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Dane Lund profiled in Corvallis Gazette-Times

June 24, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Tough Monday night in Wenatchee, where a lot of teams struggle to win because the AppleSox are consistently a good team. After a 5-4 loss we must win tonight and on Wednesday if we hope to extend our streak of consecutive series wins to five in a row.

The series resumes at 7:05 p.m. today. Angel Landazuri (0-0, 3.85) of UC Riverside is the scheduled starter for the Knights, opposed by Brandon Bailey (0-0, 0.00) of Gonzaga in a matchup of freshmen right-handers.

We head home after Wednesday night's series finale and we will host the Mid-Valley Rockets American Legion team at 6:40 p.m. Thursday in the opener of a 7-game homestand that features a return visit from the AppleSox this Friday-Sunday and then three games with Medford.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Good story on Knights' veteran Dane Lund by Kevin Hampton in today's Corvallis Gazette-Times. Please click here to read the story.

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The Huntsville Stars (Brewers) of the double-A Southern League have placed outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) on the disabled list after he hyperextended his elbow during a swing. The 2012 supplemental first-rounder from Cal Poly, the 2012 Big West Conference Player of the Year, had been finding his swing, batting .333/.380/.591 with seven homers in his past 25 games.

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Our attendance has risen to 11,860 in 10 openings; that is 63 behind last year at this point. But we'd already had the popular ZOOperstars! at this point in 2013; their appearance this Friday should give us a boost and put us ahead of last year, when we drew a franchise-record 43,529.

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Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy 92007) was 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two runs and an RBI in a 7-4 loss to Columbus on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 2-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to Norfolk.

* Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 6-4 win over Reno.

* Jamestown (A New York-Penn, Pirates) outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 2-for-3 in an 8-5 loss to Williamsville.

* Arizona Rookie League Indians (Indians) outfielder David Armendariz (2011) was 2-for-4 in a 9-1 loss to the ARL Brewers.

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Some news from elsewhere in the WCL:

BEND: Here's a nice story from the Bend Bulletin newspaper on new Elks' coach Marty Hunter, the George Fox head coach and the father of 2009 Knights' infielder Taylor Hunter.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats lead the early attendance race in the WCL. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website. And, alum Alex Real (2013) of New Mexico has signed with the Twins and turned pro. Here is more on that story, also from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. Tune into tonight's game on KEJO-AM 1240 if you can't be in Wenatchee, and we will see you in Wednesday.


Chris Shaw out with hamate bone injury

June 23, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Another successful weekend for the Knights, even though we lost 5-2 on Sunday to Kelowna. We still won our fourth straight series, and as long as we keep winning two out of three we will be just fine.

The team left for Wenatchee at 7:30 this morning for Wenatchee and a three-game series with the AppleSox at Paul Thomas Sr. Field at Wenatchee Valley CC. All three games start at 7:05 p.m., and we'll head home after Wednesday night's game.

We host the Mid-Valley Rockets American Legion team at 6:40 p.m. Thursday in the opener of a 7-game homestand that features a return visit from the AppleSox this Friday-Sunday and then three games with Medford.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Catcher Chris Shaw of Midland CC has returned home to fix a hamate bone injury and won't play again this summer. He hit .194 (6-31) in nine games, with no homers and two RBIs. He will play at Oklahoma in 2014-15.

Pitcher Joey Wise tweaked a hamstring while retiring the final batter of the eighth inning on a strikeout on Saturday night and will be sidelined for about two weeks. A sophomore-to-be at Grand Canyon, Joey is 0-0, 0.00 in four games, with a save and five strikeouts I 6.2 innings.

Pitcher Jason Snodgrass, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound right-hander from Concordia and Ramona, Calif., joined us yesterday. He was 5-6, 3.18 in 13 games in 2014, with 44 strikeouts in 82 innings, and was an NAIA West Gold Glove winner.

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We will have a website story on Kelowna head coach Billy Clontz, a former Knights' player and assistant coach, later this week. In the meantime, here is more on Billy, from Corvallis Gazette-Times reporter Jesse Sowa.

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Our attendance has risen to 11,860 in 10 openings; that is 63 behind last year at this point. But we'd already had the popular ZOOperstars! at this point in 2013; their appearance this Friday should give us a boost and put us ahead of last year, when we drew a franchise-record 43,529.

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Hillsboro (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) threw four shutout innings and had two strikeouts but got a no-decision for the Hops in their 5-3 loss to Vancouver on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) had one strikeout in 2/3 scoreless innings and got his fifth save in a 6-3 win over South Bend.

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes(2010) was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs in a 6-5 win over Charleston.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and two runs in a 7-5 win over Erie. DH Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-4 with a double for Erie.

