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Gotta, Haddeland, Drake named first-team all-stars

May 5, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Great weekend for the Beavers and for our OSU Knights alums during their sweep at California.

Three members of our 2011 pitching staff, Ben Wetzler, Scott Schultz and Jace Fry all picked up wins. Fry was especially impressive, as he threw his second straight one-hitter in Sunday's win. He has a no-hitter, a complete-game one-hitter, an eight-inning one-hitter and a seven-inning one-hitter this spring.

Meanwhile, we are down to 30 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum Cade Gotta (2011) of San Diego Christian was named the Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA) Player of the Week and was named to the All-GSAC Team. Here is more, from the Summer Baseball Insider website. Congrats to Cade!

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Linfield junior pitcher Chris Haddeland (2014) was named a first-team Northwest Conference all-star for the second year in a row on Monday.

Pacific Lutheran freshman pitcher Derrick Mahlum (2014) was a second-team choice. PLU junior pitcher Chris Bishop (2013-14) and George Fox junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013) earned honorable mention.

Congrats to all four players. Here is the complete team, from the NWC website.

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Concordia junior center fielder Blake Drake (2013) was named to the 2014 NAIA West Group all-star team, and won a Gold Glove for his defensive work. Blake hit .320, with four homers and 27 RBIs. Here is the complete team, from the Cascade Conference website.

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Here is the Edition No. 2 of the "Post from the Coast" column from reporter Bruce Baskin. It's good reading, with tons of information about the WCL.

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* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in an 11-7 win over Gwinnett on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run in an 8-3 win over Memphis.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have released their 2014 promotional schedule. Click here for complete details, from their website.

WALLA WALLA: Here is the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a weekly feature on their website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Alums Boyd, Nygren, Kraus promoted

May 2, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

The Beavers begin their weekend series against California tonight. Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) will be their starting pitcher; Jace Fry (2011) gets the nod on Sunday.

The Knights are down to 33 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted alum Matt Boyd (2010) to New Hampshire of the double-A Eastern League from Dunedin of the high-A Florida State League. Matt made his debut last night and gave up two runs in four innings, with four strikeouts. He was 4-0, 0.29 in five starts at Dunedin, with 37 strikeouts in 31 innings.

The Miami Marlins have promoted alum James Nygren (2009) to New Orleans of the triple-A International League from Jacksonville of the double-A Southern League. He gave up one run in 1.1 innings last night in his first appearance. He was 0-0, 2.00 in seven appearances at Jacksonville, with nine strikeouts in nine innings.

Boston has promoted pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) to Portland of the double-A Eastern League from Salem of the high-A Carolina League. Kraus was touched for four runs in 1.1 innings in his 2014 AA debut; he also played at Portland briefly in 2013.

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Cypress College sophomore designated hitter Joe Duffin, a 2013 Knight who will return this summer, was named a first-team Orange Empire Conference all-star. Duff hit .336 with 13 doubles, five homers, 32 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

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Only one 2014 Knight was in action for his college team on Thursday.

* Dixie State first baseman Kevin Kline, a returnee from 2013, was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 7-3 win over Fresno Pacific.

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Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 3-for-5 with two homers, three RBIs and two runs in a 7-5 loss to Memphis on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 7-5 win over Gwinnett.

* Visalia (A California, Diamondbacks) pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) had two strikeouts in one scoreless inning and was not involved in the decision in a 3-2 loss to Lake Elsinore.

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Here is the latest installment of our "Knights in the Pros" update, a Friday feature throughout the minor-league season.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .192 (5-26) in nine games, with no homers and one RBI.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .321 (17-53) in 18 games, with no homers and seven RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants) : The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .258 (23-89) in 24 games, with 12 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .271 (23-85) in 24 games, with a homer and 11 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .059 (1-17) in seven games, with one RBI.

DREW GARCIA (AAA Colorado Springs, Rockies): The second baseman from UC Riverside (2007) is hitting .231 (15-65) in 19 games, with three homers and 11 RBIs.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's) : The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .143 (4-28) in eight games, with no homers and one RBI.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .275 (14-51) in 16 games, with one homer and eight RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .198 (18-91) in 26 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .273 (24-88) in 26 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .230 (17-74) in 20 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .264 (23-87) in 24 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Lancaster, Astros) : The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .202 (5-28) in 10 games, with no homers and four RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .291 (16-55) in 16 games, with two homers and nine RBIs. He is presently on the 7-day DL.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 2-1, 2.16 in five games, with 18 strikeouts in 25 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 1-2, 4.22 in six games, with 30 strikeouts in 32 innings.

MAX BEATTY (TBA, Padres) : The pitcher from Pacific Lutheran (2010-12) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

MATT BOYD (AA Portland, Blue Jays): The pitcher from Oregon State (2010) is 0-0, 4.50 in one game, with four strikeouts in four innings. He was promoted from high-A Dunedin of the Florida State League this week.

A.J. BURKE (TBA, A's) : The pitcher from Western Oregon (2012) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

TREVOR FRANK (A Lake County, Indians) : The pitcher from UC Riverside (2012) is 0-2, 3.09 in nine games, with three saves and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State is 1-4, 7.23 in five games, with 22 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-2, 2.45 in five games, with 22 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (TBA, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

KYLE KRAUS (AA Portland, Red Sox) : The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 0-0, 21.60 in one game, with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. He was promoted from high-A Salem of the Carolina League this week.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 2-1, 0.56 in five games, with 25 strikeouts in 32 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AAA New Orleans, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-0, 6.75 in one game, with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings He was promoted from double-A Jacksonville this week.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 5.91 in 10 games, with 11 strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (AA Binghamton, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is 0-1, 5.51 in three games, with 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (A Visalia, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 2-0, 2.70 in 10 games, with six saves and 22 strikeouts in 10 innings.

NICK STRUCK (TBA, Dodgers) : The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: Former Knight Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013) or George Fox is among the Northwest players signed by the AppleSox for the upcoming season. Click here for complete details, from the Our Sports Central website.

MEDFORD: Outfielder Ramon Laureano of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M is the Rogues Player of the Week. Click here for full details, from the team website.

VICTORIA: Peninsula Co-op will sponsor Victoria's Junior Cats Club this summer. . Click here for full details, from the team website.

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That is it for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Ivy League honors alum Gus Craig

May 1, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

The Beavers head down to Berkeley today for their weekend series against California. As usual, Knights alum Ben Wetzler (2011) will be Friday night's starting pitcher and Jace Fry (2011) gets the nod on Sunday afternoon.

It's an important weekend (aren't they all?) for the Beavers, who lead the Pacific-12 Conference. If they keep winning series, a repeat Pac-12 championship will be earned, and once again we'll have NCAA regional (and hopefully Super Regional) baseball at Goss Stadium.

In the meantime, it is a mere 34 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum Gus Craig (2013) of Columbia was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for April 21-27. He hit .632 (12-19) in five games, with three doubles, a homer, seven RBIs and four runs. Here is more on that story, from the Columbia website.

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Junior pitcher Chris Haddeland of Linfield, a 2014 signee, was named to the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week. He pitched a two-hit shutout against Lewis & Clark College this past Friday, with six strikeouts and no walks.

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Our story on 2013 alum Kavin Keyes of Oregon State now appears on our website. Click here to check it out.

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Only a couple 2014 Knights were in action for their college teams on Wednesday.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker, a returnee from 2013, was 2-for-5 with a run in a 9-6 win over San Diego Christian.

* Midland CC catcher Chris Shaw was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-3 win over New Mexico JC.

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Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09), Grant's older brother, was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, a run, a double and two walks in an 8-3 win over Tulsa on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-3 with a walk in a 5-1 loss to Mississippi.

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-2 with two RBIs in a 2-1 win over West Virginia in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He was 1-for-3 with a double in a 6-0 loss in the nightcap.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells will honor current and former members of the United States military before and during all Wednesday home games during the 2014 season. Click here for complete details. Also, Every Monday in July (7, 14, 28) will be "Momday Monday," filled with special recognition, offers and raffles for moms. For more on that promotion, Click here.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Cowlitz picked to win North Division

April 30, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Beautiful morning in Corvallis, and our great weather is supposed to last all week. Can't beat that.

Opening day is just five weeks away. That's right, it's just 35 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Reporter Jacob F. Garcia of the Best Coast Baseball website picks Cowlitz to win the North Division title in the third installment of his West Coast League preview series. You can read all about it by clicking here.

Earlier this month, Garcia picked the Knights to win the South Division, and chose Walla Walla to win the East Division.

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Tough day for two of our 2014 pitching signees on Tuesday. Here's a roundup:

* Cal Poly pitcher Slater Lee gave up four runs and had one strikeout in one inning and got the loss in an 11-4 setback at Pepperdine. Reliever Bryan Granger (2012) allowed no earned runs and had two strikeouts in two innings; shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 1-for-5 with an RBI; outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-4 with a run, and third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI for the Mustangs.

* Washington pitcher Brandon Choate, a returnee from 2013, gave up five runs in three innings and was the loser in a 6-3 defeat against Seattle. Reliever Alex Nesbitt, another 2013 returnee, had a strikeout in 1.2 scoreless innings for the Huskies.

* UC Santa Barbara infielder Dalton Kelly was 2-for-4 and outfielder Scott Quinlan was 0-for-2 in a 5-5, 12-inning tie with UCLA. Greg Mahle (2012) had one strikeout in two scoreless innings for the host Gauchos, who do not have lights at their stadium so the game was halted by darkness.

* UC Riverside pitcher Angel Landazuri had one strikeout in three shutout innings and got the win in an 8-2 victory over UNLV. Outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 1-for-4 with a run for UCR.

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Lancaster (A California, Astros) catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 5-3 win over High Desert on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) got a hold and struck out one in a scoreless inning of relief in a 3-1 win over Bowie.

* Durham (AAA International, Rays) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed four runs and had six strikeouts in six innings and got a no-decision in a 6-5 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Here are the updated stats (through Tuesday) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

KEVIN FARLEY (Portland): A 10-day infield signee, Kevin is hitting .203 (15-74) in 28 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .239 (27-113) in 39 games, with no homers and 14 RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-2 in two games.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .250 (2-8) in eight games, with no homers or RBIs.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .183 (24-131) with no homers and nine RBIs in 43 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .259 (14-54) with no homers and six RBIs in 40 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .250 (19-76) with no homers and seven RBIs in 31 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 with no homers or RBIs in three games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 7-2, 3.67 in 11 games, with 57 strikeouts in 56.1 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 2-1, 3.27 over 14 appearances, with 21 strikeouts in 22 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 3.26 in nine games, with 11 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 3-2, 3.69 in 15 games, with 26 strikeouts in 39 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-2, 5.81 in 13 games, with 33 strikeouts in 48 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-2, 5.53 in 14 games, with 19 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 9.64 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 6.14 in eight appearances, with six strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 1-1, 2.84 in 12 games, with 11 strikeouts in 19 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 1-0, 1.91 in 13 games, with 23 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-1, 11.57 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: The Harbour Cats training team for the 2014 season is in place. Click here for complete details.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Lindfield's Haddeland earns Pitcher of the Week honors

April 29, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

The sunshine has finally returned to Corvallis and we are expecting a great week of weather. Of course the Beavers are out of town (at California this weekend) but at least the local high school teams should be able to reschedule all the games postponed last week.

Speaking of beautiful weather (brilliant transition, huh?), we should have it all summer long at Goss Stadium, where we start our season in just 36 more days with a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Linfield junior right-hander Chris Haddeland (2014) earned Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time this season on Tuesday. He rebounded from his first loss in more than a year this past Friday with a two-hit, complete-game shutout in top-ranked Linfield's 2-0 victory over Lewis & Clark. He had six strikeouts, no walks and lowered his ERA to 1.09 with his third shutout and fifth complete game of the year.

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Two alum left-handers were nominated for Pitcher of the Week honors on their respective conference this week, but were not selected. Here is a roundup:

* UC Riverside senior Dylan Stuart (2011-12) pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief on Sunday and got the win in a 7-3 triumph over UC Santa Barbara. He struck out three and allowed two hits. He plays in the Big West Conference.

* Oregon State junior Jace Fry (2011) one-hit Oregon over eight innings on Sunday in a 7-1 victory that gave the Beavers the sweep of the Civil War series. Fry had a career-high 11 strikeouts. He plays in the Pac-12.

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Alum Peter Van Gansen (2013) of Cal Poly, the first-team All-WCL shortstop last season, is on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the country's top shortstop. Please click here to read all about it.

We mentioned alum Casey Bloomquist's (2013) nomination to the Pitcher of the Year watch list last week. He also plays for Cal Poly.

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Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 3-for-4 with an RBI on Monday in a 7-5 win over Springfield to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Alum Sam Gaviglio (2009) was the losing pitcher.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 3-2 loss to Bowie.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) struck out one in one inning and got his third save in a 5-4 win over West Michigan.

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Here are the updated stats of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights.

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a varsity game but is starring for the JV.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .336 (40-119) in 34 games, with five homers and 32 RBIs.

MARC GALLEGOS (Corban): A returnee from 2012 who missed last summer with an injury, Marc is hitting .320 (62-194) in 50 games, with two homers and 17 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .317 (57-180) in 46 games, with six homers and 46 RBIs.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .184 (9-49) in 18 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .272 (28-103) in 33 games, with no homers and 16 RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .242 (32-132) in 41 games, with six homers and 27 RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .083 (1-12) in 24 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .338 (46-136) in 41 games, with 10 homers and 41 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 5-5, 2.68 in 77.1 innings over 12 games, with 71 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 2-2, 4.50 in 22 innings over 16 games, with four saves and 13 strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 9-1, 1.08 in 12 games, with 69 strikeouts in 91 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 3.65 in 15 appearances, with four strikeouts in 12.1 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): A 10-day signee, Michael is 1-2, 5.02 in five games, with 12 strikeouts in 34 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 7-3, 2.28 in 11 games, with 77 strikeouts in 71 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS (Riverside CC): Austin is 3-1, 2.81 in 11 games, with 13 strikeouts in 16 innings.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 2-1, 2.32 in six games, with 17 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The player with the best name in the West Coast League, Weatherford College infielder Scotland Church, will return for another season with the Falcons. Here is more on that story, from the Kelowna website.

The Falcons have also signed four players from Oregon State, including 2013 Knights pitcher Kevin Flemer, no doubt thanks to their connection to former Knights' standout Dylan Jones. The OSU volunteer assistant will assist at Kelowna this summer, joining new head coach Billy Clontz and assistant Richie Jimenez, two more Corvallis alums. All three were teammates on the 2009 Knights. Here are full details on that story.

VICTORIA: In keeping with our all-Canada theme, here is the latest edition of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog, in which we get an update on their Canadian players.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Arizona releases alum Carter Bell

April 28, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Great weekend of baseball in Corvallis. Oregon State's pitching dominated as the Beavers swept their Civil War series against Oregon at Goss Stadium.

Knights alums/future Knights played big roles. Ben Wetzler (2011) won Friday night's game; Jace Fry (2011) won Sunday's game with a one-hitter through eight innings. Scott Schultz (2011) saved Friday and Saturday's wins, and Brandon Jackson (2012) finished up Sunday's game.

Logan Ice (2014) caught all three games and had two RBIs on Sunday. The weather was miserable but that didn't stop nearly 10,000 fans from attending the series and once again Corvallis showed why it is the baseball capital of of Oregon.

Speaking of Goss Stadium, we will see you there in 37 more days, at our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Former Knights' infielder Carter Bell (2009) has been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks after four seasons in their farm system. The Oregon State product hit .253 (166-655) on 183 career games, with eight homers and 70 RBIs. He played briefly at South Bend in the Midwest League this year, then went on the DL and was released when he came off.

The rumor is the Toronto Blue Jays are promoting alum Matt Boyd (2010) to double-A New Hampshire in the Eastern League after a great start at Dunedin in the advanced-A Florida State League. He is/was 4-0, 0.29 in five starts, with 37 strikeouts and only five walks in five games. He had a career-high 12 strikeouts in a win on Friday; here is more from MLB.com.

And here is an interview with Boyd by reporter Kyle Franzoni of the Jays Journal website.

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We have posted a story on Linfield junior outfielder Jackson Ruckert of West Albany High School, a 10-day signee, on our website. Click here to read all about it.

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Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with two runs, two doubles and two RBIs in a 9-7 win over Pawtucket on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) designated hitter Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-2 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 9-6 loss to Binghamton.

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg was 2-for-4 with two runs in a 10-0 win over Montgomery.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher Scott Lyman (2010) allowed one run and five hits and had five strikeouts in seven innings in a 3-2 loss to Charlotte. He got a no-decision.

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run and a double in a 3-2 loss to Rome.

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Here is a preview of Bend's pitching staff, from Summer Baseball Insider. It's "Part 1" and we can look for "Part 2" sometime next week.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: Here is the latest news on the Black Bears, from the Daily News newspaper of Kelso-Longview.

