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Sherfy earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors

February 22, 2012

Another day, another honor for a Corvallis Knight.

Oregon sophomore right-hander Jimmie Sherfy (2011) was named the Pacific-12 Conference's Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday for performance in a 3-2 win at Hawaii on Feb. 18.

Sherfy allowed just two hits and struck out 13 while throwing 5.2 innings of scoreless relief in the victory. Here are all the details, straight from the Pac-12 website.

"The Sherf" was one of three former, current or future Knights to win a conference player of the week award this week. UC Riverside pitcher Dylan Stuart (2011-12) was the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week; Corban infielder Marc Gallegos (2012) was the Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Week.

And former Knight Nathan Eisenhauer (2010) of Pacific Lutheran was hominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected.

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A few updates involving former, current or future Knights from Tuesday's college baseball games:

* Portland infielder Caleb Whalen (2012) had three hits and four RBIs in an 11-4 win at Concordia. Whalen had a run-scoring double in the fifth inning and a two-run double in the seventh, and leads the Pilots with seven RBIs. Concordia's Sean Myrom (2011) was 0-for-3 with an RBI.

* UC Riverside pitcher Mitch Patito (2010-11) allowed one hit and had five strikeouts in five innings in his first college start to lead the Highlanders over San Diego State 7-1. Pitcher Antonio Gonzales (2012) added an inning of scoreless relief.

* Riverside CC outfielder Cade Gotta (2011-12) was 1-for-4 with a run in a 3-2, 11-inning win over Mt. San Antonio College.

* Lots of Knights involved in Santa Clara's 5-2 win at Cal Poly. For the Mustangs, Mitch Haniger (2010) was 0-for-2; David Armendariz (2011) was 0-for-4; Jimmy Allen (2011) was 0-for-2; Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-4 and Chase Johnson (2011) pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. For SCU, Justin Viele (2010) was 1-for-3 with a run.

* Texas infielder Alex Silver (2012) was 0-for-1 in a 7-5 loss to Texas-Arlington.

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Former Knights Dylan Jones (2009-10) and Billy Clontz (2006, 2008-09) are tearing it up for the Morley Eagles in the West Australia Baseball League.

Jones, who also played some for the Perth Heat, the Eagles parent club, is hitting .471 in 23 games, with no homers, 18 RBIs and a league-best 16 stolen bases in 16 attempts. He's also pitched in 12 games (11 starts) and is 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 86 innings.

Clontz, who also coached for the Knights in 2010 and 2011, is a player-coach for the Eagles and is hitting .340 in 23 games, with no homers and 11 RBIs.

The Eagles season continues through March 7.

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Some news from elsewhere in the WCL:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have hired hired San Jose State graduate Justin Allegri to be their play-by-play voice for the 2012 season. Here are the details from the Bellingham website.

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

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed infielder Taylor Sparks, outfielder Jeff Stephens, and right-handed pitchers Sam Moore and Kyle Davis of UC Irvine for the upcoming season. Here are the details from Our Sports Central.


Segel elected VP; Hanson OK; Gallegos honored

February 21, 2012

Lots more Corvallis Knights news today as the countdown to the 2012 season drops to 101: It's just 101 more days until we start the defense of our West Coast League championship with a June 1 game at Walla Walla, who we swept last August in the WCL Championship Series.

And that means it's just 105 more days until Opening Night VI at Goss Stadium, June 5 against the Klamath Falls Gems. So get your tickets today; we'll unveil an exciting opening-night ticket offer sometime next week.

Knights' coach Brooke Knight has returned to the United States after leading the Perth Heat to their second straight Australian Baseball League championship, and will be in Corvallis tonight for some high-level organizational meetings.

We hope to talk to BK about the upcoming season, and have a report in the near future. So stay tuned.

Now, onto the news.

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Knights president Dan Segel has been elected as a West Coast League vice-president in a vote of the league's owners. He had been the secretary; congrats to El Presidente!

Eddie Poplawski of the Bellingham Bells was elected to a second term as a vice-president. Tony Bonnaci of the Cowlitz Black Bears will return as the treasurer, and Mark Nonis of the Kelowna Falcons will succeed Segel as secretary.

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One of our star alumni, current Atlanta Braves' standout pitcher Tommy Hanson, is recovering after sustaining a slight concussion in an automobile accident on Monday en route to spring training.