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Five more Knights alums selected in the recent MLB draft have made their professional debuts: Second baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) with Ogden (Dodgers) in the Pioneer League; outfielder David Armendariz (2011), with the Indians in the Arizona Rookie League; pitcher Jace Fry (2011), with Great Falls (White Sox) in the Pioneer League; outfielder Cade Gotta (2011), with the Gulf Coast League Rays, and pitcher Justin Hepner (2011), with the Gulf Coast League Marlins.

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Some news from elsewhere in the WCL:

WENATCHEE: AppleSox second baseman Caleb Wood of Gonzaga was named West Coast League Player of the Week for June 16-22. here is more on that story, from WCL website.

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That is it for today. Tune into tonight's game on KEJO-AM 1240 if you can't be in Wenatchee, and we will see you tomorrow.


Knights sign Concordia RHP Jason Snodgrass

June 20, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

We won again at Cowlitz last night, 3-2 on an unearned run in the ninth, and won the series 2-1. It's our third series win in a row and we are now in second place in the South Division, one game behind Medford.

We returned home after Thursday's game and will face Kelowna tonight, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon (my guess is it was a fun bus ride). The series marks the return of former Knights' player and assistant coach Billy Clontz, who is Kelowna's new head coach. His assistants are ex-Knights' MVPs Richie Jimenez (2008-09) and Dylan Jones (2009-10).

We've got some great promotions coming up for the weekend.

* Tonight is Linn Benton Cowbell Knight. The first 500 fans get cowbells compliments of Linn Benton Tractor. We gotta have more cowbell!!!

* Saturday is our first $1,000 Dash for Cash, present by All-Family Vision Care. Children 12 years and under are eligible to dash for the cash (one thousand $1 bills) on the Goss Stadium infield.

Also on Saturday is our annual free youth baseball clinic, presented by Starker Forests. To register, email dan.segel@corvallisknights.com. It is not necessary to register for this clinic, but to participate, the hold harmless agreement must be completed, signed and submitted at the registration table, which opens at 8:45 am. The clinic runs 9 a.m. until noon and is supervised by Corvallis head coach Brooke Knight. The players serve as instructors.

Sunday is Family Day, presented by MOM Magazine. Come out to the ballpark for a fun-filled family day. Please not the special start time of 1 p.m.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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You can never have enough pitching and we strengthened our staff today with the signing of Concordia University senior-to-be pitcher Jason Snodgrass.

He is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound right-hander from Ramona, Calif. Snodgrass was 5-6, 3.18 in 13 games for Concordia in 2014, with 44 strikeouts in 82 innings, and was an NAIA West Gold Glove winner.

Snodgrass was 1-2, 3.09 ERA in 32 innings in seven games as a sophomore and went 6-5, 4.36 in 15 games as a freshman. He captained his Ramona High School team as senior in 2011, and was named a second-team Palomar League all-star. He will join the team in time for the Monday-Wednesday series at Wenatchee.

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Knights' skipper Brooke Knight will return to the Australian Baseball League and coach the Adelaide Bite in 2014-15, the team announced Thursday. Here are more details, from the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper.

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Johnson City (A Appalachian, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) made his professional debut in a 13-0 win over Bluefield on Thursday night and went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jamestown (A New York-Penn, Pirates) outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) made his pro debut and was 0-for-3 with a walk in a 4-2 loss to Williamsport.

* Vermont (A New York-Penn, A's) pitcher AJ Burke (2012) allowed no earned runs and had two strikeouts in 3.1 innings in a 6-1 loss to Tri-City (Albany).

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) struck out one in an inning of scoreless relief in a 6-0 loss to Binghamton.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) had a scoreless inning of relief in a 5-1 loss to Montgomery.

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That is it for today. See you at the ballpark tonight for Game 1 of this weekend's Kelowna series.


Mahle makes pro debut with Orem Owls

June 19, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

We emerged from our funk in Cowlitz on Wednesday night and thrashed the Black Bears 10-3 before a huge crowd of 1,733 to end our two-game losing streak. We had 13 hits and starter Derrick Mahlum of Pacific Lutheran gave us five solid innings for the win.

Linfield's Chris Haddeland is our starting pitcher for tonight's 6:35 series finale, as Justin Calomeni of Cal Poly has been pushed back a day after pitching on Monday. If we win, that will be three series victories in a row.

We return home after tonight's game and will face Kelowna this Friday-Sunday. It marks the return of former Knights' player and assistant coach Billy Clontz, who is Kelowna's new head coach. His assistants are ex-Knights' MVPs Richie Jimenez (2008-09) and Dylan Jones (2009-10).

We've got some great promotions coming up for the weekend.

* Friday is Linn Benton Cowbell Knight. The first 500 fans get cowbells compliments of Linn Benton Tractor. We gotta have more cowbell!!!

* Saturday is our first $1,000 Dash for Cash, present by All-Family Vision Care. Children 12 years and under are eligible to dash for the cash (one thousand $1 bills) on the Goss Stadium infield.

Also on Saturday is our annual free youth baseball clinic, presented by Starker Forests. To register, email dan.segel@corvallisknights.com. It is not necessary to register for this clinic, but to participate, the hold harmless agreement must be completed, signed and submitted at the registration table, which opens at 8:45 am. The clinic runs 9 a.m. until noon and is supervised by Corvallis head coach Brooke Knight. The players serve as instructors.

Sunday is Family Day, presented by MOM Magazine. Come out to the ballpark for a fun-filled family day. Please not the special start time of 1 p.m.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Orem (A Pioneer, Angels) Owls' pitcher Greg Mahle, our 2012 MVP, made his professional debut in Idaho Falls on Wednesday night and had two strikeouts in a scoreless inning of relief in a 5-3 loss to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Binghamton (AA Eastern, Mets) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) allowed five hits and one run and had five strikeouts in eight innings and got the win in a 6-1 victory over Richmond.

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Cal Poly Pomona/Cal Poly first baseman David Armendariz, the MVP of our 2011 WCL champions, has signed with the Cleveland Indians and should begin his pro career shortly. He expects to be assigned to the Mahoning Valley (Youngstown, Ohio) Scrappers in the short-A New York-Penn League. He was taken in the 23rd round as the 698th selection.

San Diego State pitcher Justin Hepner, who played briefly for us in 2011, has signed with Miami. He was their 36th-round choice. Congrats to both players!

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We've made some roster moves with the arrival of our full-time players and three of our 10-day signees are no longer with us, We thank outfielders Jimmy Cleary and Jackson Ruckert of Linfield and pitcher Michael Kelly of Clackamas CC for helping us out early in the season.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday at the ballpark for Game 1 of this weekend's Kelowna series.


Alum Scott Schultz allows no runs in pro debut

June 18, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Tough night vs. Cowlitz on Tuesday, as errors led to a 3-1 loss to the Black Bears in the opener of a three-game series at Longview, Wash. Harrison McGhee of Concordia pitched a great game and deserved a better fate.

Game 2 is tonight at 6:35; Derrick Mahlum of Pacific Lutheran is set to start. Newly-arrived Justin Calomeni of Cal Poly was set to go on Thursday but he pitched on Monday so he might not start.

We return home after Thursday's game and will face Kelowna this Friday-Sunday. It marks the return of former Knights' player and assistant coach Billy Clontz, who is Kelowna's new head coach. His assistants are ex-Knights' MVPs Richie Jimenez (2008-09) and Dylan Jones (2009-10).

We've got some great promotions coming up for the Kelowna series.

* Friday is Linn Benton Cowbell Knight. The first 500 fans get cowbells compliments of Linn Benton Tractor. We gotta have more cowbell!!!

* Saturday is our first $1,000 Kids Dash for Cash, presented by All-Family Vision Care. Children 12 years and under are eligible to dash for the cash (one thousand $1 bills) on the Goss Stadium infield.

Also on Saturday is our annual free youth baseball clinic, presented by Starker Forests. To register, email dan.segel@corvallisknights.com. It is not necessary to register for this clinic, but to participate, the hold harmless agreement must be completed, signed and submitted at the registration table, which opens at 8:45 am. The clinic runs 9 a.m. until noon and is supervised by Corvallis head coach Brooke Knight. The players serve as instructors.

Sunday is Family Day, presented by MOM Magazine. Come out to the ballpark for a fun-filled family day. Please not the special start time of 1 p.m.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Hillsboro (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) pitched three scoreless innings and had one strikeout in his pro debut but got a no-decision in a 5-3 over Everett on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run and a double in a 5-1 loss to Binghamton.

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Alum David Andriese (2010-11) of UC Riverside has signed with the Pittsburg Pirates, who selected him in the 30th round as the 911th overall pick. He was a second-team all-WCL selection in 2011, when he hit .286 with a homer and 28 RBIs. Ap>Alum Justin Hepner (2011) of San Diego State has signed with Miami, who took him in the 36th round.

All told, 62 former WCL players were taken in the draft. For a complete rundown, please click here. More players will sign as undrafted free agents, a route already taken Corvallis alum Dylan Stuart, (2011-12), Andriese's teammate at UCR. We reported last week he has signed with Atlanta.

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Alum Scott Lyman (2010) of the Jupiter Hammerheads has been named to the South Division team for the upcoming Florida State League All-Star Game. A UC Davis product, Lyman is 3-5, 2.88 in 12 games, with 50 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. Jupiter is a Miami affiliate.

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We have decided to move our weekly "Knights in the Pros" update to Wednesdays from Fridays. It's a growing list as more of our 2014 draftees go pro and get assigned to their affiliate teams.

DAYTON ALEXANDER (A Vermont, A's): The outfielder from Feather River JC (2011) is hitting .200 (3-15) in three games, with no homers or RBIs.

JIMMY ALLEN (Dodgers): The second baseman from Cal Poly (2011) has not yet been assigned to an affiliate team.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .220 (27-123) in 36 games, with no homers and four RBIs.

DAVID ANDRIESE (Pirates): The outfielder from UC Riverside (2010-11) has not yet been assigned to an affiliate team.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .281 (43-153) in 48 games, with five homers and 21 RBIs.

BLAKE DRAKE (A Johnson City, Cardinals): The outfielder from Concordia (2013) has not yet played for the Appalachian League team.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants): The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .344 (84-244) in 63 games, with two homers and 41 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .236 (52-220) in 63 games, with five homers and 27 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .306 (22-72) in 26 games, with 15 RBIs.

DREW GARCIA (AAA Colorado Springs, Rockies): The second baseman from UC Riverside (2007) is hitting .228 (39-171) in 53 games, with four homers and 24 RBIs.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's): The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .174 (8-46) in 13 games, with no homers and one RBI.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .285 (47-165) in 48 games, with three homers and 20 RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .263 (62-236) in 65 games, with 10 homers and 34 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .288 (61-212) in 62 games, with three homers and 29 RBIs.

ADAM MELKER (AA Arkansas, Angels): The outfielder from Cal Poly is hitting .243 (41-169 in 46 games, with two homers and 17 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .224 (39-174) in 49 games, with two homers and 25 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .230 (53-230) in 66 games, with eight homers and 31 RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Quad City, Astros): The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .171 (6-35) in 11 games, with no homers and one RBI.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .269 (32-119) in 35 games, with six homers and 21 RBIs.

JUSTIN VIELE (A Aberdeen, Orioles): The shortstop from Santa Clara (2010) is hitting .182 (2-11) in three games, with no homers or RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 3-2, 2.56 in 11 games, with 43 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 6-3, 3.06 in 14 games, with 64 strikeouts in 79.1 innings.

MAX BEATTY (A Eugene, Padres): The pitcher from Pacific Lutheran (2010-12) is 0-0, 0.00 in one game, with three strikeouts in two innings.

MATT BOYD (A Dunedin, Blue Jays): The pitcher from Oregon State (2010) is 5-1, 0.55 in eight games, with 55 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

A.J. BURKE (A Vermont, A's): The pitcher from Western Oregon (2012) is 1-0, 1.80 in one game with Vermont, with nine strikeouts in five innings.

TREVOR FRANK (A Lake County, Indians): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2012) is 3-2, 2.28 in 23 games, with four saves and 24 strikeouts in 27.2 innings.

JACE FRY (A Great Falls, White Sox): The pitcher from Oregon State (2011) has yet to pitch for the Pioneer League's Voyagers.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State(2009) is 3-8, 5.30 in 14 games, with 69 strikeouts in 74.2 innings.

JUSTIN HEPNER (Marlins): The pitcher from San Diego State (2011) has not yet been assigned to an affiliate.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-5, 5.21 in 12 games, with 41 strikeouts in 48.1 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) is 0-1, 9.00 in one game, with no strikeouts in two innings. He is on the 7-day disabled list.

KYLE KRAUS (A Salem, Red Sox): The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 3-3, 4.85 in 12 games, with a save and 26 strikeouts in 39 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 3-5, 2.88 in 12 games, with 50 strikeouts in 68.2 innings.

GREG MAHLE (A Orem, Angels): The pitcher from UC Santa Barbara (2012) is 0-0, 0.00 in one game, with two strikeouts in one inning.

JAMES NYGREN (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-2, 4.91 in 16 games, with a save and 19 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 6.48 in 16 games, with 15 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (AA Binghamton, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is 4-1, 3.49 in eight games, with 42 strikeouts in 49 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (AA Mobile, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 1-0, 6.92 in 13 games, with a save and 18 strikeouts in 13 innings.

NICK STRUCK (AA Chattanooga, Dodgers): The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) is 1-4, 7.57 in eight games, with 24 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

DYLAN STUART (Braves): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2011-12) has yet to be assigned to an affiliate team.

