Happy Friday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016-2017 West Coast League champions! Our May 30 opener with the Portland Sea Dogs is just 36 days away, so get ready for another great summer of Knights’ baseball!
Four players with Knights’ connections were named to the Northwest Conference’s 2018 all-league team.
Linfield pitcher Cason Cunningham (2017-18, pictured, above) earned first-team honors. He was 6-4, 4.27 in 12 games, with 82 strikeouts in 59 innings. Cason was first-team all-league and the NWC Pitcher of the Year in 2017.
Pacific Lutheran’s Cole Johnson (2017) was named first-team utility after hitting .320 in 39 games, with eight homers and 54 RBIs. He was an honorable-mention selection in 2017.
Linfield second baseman Brady Rediger (2017) was a second-team selection after earning first-team honors in 2017. He hit .276, with two homers and 21 RBIs.
George Fox catcher Austin Baek (2018) earned honorable mention. He hit .274 in 39 games, with a homer and 19 RBIs.
Congrats to all four for their fine seasons.
Time to update the college stats of our incoming pitchers. We’ll do the position players next Friday.
BRENDAN BECK: The Stanford righty is 5-0, 1.21 in nine games, with 22 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.
LANDEN BOURASSA: The righty from San Francisco is 5-3, 2.91 in 10 games, with 45 strikeouts in 58.2 innings.
COOPER CHANDLER: The righty from Pepperdine is 4-2, 3.74 in 12 games, with 30 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.
CASON CUNNINGHAM: The lefty from Linfield was 6-4, 4.27 in 12 games, with 82 strikeouts in 59 innings. His season is over.
BEN FARISS: The UCSB righty is 0-0, 13.50 in two appearances, with two strikeouts in 0.2 innings.
GRANT FISHER: The righty from Western Oregon, a 10-day signee, is 0-1, 4.26 in eight games, with 19 strikeouts in 19 innings.
JACOB FRICKE: The lefty from Western Oregon is 2-1, 2.34 in 10 games, with a save and 24 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.
MILES GLAZIER: The lefty from UC Irvine is redshirting this spring.
ABBOTT HAFFAR: The righty from UC Riverside is 0-1, 9.75 in 10 games, with seven strikeouts in 12 innings.
IAN MACIVER: The righty from Utah 0-1, 8.10 in two games, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
JORDAN McDANIEL: The LBCC sophomore righty, a 10-day signee, is 4-0, 2.25 in nine games, with a save and 19 strikeouts in 24 innings.
ELI MORSE: The righty from Portland 3-5, 3.57 in 10 games, with 58 strikeouts in 63 innings.
DARREN NELSON: The righty from Cal Poly is 4-3, 4.93 in 11 games, with 32 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.
LOGAN NOUSEN: The righty from Oregon Tech, a 10-day signee, is 2-5, 5.46 in 18 games, with 14 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.
JACOB PALISCH: The lefty from Stanford is 3-0, 1.80 in 17 games, with three saves and 22 strikeouts in 30 innings.
AARON POPE: The lefty from Dixie State is 0-3, 10.47 in eight games, with nine strikeouts in 16.1 innings.
CONNOR REDMOND: The righty from Cal Poly is 0-2, 8.68 in 10 games, with seven strikeouts in 9.1 innings.
AARON SHOUP: The lefty from St. Martin’s is 0-6, 12.86 in nine games, with 13 strikeouts in 28 innings.
DANIEL SLOMINSKI: The righty from San Francisco is 2-1, 3.47 in 14 games, with 21 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.
KOLBY SOMERS: The lefty from Oregon 1-6, 4.74 in 11 games, with 33 strikeouts in 38 innings.
COLE SPEAR: The righty from UC Irvine is 2-1, 4.96 in nine games, with 14 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.
TREVOR WELLS: The righty from Linn-Benton is 0-0, 0.73 in nine games, with eight saves and 10 strikeouts in 12.1 innings.
Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 3-for-4 with a homer, a run and two RBIs in a 4-3 loss to Bradenton on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. It was his first game with the team; he recently signed with Miami after being released earlier this year by Tampa Bay. Former Knights’ teammate Ben (Wetzler) Holmes also plays for the Hammerheads. Cade played at San Diego Christian.
There were no honorable-mention selections.
Our 2018 season and single-game tickets are now on sale! For more details or to order your tickets online, please click here. Tickets may also be purchased by calling us at 541-752-5656 or by visiting our office at 4th Street and Jefferson Avenue in downtown Corvallis. See you at the ballpark in 2018!
We also have three fireworks nights and tons of other promotions planned for this summer. Our entire promotional schedule is also available, by clicking here.
Walla Walla manager Frank Mutz has announced that assistant coaches Raul Camacho and Kyle Wilkerson will be back with the Sweets again this season and Justin Speer will rejoin the staff after previously coaching with the Sweets in 2015. Please click here for more on that story, from Our Sports Central.
That’s all for today. Have a great weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday.