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Big weekend at Stanford for future Knights

May 18, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you had great weekends.

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Three future Knights had big weekends for Oregon State as the Beavers swept Stanford in Palo Alto to move into second place in the Paciftic-12 Conference race.

First baseman KJ Harrison was 6-for-13, with a homer, two doubles and seven RBIs; right fielder Elliott Cary was 4-for-10 with five RBIs, and second baseman Christian Donahue was 3-for-12 and scored six times.

Harrison also homered twice in a 20-0 win over Portland on Tuesday, so he is a good bet to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.

All three freshmen will join the Knights when OSU's season is over, following the NCAA tournament and the end of the spring academic term.

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The Knights have signed pitcher Branden Cutsforth of Treasure Valley CC. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound freshman right-hander from Independence, Ore., who played at Central High School, Cutsforth was 5-0, 3.86 in 18 games for the Chukars this spring, with 38 strikeouts in 35 innings.

The addition of Cutsforth is the most recent of several moves made by the Knights to bolster a pitching staff that lost several anticipated arms to academics and other reasons.

Ten-day signee Nick Duron of Clark College has been added to the full-time roster to replace returnee Austin Sodders of Riverside CC, a UC Riverside signee who must attend summer school.

The Knights also released pitchers Sean Barry of Santa Barbara City College, Noah Bremer of Washington and Matt Smith of Chapman. They are being shut down for the summer after an extensive spring workload.

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New Hampshire (AA Eastern, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) pitched seven shutout innings, had four strikeouts, got the win and lowered his ERA to 1.02 in a 5-0 win over Binghamton on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* High Desert (A California, Rangers) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, a run and four RBIs in a 14-1 win over Bakersfield.

Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBNIs in a 4-3 win over Birmingham. First baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run for Birmingham, the White Sox's affiliate in that league.

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The Medford Rogues are eager to start their season. Here is a story from the Medford Mail-Tribune newspaper detailing their 2015 prospects.

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Yakima Valley Pippins coach Marcus McKimmy has resigned from Yakima Valley CC to accept a job at Washington State. He will still coach the Pippins this season, however. Click here for full details, from the Yakima Herald-Republic. .

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Knights lose pitchers Bremer, Smith

May 15, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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More roster moves to announce as the season draws near, and the innings pile up.

Washington pitcher Noah Bremer and Chapman pitcher Matt Smith will not join us this summer, as was expected. Both are being shut down after a heavy workload this spring.

That is a blow, as Bremer was one of the top freshmen pitchers in the Pac-12 and is s 5-2, 2.10 in 13 games, with 31 strikeouts in 64.1 innings, heading into this weekend's games. Smith was having a solid junior year at Chapman and was 5-2, 2.09 in 10 games, with 64 strikeouts in 56 innings.

But this stuff happens all the time in summer baseball, and we will get by.

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We also have a good news/bad news roster move to announce, this one from the major leagues. Tampa Bay recalled pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) from triple-A Durham on May 9, and the WCL's 2009 Pitcher of the Year responded with a four-inning save on Thursday in a 6-1 win over the Yankees.

Then, the Rays activated another pitcher from the DL and sent Andriese back to the International League. Apparently they needed a lefty, not a righty, to balance their staff. Matt is 0-1, 4.79 in seven games with the Rays, with two saves and 13 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. Tampa Bay has already used 20 pitchers this season, so he will be back.

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Bellarmine junior outfielder Jes Staples, a 2015 signee, was a first-team Great Lakes Valley Conference all-star. He hit .293 in 50 games, with 16 RBIs. Here are more details on that story.

Also, alum Gus Craig (2013) of Columbia was named the Ivy League's co-Player of the Year. Craig batted .327 (56-for-171) with 37 runs, 13 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 31 RBIs. He is tied for the league lead in runs, ranks second in triples and fourth in hits and RBI. Craig was also named first-team All-Ivy for the second-straight season.

Alum Nick Ruppert (2012), an outfielder from Dartmouth, was honorable mention all-Ivy. Click here for more details.

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Two Knights alums with ties to Riverside, Calif., are in the news. First, the San Francisco Giants have signed free-agent right-hander Tommy Hanson (2005). He played at Riverside City College and was the 2005 West Coast League Pitcher of the Year.

And the Traverse City Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League have released former UC Riverside lefty Dylan Stuart. (2011-12). He signed with them in the offseason after a brief minor-league career in the Atlanta organization.