Hanson, who played for the Aloha Knights in 2005, was injured when his car blew a tire near the team's spring training complex at Disney World in Orlando. He will be sidelined for a few days.

Here are the complete details from ESPN.com.

The Knights already have more major-league alums than any WCL franchise and we could have seven ex-Knights in the majors this year: Hanson; Houston pitcher Bud Norris (2005); Cardinals pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (2006); White Sox third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07); Giants catcher Chris Stewart (2001); Cubs infielder Bobby Scales (1997), and Pirates first baseman Matt Hague (2005).

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The coach who clued us in on Corban College shortstop Marc Gallegos, a 10-day signee, told us the freshman from Astoria High School would make our full-time roster.

Well, that remains to be seen but he's off to a great start. Gallegos is hitting .529 (18-34) in eight games and on Monday was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference's Player of the Week.

Gallegos was 8-for-15 in four games, with at least one hit in every game, had four runs and four RBIs, and stole six bases in six attempts as the Warriors swept two doubleheaders at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

It would not be unprecedented for a 10-day signee to make the club full-time, and be a major contributor. In fact, five of the eight position players and DH who started our championship-clinching win over Walla Walla last Aug. 18 did not have full-time status, or weren't even on the roster, when the 2011 season opened.

Outfielders Kramer Scott and Matt Nylen were 10-game signees, and catcher Ryan Gorton, shortstop Trent Oleszczuk and outfielder Cade Gotta all joined us after the season had started.

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Here's how our Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college players are faring:

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Outfielder Jacob Hoffman is hitting .265 (4-15) in four games, with three RBIs. Utility Chris Bishop is 0-for-7 as a hitter, but is 0-0, 1.54 in two games as a pitcher, with 13 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

REDLANDS: Pitcher Kyle Hart is 1-1, 5.25 in three games, with 10 strikeouts in 12 innings. Pitcher Mike Massari is 0-1, 5.06 in four games, with eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

GEORGE FOX: Updated stats are not available but pitcher Alex Keenan pitched two scoreless innings and won Saturday's game against Concordia of Texas.

GRAND CANYON: Pitcher Jorge Perez is 0-1, 5.06 in two games, with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

LINFIELD: Pitcher Zach Manley is 1-0, 0.00 in 6.2 innings in his lone start, with seven strikeouts.

PACIFIC: Pitcher Rob Dittrick is 0-1, 6.72 in two games, with six strikeouts in eight innings.

CORBAN: Infielder Marc Gallegos is hitting .529 (18-34) in eight games, with seven RBIs.

CONCORDIA: Pitcher Eric Weir is 0-1, 4.50 in one game, with no strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

RIVERSIDE CC: Outfielder Cade Gotta is hitting .164 (4-24) in eight games, with a homer and five RBIs.

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That's all for today. We'll have more Knights news, and updates from around the WCL, on Wednesday.


Schwartz to broadcast Lancaster JetHawks this summer

February 20, 2012

Welcome back to the Blog after a busy weekend for our Divison I players, who opened their seasons this Friday, Saturday and Sunday all around the country.

We'll have a complete update on all of our players later in the blog, but first we have a few other items that merit your attention. Here goes.

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Former Knights broadcaster Jason Schwartz, who worked with us in 2010 after graduating from USC, will be the voice of the Lancaster (Calif.) JetHawks this season. They're Houston's franchise in the long-season Class A California League. Here are the details, from the club's website.

He'll also have a ton of other responsibilities with the team, including a weekly TV show, as he continues to move up the broadcasting ladder. Jason was the play-by-play voice of the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Northwest League last summer. He's been the voice of the USC women's basketball team the past two years and this March he'll again work for the league at the Pac-12 women's tournament.

Our 2012 broadcaster, Kevin Burke, is finishing up his final semester at Virginia Tech. He expects to arrive in Corvallis on May 25, in time to watch the Oregon State-Oregon series at Goss Stadium and in plenty of time to acclimate himself with the 2012 Knights and his new summer home.

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Knights pitcher Dylan Stuart of UC Riverside shut out BYU on Friday and on Monday was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week. He threw a complete game, with seven strikeouts.

Way to go Dylan!

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Oregon State senior and 2011 Knights intern Leslie Mak was profiled last week in this story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times. She then had a standout meet against UCLA and California on Friday night that will position her for potential Pacific-12 Conference honors; stay tuned to the Blog this week for updates.