BEN WETZLER (Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2011) has yet to be assigned an affiliate team.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: Nice story from the WCL website on Bellingham owner Eddie Poplawski. Click here to read it.

WENATCHEE: Pitcher Blaine Hardy, a 2006 Wenatchee alum, became the sixth former AppleSox player to appear in major-league baseball when he appeared in a game with the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. More details are available in this story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday, and hopefully at the ballpark for this weekend's Kelowna series.


Knights in Cowlitz for 3-game series

June 17, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

The Knights are off to Cowlitz today for a three-game series with the Black Bears. We play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at David Story Field on the campus of Lower Columbia College; all three games start at 6:35 p.m. and are available on KEJO-AM 1240.

Harrison McGhee of Concordia pitches tonight; Derrick Mahlum of Pacific Lutheran is set to go on Wednesday. Newly-arrived Justin Calomeni of Cal Poly was set to go on Thursday but he pitched on Monday so he might not start.

We return home to face Kelowna this Friday-Sunday. It marks the return of former Knights' player and assistant coach Billy Clontz, who is Kelowna's new head coach. His assistants are ex-Knights' MVPs Richie Jimenez (2008-09) and Dylan Jones (2009-10).

We've got some great promotions coming up for the Kelowna series.

* Friday is Linn Benton Cowbell Knight. The first 500 fans get cowbells compliments of Linn Benton Tractor. We gotta have more cowbell!!!

* Saturday is our first $1,000 Kids Dash for Cash, presented by All-Family Vision Care. Children 12 years and under are eligible to dash for the cash (one thousand $1 bills) on the Goss Stadium infield.

Also on Saturday is our annual free youth baseball clinic, presented by Starker Forests. To register, email dan.segel@corvallisknights.com. It is not necessary to register for this clinic, but to participate, the hold harmless agreement must be completed, signed and submitted at the registration table, which opens at 8:45 am. The clinic runs 9 a.m. until noon and is supervised by Corvallis head coach Brooke Knight. The players serve as instructors.

Sunday is Family Day, presented by MOM Magazine. Come out to the ballpark for a fun-filled family day. Please note the special start time of 1 p.m.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Yesterday's crowd of 637 increased our season total to 8,479 in seven home dates. We are 506 fans ahead of last year's record number through a corresponding number of home dates.

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Our entire team is almost here. Outfielders Scott Quinlan and Dalton Kelly of UC Santa Barbara and shortstop Alec Smith and pitcher Justin Calomeni of Cal Poly made their debuts yesterday. Oregon State's Logan Ice is due in by the weekend, after resting for several weeks after catching more than 50 games this spring.

Pitchers Alex Nesbitt of Washington and Slater Lee of Cal Poly will be along in the near future too, as they recover from minor injuries sustained late in the season.

All will be nice additions, as we now play on 18 consecutive days before finally getting an off day on July 6.

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Several more of our recently-drafted Knights have signed contracts and turned professional. Third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) of Cal Poly has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers; pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) of UC Santa Barbara has signed with the Los Angeles Angels.

Pitcher Max Beatty (2010-12) has been assigned to Eugene in the Northwest League by the Padres. The Athletics have assigned pitcher A.J. Burke (2012) to Vermont in the New York-Penn League.

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Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) designated hitter Dean Green was 1-for-3 with a run in an 8-7 win over Portland on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

No honorable mentions today. Pretty slow day in the minors as many teams are on their all-star break.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: Seven Elks hail from Central Oregon; read all about them in this story from the Bend Bulletin newspaper.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday, and hopefully at the ballpark for this weekend's Kelowna series.


Kline named WCL Player of the Week

June 16, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Great weekend for the Knights. We defeated Yakima Valley on Friday night to win that series, then topped Walla Walla on Saturday and Sunday to win that series, which concludes at 12:05 p.m. today over at Goss Stadium.

We also had a fantastic fireworks show on Saturday night that drew nearly 2,000 fans.

Our first homestand concludes with today's game. It's a Business Person Special, presented by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a game, get away from the office, meet a client and grab lunch at the ballpark! Special ticket prices for Chamber members.

So come on out to the ballpark, and help us set a new attendance record for the seventh time in the past eight years.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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First baseman Kevin Kline capped a spectacular week with a grand slam and a solo home run last night to clinch West Coast League Player of the Week honors for June 9-15. He was 6-for-18 with four home runs, a double and 11 RBIs, with a .478 on base percentage and a 1.056 slugging percentage.

Here is more on the award, from the WCL website. Congrats to Kevin, who now leads the WCL in homers (4) and RBIs (12).

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Last night's crowd of 912 on another cool night at the stadium increased the season total to 7,842 in six home dates. We are 504 fans ahead of last year's record number through a corresponding number of home dates.

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Outfielder Scott Quinlan of UC Santa Barbara arrived in town on Sunday and should be in uniform today. Scott hit .265 (30-113) for the Gauchos this spring, with a homer and nine RBIs. Welcome aboard!

Pitchers Ted Hammond of Seattle University and Brandon Choate of Washington, a returnee from 2013, also arrived since our last blog. They'll be a nice addition to our staff, as we now play on 19 consecutive days before finally getting an off day on July 6.

We expect our remaining full-time players to report shortly. Then we'll be at full strength for another run at the WCL championship.

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Corvallis third baseman Jackson Soto, a West Albany High School grad who will play at Oregon State next year, was named the MVP of the Reser's Oregon All-Star Series this past weekend. He hit a triple, a solo home run and played outstanding defense.

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Quad Cities (A Midwest, Astros) catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010) was 3-for-5 with two runs, a double and an RBI in a 13-2 win over Wisconsin on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Eugene (A Northwest, Padres) pitcher Max Beatty (2010-12) had two scoreless innings of relief and three strikeouts in a 5-2 loss to Spokane.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) allowed two earned runs and had three strikeouts in six innings and got a no-decision in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to Tulsa.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) lowered his ERA to 2.28 with a scoreless inning of relief in a 3-2, 11-inning loss to Dayton. He got a no-decision.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) threw three scoreless innings and had a no-decision in a 4-2 win over Savannah.

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That is it for today. We will see you at the ballpark this afternoon for the series finale against Walla Walla. We are off to Cowlitz on Tuesday-Thursday, and then return home to host Kelowna this weekend.


Knights defeat Yakima Valley

June 13, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

We defeated Yakima Valley 5-4 last night for our first win over the West Coast League's newest expansion franchise. The series concludes at 6:40 tonight; Derrick Mahlum of PLU gets the ball.

We also have good promotions slated for the final four games of our current homestand.

* Tonight, 6:40 p.m.: Allann Bros Night.

* Saturday, 7:15 p.m.: Samaritan Health Services Fireworks Night. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display immediately following the game!

* Sunday, 6:05 p.m.: Field of Dreams Night, presented by Snap Fitness. Celebrate Father's Day by playing catch with dad on the field after the game.

* Monday, 12:05 p.m.: Business Person Special, presented by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a game at noon, get away from the office, meet a client and grab lunch at the ballpark! Special ticket prices for Chamber members.

So get on out to the stadium, and help us set a new attendance record for the seventh time in the past eight years.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Last night's crowd of 667 on a cool, breezy night at the stadium increased the season total to 4,273 in three home dates. We are 193 fans ahead of last year's record number through a corresponding number of home dates.

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We've got more good news to announce on the professional baseball front.

* UC Riverside lefty Dylan Stuart, a standout on our 2011 and 2012 staffs and the owner of the slickest pickoff move in the WCL, has signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves. He'll get his affiliate assignment shortly, but our guess is he'll be headed to Danville, Va., and Atlanta's rookie league franchise in the Appalachian League.

* Oregon State pitcher Scott Schultz, another 2011 Knight, has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will play for the Hillsboro Hops in the Northwest League, stazrting this weekend in Everett. He was a 10th-round selection.

* Infielder Trace Loehr of Rex Putnam High, who had signed to play for us this summer and for Oregon State next year, has signed with Oakland and will join their Arizona Rookie League team this weekend. He was a sixth-round selection.

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* Dunedin (A Florida State, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) allowed one run and two hits and had three strikeouts in a complete-game, 5-1 win over Daytona Beach on Thursday 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 2-for-5 with an RBI in a 9-6 loss to Harrisburg.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink (2011) was 3-for-5 with two runs, a double and an RBI in a 13-6 win over South Bend.

* The Mets have returned pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) to Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League after a short stay with Las Vegas in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

* Pitcher Josh Osich (2008) is off the 7-day disabled list and is active again for Richmond, San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

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Here is our weekly "Knights in the Pros" update, a list that is sure to grow in the coming weeks as our 2014 draftees go pro.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .226 (26-115) in 34 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .273 (39-143) in 45 games, with five homers and 20 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants): The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .349 (82-235) in 60 games, with two homers and 40 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .234 (49-209) in 60 games, with five homers and 27 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .328 (21-69) in 24 games, with 14 RBIs.