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Our 2015 intern team is set. Please click here for full details, from our website. You will see a lot of these young people this summer.

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Winston-Salem (A Carolina, White Sox) pitcher Jace Fry (2011) allowed one run and three hits and had six strikeouts in seven innings of a 1-0 loss to Salem on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* High Desert (A California, Rangers) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) hit his seventh homer of the season in a 5-2 loss to Stockton.

Fort Wayne (A Midwest, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4 with a triple and a double in an 8-4 loss to Lake County. Third baseman Grant Fink (2011) was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs for Lake County in the same game.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 pitchers. We updated the position players on Wednesday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The lefty from UC Irvine is 2-0, 2.97 in 16 games, with two saves and 28 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 2-0, 2.70 in seven games, with nine strikeouts in 13.1 innings.

DAKODY CLEMMER: The Central Arizona JC righty was 6-3, 3.38 in 12 games, with 51 strikeouts in 66.2 innings. His season is over.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty is 1-5, 6.82 in 10 games, with 30 strikeouts in 33 innings.

NICK DURON: The righty from Clark College in Vancouver is 2-1, 3.75 in 10 games, with 40 strikeouts in 36 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC was 3-4, 4.39 in 13 games, with 43 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. His season is over.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly is 1-1, 6.27 in 10 games, with 10 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He is expected to return to action soon.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty did not pitch because of injury. He hopes to return sometime this summer.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty is 1-0, 4.50 in nine games, with seven strikeouts in 12 innings.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty was 2-3, 6.00 in 14 games, with 44 strikeouts in 42 innings. His season is over.

AUSTIN SODDERS: The Riverside City College lefty went 7-1, 2.03 in 11 games, with 58 strikeouts in 79.2 innings. His season is over.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty is 0-0, 7.45 in 12 games, with a save and 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.

JUSTIN VERNIA: The Tacoma CC righty is 9-0, 1.58 in 11 games, with 62 strikeouts in 68.1 innings.

RYAN WALKER: The Washington State righty is 1-1, 2.08 in 23 games, with 47 strikeouts in 52 innings.

JOEY WISE: The lefty from GateWay CC was 1-5, 5.44 in 13 games, with 44 strikeouts in 44.2 innings. His season is over.

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Here is an update from the West Coast League website on this year's coaches. There's been quite a turnover so we will see some new faces in Goss Stadium this summer.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have completed their coaching staff. Click here for full details, from Our Sports Central.

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


Another big night for Matt Duffy

May 13, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Another big night in MLB for third baseman Matt Duffy (2100) of the San Francisco Giants. Matt was 3-for-4 and drove in a career-high five runs in an 8-1 win over Houston on Tuesday night. Please click here for more on Duff's big game, from MLB.com.

It was the second big game in the past three days for the former Long Beach State star. He had a walk-off single in a 3-2 win over Miami on Sunday. Matt's having a great second year for the team, hitting .300 (21-70) in 24 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs.

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Corban University outfielder Hayden Calvert won't join the Knights as expected. He has a shoulder injury and will not play this summer. He hit .212 (22-104) in 36 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs, for the Warriors.

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San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) allowed no runs and five hits and had four strikeouts in six scoreless innings in a 4-2 loss to Modesto on Tuesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He got a no-decision.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Tacoma (AAA Pacific Coast, Mariners) pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) allowed one run and four hits and had five strikeouts in six innings but got a non-decision in a 4-3 loss to Salt Lake.

* New Hampshire (AA Eastern, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) allowed four hits and an unearned run and had seven strikeouts in five innings but got a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to New Britain.

Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 7-3 win over Akron.

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) czatcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with a run and a double in a 6-4 loss to Reno.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 position players. We will have the numbers for the pitchers on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The infielder from UC Irvine is hitting .211 (23-109) in 43 games, with four homers and 25 RBIs.

ELLIOTT CARY: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .247 (16-65) in 27 games, with a homer and seven RBIs.

ANDY COSGROVE: The Washington catcher is 0-for-1 in one game.

CHRISTIAN DONAHUE: The Oregon State second baseman is hitting .291 (37-127) in 40 games, with nine RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The infielder from UC Riverside is redshirting this year.

CLAY FISHER: The UC Santa Barbara infielder is hitting .253 (39-154) in 45 games, with 13 RBIs.