WALLA WALLA: Here is the latest edition of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a regular feature on their website.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed four more players for the upcoming season, two from Cal State-Northridge and two from Pomona-Pitzer. Click here for more information, from the Wenatchee website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Wetzler, Fry, Bloomquist on POTY watch list

April 25, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

Big baseball series in Corvallis this weekend, as Oregon visits Oregon State in the Civil War. Games are set for 7 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be plenty of former and future Knights on the field. Alums Ben Wetzler (2011) and Jace Fry (2011) get the start on Friday and Sunday for OSU. The bullpen will be staffed by Scott Schultz (2011), Brandon Jackson (2012) and Kevin Flemer (2013). Catchers Logan Ice (2014) and Nate Esposito (2012) and infielders Dan James (2014) and Gabe Clark (2013) are also at the ready for the offense.

The Ducks feature pitchers Steven Nogosek (2013-14) and Jordan Spencer (2014). Outfielder Connor Hofmann (2011-12) left the team earlier this year following a dispute about playing time (or a lack thereof).

So, see you at the ballpark! Dress warmly!

We will also see you in the ballpark in just 40 days, at our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Speaking of Wetzler and Fry, they were named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame's watch list for the national Pitcher of the Year award. Wetzler is 6-1 with a 0.68 ERA; Fry is 7-1, 1.95 heading into this weekend's series with Oregon.

Cal Poly sophomore Casey Bloomquist (2013) was also named to the list. He's 9-0, 1.36 this spring. Please click here for full details.

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Several 2014 Knights were in action for their respective college teams on Thursday. Here's a roundup:

* George Fox pitcher Sean Eberhardt retired the only hitter he faced to save a 7-2 win over Corban. Shortstop Marc Gallegos was 1-for-5 for Corban.

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin was 1-for-2 with an RBI in a 9-7 loss to Santa Ana.

* Riverside CC designated hitter Austin Sodders was 1-for-5 in a 1-0 loss to Saddleback. He will pitch for us this summer.

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Binghamton (AA Eastern, Mets) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) allowed three earned runs in seven innings, had five strikeouts and got a no-decision in a 5-4 win over Portland on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink was 2-for-4 with a run in a 10-2 loss to Lansing.

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Here is the latest installment of our "Knights in the Pros" update, a Friday feature throughout the minor-league season.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .200 (4-20) in seven games, with no homers or RBIs.

CARTER BELL (A South Bend, Diamondbacks): The infielder from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .250 (1-4) in one game, with no homers or RBIs. He is on the 7-day disabled list.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .286 (10-35) in 13 games, with no homers and five RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants) : The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .250 (17-68) in 18 games, with 10 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .311 (19-61) in 18 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .059 (1-17) in seven games, with one RBI.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's): The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .125 (3-24) in seven games, with no homers or RBIs.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .256 (11-43) in 13 games, with one homer and seven RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .205 (15-73) in 20 games, with three homers and 11 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .242 (16-66) in 18 games, with a homer and eight RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .286 (16-56) in 15 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .239 (17-71) in 19 games, with a homer and five RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Lancaster, Astros): The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .158 (3-19) in seven games, with no homers and three RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .291 (16-55) in 16 games, with two homers and nine RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 2-1, 2.70 in four games, with 13 strikeouts in 20 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 1-2, 3.81 in five games, with 24 strikeouts in 26 innings.

MAX BEATTY (TBA, Padres): The pitcher from Pacific Lutheran (2010-12) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

MATT BOYD (A Dunedin, Blue Jays): The pitcher from Oregon State (2010) is 3-0, 0.39 in four games, with 25 strikeouts in 23 innings.

A.J. BURKE (TBA, A's): The pitcher from Western Oregon (2012) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

TREVOR FRANK (A Lake County, Indians): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2012) is 0-1, 3.52 in six games, with two saves and nine strikeouts in six innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State is 1-3, 5.49 in four games, with 19 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-1, 2.08 in four games, with 21 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (TBA, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

KYLE KRAUS (A Salem, Red Sox): The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 0-0, 6.43 in four games, with eight strikeouts in 14 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 2-1, 0.36 in four games, with 20 strikeouts in 25 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-0, 1.00 in six games, with nine strikeouts in nine innings.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 6.48 in seven games, with eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (AA Binghamton, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is 0-1, 5.51 in three games, with 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (A Visalia, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 2-0, 2.25 in eight games, with five saves and 18 strikeouts in eight innings.