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Finally, we'll have some news on several exciting ticket plans for the 2012 season early next week. They'll make it easier, and even more affordable, for you to watch the Knights this summer.

I know summer seems a long ways off, but it's only 102 more days until our June 1 opener at Walla Walla, and a mere 106 until our June 5 home opener against the Klamath Falls Gems.

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Now, it's time for our version of Weekend Update, in which we update the stats on all of our 2012 Knights. We're doing things a little different this year, and listing the players by their teams instead of individually.

Today we'll list our Division I Knights; on Tuesday we'll update our Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college players.

CAL POLY: Freshman infielder Nick Torres is hitting .333 (3-9) with no homers or RBIs in three games. Frosh outfielder Alex Michaels is at 1.000 (1-1) with no homers or RBIs in one game. Freshman Bryan Granger hasn't pitched yet.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Carlos Rodriguez is 0-0, 0.00 in two games, with one strikeout in one inning. Freshman pitchers Mitchell Tripp and Michael McCall, and freshman catcher Nate Esposito haven't played yet.

OREGON: Sophomore outfielder Connor Hoffman is hitting .333 (1-3) with no homers and two RBIs in one game.

SANTA CLARA: Junior pitcher Chris Mendoza is 0-0, 0.00 with a save and a strikeout in two innings in two games.

SEATTLE: Junior infielder Nate Roberts is at .125 (1-8) with four RBIs after three games.

UC IRVINE: Freshman infielder Chris Rabago is hitless in his only at-bat. Junior Mark Trentacosta hasn't pitched yet.

UC RIVERSIDE: Pitcher Dylan Stuart is 1-0, 0.00 in one game, with seven strikeouts in nine innings. Freshman pitcher Antonio Gonzales is 0-0, 13.50, with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning in his lone game, and freshman Cody Dill hasn't pitched yet.

PORTLAND: Freshman infielder Caleb Whalen is hitting .333 (2-6) with a homer and three RBIs in two games. Junior pitcher Chris Johnson is 1-0, 5.06 in 5.1 innings in his lone game, with four strikeouts.

WASHINGTON STATE: Sophomore outfielder Nate Blackham is at .364 (4-11) with three RBIs in three games.

TEXAS: Sophomore infielder Alex Silver and sophomore pitchers Trevor Tykel and Justin Peters have not played yet.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman utility Greg Mahle is hitting .429 (3-7) and is 0-0, 13.50 with two strikeouts in two innings as a pitcher in two games.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Freshman infielder Jack Graham is hitting .273 (3-11) in three games, with two doubles.

TEXAS TECH: Junior Aaron Corwin hasn't pitched yet.

CORNELL: The Big Red and sophomore infielder Ryan Plantier don't start their season until March 1.

That's all for today. We'll update everyone else on Tuesday.


The WCL looks good for Victoria

February 17, 2012

I's must be dotted and T's must still be crossed before it's 100 percent official.

But West Coast League expansion to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, looks like a go after the Victoria City Council directed a city official to begin lease negotiations with the owners of the prospective expansion team.

So that's very good news. Victoria is a great market and locating there expands the league's footprint throughout the Pacific Northwest. And we can't wait for our first road trip there. Welcome to the WCL!

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Knights veteran pitcher Eric Young, an effective starter/reliever for us from 2009-11, gets the baseball today as the Delaware Blue Hens open the 2012 season at the University of Houston. Here's a preview from the UD website.

Also, Young was named one of two team captains for the upcoming season. Go EY!

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Thursday was a tough day on the diamond for some former/future Knights.

* PLU's Corey Moore (2011) was 0-for-4, Jacob Hoffman (2012) was 0-for-2 and Chris Bishop (2012) was 0-for-2 in a 13-6 loss at UT-Dallas.

* Riverside CC outfielder Cade Gotta (2011-12) was 0-for-3 in a 12-4 home loss to Nevada Western JC.

* And on Tuesday, Redlands' starter Kyle Hart (2011-12) gave up a run and had a strikeout in a one-inning start against Azusa Pacific. Reliever Mike Massari, (2012) a 10-game signee, had two strikeouts in one inning but gave up the winning run in a 4-3 loss for the Bulldogs.

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Dylan Stuart is UC Riverside's opening-day starter

February 16, 2012

One of UC Riverside baseball coach Doug Smith's priorities last summer when he assigned sophomore-to-be Dylan Stuart to the Corvallis Knights was to get his talented lefty some experience as a starting pitcher.

