35, with 18 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2010): Now with Tennessee (AA, Cubs) in the Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 3-2, 3.58, with 71 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Now with San Jose (A, Giants) in the California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .239 (16-67), with one homer and five RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: INF Nic Cuckovich (2011), Riverside CC (Royals); P Dustin Emmons (2009), UC Riverside (Mets); P Scott Lyman (2009), UC Davis (Marlins); P Tyler Anderson (2009), Oregon (Rockies); OF Dayton Alexander (2011), Feather River CC (Athletics); INF Cody Bartlett (2007), Washington State (Blue Jays); P Michael Blake (2010), Mt. Hood/Hawaii (Diamondbacks).

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That's all for today. We'll close out the week on Friday, see you then.


Jimmy Allen's walkoff wins for Cal Poly

May 2, 2012

We always like to start the blog off with good news and we've got some to share this morning.

Former Knights' third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) of Cal Poly, a West Coast League all-star on last year's championship club, hit a walkoff homer on Tuesday to give the Mustangs a 2-1 victory over Pepperdine. Here's a video report from KSBY TV in San Luis Obispo. Allen was 1-for-4 with both RBIs; he's absolutely mashing (.351, 3 homers, 29 RBIs) this spring.

Also in the video, check out the throw by Cal Poly freshman right fielder Nick Torres to nail a Pepperdine runner at the plate. Torres, who was 0-for-1, will play for us this summer.

Lots of other Knights also played for the Mustangs. Outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 0-for-5; first baseman David Armendariz (2011) was 1-for-3; outfielder Alex Michaels (2012) was 1-for-2 and pitcher Bryan Granger allowed one run in three innings, with three strikeouts.

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We are down to 30 days until our June 1 opener at Walla Walla and down to 34 more days until our June 5 home opener at Goss Stadium against the Klamath Falls Gems. And don't forget, KEJO's popular Joe Beaver Show will be broadcasting live from the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza in beautiful downtown Corvegas from noon until 2 p.m. on May 15.

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

* UC Irvine pitcher Mark Trentacosta (2011-12) allowed three hits and one run over six innings and had six strikeouts in his first career start, a 6-2 win over San Diego State. Pitcher Nick Hoover (2010-12) allowed one run in .2 innings for the Anteaters.

* Oregon outfielder Connor Hofmann (2011-12) was 0-for-4 with a run and Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts for his 11th save in a 3-2 win at Gonzaga.

* Santa Clara pitcher Chris Mendoza (2010-12) threw a scoreless inning and shortstop Justin Viele (2010) was 2-for-3 in an 8-4 win over Seattle. Infielder Trent Oleszczuk (2011) was 0-for-5 and infielder Nate Roberts was 1-for-5 with a run for the RedHawks.

* Our UC Riverside contingent had a tough day in a 10-1 loss at UNLV. Pitcher Dylan Stuart (2011-12) had five strikeouts, but allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings and took the loss. Reliever Antonio Gonzales (2012) allowed three runs and didn't retire a batter, and outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 0-for-4.

* Texas first baseman Alex Silver (2012) was 0-for-4 in a 5-2 win over Prairie View.

* Linn-Benton CC infielder/pitcher Austin Hamilton (2012) was 1-for-5 with a run as a hitter and gave up four runs in 3.1 innings and was the loser as LBCC split a doubleheader with Lane CC.

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Pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) of the Binghamton Mets, the New York Mets' franchise in the Class AA Eastern League, allowed two runs, struck out four and did not walk a batter in six innings and got a no-decision in a 6-5 loss to Akron to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Peavey is 2-1, 6.35 in five starts, with 18 strikeouts in 22.2 innings. He was the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for April 5-15.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Hall of Fame infielder and two-time World Series champion Roberto Alomar will be in Kelowna July 9-11 as part of the Honda Super Camps for Kids. Here are the details from the Falcons' website.


Scout Overnighter set for June 22

May 1, 2012

No surer sign of summer than our annual Boy Scout Overnighter at Goss Stadium!

This year's festivities are scheduled for Friday, June 22, after the Knights face WCL Portland on $1,000 Dash for Cash Night, presented by All Family Vision Care.

