Wells Debut

Brooks Hatch Blog: Knights sign LBCC pair; Knaggs joins staff

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

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We have signed two players from Linn-Benton Community College for the 2018 season. They are sophomore right-handed pitcher Trevor Wells (pictured, above), a returnee from the 2017 West Coast League championship team, and freshman catcher Cole Hamilton.

A West Linn native, Wells was 3-1, 2.53 in 12 games last summer, with a save and 12 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. He had an outstanding freshman season with the Roadrunners, with 11 saves, an 0.94 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 19 innings over 16 appearances.

Hamilton is a left-handed hitter from North Salem HS in Salem. He signed with Western Oregon for the 2016-17 season but did not play in a game. He was a Greater Valley Conference all-star as a pitcher and catcher at North Salem. His older brother, Austin, played for the Knights in 2012.

Welcome to the Knights!

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The Knights have hired legendary West Coast League coach Ed Knaggs as our  associate head coach/pitching coach for the 2018 season, coach Brooke Knight announced Monday.

Knaggs, 59, was the head coach of the WCL’s Wenatchee AppleSox from 2001-14 and posted a winning record every season. He led Wenatchee to five WCL championships (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012) and two runner-up finishes (2008, 2013).

“I’m very excited to get back into coaching and could not be more excited to be part of the Knights,” said Knaggs, who coached for 34 consecutive years before taking the last three seasons off after leaving the AppleSox. “I feel lucky to be part of an organization I got a chance to be around for quite a few years.

“It will be different to be in the West Coast League in a different uniform but I can’t think of a better place than Corvallis to do it. I want to do everything I can to help make the experience for the players who come to Corvallis as great as possible.”

For more on that story, please click here.

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That’s all for today. Have a great week, and we will see you on Friday.