DREW GARCIA (AAA Colorado Springs, Rockies): The second baseman from UC Riverside (2007) is hitting .217 (33-152) in 48 games, with four homers and 22 RBIs.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's): The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .174 (8-46) in 13 games, with no homers and one RBI.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .289 (46-159) in 46 games, with three homers and 20 RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .265 (62-234) in 64 games, with 10 homers and 33 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .288 (60-208) in 61 games, with three homers and 29 RBIs.

ADAM MELKER (AA Arkansas, Angels): The outfielder from Cal Poly is hitting .245 (39-159) in 43 games, with two homers and 16 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .219 (35-160) in 44 games, with two homers and 25 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .235 (52-221) in 62 games, with eight homers and 31 RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Quad City, Astros): The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .120 (3-25) in eight games, with no homers or RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .287 (29-101) in 30 games, with six homers and 20 RBIs.

JUSTIN VIELE (A Delmarva, Orioles): The shortstop from Santa Clara (2010) is hitting .125 (12-96) in 29 games, with no homers and nine RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 3-2, 2.87 in 10 games, with 40 strikeouts in 47 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 6-3, 3.06 in 14 games, with 64 strikeouts in 79.1 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 5-1, 0.55 in eight games, with 55 strikeouts in 48.2 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 3-2, 2.45 in 21 games, with four saves and 22 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 3-8, 5.50 in 13 games, with 66 strikeouts in 68.2 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-5, 5.56 in 11 games, with 41 strikeouts in 45.1 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) is 0-1, 9.00 in one game, with no strikeouts in two innings. He is on the 7-day disabled list.

KYLE KRAUS (A Salem, Red Sox): The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 2-3, 5.24 in 11 games, with a save and 23 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 3-5, 2.88 in 12 games, with 50 strikeouts in 68.2 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-2, 3.95 in 15 games, with a save and 17 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 6.91 in 14 games, with 12 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (AA Binghamton, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is4-1, 3.49 in eight games, with 42 strikeouts in 49 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (AA Mobile, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 1-0, 6.55 in 11 games, with a save and 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.

NICK STRUCK (AA Chattanooga, Dodgers): The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) is 1-4, 7.57 in eight games, with 24 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: Here's a feature from reporter Kris Henry of the Medford Mail Tribune on Rogues' middle infielder Yugo Kata of Dixie State University. It is a nice read about an interesting player.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have signed Cal State-Los Angeles pitcher Ryan Keller for the season. He helps fill the void caused when several expected pitching signees were instead shut down for the summer by their respective colleges. Click here for more details, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. We will see you at the ballpark tonight for the series finale against Yakima Valley, and for the upcoming Walla Walla series: 7:15 Saturday for Fireworks Night; at 6 p.m. Sunday, and at 12:05 p.m. Monday.


Fry, Wetzler, Drake sign, turn pro

June 12, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

We lost 5-3 to Yakima Valley last night in the first-ever game between the teams. We'll try to even the series at 6:40 tonight; Harrison McGhee (0-1, 4.15) of Concordia University in Portland is our scheduled starter.

The series concludes at 6:40 p.m. Friday. Derrick Mahlum of PLU gets the ball for that game.

We have good promotions slated for the final five games of our current homestand.

* Tonight, 6:40 p.m.: Block 15 Thursday presented by KLOO-FM. Enjoy a specially-priced Block 15 brew and $1 hot dogs.

* Friday, 6:40 p.m.: Allann Bros Night.

* Saturday, 7:15 p.m.: Samaritan Health Services Fireworks Night. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display immediately following the game!

* Sunday, 6:05 p.m.: Field of Dreams Night, presented by Snap Fitness. Celebrate Father's Day by playing catch with dad on the field after the game.

* Monday, 12:05 p.m.: Business Person Special, presented by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a game at noon, get away from the office, meet a client and grab lunch at the ballpark! Special ticket prices for Chamber members.

So get on out to the stadium, and help us set a new attendance record for the seventh time in the past eight years.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Last night's crowd of 1,121 increased the season total to 3,606 in two home dates. We are 338 fans ahead of last year's record number through a corresponding number of home dates.

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Three more drafted alums have signed professional contracts.

* Oregon State pitcher Jace Fry (2011) has signed with the Chicago White Sox. He was their third-round pick and will be assigned to Great Falls (Mont.) in the rookie Pioneer League. Here is more, from The Oregonian.

* Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011), taken by Miami in the 9th round, has signed, but has not been assigned to an affiliate team yet. Here is more, from The Oregonian.

* Concordia outfielder Blake Drake 92013), taken by the Cardinals in the 18th round, has signed and been assigned to Johnson City (Tenn.) in the rookie Appalachian League.

