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Brooks Hatch Blog: Two Stanford Pitchers Sign With Knights

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

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Stanford University freshmen pitchers Brendan Beck (pictured, above) and Jacob Palisch have signed with the Knights of the West Coast League for the 2018 season, coach Brooke Knight announced Thursday.

Beck is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander who also plays infield. He graduated from Corona High School in Corona, Calif., where he was a two-time Big VIII League first-team all-star, and the league’s co-MVP as a senior.

He was 6-0, 0.35 in 16 games as a pitcher, with eight saves, was named the CHS Athlete the Year, and earned all-section and all-state honors. His older brother, Tristan, also pitches for Stanford.

Palisch is a 6-5, 190-pound lefty from Jesuit College Prep High School in Richardson, Texas. He was a 2016 MaxPreps All-American, a first-team all-district and state tournament MVP, and the captain of his football and baseball teams as a senior.

Welcome to the team, guys!

They are the first players with Stanford connections to play for the Knights since 2012, when Cardinal incoming freshman catcher Austin Barr played in Corvallis.

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Knights Baseball Club board member Tony Fair of Portland has been named the new baseball coach at Roosevelt High School. Tony was the head baseball coach at Benson last year.

Tony played outfield for the Knights in the late 1970s and also played at Portland State following his graduation from Cleveland High School.

“We’re excited for Tony,” Knights Baseball Inc. CEO Dan Segel said. “As part of Roosevelt’s renovation, a new baseball field is under construction and Tony now can help build and grow strong youth baseball programs in North Portland, that feed Roosevelt.”

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We released our 2018 schedule on Monday. It features 32 home dates at Goss Stadium.

We open the season with our seventh annual Science, Engineering & Art Day game against the Portland Sea Dogs at Goss Stadium at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30. We then hit the road for Kelowna, B.C., to open WCL play against the Falcons on June 6.

We start the WCL home schedule on Tuesday, June 12, against the Wenatchee AppleSox.

For more on the schedule, and a complete list of home games, please click here. For a story from the WCL, and a spreadsheet showing the entire league schedule, please click here.

See you at Goss! Opening day is just 195 days away!

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Our 2018 season tickets are now on sale! You can save $10 when you renew or purchase new tickets by Dec. 31. 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!

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