JOSHUA GEORGE: The Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .250 (4-16) in 16 games, with no homers and one RBI.

TYLER HAMILTON: The George Fox catcher is hit .200 (9-45) in 20 games, with five RBIs. His season is over.

KJ HARRISON: The Oregon State first baseman is hitting .313 (55-176) in 47 games, with seven homers and 46 RBIs.

AUSTIN KELLY: The Linn-Benton infielder is hitting .283 (34-120) in 35 games, with two homers and 25 RBIs.

DALTON KELLY: The UC Santa Barbara first baseman is hitting .262 (27-103) in 32 games, with three homers and 18 RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder is hitting .303 (27-89) in 32 games, with 12 RBIs.

TYGER LINER: The LBCC catcher is hitting .221 (15-68) in 31 games, with seven RBIs.

RYAN MATRANGA: The University of San Francisco catcher is hitting .283 (13-46) in 22 games, with a homer and six RBIs.

CLAY MOTT: The George Fox infielder hit .177 (26-147) in 38 games, with eight RBIs. His season is over.

HENRY RONDEAU: The LBCC outfielder is hitting .239 (28-117) in 35 games, with 17 RBIs.

JACKSON SOTO: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in four games.

JES STAPLES: The Bellarmine outfielder hit .293 (49-167) in 50 games, with 16 RBIs. His season is over.

BRET SUNDBERG: The Sierra College infielder hit .250 (29-116) in 32 games, with 16 RBIs. His season is over.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The infielder from Mt. Hood CC is hitting .255 (24-94) in 36 games, with a homer and 16 RBIs.

AJ VALENCIA: The George Fox outfielder hit .322 (39-121) in 37 games, with 11 RBIs. His season is over.

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The Kitsap BlueJackets have signed pitcher Lane Griffin and first baseman William Colantono of Cal State-Northridge for the 2015 season.

Colantono led the Matadors with 24 walks in 2014, a number which also put him near the top of the Big West leaderboard. The junior from Escondido, Calif., attended San Pasqual High School and earned Avocado East League all-star honors all four years.

Griffin is a freshman who graduated from Puyallup High School in 2014. The right-handed pitcher was a three-sport athlete in baseball, water polo and swimming. On the diamond his team won the league championship all four years, culminating with a state championship his senior season.

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Cory LeBrun, a redshirt senior outfielder from Gonzaga, will join the Wenatchee AppleSox as an assistant coach for the 2015 season, following his final college season. For more on that story, please click here.

And, the AppleSox have added sophomore Zach Haggett, who previously pitched with Wenatchee on a temporary basis, and freshman Evan Douglas of Spokane Falls Community College; junior catcher Ryan Crowe of Westmont College, and junior outfielder Joey Jansen of Oregon State for the 2015 season. Click here for full details.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Giants win on Duffy's walk-off single

May 11, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. We hope you enjoyed our beautiful weekend. We've got lots to report, so let's get started.

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Big alum news on the MLB front on Sunday. San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy (2010) hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run in a 3-2 victory over Miami at AT&T Park. Please click here for video of Duff's walk-off.

Matt's having a great second year for the team. He's hitting .273 (18-66) in 23 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

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You probably saw this item on our website, but it bears repeating. Brian Brooks is returning as our PA announcer this year, succeeding Doug Blair, who is retiring from PA after three seasons with the team. Also, we are introducing Chelsea Leonard of Oregon State as our first season-long on-field host. Click here for the complete story.

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Not sure how we missed this last week, but it's better to report good news late than to not report it at all.

Washington State's Ryan Walker, a 2015 Knight, was selected as the Pacific-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 27-May 3. In two starts, the Arlington, Wash., right-hander scattered six hits over 11.2 innings, struck out 12 and walked three. At Washington (April 27), the freshman pitched 4.2 shutout innings en route to the 3-0 win. On Sunday (May 3), Ryan scattered two hits over 7.0 scoreless frames, striking out seven and walking one, as the Cougars lost in extra innings.

Walker compiled a 16.1-inning scoreless streak over his last three outings to lower his ERA to 1.69 on the year. Here are complete details, from the Pac-12 website. Congrats to Ryan!

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Another Duff, alum Joe Duffin (2013-14) is having a great first season at the University of Connecticut, his new home after spending a year at UC Santa Barbara and a season at Citrus JC.

Joe was named to the American Athletic Conference honor roll last week for hitting.375 with two home runs, a double, eight RBIs and four walks. He leads UConn with a .493 OBP and .636 slugging percentage.

"He really found an awesome team and group of great coaches at U Conn," writes his mother, Linda Duffin. "We are going to miss not coming to Corvallis this summer!! Thanks for all you did for him these last two summers!!!"

So, congrats to Joe. Those are the kinds of success stories we enjoy reading!

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New Orleans (AAA Pacific Coast, Marlins) pitcher James Nygren 2009) went three scoreless, hitless innings and had a strikeout to earn his first save of the season in a 7-0 win over Memphis on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, two RBIs and two runs in a 10-4 win over Montgomery.

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The Klamath Falls Gems have signed Sacramento State catcher Gunner Pollman and Western Oregon infielder Garrett Alvarez for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story, from the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.

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Cal State-Fullerton incoming freshmen Brendon Davis and Nick Kaye will play for the Yakima Valley Pippins this season. For more on that story, please click here.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Wednesday.


Another roster move for Knights

May 8, 2015

Happy Friday, all.

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Another roster move to announce. Pitcher Josh Walker of Grand Canyon won't join us this summer, as was expected. He pitched sparingly for the Antelopes this spring, and was 0-1, 13.50 in 5.1 innings over five games.

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Do not forget, our preseason Blowout Sale at the WWHQ at the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis is still underway. All 2014 items are just $10 and t-shirts are 2-for-$15! Come by our office at 425 SW Madison, Suite D (behind Starbucks) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We are open Monday-Friday. Limited quantities remain, so grab your gear before it's gone!

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Great Lakes (A Midwest, Dodgers) second baseman Jimmy Allen 2011) was 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs in a 10-6 loss to Lake County on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Former Knights' teammate David Armendariz (2011) was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs for Lake County.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) threw a scoreless inning for his third save in a 4-2 win over Altoona.

* Portland (AA Eastern, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) gave up two runs and had three strikeouts in five innings but got a no-decision in a 5-4 win over Binghamton.

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run in an 8-4 loss to Fresno, raising his average to .378.

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs in an 8-7 loss to Montgomery.

* Fort Wayne (A Midwest, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run in an 8-5 loss to Lansing.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 pitchers. We updated the position players on Wednesday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The lefty from UC Irvine is 2-0, 2.20 in 13 games, with 26 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

NOAH BREMER: The Washington righty is 5-2, 2.10 in 13 games, with 31 strikeouts in 64.1 innings.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 1-0, 3.18 in five games, with seven strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

DAKODY CLEMMER: The Central Arizona JC righty is 6-3, 3.38 in 12 games, with 51 strikeouts in 66.2 innings.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty is 1-4, 7.00 in seven games, with 22 strikeouts in 27 innings.

NICK DURON: The righty from Clark College in Vancouver is 1-1, 4.65 in nine games, with 29 strikeouts in 29 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC is 3-4, 4.39 in 13 games, with 43 strikeouts in 53.1 innings.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly is 1-1, 6.27 in 10 games, with 10 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He is expected to return to action soon.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He hopes to return by the end of the season.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty is 1-0, 4.50 in nine games, with seven strikeouts in 12 innings.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty is 2-3, 6.00 in 14 games, with 44 strikeouts in 42 innings.

MATT SMITH: The righty from Chapman is 5-2, 2.09 in 10 games, with 64 strikeouts in 56 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS: The Riverside City College lefty is 7-1, 2.03 in 11 games, with 58 strikeouts in 79.2 innings.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty is 0-0, 7.45 in 12 games, with a save and 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.

JUSTIN VERNIA: The Tacoma CC righty is 9-0, 1.58 in 10 games, with 60 strikeouts in 62.2 innings.

RYAN WALKER: The Washington State righty is 1-0, 1.69 in 21 games, with 43 strikeouts in 48 innings.

JOEY WISE: The lefty from GateWay CC is 1-5, 5.44 in 13 games, with 44 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.

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The Kitsap BlueJackets have added four more players for the 2015 season. The newest team members are pitcher Tyler Gartner f of Olympic College; pitcher Lance Simpson of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.; pitcher Brandon Luper of UC Santa Barbara, and pitcher/outfielder Tyler Omlid of Maryville University in St. Louis.

