About the Knights
The Knights were founded in 1990. With the support of a primary sponsor with vision and unwavering care - Penny Knight - the team has grown considerably over the years. After starting play in a Beaverton, Oregon recreational baseball league, the Aloha Knights settled into the Portland City League in 1994. In 1999, the club left the City League and joined the Northwest's premier semi-pro wood-bat circuit - the Pacific International League (PIL). The club's PIL era concluded with a summer national championship as the Knights won the 70th NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas.
The Knights 2004 NBC World Series championship culminated a great run in the PIL, which saw the club post the league's top six-year mark with a 117-67 league record. In 2005, the Knights joined forces with the Bend Elks, Wenatchee AppleSox, Bellingham Bells, Kelowna Falcons, Spokane RiverHawks and expansion Kitsap BlueJackets to form the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League for college-eligible players only.
The league is now called the West Coast League (WCL) and features eleven teams and two divisions. The Knights will be members of the South in 2017 with Bend, the Cowlitz Black Bears, the Gresham GreyWolves, the Yakima Valley Pippins and the newest WCL team - the Port Angeles Lefties. The North will be made up of Bellingham, Kelowna, the Victoria HarbourCats, Walla Walla Sweets and Wenatchee.
The West Coast League will begin its thirteenth season in 2017 with the Knights leading the west's premier summer college wood-bat league in total wins after twelve years with 386 regular-season victories; Wenatchee is second with 343 wins.
After 17 years based in the Portland metro area, the team relocated to Corvallis, Oregon in 2007, changed its name from the Aloha Knights to Corvallis Knights and started play at Goss Stadium, the home of the 2006 & 2007 national champion Oregon State Beavers.
The Knights have become the WCL's most successful franchise since relocating to the Mid-Valley. They captured their first West Coast League title in their second season at Goss Stadium, and added championships in 2011, 2013 and 2016.
This past season, the Knights made their tenth consecutive playoff appearance by securing a postseason berth by winning the South first-half. The team also eclipsed the 50,000 total attendance mark for the first time setting franchise records with a per game average of 1,534 and total attendance of 53,703. Corvallis captured its fourth title by sweeping Yakima Valley in the first-round and then beating Bellingham in the WCLCS 2 games to 1.
The year prior, the Knights made their ninth straight playoff appearance by capturing the league's wild card berth and broke all its franchise attendance marks by nearly drawing 50,000 fans and averaging over 1,500 per game in the regular season as Corvallis ranked second in the WCL in attendance. While the Knights were swept by eventual WCL champion Bend in the first-round of the postseason, the team's total attendance of 49,443 and regular-season per game average of 1,514 were milestones that made for a historic 2015.
Corvallis captured its eighth consecutive division title in 2014 and advanced to the WCL Championship Series (WCLCS) for the seventh time in eight years by sweeping Bend. But fell short of repeating as Bellingham won its first title beating the Knights two games to one in the WCLCS.
In 2013, Corvallis swept Medford in the Divisional Series and Wenatchee in the WCLCS to earn the club's third title. And the franchise set two new attendance records by drawing 43,529 fans to Goss Stadium for an average of 1,319 per game.
The summer of 2012 saw Corvallis win their sixth consecutive West Division title and advance to the WCLCS for the fifth time in six years. But the Knights did not repeat as league champs as Wenatchee edged Corvallis 2 games to 1 in a hard fought series. The team averaged 1,300 fans per league game at Goss Stadium to finish third in the WCL attendance rankings.
In 2011, Corvallis defeated Bend 2 games to 1 in the WCL West Divisional Series to advance to the WCLCS where they swept Walla Walla to capture the club's second WCL crown. Corvallis also set a franchise total attendance record by drawing 42,447 fans for 33 home dates, an average of 1,286 per opening, and set the league attendance record for an All-Star Game (2,517), and a franchise record for a playoff game (1,646).
Corvallis has shown remarkable growth off the field and enjoyed consistent success on the diamond since relocating from Gresham for the 2007 season.
In that first summer at Goss Stadium, the Knights won the West Division regular-season title and eliminated Kitsap in the West Divisional Series before getting swept by Moses Lake in the WCLCS. They drew 12,729 fans, a huge increase over their final year at Mt. Hood CC.
In 2008, the Knights repeated as West champs, eliminated Bend in the Divisional Series and then captured their first WCL crown by sweeping the Wenatchee AppleSox. Corvallis set new franchise attendance marks by drawing 17,929 fans in 28 openings for an average attendance of 640 that included a team record single-game crowd of 1,632 on July 3.
That attendance mark was shattered in 2009 as the Knights drew 30,064 fans for an average of 911 per game. The Knights also set a new WCL and Goss Stadium single-game attendance record with a crowd of 3,506 on July 3rd. On the diamond, the Knights won their third straight WCL West title, set a WCL regular-season record for wins with 38, won another West Divisional Series and appeared in their third consecutive WCL Championship Series. However, Corvallis was thwarted in its repeat quest as Wenatchee swept the Knights.
In 2010, the Knights won their fourth straight WCL West Division title, posted the league's best record (31-17) for a third straight year and broke their franchise total attendance and per game average marks drawing 30,888 fans and 996 a game.
Over 27 years of competition, the club has registered a .691 overall winning percentage and won several championships including the granddaddy of them all - the semi-pro NBC World Series.
The Knights followed their summer national championship season with an impressive inaugural showing in the West Coast League. The 2005 team posted a 27-9 league mark, which was good for second place. During the pre-season, Aloha swept a three-game series vs. the Humboldt Crabs at Arcata Baseball Park and in the postseason the Knights defended its NBC World Series title by extending their NBC win streak to 10 before eventually losing in the winner's bracket semi-finals and subsequent quarterfinals to finish in 4th place. At that time, the sweep of the Crabs carried great significance in that Humboldt had never been swept in its glorious 61-year history (as of 2005).
In 2004, the Knights won their third annual All-American Invitational - hosted at Oslund Field at Mt. Hood CC - for the first time to earn a berth in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. At the NBC World Series, the Knights went 7-0 to become the first undefeated NBC champion since Team USA in 1995 and the first NBC champ from Oregon since 1958. In 27 years of play, the team has compiled a 1,023-458 record, eight WCL West/South titles, one WCL South first-half title, three Portland City League championships, three PIL South titles, a Kamloops International Baseball Tournament championship and four West Coast League crowns.
Over three decades, Knights rosters have featured 165 players who went on to sign with MLB clubs. 44 former Knights are active affiliated pros, including eleven who appeared in major-league games in 2016.
The squad is made up of collegiate players primarily from the West Coast.