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* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 4-for-5 with a homer, five RBIs and two runs and raised his average to .351 in a 10-4 win over Trenton on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He also had four hits on Tuesday night.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-5 with two homers and two RBIs in a 3-2 win over Chattanooga. He also homered twice on Tuesday night.

* Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 14-7 loss to Las Vegas.

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That is it for today. Have a great day and we will see you at the ballpark at 6:40 Friday night for Game 3 of our series with Yakima Valley.


Knights open homestand with Yakima Valley

June 11, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Our first WCL homestand is tonight through Monday against the expansion Yakima Valley Pippins (tonight-Friday), and the Walla Walla Sweets (Saturday-Monday).

Chris Bishop of Pacific Lutheran, a 2014 Northwest Conference all-star, is tonight's starting pitcher. Harrison McGhee of Concordia gets Thursday's start and Derrick Mahlum of PLU gets the ball on Friday.

We have good promotions slated for each game.

* Tonight, 6:40 p.m.: Big League Chew Opening Night presented by AmeriTitle, against Yakima. The first 250 fans get a pouch of Big League Chew, Knights' trading cards and 2014 magnet schedule. Seniors can purchase GA tickets for $2 at Wednesday night games with the exception of July 2.

* Thursday, 6:40 p.m.: Block 15 Thursday presented by KLOO-FM. Enjoy a specially-priced Block 15 brew and $1 hot dogs.

* Friday, 6:40 p.m.: Allann Bros Night.

* Saturday, 7:15 p.m.: Samaritan Health Services Fireworks Night. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display immediately following the game!

* Sunday, 6:05 p.m.: Field of Dreams Night, presented by Snap Fitness. Celebrate Father's Day by playing catch with dad on the field after the game.

* Monday, 12:05 p.m.: Business Person Special, presented by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a game at noon, get away from the office, meet a client and grab lunch at the ballpark! Special ticket prices for Chamber members.

So get on out to the stadium, and help us set a new attendance record for the seventh time in the past eight years. We drew franchise-record 43,529 fans last year and would like to top that this summer. Of course, we can't do that without you, so we will see you at the ballpark! We will have regular attendance updates so you can follow our progress.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League, which, by the way, has a great new website for you to bookmark.

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Tonight's game will be the first-ever with the Pippins, who joined the league for the 2014 season in the latest round of expansion. Yakima went 1-2 against Wenatchee in its WCL-opening series and then went 1-1 in two nonleague games against the Thurston Senators.

As mentioned, returnee Chris Bishop of Pacific Lutheran draws the opening-night assignment for the Knights. A third-year Knight, he pitched four scoreless innings in a nonleague encounter with the Portland Sea Dogs on June 4 in his 2014 summer debut. He was 5-2, 2.91 in 2013 and garnered second-team all-West Coast League honors.

The Knights dropped 2 of 3 at Bend over the weekend in their first WCL series. First baseman/DH Joe Duffin of Cypress College hit .500 (6-12) with a homer and five RBIs, corner infielder Jackson Soto hit .429 (3-7) with two RBIs and corner infielder Kevin Kline hit .364 (4-11) with an RBI to pace the offense.

For the second series in a row, the opponent's pitching coach will be a major-league veteran. Bend's staff was mentored by Alan Embree; the Pippins' staff is led by Bob Wells, a Yakima native who was 40-28 lifetime in nine years with the Phillies, Mariners and Twins from 1994-2002.

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More honors today for 2011 alums Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry, left-handed pitchers from Oregon State.

They were both named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Baseball America All-American teams. Wetzler was a first-teamer on both; Fry was first-team on the NCBWA list and second-team on Baseball America's. Both were earlier named to Collegiate Baseball's All-American teams.

Wetzler is also a finalist for the Dick Howser Award, given annually to the nation's top player by the NCBWA. The winner will be announced Saturday at the College World Series. Wetzler and Fry are also finalists for the national Pitcher of the Year honor, given by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs in a 7-6 win over Chattanooga on Tuesday 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 a run in a 4-3 loss to Indianapolis.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) designated hitter Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 6-4 loss to Harrisburg.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 4-for-5 with two runs and a double and raised his average to .341 in a 7-4 win over Trenton.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) allowed six hits and one run and had 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Tulsa. He got a no-decision.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: There is lots to enjoy at a HarbourCats game, in addition to the action on the field. Click here for more details.

YAKIMA: The Pippins ad the Central Washington Chevy dealers are partnering for a free clinic on June 21. Click here for more details.

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That is it for today. Have a great day and we will see you at the ballpark at 6:40 Thursday night for Game 2 of our series with Yakima Valley.