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


Big night at Goss for Cary, Donahue, Harrison

May 6, 2015

Happy Wednesday, all.

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It was a big night for some incoming Knights on Tuesday as Oregon State boatraced Oregon 10-2 in a nonconference game at Goss Stadium.

Second baseman Christian Donahue was 2-for-5 with a run; right fielder Elliott Cary was 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, and first baseman KJ Harrison was 1-for-4 with three RBIs. So, that's a combined 5-for-12, with five runs and four RBIs.

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Some sad news to report as well. Right-handed pitcher Sean Barry of Santa Barbara City College, a first-team Western State Conference North Division all-star, is being shut down for the summer and thus won't play for the Knights. He's already thrown 92 innings and understandably, that's enough.

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Some alumni news of note:

* Pitcher Austin Sodders (2014-15) of Riverside City College was named an Orange Empire Conference all-star.

* Elliot Surrey (2013) of UC Irvine was nominated for Big West Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected.

* Nate Esposito (2012) of Concordia was named the Cascade Conference Red Lion Baseball Player of the Week. A senior infielder, Nate had at least one hit in each of the first four NAIA West Tournament games to help propel the Cavs into the finals.

* Corban outfielder Marc Gallegos (2012, 2014) earned NAIA West Group all-star honors.

* Linfield's Chris Haddeland (2014) and Pacific Lutheran's Chris Bishop (2012-14) were named Northwest Conference all-stars. Incoming Knight AJ Valencia (2015) of George Fox earned honorable mention.

* PLU's Geoff Loomis (1996-98, 2000) was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year.

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Do not forget, our preseason Blowout Sale at the WWHQ at the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis is still underway. All 2014 items are just $10 and t-shirts are 2-for-$15! Come by our office at 425 SW Madison, Suite D (behind Starbucks) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We are open Monday-Friday. Limited quantities remain, so grab your gear before it's gone!

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Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) had three strikeouts in two scoreless innings for his second save in a 10-7 win over Altoona on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* South Bend (A Midwest, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 4-1 win over Dayton.

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 6-3 win over Fresno.

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 15-10 loss to Rochester.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 5-2 win over Trenton.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 position players. We will have the numbers for the pitchers on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The infielder from UC Irvine is hitting .216 (22-102) in 39 games, with four homers and 25 RBIs.

HAYDEN CALVERT: The Corban outfielder is hitting .212 (22-104) in 36 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.

ELLIOTT CARY: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .228 (13-57) in 24 games, with a homer and six RBIs.

ANDY COSGROVE: The Washington catcher is 0-for-1 in one game.

CHRISTIAN DONAHUE: The Oregon State second baseman is hitting .301 (34-113) in 37 games, with nine RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The infielder from UC Riverside is redshirting this year.

CLAY FISHER: The UC Santa Barbara infielder is hitting .239 (34-142) in 41 games, with 12 RBIs.

JOSHUA GEORGE: The Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .250 (4-16) in 16 games, with no homers and one RBI.

TYLER HAMILTON: The George Fox catcher is hitting .200 (9-45) in 20 games, with five RBIs.

KJ HARRISON: The Oregon State first baseman is hitting .319 (53-166) in 44 games, with seven homers and 45 RBIs.

AUSTIN KELLY: The Linn-Benton infielder is hitting .301 (34-113) in 33 games, with two homers and 25 RBIs.

DALTON KELLY: The UC Santa Barbara first baseman is hitting .262 (27-103) in 32 games, with three homers and 18 RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder is hitting .295 (23-78) in 28 games, with nine RBIs.

TYGER LINER: The LBCC catcher is hitting .254 (15-59) in 28 games, with seven RBIs.

RYAN MATRANGA: The University of San Francisco catcher is hitting .302 (13-45) in 21 games, with a homer and six RBIs.

CLAY MOTT: The George Fox infielder is hitting .177 (26-147) in 38 games, with eight RBIs.

HENRY RONDEAU: The LBCC outfielder is hitting .238 (25-105) in 32 games, with 16 RBIs.

JACKSON SOTO: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in four games.

JES STAPLES: The Bellarmine outfielder is hitting .300 (48-160) in 48 games, with 16 RBIs.

BRET SUNDBERG : The Sierra College infielder is hitting .250 (29-116) in 32 games, with 16 RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The infielder from Mt. Hood CC is hitting .247 (22-89) in 36 games, with 10 RBIs.

