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Cards send Gaviglio to minor-league camp

March 17, 2014

Happy Monday and happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone.

Hope you all had great weekends. Oregon State sure did, as Knights' alums Ben Wetzler (2011) and Jace Fry (2011) each pitched gems and earned wins as the Beavers swept Utah to start the defense of their 2013 Pacific-12 Conference baseball title.

Wetzler took a no-hitter into the eighth and won on Friday night; alum Scott Schultz (2011) pitched a scoreless ninth. And Fry finished the series with a complete-game three-hit shutout on Sunday, when 2014 signee Logan Ice had three hits and two runs.

The Beavers host Arizona State this weekend. And, high school baseball starts in Corvallis and elsewhere around the state, so take in a game at your local diamond.

Speaking of upcoming events, we are down to 79 more days until our 2014 opener, set for June 4 at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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The St. Louis Cardinals assigned pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) to their minor-league camp. The Oregon State alum was 0-0, 3.38 in three games, with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Also, the Mets assigned pitcher Greg Peavey (2007), another OSU alum, to their minor-league camp. He pitched one scoreless inning in one appearance, with no strikeouts.

Miami assigned Washington State alum Alex Burg, our 2008 MVP, to minor-league camp. He didn't have an at-bat in a big-league game.

Peavey and Burg both reached triple-A in their respective organizations last season.

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We have an updated story on Knights' veteran Max Beatty (2010-12), now with the San Diego Padres organization on our website. Please click here to read all about it.

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Here are the updated stats (through Sunday's games) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .228 (13-57) in 21 games, with no homers and 10 RBIs.

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

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .000 (0-3) in four games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .210 (13-62) with no homers and three RBIs in 18 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .364 (8-22) with no homers and three RBIs in 18 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara): The junior outfielder is hitting .268 (11-41) with no homers and four RBIs in 14 games.

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

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 4-0, 2.21 in four games, with 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 0-0, 0.00 over two appearances, with five strikeouts in six innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 0-0, 9.82 in two games, with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-0, 2.18 in six games, with 13 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-1, 5.92 in five games, with 18 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-1, 4.74 in seven games, with 13 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 13.50 in four games, with no strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 10.80 in three appearances, with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 0-1, 2.89 in six games, with seven strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 0-0, 4.09 in four games, with nine strikeouts in 14 innings.

CHRIS VARGAS (UC Irvine): The freshman righty hasn't pitched yet.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-0, 2.70 in three games, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

We will update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: Here is a rundown on the Black Bears latest signings, from the Daily News of Kelso-Longview. And here's a story on signee Caleb Hamilton of Oregon State, also from the Daily News.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets are seeking summer employees. So if you know of someone in the area or are looking for work there, here is more on that story, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Knights sign TCC's Latta to 10-day deal

March 14, 2014

Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) gets the baseball at 5 p.m. today when Oregon State opens the defense of its Pacific-12 Conference baseball title in the opener of a three-game series at Utah. Alum Jace Fry (2011) gets the start on Sunday.

Speaking of starts, we are down to 82 more days until our 2014 opener, set for June 4 at Goss Stadium against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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The Knights have signed redshirt freshman catcher Josh Latta of Tacoma CC to a 10-day contract. Knights' pitching coach Connor Lambert coaches at TCC.

Latta is a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Auburn Riverside High in Auburn, Wash. He redshirted at University of Washington in 2013 and then played for the Kitsap BlueJackets in the summer.

He is hitting .200 (2-10) in three games, with no homers and one RBI heading into this weekend's action. He hit .170 (8-47) in 19 games at Kitsap in 2013, with no homers or RBIs.

Welcome, Josh.

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

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin, a returnee from 2013, was 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs in a 5-4 win over Santa Ana.

* Cal Poly pitcher Slater lee gave up four runs, had a strikeout and a no-decision in 1.2 innings of an 11-9 win over Northern Illinois. Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-2 with two RBIs; Jimmy Allen (2011) was 2-for-4 with an RBI; Alex Michaels (2012) was 0-for-1; Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 1-for-1 and Casey Bloomquist (2013) pitched the final 2/3 innings and got the save.

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Catcher Andrew Susac (2009), an Oregon State alum now playing for the San Francisco Giants, homered against Texas on Thursday in a spring training game. Here is some video of that blast. He played at Richmond in the double-A Eastern League last season.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: Here is a rundown on how several 2014 Rogues are faring with the college teams, and some news on two signees for the upcoming season. Please click here for more details, from the Our Sports Central website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets announced that to announce that CAPPS Broadcast Group will return as the team's official radio partner for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. Here is more on that story, also from the Our Sports Central website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have already signed up numerous sponsors for their first season in the WCL. Here is more, from the Yakima Valley website.

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


Kline named PacWest Player of the Week

March 12, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Oregon State's 4-3 win over Ohio State last night was a great end to a super homestand. The Beavers went 9-1 and are not red-hot and rolling as they head off to Utah for this weekend's opening series of the Pacific-12 Conference season.

They don't return to Goss until March 21, when they host Arizona State in a weekend series.

The Knights will be returning to Goss Stadium in 84 days, when we begin our 2014 season with a June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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Returnee Kevin Kline (2013-14) of Dixie State was named the PacWest Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. Keven hit .400 (6-14) in four games against Saint Martin's, with two doubles, two home runs, five runs scored, 12 RBIs and a .933 slugging percentage. He drove in five runs in the second game and six of Dixie State's 17 runs in the series finale and now ranks third in the PacWest with 17 RBI.

Congrats to Kevin! Here is more on the story from the conference website.

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Lots of 2014 Knights in action for their respective college teams on Tuesday. Here's a roundup:

* Oregon State catcher Logan Ice was 0-for-2 with an RBI in a 4-3 win over Ohio State. Gabe Clark (2013) was 0-for-4, Kavin Keyes (2013) was 1-for-3 and Brandon Jackson (2012) struck out on in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

* Pitcher Justin Calomeni of Cal Poly allowed one earned run in 6.1 innings and struck out nine in a 4-2win over Northern Illinois and improved to 4-0. Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-4 with an RBI, Jimmy Allen (2011) was 2-for-4 and Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 0-for-2 for the Mustangs.

* Pitcher Michael Miller of UC Irvine had one strikeout in a scoreless inning of relief in a 5-0 loss to UCLA. Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 0-for-4 for the Anteaters.

* Angel Landazuri of UC Riverside pitched three scoreless innings and had three strikeouts in an 11-6 win over Gonzaga. Dylan Stuart (2011-12) allowed two runs in two innings and David Andriese (2010-11) was 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs for UCR.

* Scott Quinlan was 0-for-1 for UC Santa Barbara in a 2-1 win over Pepperdine. Greg Mahle (2012) pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, had three strikeouts and got the win.

* Portland's Jackson Lockwood pitched seven shutout innings, struck out three and got the win in a 6-0 victory over Seattle. Michael Lucarelli was 0-for-4; Cody Lenahan (2013) was 0-for-4 with an RBI and Caleb Whalen (2012) was 1-for-2 for the Pilots.

* Joe Duffin of Cypress CC was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 6-2 loss to Saddleback CC.

* Phillip Leopold of Bellarmine was a combined 2-for-8 with a double and an RBI in a doubleheader with Lincoln Memorial.

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The Milwaukee Brewers have returned outfielder Mitch Haniger of Cal Poly to their minor-league camp after several weeks with the big boys. He played in the High-A Florida State League for the second half of last season and is a good bet to move up to the double-A Huntsville (Ala.) Stars in the Southern League. Here is more on Mitch, from mlb.com.

Pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) of the University of Portland was also assigned to minor-league camp by the Boston Red Sox.

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Several Corvallis Knights alums are/were in major league spring training camps. Here's an update:

MATT ANDRIESE (2009), Rays: A right-handed pitcher recently acquired from the Padres, Matt is 0-0, 3.86 in two appearances, with one strikeout in 2.1 innings. Matt played at UC Riverside.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009), Padres: A catcher, Rocky is hitting .750 (3-4) in five games, with an RBI. Rocky played at Portland.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009), Cardinals: A right-handed pitcher, Sam is 0-0, 3.38 in three appearances, with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Sam played at Oregon State.

MITCH HANIGER (2010), Brewers: An outfielder, Mitch hit .500 (5-10) in seven games, with a homer and five RBIs, before being sent to minor-league camp. Mitch played at Cal Poly.

BRENT MOREL (2007), Pirates: A third baseman, Brent is hitting .118 (2-17) in eight games, with no homers or RBIs. Brent played at Cal Poly.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009), Giants: A catcher, Andrew is hitting .182 (2-11) in seven games, with no homers and three RBIs. Andrew played at Oregon State.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed two more players for the 2014 season. Read all about it by clicking here for a story from the Bellingham website.

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed left-handed pitcher Sam Murphy of Nebraska-Omaha for the 2014 season. Here is more on that story from the Kelowna website.

VICTORIA: Here's a look at how the 2014 HarbourCats are doing for their respective college teams, from the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

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That is it for today. We will see you on again on Thursday.


Jace Fry named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

March 11, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Game day in Corvallis, with lots of sunshine. The Beavers host Ohio State tonight and the Blog plans to be there.

We also will be at Goss Stadium in 85 days, when we begin our 2014 season with a June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet, at Goss Stadium. The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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As expected. Alum Jace Fry (2011) of Oregon State was named the Pacific-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for his no-hitter against Northern Illinois this past Saturday. Here is more on that story from osubeavers.com.

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Pacific Lutheran's Derrick Mahlum (2014) was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected. He pitched seven shutout innings and got the win against Whitman on Saturday, allowing five hits and striking out eight in a 4-1 victory.

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We found only one 2014 Knight in action for his college team on Monday. Bellarmine outfielder Phillip Leopold was a combined 2-for-7, with a run and three RBIs, in a doubleheader sweep of Truman State.

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Here are the updated stats of our 2014 NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC Knights:

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a game.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .309 (17-55) in 16 games, with two homers and 11 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .291 (23-79) in 21 games, with three homers and 23 RBIs.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .333 (8-24) in seven games, with no homers and seven RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .226 (12-53) in 20 games, with a homer and six RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .250 (1-4) in nine games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .321 (18-56) in 15 games, with four homers and 17 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 1-2, 1.16 in 31 innings over five games, with 28 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 1-0, 2.61 in 10.1 innings over eight games, with two saves and seven strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 4-0, 1.00 in five games, with 31 strikeouts in 36 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 1.17 in eight appearances, with two strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Clackamas CC stats are not yet available.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 3-1, 1.09 in four games, with 28 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

MIKE NOWAK (Dixie State): Mike is 0-0, 40.60 in 1.1 innings in two appearances, with one strikeout.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 0-1, 6.75 in one game, with two strikeouts in four innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed four more players for this season. Here is more information, from the Daily News of Kelso-Longview.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have signed four players from UC Irvine for the 2014 season. Here is more on that story from the Wenatchee website.

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That is it for today. We will see you on again on Wednesday.


Another weekend, another alum no-hitter

March 10, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Great weekend in Corvallis, with Knights' alums playing a big role in helping the Beavers sweep Northern Illinois. Pitchers Ben Wetzler, Jace Fry and Scott Schultz from our 2011 West Coast League championship team all won games and Gabe Clark and Kavin Keyes from our 2013 championship team and future Knight Logan Ice (2014) all had big offensive weekends.

And how about Fry? He became the second alum in the past two weekends to pitch a no-hitter in a Saturday game when he twirled a masterpiece against the Huskies in Game 1 of their doubleheader. Chris Bishop (2012-14) of Pacific Lutheran also threw a no-hitter against Willamette on March 1.

For more on Jace's no-hitter, please click here for the complete story from OSUbeavers.com.

We are down to 86 days until we begin our 2014 season with a June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet, at Goss Stadium. They are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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We are thrilled that standout Corban University infielder Marc Gallegos is returning to the club after missing last season with a shoulder injury. You may have already seen the story on our homepage, but if you have not please click here and read all about it.

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Alum Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly was nominated for Big West Conference Player of the Week honors but was not selected. He hit .375 (6-16) with a homer, three doubles, six RBIs and three runs scored in four games.

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Here are the updated stats (through Sunday's games) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .196 (9-46) in 17 games, with no homers and eight RBIs.

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

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .000 (0-1) in three games.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .178 (8-45) with no homers and two RBIs in 13 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .364 (7-22) with no homers and three RBIs in 14 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara): The junior outfielder is hitting .314 (11-35) with no homers and four RBIs in 11 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder has played in one game but has not yet had an at-bat.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-0, 1.69 in three games, with 22 strikeouts in 16 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 0-0, 0.00 two appearances, with five strikeouts in six innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 0-0, 9.82 in two games, with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

ALEX HARDY (Washington): The freshman righty is 0-0, 10.80 in two games, with one strikeout in 3.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-0, 2.87 in four games, with 11 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-1, 4.76 in three games, with 17 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 4.70 in five games, with 10 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 5.40 in three games, with no strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 10.80 in three appearances, with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 0-1, 3.24 in five games, with six strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 0-0, 4.09 in four games, with nine strikeouts in 11 innings.

CHRIS VARGAS (UC Irvine): The freshman righty hasn't pitched yet.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-0, 2.70 in three games, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

We will update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have announced their promotional schedule for 2014 and it includes five Bobblehead Nights. Here is more information, from the team website. And New Mexico infielder Jared Holley is the team's Player of the Week. Here is more on that story, also from the team website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have established a five-member Community Advisory Committee. Five members of the Victoria sports and business community will provide valuable input into community engagement on all levels, giving the WCL team a fresh perspective going into the second season of HarbourCats baseball and beyond. Here is more on that story from the Victoria website.

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That is it for today. We will see you on again on Tuesday.


Sunshine and baseball on tap today

March 7, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

The sun is out in Corvallis this morning and our other hometown team, the Oregon State Beavers, hosts Northern Illinois in a four-game series this weekend, so what more could a guy ask for?

Alums of the Corvallis Knights will play a key role for the Beavers, as usual. Jace Fry (2011) and Scott Schultz are OSU's projected starting pitchers for Saturday's 12:35 p.m. doubleheader. And alum Ben Wetzler (2011) should get the ball for Sunday's 1:05 p.m. series finale.

Throw in alums Kavin Keyes (2013) at first base, Gabe Clark (2013) at DH, Nate Esposito (2012) at catcher and Caylen Clardy (2012) at outfield; relievers Kevin Flemer (2013) and Brandon Jackson (2012) out of the bullpen and future Knights Logan Ice (2014) behind the plate and infielder Dan James (2014) off the bench and it's easy to see why the Knights have such a vested interest in our landlords at Goss Stadium.

And, we are down to a mere 89 days until we begin our 2014 season with a June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet, at Goss Stadium. They're a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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Here is the first edition of "Caught on the Hop," a column on the West Coast League by Longview, Wash.,-based Our Sports Central contributor Bruce Baskin. Longview will serve as Bruce's "home base" during the regular season, and he hopes to make some side trips elsewhere.

He will also run a WCL Road Trip segment featuring all 12 WCL cities and ballparks during the season. So, enjoy, and we'll be sure to also link his further columns.

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Here is an entertaining interview with Cowlitz general manager Jim Appleby on a number of WCL-related topics, from the Best Coast Baseball website. We have a great relationship with the Black Bears; we've hosted their interns several times at games between our teams at Goss Stadium, and have made good use of their party deck on our trips to David Story Field in Longview.

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Most of our 2014 Knights will be in action this weekend but two got a head start by playing on Thursday. Here's a recap:

* Dixie State first baseman Kevin Kline (2013-14) was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 9-6 win over Saint Martin's.

* Bellarmine outfielder Phil Leopold was 2-for-3 in a 4-1 loss to Lake Erie College.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed four more players for 2014. Here is more information, from the team website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have signed two more players for the upcoming season. Here is more on that story from the Walla Walla website. And here is the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a weekly feature on the Walla Walla website.

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


Armendariz named CCAA Player of the Week again

March 6, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Let's cut right to the chase.

It's only 90 days until we start the 2014 season with our June 4 nonleague opener on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet, against the independent Portland Sea Dogs at Goss Stadium. They're a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area; former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

Should be a great day. The elementary school students who have attended the past two SEA days have learned, and also had a great time.

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

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Alum David Armendariz (2011) of Cal Poly Pomona was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for the second time this season earlier this week. Armendariz was 5-for-8 (.625) in a doubleheader at Cal State Dominguez Hills, with a homer, five RBIs and three runs scored.

Here is more on that story from the CCAA website. Congrats to David, who transferred to CPP after spending his first three years at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He was our MVP, and a second-team all-WCL pick, in our 2011 championship year.

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Our story on returning infielder Mike Lucarelli and new pitcher Jackson Lockwood of the University of Portland is up on our website. Just click here for a good read.

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Several Corvallis Knights alums are in major league spring training camps. Here's an update:

MATT ANDRIESE (2009), Rays: A right-handed pitcher recently acquired from the Padres, Matt is 0-0, 0.00 in one appearance, with one strikeout in one inning. Matt played at UC Riverside.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009), Padres: A catcher, Rocky is hitting 1.000 (2-2) in two games, with an RBI. Rocky played at Portland.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009), Cardinals: A right-handed pitcher, Sam is 0-0, 0.00 in two appearances, with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Sam played at Oregon State.

MITCH HANIGER (2010), Brewers: An outfielder, Mitch is hitting .571 (4-7) in four games, with a homer and five RBIs. MItch played at Cal Poly.

BRENT MOREL (2007), Pirates: A third baseman, Brent is hitting .167 (2-12) in five games, with no homers or RBIs. Brent played at Cal Poly.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009), Giants: A catcher, Andrew is hitting .000 (0-6) in four games, with no homers or RBIs. Andrew played at Oregon State.

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Only one 2014 Knight was in action for his respective college team on Wednesday. Midland (Texas) CC catcher Chris Shaw was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a double in a 13-3 win over Odessa JC.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have signed UC Riverside second baseman Edgar Morales and outfielder Thomas Walker for the 2014 season. Here is more information, from the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have signed Central Washington pitchers Brandon Williams and Mitch Yada for the upcoming season. Here is more on that story from the Our Sports Central website.

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That's it for today. See you on Friday.


Van Gansen, Bloomquist headed to Eau Claire in 2014

March 5, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Raining again in Corvallis after a brilliant Tuesday that was a real indicator that spring is on the way. It was a nice night at Goss Field, another precursor of beautiful summer nights ahead.

Only 91 more days until we start the 2014 season with our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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Alums Peter Van Gansen and Casey Bloomquist, Cal Poly sophomores who were key members of our 2013 West Coast League championship team, will play with the Eau Claire (Wisc.) Express in the Northwoods League this summer. PVG was all-WCL at shortstop and Casey earned honorable mention at pitcher.

Here is more on that story, from the Express website. They didn't mention that Van Gansen and Bloomquist played for the Knights in a rival league last summer, but we'll overlook that oversight. Best of luck to two great guys.

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Pitcher Chris Bishop (2012-14) of Pacific Lutheran was named to D3baseball.com's national Team of the Week for throwing a no-hitter against Willamette last Saturday. No surprise there.

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It was a Knightspalooza over at Goss Stadium on Tuesday night in Oregon State's 5-0 win over Portland. Five of the 16 position player starters were former, current or future Knights.

Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli (2013-14) was 0-for-3; third baseman Cody Lenahan (2013) was 0-for-4 and had a brilliant, diving stop and throw to take an RBI single away from Dylan Davis, and second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 1-for-2 and had a double stolen from him on a great catch by Michael Conforto against the left-field fence.

For the Beavers, first baseman Kavin Keyes (2013) was 0-for-2 with a run and catcher Logan Ice (2014) was 1-for-4 with a run.

Several other 2014 Knights were in action for their respective teams on Tuesday. Here's a rundown:

* Oregon pitcher Jeremy Spencer (2014) allowed one unearned run in 2.1 innings and had five strikeouts in a 4-3 win over Seattle. He was not involved in the decision.

* Cal Poly pitcher Justin Calomeni (2014) improved to 3-0 by allowing four hits in six innings of a 6-0 win over Santa Clara. He had six strikeouts. Nick Torres (2012) and Jimmy Allen (2011) were each 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI; the aforementioned Van Gansen (2013) was 3-for-3 with a run and Alex Michaels (2012) was 1-for-3 for the Mustangs.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker (2013-14) was 1-for-2 in an 8-5 loss to San Diego State.

* George Fox pitcher Sean Eberhardt (2013-14) pitched a perfect inning in a 6-3 loss to Lewis-Clark State. Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013) took the loss for the Bruins.

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin (2013-14) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 4-3 loss to Riverside City College.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed two more freshmen from Arizona State, right-handed pitcher Seth Martinez and shortstop Colby Woodmansee. Here is more information, from the Bellingham website.

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed left-handed pitcher Ethan Kallin of Lower Columbia College. Here is more on that story from the Kelowna website.

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That's it for today. See you on Thursday.


PLU's Bishop named NWC Pitcher of the Week

March 4, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

As we noted on Monday, Pacific Lutheran junior pitcher Chris Bishop was named the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 24-March 2 for throwing a no-hitter against Willamette this past Saturday. Here is the official announcement, from the conference website.

