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Brooks Hatch Blog: Chase Johnson Helps Sacramento Win AAA Title

Brooks Hatch Blog: Chase Johnson Helps Sacramento Win AAA Title

Happy Wednesday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 West Coast League champions!

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Former Knights’ right-handed pitcher Chase Johnson (2011, pictured above) helped the Sacramento RiverCats, the Pacific Coast League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, capture the Triple-A National Championship last week.

Sacramento shut out the International League’s Columbus Clippers 4-0 on Sept. 17 at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tenn., in the title game.

Johnson did not pitch in the title game, but allowed just three runs and eight hits in 10.2 innings over two starts to lead the RiverCats to PCL playoff series wins over Las Vegas and Round Rock.

On Sept. 5, Johnson gave up two runs and four hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a no-decision against Las Vegas. Sacramento won 8-6 and the best-of-five semifinal-round series, 3-2.

In the PCL finals, Johnson picked up another no-decision in a 4-2 victory over Round Rock. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing one run and four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Sacramento swept the series, 3-0, to qualify for the Triple-A National Championship game.

Johnson, who played at Cal Poly, pitched for three teams this summer.

He was 1-2 in seven games at Sacramento, with a 7.64 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 17.2 innings. Johnson made 29 appearances for Double-A Richmond, going 0-5 with a 4.05 ERA. He made one rehab start at San Jose, pitching three shutout innings.

Johnson was named the WCL’s No. 10 pro prospect by Baseball America and the No. 5 prospect by Perfect Game following the 2011 season. He was San Francisco’s third-round selection in the 2013 MLB draft.

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Former Knights’ player/assistant coach Andy Jenkins has been named the new volunteer assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton. Please click here for more information on that story.

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The Knights set a franchise record for total attendance this season by drawing 59,357 fans to Goss Stadium in 36 regular-season and playoff games.

We averaged 1,721 fans per regular-season game, and 1,071 fans for the four playoff games. Thanks to the best fans in the West Coast League.

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The Wenatchee AppleSox have named Ian Sanderson as the fifth head coach in team history. Sanderson will replace Kyle Krustangel, who stepped down following the 2019 season. Please click here for more information, from Our Sports Central.

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That’s all for today. See you again in October!

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