AJ VALENCIA: The George Fox outfielder is hitting .322 (39-121) in 37 games, with 11 RBIs.

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The Wenatchee AppleSox will have rotation and bullpen slots for former temporary player, Kyle Blankenship; Wenatchee Valley College teammate CJ Gettman, and a member of last year's team, Shaun Vetrovec, on the 2015 club. For more details, please click here for a story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Incoming RHP Barry earns all-league honors

May 4, 2015

Happy Monday, all. Hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather and had great weekends.

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Incoming Knight Sean Barry, a right-handed pitcher at Santa Barbara City College, was a first-team Western State Conference North Division all-star. He is 9-3 with a 1.46 ERA, the 10th-best in the state, and has 94 strikeouts in 92.1 innings.

Barry led SBCC to a 5-0 win over Rio Hondo at Pershing Park on Friday in the opener of their WSC best-of-3 playoff series. The 6-foot-2 sophomore from Simi Valley, Calif., retired the first 12 batters on the way to a five-hit shutout, his second complete game of the season.

He was also a CCCAA academic all-state selection, with a 3.84 GPA. Congrats to Sean for both awards.

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Alum (1996-98, 2000) and former coach Geoff Loomis has directed Pacific Lutheran to a standout season. The Lutes defeated George Fox 5-1 on Sunday to conclude the regular season with a 30-12 record and the Northwest Conference championship.

The Lutes are ranked No. 21 in the latest d3baseball.com national poll and No. 1 in the most recent NCAA Div. III West Region rankings. PLU reached 30 wins for the fourth time in team history, with all four 30-win seasons coming in the last nine years.

Several former Knights helped the Lutes reach the top. Pitcher Chris Bishop (2012-14) was 7-2 with a 3.19 ERA, and could be in line for all-conference honors. Pitcher Jake Otness (2013-14) was 2-0, 4.26, with a save.

The Lutes will now prepare for NCAA Division III postseason action.

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Do not forget, our preseason Blowout Sale at the WWHQ at the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis is still underway. All 2014 items are just $10 and t-shirts are 2-for-$15! Come by our office at 425 SW Madison, Suite D (behind Starbucks) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We are open Monday-Friday. Limited quantities remain, so grab your gear before it's gone!

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Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 5-4 loss to Biloxi on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Peoria (A Midwest, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his third of the week, in a 2-1 win over Burlington.

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-5 with a run in a 6-2 win over Lehigh Valley.

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 7-4 loss to Altoona.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have added Mira Laurence, a familiar face at events all over Vancouver Island and a veteran Victoria sportscaster, to their Community Relations and Marketing staff and Community Advisory Board.

For more details, please click here for a story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Future Knight Elliott Cary has winning hit for Beavers at UW

May 1, 2015

Happy Friday, all.

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Big night for the Knights in Seattle on Thursday. Signee Elliott Cary (2015) of Oregon State drove in the winning runs as the Beavers edged Washington 4-2 in 10 innings. Cary has been playing well for the Beavers of late after a slow start.

Also, another 2015 signee, Washington's Noah Bremer, pitched well, allowing no runs and seven hits through 5.1 innings, with six strikeouts. He got a no-decision. UW relieverBrandon Choate (2013-14) was touched for an unearned run in two-third of an inning.

The series continues tonight and on Saturday.

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Some tough news on the alumni front. Tampa Bay has returned pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) back to triple-A Durham of the International League. Matt pitched well but got caught up in a roster squeeze when another pitcher came off the disabled list and another could not be returned to the minors because he was out of options.

We are sure Matt will be back in Tampa later this season. Here is more on that story, from Tampa Bay.com.

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Do not forget, we are having a preseason Blowout Sale at the WWHQ at the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. All 2014 items are just $10 and t-shirts are 2-for-$15! Come by our office at 425 SW Madison, Suite D (behind Starbucks) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We are open Monday-Friday. Limited quantities remain, so grab your gear before it's gone!

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Peoria (A Midwest, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his second in three days, in a 3-1 win over Beloit on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Chattanooga (AA Southern, Twins) pitcher D.J. Johnson (2008-09) pitched 1.12 scoreless innings and had two strikeouts in a 6-4 loss to Jacksonville.

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-3 with a double, a run and two RBIs in a 5-3 win over Tennessee.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with a double in a 3-1 win over Biloxi. Teammate Jimmie Sherfy (2011) had two strikeouts in a perfect inning of relief.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 pitchers. We updated the position players on Wednesday.