Stuart was a situational reliever in 2011, when he was named the Big West Conference's Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He was strictly a starter with the Knights, and went 2-1 with a 1.38 ERA in nine starts. He made the West Division all-star team, started the West Coast League all-star game, and was named a second-team WCL all-star.

Mission accomplished.

On Friday, Stuart will be UCR's opening-day starter when the Highlanders host BYU in the first game of a three-game series. Former Knight Eddie Orozco, (2009-10) will pitch Friday's second game; ex-Knight Mitch Patito (2010-11) is a top reliever and outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) is one of UCR's top offensive threats.

So, best of luck to all our Highlanders this weekend, when almost every former, current or future Knight on a Division I program begins his season.

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Knights 10-day signee Rob Dittrick of Pacific University was the Boxers' opening-day starter at Hawaii-Hilo on Wednesday. He allowed one run on three hits in three innings, had three strikeouts, and was not involved in the decision.

Dittrick was the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2011, when he was 8-3 with a 2.26 ERA.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed freshmen right-handed pitcher Zach Abbruzza; right-handed pitcher Kevin Moriarty; left-handed pitcher Derek Callahan, and infielder Mitchell Gunsolus of Gonzaga and high school seniors Taylor Jones, a right-handed pitcher from Kentwood High in Covington, Wash., and Cabe Reiten, an infielder from Olympia High, for the 2012 season.

Here are the complete details from the AppleSox, via Our Sports Central.


Wetzler to start OSU's season-opener

February 15, 2012

Oregon State sophomore left-hander Ben Wetzler, a West Coast League all-star for the Corvallis Knights last summer, will start on Friday in OSU's season-opener at UC Santa Barbara.

Ben was 0-0 with a 0.38 ERA in 16 regular-season, playoff and all-star game appearances for the Knights, with two saves. He allowed just one run all summer, and pitched two key innings of shutout relief in a 7-5 win over Bend in Game 2 of the West Division playoffs, an elimination game for us.

Here's a link to a season preview in today's Corvallis Gazette-Times. Best of luck to Ben, who figures to be one of the Beavers top starters this season after an impressive 6-3 freshman season.

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OSU senior Leslie Mak, a 2011 Knights intern, was named Pacific-12 Conference Gymnast of the Week on Tuesay for her performance in a triangular at UC Davis last Friday. It's the second time this year she's won the award.

Mak helped the Beavers tie their fifth-highest score in school history with a 197.400-193.875 win over the Aggies. She won the beam (9.950), floor (9.90) and vault (9.875) on the vault. Her 39.675 in the all-around is the highest score in the Pac-12 this season.

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Here's a story from the Riverside Press-Telegram newspaper on former Knights pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, a UC Riverside product who now pitches for the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched for us in 2006, our last season at Mt. Hood Community College.

The Knights could have seven former players on opening-day MLB rosters: veterans Rzepczynski; Atlanta pitcher Tommy Hanson (2005); Houston pitcher Bud Norris (2005); Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07); San Francisco catcher Chris Stewart (2001); infielder Bobby Scales (1997), who has rejoined the Chicago Cubs organization after a season in Japan, and first baseman Matt Hague (2005), who was promoted to Pittsburgh's 40-man roster in the offseason after a solid 2011 season with triple-A Indianapolis.

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Pacific University pitcher Rob Dittrick, a Knights' 10-day signee and the 2011 Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, is the Tigers projected opening-day starter today at Hawaii-Hilo. Here's a preview from the Pacific website.


Kraus named to WCC preseason all-star team

February 14, 2012

Welcome back to the blog, and happy Valentine's Day to all Corvallis Knights fans.

The sun's out in downtown Corvallis this morning and we're stoked to announce the countown to our season opener at Klamath Falls is nearing double digits. We're down to 108 days until our June 1 opener at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla against the Sweets, and only 112 days until our June 5 home opener against the Klamath Falls Gems at Goss Stadium.

So, it's getting closer by the day. Remember, season tickets and 10-game punchcards are available at the office, and online by clicking here. We've also got lots of team merchandise down at the WWHQ in the Knights offices, in the Madison Plaza building.

Now, on to today's news.