Congrats to Bish. We look forward to seeing him again this summer.

Meanwhile, it's only 92 more days until the hits start coming at our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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Several 2014 Knights were in action for their respective teams on Monday. Here's a rundown:

* Cypress CC designated hitter Joe Duffin (2013-14) was 0-for-4 in a 6-3 loss to Irvine Valley CC.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker 92013-14) was 0-for-2 in a 5-2 loss to California.

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Here are the updated stats of our 2014 NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC Knights:

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a game.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .319 (15-47) in 13 games, with two homers and 10 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .264 (14-53) in 14 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

PHIL LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .000 (0-6) in two games, with no homers or RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .238 (10-42) in 16 games, with a homer and five RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .250 (1-4) in seven games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .306 (11-36) in 10 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 1-2, 0.36 in 25.1 innings over four games, with 22 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 1-0, 3.68 in 7.1 innings over six games, with two saves and seven strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 3-0, 0.67 in four games, with 24 strikeouts in 27 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 1.35 in seven appearances, with one strikeout in 6.2 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): Michael has not pitched yet.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 2-1, 1.53 in three starts, with 20 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

MIKE NOWAK (Dixie State): Mike is 0-0, 109.90 in 1/3 of an inning in one appearance.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen has not pitched yet.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have added six more players to their 2014 roster, including two who were drafted out of high school but chose to go to college instead. Here's more, from the Victoria website. The HarbourCats also announced they'll play a June 22 exhibition game against the Langley Blaze of the Pacific International League at Evans Park to benefit the Duncan Junior Baseball Association. Here's more, also from the Victoria website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets announced the return of "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night, a benefit to raise money for breast cancer research. Here's more on that story from the team's website.

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That's it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Bishop's no-hitter tops weekend action

March 3, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Hope you all had a great weekend. The Blog ran into Knights' head coach Brooke Knight and Miami scout Gabe Sandy, a former Knights' assistant coach, at the Oregon State game on Sunday. They were wet, but were doing well.

We're now down to 93 more days until our June 4 nonleague opener against the independent Portland Sea Dogs, a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area. Former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

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

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You may have already seen this on our Facebook page, but 2012-13 alum/2014 Knights pitcher Chris Bishop of Pacific Lutheran threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in the program's history on Saturday in a 10-0 win over Willamette at John Lewis Field in Salem. Bishop struck out five, walked one and hit a batter.

I guess we already know who will earn Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors on Tuesday, huh? Here's more on Bishop's feat, from the PLU website. Congrats to Chris, who was second-team all-WCL in 2013.

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Here are the updated stats (through Sunday's games) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .200 (7-35) in nine games, with no homers and eight RBIs.

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

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder hasn't played yet.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .143 (5-35) with no homers and one RBI in 10 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee, is hitting .400 (6-15) with no homers and one RBI in nine games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara): The junior outfielder is hitting .208 (5-24) with no homers and an RBI in seven games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder has played in one game but has not yet had an at-bat.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-0, 2.70 in two games, with 16 strikeouts in 10 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 0-0, 9.82 in two games, with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

ALEX HARDY (Washington): The freshman righty is 0-0, 10.80 in two games, with one strikeout in 3.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 2-0, 3.09 in three games, with eight strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 2-0, 0.59 in two games, with 14 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 4.70 in five games, with 10 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 5.40 in three games, with no strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 13.50 in one appearance, with a strikeout in .2 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 0-1, 4.26 in four games, with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 0-0, 5.72 in two games, with four strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

CHRIS VARGAS (UC Irvine): The freshman righty hasn't pitched yet.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-0, 4.50 in two games, with two strikeouts in two innings.

We'll update our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players on Tuesday.

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Alum Eric Huson (2013) of Western Oregon was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday, Huson earned his second victory of the season with an eight-inning start against Central Washington Saturday. Huson scattered six hits and one walk over his eight frames, allowing one earned run and had six strikeouts.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed four infielders for the 2014 season, including Oregon State freshman sensation Caleb Hamilton, the Beavers' starting third baseman. Here's more, from the Cowlitz website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have signed Cal Poly freshman left-handed pitcher Jearl Jesson and North Dakota State junior right-hander Jay Flaa for the 2014 season. Here's more on that story from the team's website.

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That's it for today. See you on Tuesday.