SEAN BARRY: The right-hander from Santa Barbara City College is 8-3 in 13 games, with a 1.62 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 83.1 innings.

CAMERON BISHOP: The lefty from UC Irvine is 2-0, 1.66 in 10 games, with 20 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.

NOAH BREMER: The Washington righty is 5-2, 2.10 in 13 games, with 31 strikeouts in 64.1 innings.

CHRIS CLEMENTS: The UC Santa Barbara righty is 1-0, 3.18 in five games, with seven strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

DAKODY CLEMMER: The Central Arizona JC righty is 6-3, 3.38 in 12 games, with 51 strikeouts in 66.2 innings.

COLE DOHERTY: The Portland lefty is 1-4, 7.00 in seven games, with 22 strikeouts in 27 innings.

CHASE KAPLAN: The lefty from Western Nevada JC is 3-4, 4.38 in 12 games, with 42 strikeouts in 51.1 innings.

SLATER LEE: The righty from Cal Poly is 1-0, 4.70 in nine games, with seven strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN: The UC-Irvine righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He is expected to return to action soon.

HARRISON MCGHEE: The Concordia righty has not pitched yet because of injury. He hopes to return by the end of the season.

ALEX NESBITT: The Washington righty is 1-0, 4.50 in nine games, with seven strikeouts in 12 innings.

MERRICK PATITO: The Chaffey College righty is 2-3, 6.00 in 14 games, with 44 strikeouts in 42 innings.

MATT SMITH: The righty from Chapman is 5-2, 2.09 in 10 games, with 64 strikeouts in 56 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS: The Riverside City College lefty is 7-1, 2.03 in 11 games, with 58 strikeouts in 79.2 innings.

GARY STEINDORF: The Western Oregon righty is 0-0, 7.45 in 12 games, with a save and 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.

JUSTIN VERNIA: The Tacoma CC righty is 8-0, 1.53 in nine games, with 53 strikeouts in 58.2 innings.

JOSH WALKER: The Grand Canyon righty is 0-1, 13.50 in five games, with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

RYAN WALKER: The Washington State righty is 1-0, 1.98 in 20 games, with 36 strikeouts in 41 innings.

JOEY WISE: The lefty from GateWay CC is 1-5, 5.44 in 13 games, with 44 strikeouts in 44.2 innings.

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The Cowlitz Black Bears have signed pitcher Jake Nelson and infielder Dominic DeMarco from the University of New Mexico, and pitcher Joshua Tedeschi and infielder Bowen Ogata from the University of Utah for the 2015 season.

For more details, please click here for a story from the Daily News newspaper of Kelso-Longview.

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


Knights sign Clark CC pitcher Nick Duron

April 29, 2015

Happy Wednesday, all.

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The Knights have signed pitcher Nick Duron of Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., to a 10-day contract. He is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound freshman from Tigard High School.

He is 1-1 in nine games this season, with a 4.50 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 24 innings. He was an honorable-mention Pacific Conference all-star at Tigard in 2014.

He also played football at Tigard, where he was first-team all-conference and first-team all-state as a defensive end and honorable mention all-state on offense as a tight end.

Welcome to the team, Nick.

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Do not forget, we are having a preseason Blowout Sale at the WWHQ at the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. All 2014 items are just $10 and t-shirts are 2-for-$15! Come by our office at 425 SW Madison, Suite D (behind Starbucks) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We are open Monday-Friday. Limited quantities remain, so grab your gear before it's gone!

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Peoria (A Midwest, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, three RBIs and two runs in a 7-1 win over Beloit on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 10-5 win over Salt Lake.

* Birmingham (AA Southern, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 6-5 loss to Jacksonville.

* Inland Empire (A California, Angels) pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) got his third save with an inning of scoreless relief in a 7-6 win over Lake Elsinore. He had two strikeouts.

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Time to update the stats of our 2015 position players. We will have the numbers for the pitchers on Friday.

CAMERON BISHOP: The infielder from UC Irvine is hitting .222 (20-90) in 35 games, with four homers and 23 RBIs.

HAYDEN CALVERT: The Corban outfielder is hitting .222 (22-99) in 34 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.

ELLIOTT CARY: The Oregon State outfielder is hitting .200 (8-40) in 20 games, with a homer and three RBIs.