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Former Knights pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10), a senior at the University of Portland, was named a preseason West Coast Conference all-star by the league's coaches. A WCL all-star for us both years, Kraus was 6-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts for the Pilots in 2011.

Kraus was named a third-team preseason All-American earlier this year. He pitched for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League last summer and was 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 games.

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Knights coach Brooke Knight, who on Sunday directed the Perth Heat to their second straight Australian Baseball League championship, tells the Australian Wide World of Sports website that he's not sure if he'll return for his third season.

We know for sure, though, that Brooke will be back for his fifth season with the Knights, and ready to win our fifth straight West Division title and to successfully defend our WCL championship.

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Youngstown State freshman and 2012 Knight Jack Graham is the Penguins' projected starting second baseman. They open the season on Friday against Canisius in a tournament at the USA Baseball Complex in the Raleigh suburb of Cary, N.C.

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Some news from around the WCL:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed sophomores Andy Peterson and Kyle Kuck of Santa Ana College, Peter Summerville of Santa Clara, and Brian Frattali of Portland for the 2012 season. Summerville is a catcher; the other three players are infielders.

Complete details on the signings can be found here, on Our Sports Central, a great site for West Coast League news.

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have added Jeff Lyle of Lane Community College as their 2012 pitching coach. They've also signed shortstop Jake Whistler of Western Oregon and corner infielder Steven Fisher of UC Santa Barbara.

Whistler played one game for the Knights in 2011 as an emergency fill-in and went 1-for-3 against the Gems in our opening home series. Lyle will join ex-Knights Josh Hogan (head coach) and Billy Clontz (assistant coach) on the Gems staff. For more info on the signings, click here.


Three titles in a row for Brooke Knight

February 13, 2012

It's now three championships in a row for Corvallis Knights coach Brooke Knight.

The Knight-coached Perth Heat defeated the Melbourne Aces 7-6 in 13 innings on Sunday to capture the Australian Baseball League title for the third year in a row. Perth won the best-of-3 series, 2-1.

Brooke has now coached the 2011 Perth Heat, the 2011 Corvallis Knights, and the 2012 Perth Heat to championships in consecutive seasons. That's quite an accomplishment.

Here's a link from our website. Here's a link from the ABL website with lots of links, and here's a link to the championship dogpile.

Again, congrats to Brooke, to Heat/Knights Dylan Jones, Liam Baron and Alex Burg, and here's to chasing Title No. 4 in a row this summer.

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Speaking of this summer, the countdown to our June 1 opener against the Walla Walla Sweets at Borleske Stadium is down to 109 days; the countdown for our June 5 home opener against Klamath Falls is 113 days.

We're scheming on ways to sell out our home opener, and we're planning some attractive 3-game mini-pack seat plans in addition to our season tickets and 10-game punchcards. So don't be surprised if you hear from us in the intervening months about buying a seat to our first home game of the summer.

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Several of our former/future Knights had big games for their respective college teams over the weekend. Here's a roundup:

* Cal Poly infielder Nick Torres (2012) homered, tripled and drove in three runs as the Mustangs defeated an alumni team 14-3. Eric Massingham (2006-07) pitched a scoreless inning for the alums.

* First baseman Sean Myrom (2011) of Concordia was 2-for-15 with a homer and four RBIs as the Cavs split four games in a tournament at Lews-Clark State.

* Redlands pitcher Kyle Hart (2011-12) allowed two earned runs in six innings and won the Bulldogs' opener, 13-3 over Austin College. He had three strikeouts and no walks. Teammate Mike Massari (2012) pitched two scoreless innings in two games.

* Riverside CC outfielder Cade Gotta (2011-12) was 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in a 7-5 win over Fresno City College.

* Western Oregon outfielder Matt Nylen (2011-12) was 1-for-6 with an RBI as the Wolves split a doubleheader at Sonoma State to conclude a long California road trip at 7-2. Third baseman Griffin Boyd was 1-for-5 in the games.

* Grand Canyon pitcher Jorge Perez allowed one earned run in 2.1 innings in a 7-5 loss to Cal Baptist. He had two strikeouts.

* George Fox's Brian Ranta, Tom Zarosinski and Taylor Hill, all of whom pitched briefly for us in 2011, were a combined 0-1, with 12 strikeouts in 15.1 innings, at the LC State tourney. Infielder Taylor Hunter (2009) hit .300 (3-10) with four RBIs in two games.

