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The KJ Harrison saga continues!

February 24, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We hope you are still enjoying our unbelievable weather.

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OK, we can't help ourselves. We have even more updates about Oregon State freshman and 2014 Knights' signee KJ Harrison. He just can't stay out of the news.

The infielder/catcher was named the Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Week on Monday and the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Hitter of the Week on Tuesday for the week of Feb. 17-23.

Harrison was 10-for-22 (.455) in five games in Suprise, Ariz., with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBIs. He hit safely in all five games to extend his hit streak to eight games, and had four multi-hit games.

Harrison is leading the Beavers with a .441 average through the first eight games. He's tied for second in the nation with four home runs; his 13 RBI are fourth. He leads the Pac-12 in both categories.

As we said on Monday, he has to come down to Earth at some point. But we are really looking forward to seeing him in person this coming weekend when the Beavers open their home schedule against Grambling State at Goss Stadium with a single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday.

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Alum Chris Haddeland (2014) of Linfield was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time in three weeks on Monday. Alum Sean Eberhardt (2013-14) of George Fox was nominated, but not selected.

Haddeland threw a complete-game shutout, the 16th of his career, as Linfield blanked PLU 3-0 in its Northwest Conference opener. Haddeland had eight strikeouts, did not issue a walk, and spaced seven hits.

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Alum Joe Duffin (2013-14) of Cypress CC is off to a great start at UConn, where he transferred for his junior/senior seasons. Duff is hitting .438 (7-16) in six games, with three doubles, a homer, nine RBIs and an .813 slugging percentage.

Joe will play for the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers in the Northwoods League this summer. Here is more on that story, from the team's website. Best of luck to big Joe, a big bopper for us the past two summers. Hope he likes humidity!

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The Bellingham Bells have signed pitcher Justin Blatner and catcher Joey Harris of Gonzaga for the 2015 season, the team announced. Here is more on that 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.


More heroics from 2015 Knight KJ Harrison

February 22, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend.

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I know it seems as if we are writing about Oregon State freshman and 2014 Knights' signee KJ Harrison almost every day, but what can we say? Every day the catcher/first baseman from Hawaii provides another highlight.

Harrison had a grand slam, a double, scored twice and drove in five runs on Sunday as the Beavers concluded their 8-game stay at Surprise Stadium in Arizona with a 15-5 win over Kansas. OSU went 5-3 in those games and Harrison was the big story.

He is now hitting .441 (15-34) in eight games, with four homers, two triples, two doubles and 13 RBIs. He has scored eight times, has a .971 slugging percentage, and a .500 on-base percentage.

Obviously he has to come down to Earth at some point. But we are really looking forward to seeing him in person this coming weekend when the Beavers open their home schedule against Grambling State at Goss Stadium.

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Speaking of Goss Stadium, we stopped by there on Sunday morning and it looks spectacular. The new synthetic turf is all in; the view from the new "Banners" hospitality deck is awesome; new iron railings are being installed on the stairwells throughout the concourse that look better and improve the sightline from the upper grandstand, and the main lobby concession area is being upgraded.

Suffice it to say, Goss Stadium will look much different for our June 3 opener than it did back in August, when we closed our 2014 home season by defeating Bellingham in Game 1 of the West Coast League Championship Series!

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You may have already seen it on the homepage of our website, but here is a story on coach Brooke Knight's season with the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League.

The Bite won the regular-season title but lost 2-1 to Perth in the Championship Series. Alums Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) and Colin Feldtman (2013) of the Portland Pilots played for the Bite. Brooke is back in the states now and looking forward to his eighth season with the Knights.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have signed Pepperdine infielder Nick Costello and high school senior pitcher Easton Lucas for the upcoming season. Here is more on that 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.


Harrison, Ice lead Beavers over Cowboys

February 20, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone. Hope you all are ready for the weekend.

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Two Oregon State players with ties to the Knights had big days on Thursday as the Beavers edged Oklahoma State 5-3 at Surprise, Ariz.

Future Knight K.J. Harrison, a freshman who is off to a great start, was 3-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting a whopping .476 (10-21) in five games, with two homers and five RBIs. He sounds like a must-see player.

Alum Logan Ice (2014) was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Logan is also off to a good start, hitting .333 (4-12) in four games, with two RBIs.

KJ is a Honolulu native who was selected by Cleveland in the 25th round of the 2014 MLB draft. We are looking forward to seeing him this summer!

Alums Dane Lund (2011-14), Kevin Flemer (2013), Gabe Clark (2013), Jackson Soto (2014-15) and Michael Howard (2014), and 2015 signees Harrison, Christian Donahue and >b>Elliott Cary are also playing for the Beavers.

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A change of scenery from OSU to Concordia is working wonders for alum Nate Esposito (2012), as he is off to a great start with the Cavs. Nate is hitting .383 (11-28) in eight games, with three doubles and six RBIs. A senior catcher, he transferred to Concordia for his final season after three years with the Beavers.

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The Klamath Falls Gems have signed pitcher Jake Repavich of Cienega High School in Vail, Ariz., an incoming freshman at Grand Canyon University, and University of Portland junior outfielder Grant Taylor for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story, from the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have signed UC Irvine sophomore catcher Alex Guenette for the 2015 season. He hit .299 with a home run, 4 doubles and 12 RBIs. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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


Harrison, Kelly nominated for POTW honors

February 18, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope you all are enjoying our fabulous weather. Let's hope it holds for next weekend, when the Beavers host Grambling State in the first game on the new synthetic surface at Goss Stadium.

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Future Knight K.J. Harrison, a freshman at Oregon State who will play for us this summer, is off to a great start with the Beavers.

He was nominated for Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Week honors for Feb. 10-16, but was not selected. He hit .417 (5-12) in three games, with a triple, two homers and three RBIs, and a 1.083 slugging percentage, in OSU's games at Surprise, Ariz.

KJ is a Honolulu native who was selected by Cleveland in the 25th round of the 2014 MLB draft. We are looking forward to seeing him this summer!

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UC Santa Barbara junior Dalton Kelly (2014-15), a first-team all-WCL selection for the Knights in 2014, was nominated for Big West Player of the Week honors, but wasn't selected.

Dalton hit .500 (8-16) in four games against BYU, with a double and an RBI, to lead the Gauchos to a four-game sweep. Future Knight Clay Fisher (2015) started all four games and hit .167 (2-12).

We will begin weekly stat updates on all our college players next week.

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Bellingham has added Stanford freshmen infielders Beau Branton and Jesse Kuet for the 2015 season. Here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have relocated their offices to downtown Yakima. They were formerly located at the State Fair Park. Here is more on that story, from the Yakima Herald newspaper.

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


Great start for future Knight KJ Harrison

February 15, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had great weekends.

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Future Knight KJ Harrison, a freshman at Oregon State who will play for us this summer, is off to a great start with the Beavers.

He hit his second homer of the season and drove in two runs on Sunday in a 7-4 loss to New Mexico at Surprise, Ariz. He's hitting .417 (5-12) in three games, with a triple, two homers and three RBIs, and a 1.083 slugging percentage.

The Beavers conclude their opening weekend on Monday with a rematch against New Mexico.

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Alum Kyle Treadway (2013) of Pacific University was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year for the week of Feb. 2-8, but was not selected, as the award went to another alum, Linfield's Chris Haddeland (2014).

Treadway allowed two runs on three hits, and had four strikeouts, over six innings and got the win in a season-opening, 6-2 victory over Occidental on Feb. 7.

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Alum Michael Lucarelli (2013-14), a senior shortstop at the University of Portland who was our 2014 MVP, also had a big day on Sunday in a 9-7 loss to UC Riverside. Michael was 3-for-4 with a run, a walk and two RBIs.

Alum Cody Lenahan (2013) added two hits and run and Kevin Farley (2014) was 0-for-3 for the Pilots.

Portland was swept in the four-game series but Lucarelli hit .533 (8-15), with two doubles, a triple, three runs and two RBIs in the series. Farley (5-15, .333) and Lenahan (5-16, .313) also had good series, as did pitcher Jackson Lockwood (2014), who had a 1.29 ERA over seven innings in his only start.

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


Knights new logo, colors a big hit

February 13, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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It was a great night on Thursday at the "Knights Refreshed Brand Unveiling" party at The Vue in downtown Corvallis. Several hundred of our fans turned out for the release of our new logo and colors.

Judging by their reaction when the logo was unveiled, it should be a big hit this summer; lots of cheers, clapping and positive reactions when president Dan Segel released it to the public.

For more on the story, please click here and get the full details from our newly-redesigned website, which also looks very sharp.

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Many alums/future Knights in action on Thursday in Corban's 9-8 win over George Fox. GFU scored six runs in the ninth to turn a blowout into a nail-biter before it finally ended.

For Corban, Marc Gallegos (2012, 2014) was 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, two runs and two RBIs and Hayden Calvert (2015) was 0-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

For George Fox, AJ Valencia (2015) was 1-for-4 with a double and a run and Sean Eberhardt (2013-14) had a strikeout and gave up three unearned runs in one inning of relief.

Division I games start today and we will have periodic updates on all of our "big-time" Knights throughout the college season, too.

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Alum Chris Haddeland (2014) of Linfield was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Haddeland threw seven scoreless innings to earn Linfield's first victory of the season and the 28th of his career, defeating Texas-Dallas 6-0 to move into a tie for the second-most victories in program history.

Haddeland was also named to the preseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list for the second year in a row. It will be awarded to the nation's top amateur baseball player on June 23.

Haddeland was the only NCAA Division III player to receive such recognition. He is a two-time All-American and previous winner of the Northwest Conference, All-West Region and National Pitcher of the Year award.

Congrats to Chris, who had a great summer for us last year.

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The Klamath Falls Gems have signed left-handed pitcherJordan Horak from the University of Portland and outfielder Payton Soicher of Washburn University in Topeka for the 2015 season. For more on that story, from the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper, please click here.

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The Walla Walla Sweets have signed catcher Alex Jondal of Hawaii, pitcher Jarred Zill of Cal Poly and infielder Cody Sporrer of UC Riverside for the following season. For more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website, please click here.

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


Come to The Vue on Thursday for the new Brand Unveiling Party!

February 10, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Don't forget, all Knights fans are invited to the "Knights Refreshed Brand Unveiling" party, set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at The Vue, 517 SW 2nd Street in downtown Corvallis. It's on the sixth floor of the Elements Building.

The unveiling will be at 6:15 p.m. Stop by to join Mack the Knights, Lil' K, and our front office staff for the introduction of our new look. Light refreshments will be served.

So come on down, and bring a friend.

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have added infielder Jacob Manson of Yakima Valley College and utility Layne Croney of Puget Sound to their 2015 roster. Croney is from Corvallis and played at Crescent Valley High School. He is hitting .545 with a home run and seven RBIs in his first three games of the season.

For more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website, please click here.

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The WCL-champion Bellingham Bells have added Arizona State pitchers Grant Schneider and Reagan Todd for the 2015 season. For more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website, please click here.

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Also, the Bells have hired Kyle Crooks of William Patterson College in New Jersey as their play-by-play voice for the 2015 season. For more details, please click here and read all about it from the Ballpark Business website.

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


Bite beaten in ABL Championship Series

February 9, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone.

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Knights' coach Brooke Knight was denied his third Australian Baseball League title on Sunday when the Perth Heat defeated the Bite 12-5 in the decisive game of the ABL's best-of-3 Championship Series.

Adelaide won Friday's opener 3-2. Perth forced a rubber match with a 5-3, 10-inning win on Saturday, and prevailed decisively on Sunday to claim the Claxton Shield trophy.

Knight coached Perth to championships in 2012 and 2013 before retiring (temporarily, as it turns out) from the ABL. Former Knights' pitcher Colin Feldtman (2013) was active for Adelaide and alum Liam Baron (2008-09) was on the Perth squad but neither pitched in the final series.

Adelaide won the regular-season title and was the top seed for the playoffs. Congrats to Brooke on a great season, even if they didn't win the title.

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Don't forget, all Knights fans are invited to the "Knights Refreshed Brand Unveiling" party, set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at The Vue, 517 SW 2nd Street in downtown Corvallis. It's on the sixth floor of the Elements Building.

The unveiling will be at 6:15 p.m. Stop by to join Mack the Knights, Lil' K, and the Knights' front office staff for the introduction of our new look. Light refreshments will be served.

So come on down, and bring a friend.

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Perhaps you've already seen it on our website, but if not, check out this story on alum Andrew Susac (2009) and his season with the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

Susac and alum Matt Duffy (2010) both earned rings with the Giants. Please click here to read about Duffy's summer in the majors.

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The college baseball season started this past weekend and some alums had nice starts.

* For Concordia, catcher Nate Esposito (2012) was 5-for-10 with four RBIs in a tournament at Nampa, Idaho. Pitcher Jason Snodgrass (2014) earned a win, had seven strikeouts and gave up three runs in seven innings in his start.

* For Pacific Lutheran, pitcher Chris Bishop (2012-14) gave up four runs and had four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of a no-decision start and pitcher Jake Otness (2013-14) got a save in a tournament at Tucson. Complete results were not available.

* For George Fox, Clay Mott (2015) hit .264 (4-15) with an RBI; Tyler Hamilton (2015) hit .125 (1-8) with an RBI and AJ Valencia (2015) hit .286 (2-7) with an RBI in a tournament in Texas. Sean Eberhardt (2013-14) allowed one run in three innings and had three strikeouts in two relief appearances.

* Corban's Hayden Calvert 2015) is hitting .333 (4-12) with a homer and four RBIs so far. Alum Marc Gallegos (2012, 2014) is red-hot, as he's 10-for-13 (.769) with seven RBIs in four games.

Linfield was also in action but stats are not updated yet.

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That is all for today. Stay dry, have a great day and we will see you on Wednesday.


Adelaide, Knight one win away from ABL title

February 6, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

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It's a big weekend in Corvallis, with more than 9,000 fans expected at Gill Coliseum for the Beavers-Washington men's basketball game on Sunday. And it's a big weekend in Adelaide, Australia, as well.

Coach Brooke Knight and the Adelaide Bite lead the Perth Heat 1-0 in the Australian Baseball League's best-of-3 championship finals after a 3-2 win in Game 1. Adelaide is looking for its first title; Knight coached Perth to championships in 2012 and 2013 before retiring (temporarily, as it turns out) from the ABL.

Former Knights' pitcher Colin Feldtman (2013) is playing for Adelaide; alum Liam Baron (2008-09) is on the Perth squad. Here is more on Game 1, from the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper.

And here is even more, from MLB.com.

Go Bite!

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Another roster move to announce. The Knights have signed George Fox University outfielder AJ Valencia to a 10-day contract.

Valencia is a 5-foot-8, 155-pound freshman outfielder from Phoenix. A lefty thrower and hitter, AJ graduated from Desert Vista High School, where he was a three-year starter in center field. He hit .385 as a senior.

Welcome to the team, AJ!

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The Yakima Valley Pippins have signed Cal State-Northridge pitchers Matt Campbell and Monty McCasland for the 2015 season. You can click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. Stay dry, have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Taylor Ard signs with Frontier League club

February 3, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Some Knights news to report.

Former Corvallis first baseman Taylor Ard (2009), a slugger on the 2009 club that lost to Wenatchee in the West Coast League Championship Series, has re-signed with the River City Rascals in the independent Frontier League.

Taylor played at Mt. Hood and at Washington State before signing with Seattle in 2012. He was released after two seasons in their system. He then played 50 games at River City, was signed by Arizona and played for three different teams in their farm system last season.

He was released after the season. Ard hit .338 for the Rascals in 2014, with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 50 games.

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Former Knights' play-by-play announcer Kevin Burke (2012) is the voice of High Point University women's basketball this winter. No word yet on where he'll be this summer. To follow him on Twitter, please click here. Lots of photos from what sounds like a hectic season.

Kevin worked for the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums in the Frontier League last summer. He was at Pensacola (Fla.) in the double-A Southern League in 2013 as their No. 2 voice.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed seven new players for 2015, increasing their roster to 30. The newest team members are Ryan Wilson, a LHP from Pepperdine; Matt Blais, a RHP from UC Davis; Sean O'Toole, a RHP from St. Mary's College; Chase Lambert, an infielder from Pepperdine; Cam Santos, an infielder from Chico State; Ryan Anderson, an infielder from UC Davis, and Jackson Thoreson, a catcher from St. Mary's.

You can click here for more information on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.