Happy Friday everyone, from the worldwide headquarters (WWHQ) of your Corvallis Knights, the 2016 West Coast League champions!
Tampa Bay right-handed pitcher Matt Andriese, the 2009 West Coast League Pitcher of the Year and the Knights Top Pitcher award winner that summer, turned in another gem against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
The former UC Riverside star blanked the Angels over eight innings and earned his fifth victory of the season when the bullpen close out a 4-0 victory. He allowed six hits, struck out five, and lowered his ERA to 0.50 against the Angels in three games this season.
He is now 5-1, 3.24 in 10 games, with 52 strikeouts in 58.1 innings.
Matt’s younger brother, David, also played for the Knights in 2010 and 2011 and was in the Pirates’ organization for several years before retiring. David also played at UCR.
For video and a story on Matt’s big win from MLB.com, please click here.
Four members of the 2017 Corvallis Knights were selected to the Northwest Athletic Conference’s (NWAC) All-Region and Region Gold Glove teams earlier this week. So honored were:
Left-handed pitcher Tanner Cantwell of Treasure Valley CC. He earned first-team East Region honors at the utility position after hitting .276 (47-170) in 44 games, with seven homers and 30 RBIs, and going 4-2, 2.84 in 12 games on the mound, with 56 strikeouts in 63.1 innings.
Right-handed relief pitcher Trevor Wells of Linn-Benton CC. He earned first-team South Region honors at relief pitcher after going 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 18.1 innings over 14 games. He had 11 saves and 23 strikeouts.
Left-handed pitcher Austin Crowson of Lane CC was second-team South Region as a starter. He was 5-2, 2.06 in 13 games, with 73 strikeouts in 65.1 innings.
Catcher Jace Duty of Chemeketa CC earned second-team South Division honors after hitting .306 (48-157) in 46 games, with three homers and 23 RBIs. He also won a Gold Glove Award.
Congrats to all four players, who we will see next week when the Knights open the season with a June 2-4 series against the Cowlitz Black Bears in Longview, Wash.
Time to update the stats of our 2017 pitching staff. We did the position players on Tuesday.
DOM BAKER: The Corban righty was 2-2, 5.68 in 11 games, with 20 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. His season is over. He is a 10-day signee.
TANNER CANTWELL: The Treasure Valley CC lefty was 4-2, 2.84 in 12 games, with 56 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. His season is over.
LOUIS CROW: The San Diego righty, a returnee from 2016, is 3-2, 3.67 in 21 games, with two saves and 41 strikeouts in 49 innings.
AUSTIN CROWSON: The Lane CC lefty is 5-2, 2.06 in 13 games, with 73 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. The Titans are playing in the NWAC Championships at Longview, Wash., this weekend.
CASON CUNNINGHAM: The Linfield lefty was 5-1, 2.13 in 15 games, with 104 strikeouts in 84.1 innings. His season is over.
JACOB FRICKE: The Western Oregon lefty, a returnee from 2016, was 0-0, 6.11 in 10 games, with two saves and 11 strikeouts in 17.2 innings. His season is over.
MILES GLAZIER: The lefty from U Irvine is 0-0, 6.94 in 21 games, with 12 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.
GRANT GOODMAN: The San Francisco righty, a returnee from 2016, is 4-4, 4.63 in 14 games, with 51 strikeouts in 79.2 innings.
JORDAN HORAK: The Portland lefty is 2-7, 5.92 in 23 games, with 47 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.
TANNER HOWELL: The Dixie State righty, a returnee from 2016, was 3-2, 3.38 in 16 games, with two saves and 23 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. His season is over.
CHASE KAPLAN: The Kansas lefty, a returnee from 2016, is 3-0, 3.66 in 22 games, with eight strikeouts in 19.2 innings.
COLE JOHNSON: The Pacific Lutheran lefty was 4-1, 4.82 in 13 games, with one save and 37 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. He season is over.
DILLON LARSEN: The Central Washington lefty was 0-3, 6.38 in 11 games, with a save and 17 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. He is a 10-day signee; his season is over.
ROSS MASSEY: The Tulane lefty is 0-8, 9.68, with 21 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.
HAZAHEL QUIJADA: The UC Riverside lefty, a returnee from 2016, is 3-5 with a 6.14 ERA in 19 games, with 40 strikeouts in 44 innings.
CONNOR REDMOND: The Cal Poly righty is 0-1, 9.64 in seven games, with three strikeouts in 9.1 innings.
CAMERON RICHMAN: The Portland righty, a returnee from 2016, is 0-0, 8.25 in eight games, with 11 strikeouts in 12 innings.
COLE SPEAR: The UC Irvine righty is 4-5, 6.50 in 16 games, with 27 strikeouts in 54 innings.
TRENTON TOPLIKAR: The UC Riverside righty is 2-3, 6.44 in 16 games, with 24 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.
TREVOR WELLS: The Linn-Benton righty was 0-0, 0.00 in 14 appearances, with 11 saves and 23 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. The Roadrunners are playing in the NWAC Championships at Longview, Wash., this weekend.
Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 3-for-6 with a homer, a run and three RBIs in a doubleheader split with Syracuse on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He played at Oregon State.
Honorable mention goes to:
- Montgomery (AA Southern, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 5-2 loss to Chattanooga. He played at San Diego Christian.
- Salt Lake (AAA Pacific Coast, Angels) pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) threw a perfect inning of relief in an 8-5 loss to El Paso. He played at UC Santa Barbara. Catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 1-for-3 with a run for El Paso (Padres); he played at Portland.
- Greenville (A South Atlantic, Red Sox) reliever Stephen Nogosek threw 1.2 scoreless innings and had two strikeouts to earn his 10th save in a 1-0 win over Charleston. He played at Oregon.
That is all for today. Have a great weekend, try to make it to the ballpark on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as the Beavers host Abilene Christian. We will see you again on Tuesday.