Your $12 ticket includes a general admission ticket to the game; a postgame movie on videoboard; an overnight stay on the outfield grass, and breakfast the following morning.

To order Overnighter tickets, e-mail tickets@corvallisknights.com; call 541-752-5656, or visit corvallisknights.com.

It's always a fun night. See you there!

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Firtst baseman Dean Green (2008) of the West Michigan WhiteCaps is our Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day for Monday. He was 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 10-6 win at Quad Cities in the second game of a doubleheader. West Michigan is the Class A Midwest League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

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Infielder Jack Graham, a freshman at Youngstown State, has decided to play elsewhere this summer and won't be joining us in Corvallis. We wish him the best, wherever he may land!

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It's Tuesday, so here are the latest stats from our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights:

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Outfielder Jacob Hoffman is hitting .342 (41-120) with four homers and 32 RBIs. Utility Chris Bishop is hitting .125 (2-16) with three RBIs, and is 3-2, 4.36 as a pitcher, with 34 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

REDLANDS: Pitcher Kyle Hart is 4-4, 5.59, with 38 strikeouts in 66 innings. Pitcher Mike Massari is 0-2, 9.00, with 12 strikeouts in 13 innings.

GEORGE FOX: Pitcher Alex Keenan is 2-3, 3.60 in 15 innings, with 13 strikeouts and three saves.

GRAND CANYON: Pitcher Jorge Perez is 3-3, 2.48, with 46 strikeouts in 54.1 innings.

WESTERN OREGON: Outfielder Matt Nylen is hitting .309 (38-123), with a homer and 25 RBIs.

LINFIELD: Pitcher Zach Manley is 1-1, 3.62 in 32.1 innings, with 39 strikeouts.

PACIFIC: Pitcher Rob Dittrick is 8-2, 2.87, with 54 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.

CORBAN: Infielder Marc Gallegos is hitting .342 (68-199), with 25 RBIs and 32 steals in 39 attempts.

CONCORDIA: Pitcher Eric Weir is 4-6, 7.12, with 43 strikeouts in 54.1 innings.

RIVERSIDE CC: Outfielder Cade Gotta is hitting .292 (38-130), with two homers and 19 RBIs. Pitcher Blake Burrell is 6-1, 1.61 in 78.1 innings, with 49 strikeouts.

COLLEGE OF THE SISKYOUS: Infielder Caylen Clardy is hitting .277 (31-112) with one homer and 11 RBIs.

MT. HOOD: Pitcher Kendall Motes is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA, with 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. Catcher Dane Lund is hitting .286 (28-98), with no homers and 11 RBIs. Infielder Alex Foulon is hitting .190 (16-84) with eight RBIs and outfielder Tristan Metcalf is hitting .277 (18-65), with 10 RBIs.

LINN-BENTON: Utility Austin Hamilton is hitting .173 (13-75) with six RBIs and is 3-1, 1.35 as a pitcher, with 14 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

We'll update the numbers of our Knights' minor leaguers on Thursday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: The World Famous San Diego Chicken will appear in Bend on June 16 when the Elks host the Knights. It's the day after he entertains at Goss Stadium during the Knights-WWalla Walla game; here are the details from the Elks' website.

COWLITZ: A pitcher who led Torrance, Calif. to the championship game of the 2009 13-15 Babe Ruth World Series at David Story Field in Longview is among the latest players signed to play for the Cowlitz Black Bears, according to this story in The Daily News newspaper of Kelso-Longview, Wash.

WENATCHEE: Longtime AppleSox pitching coach Rob Hippi is being inducted into the Central Washington University Hall of Fame this Saturday ast the annual banquet in the Nicholson Pavilion on the Ellensburg campus, according to The Daily News newspaper of Kelso-Longview, Wash. Hippi coached at Lower Columbia College there for many years.

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


Only 32 more days until opening night

April 30, 2012

Another sunny weekend in the books, another back-to-work Monday, and another update on the countdown.

We're down to 32 more days until our June 1 opener at Walla Walla, and down to just 36 days until our June 5 home opener against the Klamath Falls Gems at Goss Stadium.