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Finally, Knights assistant general manager Bre Kerkvliet has been nominated for Junior First Citizen by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce & Samaritan Health Physicians. The winner will be announced at the 67th annual Distinguished Service Award Banquet, set for March 10, 2012 at The Boys and Girls Club of Albany.

Congrats to Bre.


More honors for 2011 intern Leslie Mak

February 10, 2012

One of our superstar 2011 interns, Oregon State senior gymnast Leslie Mak, continues to earn awards for her athletic prowess.

The 2011 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, Mak has now been nominated for the Bill Hayward Female Amateur Athlete of the Year Award by media who cover Oregon sports. It will be awarded on Sunday at the Oregon Sports Awards ceremony at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.

Mak was also a first-team All-American on the beam and in the all-around in 2011. She is ranked No. 2 on the beam, No. 7 on bars and No. 12 in the all-around heading into tonight's triangular at UC Davis.

So, congrats to Leslie, and good luck on Sunday!

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Partner school Western Oregon continued its impressive start to the season on Thursday as the Wolves (6-1) swept a doubleheader at Sonoma State, 9-1 and 7-1. Several former/current Knights played a role in the victories.

* Outfielder Matt Nylen (2011-12) was 2-for-8 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

* Third baseman Griffin Boyd was 1-for-8 with an RBI, a double and one run scored.

WOU concludes the series today with another doubleheader.

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Lot of former, current and future Knights merit a mention in Baseball America's preview of college baseball's West Coast conferences.

* In the Pac-12, Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011) is rated as the league's No. 9 prospect for the 2013 draft. OSU pitcher Jace Fry (2011) is the No. 1 prospect for the 2014 draft, and Washington State first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) is rated as the Pac-12's top power hitter.

* In the Big West, Cal Poly outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) is rated as the No. 2 prospect in the combined 2012-13 draft classes. Long Beach State shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) is No. 4 and UC Riverside pitcher Mitch Patito (2010-11) is ranked No. 14. UC Riverside freshman Cody Dill (2012) is rated as the No. 10 newcomer.

* In the West Coast Conference, Portland pitcher Chris Johnson (2011-12) is rated as the No. 10 prospect.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Incoming Falcons' pitcher Rory Young of the University of Texas-Brownsville was named the Red River Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 5. Here are the details, from the Kelowna website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have signed WCL veteran pitchers Trent Allianic of Ohlone College and Garrett Tygerson of Lewis-Clark State for 2012. Allianic played at Walla Walla in 2011, Tygerson at Wenatchee. More information on the duo can be found right here.


Perth Heat to Australian Baseball League finals

February 9, 2012

Corvallis Knights manager Brooke Knight has guided the Perth Heat to the Australian Baseball League's Grand Final for the second year in a row. The Heat will face the Melbourne Aces in a best-of-5 series, starting on Friday morning in the Pacific timezone.

The Heat were the regular-season champions and the top seed for the playoffs. They defeated No. 2-seed Melbourne 3-1 in a best-of-5 series several weeks ago; Melbourne then ousted Sydney in a best-of-5 series to advance to the finals opposite the Heat.

"They are tough and have a couple of ex-big leaguers in the middle of their order," Knight said of the Aces. "We need to play well to get the job done."

The games will be broadcast live online here, and shown live on the MLB Network, Comcast cable channel 730, starting at 9 a.m. Friday.

Former Knights star Dylan Jones (2009-10) is on the Heat's active roster; ex-Knight Liam Baron (2008-09) is on the reserve squad.

Here's a story on the Grand Finals from Perth Now, and here's another story on Brooke, from the Perth Heat's website.

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Several former or current Knights were in action on Wednesday with their respective college teams. Here's a rundown:

* Riverside CC outfielder Cade Gotta (2011-12) was 0-for-2 with a walk and an assist in a 9-0 loss at Cuesta JC.

* Western Oregon outfielder Matt Nylen (2011-12) was 3-for-5 with an RBI, a double and a run scored in a 10-1 win at Sonoma State.

* WOU infielder Griffin Boyd (2010-11) was 2-for-4 in the same game, with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Pitcher Brandon Marris of Southeastern Oklahoma State, the Falcons' 2011 Pitcher of the Year, was named the first-ever Great American Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week after recording the win in a 7-0 shutout victory over Lincoln in SOSU's season-opener. Here are all the details from the Kelowna website.