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Corvallis Knights News (March 4, 2019)

Guest Author | 03/04/2019 | Family Friendly, Sports, Spring

Latest News on the Back-to-Back-to-Back WCL Champs

Oregon Staters Willy, Harvey, Gretler to Play for Knights This Summer

Oregon State redshirt sophomore outfielder Elliot Willy and freshmen infielders Jake Harvey and Matthew Gretler will join the Knights in 2019.

Willy also played on the Knights' WCL championship teams in 2018 and 2017. Learn more about those signings.

Former Knights Shortstop Beau Philip of Oregon State Propels Beavers to 10-1 Start

Beavers junior shortstop Beau Philip followed up a strong start in Arizona with a two-homer game this past Saturday, and two-hit game on Sunday vs. West Virginia at Goss Stadium. Beau's hitting .349 and leads OSU in RBIs with 14. He's also sporting a sweet .977 fielding percentage.

Australian Pitcher From Grand Canyon Added to Roster

Australian pitcher Brodie Cooper-Vassalakis, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound right-hander from Canberra College in Canberra who is presently a freshman at Grand Canyon University, will play for the Knights in 2019.

Cooper-Vassalakis is the youngest player in the history of the Australian Baseball League, as he played for the Canberra Cavalry at 15 years of age. He has also played for the Australian MLB World Select Team, and for Australia’s U18 World Baseball team.

The Aussie has made three appearances and one start this spring for the Antelopes.

Rutschman Named to Golden Spikes Watch List

Alum Adley Rutschman (2016), a junior catcher at Oregon State, was named by USA Baseball to its preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list. It features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players, from high school and college baseball. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will maintain a rolling list of players, allowing athletes to play themselves into consideration for the award during the season.

Knights Sign Pitchers From Stanford, Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara

Orioles Sign LHP Josh Osich

Alum Josh Osich (2008) of Oregon State has joined the Baltimore Orioles for the 2019 season after being claimed on waivers from San Francisco. The 30-year old lefty reliever has spent the past four seasons with the Giants. He was the winner in the decisive game of the 2008 WCL Championship Series.

The Knights have signed Stanford freshman pitcher Alex Williams for the 2019 season. He is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound freshman from Castro Valley, Calif., who graduated from Redwood Christian High School in San Lorenzo, Calif. He bats and throws right-handed.

He was a San Francisco Chronicle and Bay Area News Group first-team all-star and the Castro Valley Forum’s area Player of the Year. He was also named the national Player of the Year by the Christian School Athletic Association.

In two starts this spring, Alex is 1-0 with 1.80 ERA for the 9-2 Cardinal.

The Knights have also signed freshmen pitchers Jack Baird of Pepperdine and Rodney Boone of UC Santa Barbara.

Baird is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-hander from Legend High School in Parker, Colo. He lettered three times at Legend and had 70 strikeouts in 50 career innings. He was the team’s Pitcher of the Year in 2017, when he had 45 strikeouts and a 5-1 record and 1.86 ERA in 37 innings. He was honorable-mention all-state as a senior.

Jack has made three relief appearances with the Waves this young season, and has posted a 3.37 ERA.

Boone is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound freshman lefty from Orange, Calif., who graduated from Tustin High School in Tustin, Calif. Boone had 32 strikeouts in 25.2 innings for Tustin in 2018.

Like Williams of Stanford, Boone has also made two starts. He's struck out 13 and only walked 2 over 10 innings, and is 0-0 with a 6.30 ERA for the 7-2 Gauchos.

Knights Add Numerous 10-Day Signees

Alum Jacob Palisch of Stanford named to Stopper Watch List.

Alum Jacob Palisch (2018) , a sophomore left-handed pitcher at Stanford, was named to the initial Watch List for the 15th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball. Palisch was 0-0, 5.40 in seven games with the Knights, with a save and 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.

The Knights have added several 10-day signees to bolster their roster early in the season, before many of their full-time signees have reported. They all have a chance to remain with the team for the entire season. They are:

  • Linfield College pitcher Colton Meyer, a 6-foot, 185-pound freshman left-hander from Silverton High School in Silverton, Ore. He was first-team 5A all-state and was a Mid-Willamette Conference first-team all-star in 2018 as a SHS senior. He was also a first-team MWC all-star in 2017 and earned honorable-mention honors in 2016.
  • Western Oregon sophomore infielder James Anderson, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder who hit .067 (1-15) in nine games as a WOU freshman in 2018, with no homers or RBIs. He hit .250 (4-16) in seven games with the Knights as a 10-day signee in 2018, with a homer and two RBIs. He is from Crescent Valley High in Corvallis.
  • Willamette sophomore infielder Sean Little, a 5-9, 160-pound middle infielder from Willamette University who also played at CV. Little hit .458 (11-24) in 10 games for the Bearcats in 2018, with three doubles and seven RBIs. He was supposed to play for the Knights in 2018 but was sidelined by an injury.
  • Clackamas Community College sophomore outfielder/catcher Cooper Wohlgemuth, a 6-1, 160-pound right-hander from Roosevelt High in Portland. Wohlgemuth played in three games for George Fox University in 2018 but did not have an at-bat. He scored two runs. He was a four-year starting catcher at Roosevelt and earned honorable-mention all-PIL honors.

New Jersey Jackals Release Connor Hofmann

The New Jersey Jackals of the independent CanAm League placed alum Connor Hofmann (2011-12) on revocable waivers on Feb. 13. The former Oregon/University of San Francisco outfielder hit .247 (80-324) in 82 games at New Jersey in 2018, with four homers and 27 RBIs. He played three seasons of independent-league ball since leaving USF after the 2015 season.

Knights 2019 Schedule

The Knights' 2019 regular-season schedule features 32 home dates and gets started on Wednesday, May 29, with their eighth annual Science, Engineering & Art Day game. They open their WCL season at Walla Walla on June 4. The Knights home WCL schedule begins on June 14.

Like last season, the start time for Monday-Saturday games is 6:30 pm. Sunday games will start at 3 p.m. Fireworks games will have special start times, either 7:15 pm or 7:05 pm. Get the Knights' complete downloadable schedule.

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