ANDY COSGROVE: The Washington catcher is 0-for-1 in one game.

CHRISTIAN DONAHUE: The Oregon State second baseman is hitting .295 (28-95) in 33 games, with nine RBIs.

MICHAEL FARRIS: The outfielder from UC Riverside is redshirting this year.

CLAY FISHER: The UC Santa Barbara infielder is hitting .246 (31-126) in 37 games, with 11 RBIs.

JOSHUA GEORGE: The Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .167 (2-12) in 14 games, with no homers and one RBI.

TYLER HAMILTON: The George Fox catcher is hitting .214 (9-42) in 19 games, with five RBIs.

KJ HARRISON: The Oregon State first baseman is hitting .322 (49-152) in 40 games, with seven homers and 40 RBIs.

AUSTIN KELLY: The Linn-Benton infielder is hitting .293 (29-99) in 29 games, with a homer and 20 RBIs.

DALTON KELLY: The UC Santa Barbara first baseman is hitting .262 (27-103) in 32 games, with three homers and 18 RBIs.

COLE KREUTER: The UC Irvine infielder is hitting .285 (19-66) in 25 games, with nine RBIs.

TYGER LINER: The LBCC catcher is hitting .264 (14-53) in 25 games, with six RBIs.

RYAN MATRANGA: The University of San Francisco catcher is hitting .282 (11-39) in 19 games, with a homer and six RBIs.

CLAY MOTT: The George Fox infielder is hitting .177 (26-147) in 38 games, with eight RBIs.

HENRY RONDEAU: The LBCC outfielder is hitting .247 (23-93) in 28 games, with 15 RBIs.

JACKSON SOTO: The Oregon State infielder is hitting .000 (0-4) in four games.

JES STAPLES: The Bellarmine outfielder is hitting .301 (43-143) in 44 games, with 15 RBIs.

TAYLOR TRAVESS: The infielder from Mt. Hood CC is hitting .268 (22-82) in 33 games, with nine RBIs.

AJ VALENCIA: The George Fox outfielder is hitting .333 (39-117) in 36 games, with 11 RBIs.

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The Bellingham Bells have signed Cal Poly right-handed pitchers Justin Calomeni and Spencer Howard for the 2015 season, Calomeni played for the Knights in 2014.

For more details, please click here for a story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Friday.


Big weekend for Lund, Donahue

April 27, 2015

Happy Monday, all. Hope you had great weekends.

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It was a big weekend at Goss Stadium for a couple of former and future Knights who play for the Oregon State Beavers.

On Saturday, OSU senior catcher Dane Lund (2011-14) tripled, singled twice, walked and scored two runs, including the winner in the last of the ninth, as the Beavers edged No. 7 SC 3-2.

On Sunday, freshman second baseman Christian Donahue (2015) had three hits, scored three times and drove in two as the Beavers prevailed 9-6 to win the series. Lund had another hit and two RBIs. Freshman outfielder Elliott Cary (2015) added a nice catch in right field, hit and a run and freshman first baseman first baseman KJ Harrison (2015) had an RBI.

Here is more on Dane and his big weekend from the Portland Tribune newspaper. Congrats to Dane, one of our all-time most-popular Knights.

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Do not forget, we are having a preseason Blowout Sale at the WWHQ at the Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis. All 2014 items are just $10 and t-shirts are 2-for-$15! Come by our office at 425 SW Madison, Suite D (behind Starbucks) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We are open Monday-Friday. Limited quantities remain, so grab your gear before it's gone!

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Salem (A Carolina, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus (2008-09) threw two scoreless innings, had three strikeouts and got his second save in a 4-1 win over Carolina on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* High Desert (A California, Texas) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a double in a 6-5 win over Inland Empire. Lefty Greg Mahle (2012) was the loser, on an unearned run.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink (2011) was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in a 6-0 win over Great Lakes.

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Yakima Valley and the Walla Walla Sweets will play a free exhibition game on June 3 at The Orchard in Yakima.

"This is a great opportunity for us to welcome fans back to the Orchard, and maybe introduce a few new fans to what Pippins baseball is all about," Yakima Valley president Zachary Fraser said. "We can also knock the rust off, give new employees a chance to train in a real-time environment with the pressure of Opening Day, and allow our coaching staff and players to work out in a game setting."

For more details, please click here for a story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. Have a great day and we will see you on Wednesday.