NICK STRUCK (TBA, Dodgers) : The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have announced the return of $2 Tuesdays, which were a big hit last season. Click here for more information, from the Bellingham website. They also announced their Family Fun Day Sunday promotion; here is more on that story, also from their website.

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That is it for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Knights sign Farley of Portland to 10-day deal

April 24, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Hopefully the rain will let up sometime this week so we can finally play some baseball in town again. Almost every high school game this week has been postponed and the weather doesn't sound very promising for weekend's Civil War series against Oregon at Goss Stadium.

We know it will break by the summer, however, which is fast approaching. It is now just 41 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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The Knights have signed University of Portland second baseman Kevin Farley to a 10-day contract.

Farley is a 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore from California High School in San Ramon, Calif. He is hitting .194 (14-72) in 26 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs, heading into this weekend's West Coast Conference series with San Francisco. Farley hit .188 (3-16) in 11 games as a freshman in 2013, with no homers and one RBI.

A two-year letterwinner at California High School, Kevin led team in home runs as a senior, helping the Grizzlies reach the CIF section championships at Oakland Coliseum. He also earned two letters in football and was the quarterback for the East Bay All-State Team, helping the squad to a victory in the Holiday Classic All-Star Game.

His grandfather Leon played soccer and rugby at UCLA and is a member of the UCLA Hall of Fame. His grandfather Norman played baseball at Arkansas State and briefly played minor league ball in the Washington Senators organization. His uncle Pat played football at UC Santa Barbara.

Welcome aboard, Kevin!

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Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) designated hitter Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a 6-0 win over Bowie on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in a 7-6 win over Pensacola.

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) threw two innings of scoreless relief, had one strikeout and lowered his ERA to 1.00 in a 7-6 win over Pensacola.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: Corban College sophomore outfielder Landon Front, a starter for the Bend Bucks last summer, is having a good season and will bid for a spot with the Elks in 2014. Click here for more on Front; it's the first item on the menu.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have signed four more players for their second season in the WCL. Here is more on that story, from the Victoria website.

The HarbourCats are also looking for help in the ticket office. For more on that, please click here for additional details.

And finally, here is the latest installment of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

WALLA WALLA: Several former Sweets are making their way in affiliated baseball. Here are full details, from the Walla Walla website.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Knights sign LHP Austin Sodders of RCC

April 23, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

The Beavers bounced back on Tuesday with a big 8-1 win at Sacramento State to split that series. Now it is back to Corvallis for this weekend's Civil War series against Oregon.

Speaking of back to Corvallis, we are down to 42 more days (six weeks) until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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The Knights have signed pitcher Austin Sodders of Riverside City College for the 2014 season. He is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman lefthander from Canyon Creek High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. He is 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA in 11 appearances this spring, with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Sodders replaces pitcher Chris Vargas on the roster. A freshman at UC Riverside, Vargas will miss the summer season because of injury.

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We have posted a story on returnee Kevin Kline of Dixie State on our website. Please click here to check it out, if you have not already read it. Kevin played a big role on our championship team last summer and we are looking for more big things out of the slugging first baseman this summer!

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Several 2014 Knights were in action for their college teams on Tuesday. Here is a roundup:

* Oregon State catcher Logan Ice was 2-for-5 in an 8-1 win at Sacramento State. Alum Gabe Clark (2013) was 0-for-4.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker was 0-for-1 in a 7-6 win over UC Riverside. Starter Angel Landazuri gave up two runs and had two strikeouts for the Highlanders; Dylan Stuart (2011-12) gave up an unearned run and had three strikeouts in three innings and outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI for UCR.

* Cal Poly pitcher Slater Lee gave up one run, had one strikeout and pitched five innings for the win in a 12-5 victory over San Jose State. Outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-4 with two runs, third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs, shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 0-for-3 and pitcher Bryan Granger (2012) allowed one run in one inning for the Mustangs.

* Washington pitcher Brandon Choate had one strikeout in 1.2 innings of shutout relief in a 1-0 loss to Seattle University.

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin was 1-for-3 with a run, a double and two RBIs in a 17-5 loss to Santa Ana.

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Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-6 with a double, a run and two RBIs in an 11-5 win over Reading on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-5 with two runs in an 8-6 win over West Virginia.

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run in a 6-3 win over Norfolk.

* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 13-2 loss to Mobile.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher Scott Lyman (2010) had five strikeouts and allowed five hits in six shutout innings and got the win in a 5-1 victory over Ft. Myers. He lowered his ERA to 0.36.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson had six strikeouts in five shutout innings and left with a 3-0 lead but was not involved in the decision in a 4-3 loss to Hagerstown.

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Here are the updated stats (through Tuesday) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .257 (27-105) in 36 games, with no homers and 12 RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 in one game.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in seven games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .187 (23-123) with no homers and eight RBIs in 40 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .292 (14-48) with no homers and six RBIs in 36 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .258 (17-66) with no homers and seven RBIs in 27 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 with no homers or RBIs in three games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 7-1, 3.40 in 10 games, with 56 strikeouts in 53 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 2-0, 1.59 over 11 appearances, with 19 strikeouts in 17 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 3.26 in nine games, with 11 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-1, 3.93 in 13 games, with 23 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-1, 5.17 in 12 games, with 32 strikeouts in 47 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-2, 5.53 in 14 games, with 19 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 9.64 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 7.94 in seven appearances, with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 1-1, 2.50 in 11 games, with 11 strikeouts in 18 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 1-0, 1.82 in 11 games, with 22 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-1, 11.57 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have signed three more players for their first season in the WCL. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

The Pippins are also making final preparations at Yakima County Stadium. For more on that, please click here for a story and video, from the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper's website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Haddeland nominated for NWC honors

April 22, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Tough loss for the Beavers at Sacramento State on Monday. Game 2 is today so hopefully they can even things up.

It is now a mere 43 more days until our June 4 season opener at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Linfield junior pitcher Chris Haddeland (2014) was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected. He allowed three earned runs and had nine strikeouts in eight innings of a 4-1 loss against George Fox this past Friday. It was his first loss of the season.

Linfield won the final two games of the series, however, to clinch the NWC title and to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Linfield is the defending national champion.

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Former Knights' pitcher/outfielder Michael Blake (2010) was traded to the Sioux Falls (SD) Canaries by the Laredo Lemurs of the independent American Association on Monday. Blake was an all-WCL choice for us in 2010 after his sophomore season at Mt. Hood. He later played at Hawaii and spent three seasons in the Arizona organization before being released in the offseason.

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A couple of 2014 Knights were in action for their college teams on Monday. Here is a roundup:

* Oregon State catcher Logan Ice was 1-for-3 in a 7-6 loss at Sacramento State. Alum Jace Fry (2011) allowed three runs and had four strikeouts in four innings; Scott Schultz (2011) allowed two runs in 1.2 innings and Ben Wetzler (2011) allowed no runs in .2 innings.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker scored as a pinch-runner in the ninth, when the USD rallied for three runs to defeat Long Beach State 4-3.

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Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs, a double and three walks in an 11-4 win over West Virginia on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) first baseman Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-4 with a double an RBI in a 9-4 loss to Bowie.

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren (2009) threw two innings of scoreless relief and had three strikeouts in a 17-1 loss to Pensacola.

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Here are the updated stats of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights.

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a varsity game but is starring for the JV.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .333 (38-114) in 32 games, with five homers and 29 RBIs.

MARC GALLEGOS (Corban): A returnee from 2012 who missed last summer with an injury, Marc is hitting .311 (57-183) in 47 games, with two homers and 17 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .305 (50-164) in 42 games, with six homers and 42 RBIs.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .200 (9-45) in 15 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .275 (28-102) in 32 games, with no homers and 16 RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .246 (30-122) in 38 games, with five homers and 24 RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .100 (1-10) in 21 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .322 (39-121) in 37 games, with eight homers and 36 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 4-5, 2.94 in 70.1 innings over 11 games, with 65 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 2-2, 4.79 in 20.2 innings over 14 games, with two saves and 12 strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 8-1, 1.21 in 11 games, with 63 strikeouts in 82 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 3.65 in 15 appearances, with four strikeouts in 12.1 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Michael is 1-2, 5.52 in four games, with 11 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 6-3, 2.31 in 10 games, with 69 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 2-1, 2.65 in five games, with 20 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: Former Bend High School outfielder Justin Erlandson, a 2014 Elk, is hitting .283 and is starting for Scottsdale Community College. Click here for complete details; it is the top item on the menu.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed three players from partner school UCLA for the 2014 season. Here is more on that story, from the Summer Baseball Insider website.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.