Got tickets? Got merchandise? If not, come see us at the WWHQ, the Knights world-wide headquarters at the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvegas, and we'll fix you up.

Now, on with the blog.

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Former Knights' slugger Sean Myrom (2011) of Concordia, the winner of the Home Run Derby at the West Coast League All-Star game last summer, is this week's Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the week.

Sean averaged two hits per game in a 3-1 series win over Oregon Tech to launch Concordia into the NAIA West Tournament. Four of his eight hits went for extra bases and he scored six times, had four RBIs and a 1.143 slugging percentage. He also had 25 fielding chances without an error. So, congrats to Sean!

And former Knights pitcher Justin Hepner (2011) earned Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. He threw 5.1 innings of relief in a 12-2 win over Air Force on Saturday and gave up just one run on three hits while earning the win. His six strikeouts tied his career-best; here are the details, from the MWC website.

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Right fielder Nick Akins (2007) of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers' A, California League) is our Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day for Sunday. He was 2-for-4 with a run, a double and an RBI on Sunday in a 6-0 win over Lake Elsinore. He is hitting .269 (21-68) in 22 games, with two homers and six RBIs.

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Former Knights all-star pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) of Portland established a school record on Friday by winning his 26th career game, 5-4 over San Diego. Here are the details, from our website. He was also nominated for West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but did not win. Congrats to Kyle, one of the top pitchers in Corvallis Knights history.

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Here are updated stats of our Division I players. We'll have our Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior-college players on Tuesday.

CAL POLY: Freshman outfielder Nick Torres is hitting .259 (37-143), with three homers and 23 RBIs. Freshman outfielder Alex Michaels is at .342 (13-38) with one homer and seven RBIs. Freshman pitcher Bryan Granger is 0-1, 2.87, with nine strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

CORNELL: Sophomore infielder Ryan Plantier is hitting .172 (5-29), with five RBIs.

OREGON: Sophomore outfielder Connor Hofmann is hitting .261 (24-92), with two homers and 12 RBIs.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Carlos Rodriguez is 0-0, 5.44, with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Freshman catcher Nate Esposito is hitting .167 (2-12) with one RBI. Freshman pitchers Mitchell Tripp and Michael McCall haven't played yet.

PORTLAND: Freshman infielder Caleb Whalen is hitting .255 (35-137) with five homers and 23 RBIs. Junior pitcher Chris Johnson is 3-2, 3.13 in 54.2 innings, with 39 strikeouts.

SANTA CLARA: Junior pitcher Chris Mendoza is 1-1, 5.53 with a save and 14 strikeouts in 27.2 innings.

SEATTLE: Junior infielder Nate Roberts is hitting .250 (27-108) with a homer and 13 RBIs.

TEXAS: Sophomore infielder Alex Silver is hitting .276 (35-127), with no homers and 15 RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Justin Peters has a 54.00 ERA in .1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Trevor Tykel is 0-0, 0.00 in .1 innings in his lone appearance.

TEXAS TECH: Junior pitcher Aaron Corwin is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA over 12.1 innings, with five strikeouts.

UC IRVINE: Freshman infielder/catcher Chris Rabago is hitting .264 (14-53) with four RBIs. Junior pitcher Mark Trentacosta is 0-0, 2.45 in 14.2 innings, with 14 strikeouts.

UC RIVERSIDE: Sophomore pitcher Dylan Stuart is 4-5, 4.34, with 40 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. Freshman pitcher Antonio Gonzales is 0-1, 8.76, with 11 strikeouts in 12.1 innings; freshman Cody Dill hasn't pitched yet.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman utility Greg Mahle is hitting .331 (46-139) with no homers and 25 RBIs, and is 2-2, 3.90 as a pitcher, with 30 strikeouts and four saves in 32.1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Sophomore outfielder Nate Blackham is hitting .262 (22-84) with seven RBIs.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Freshman infielder Jack Graham is hitting .133 (10-75), with five RBIs.

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

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed three players from North Dakota State for 2012: outfielder Blake Turbak and pitchers David Ernst and Adam Poehlmann. Here are the details from the Falcons' website.