Goss Stadium is home to Corvallis Knights and OSU Beavers, sharing a competitive atmosphere – The Daily Barometer

After Oregon State University’s baseball season ended in early June, some players joined another team to continue swinging through the summer.

By joining and playing with the Corvallis Knights, a wooden collegiate amateur baseball team, OSU players such as Junior Ian Lawson and Sophomore Ryan Brown are able to fire more than 50 extra games in preparation for the start of the OSU baseball season. in winter.

Ranked first in the South Division of the West Coast League, the Corvallis Knights are just as competitive as the Beavers with whom they share a stadium. Of the 17 games played as of June 29, the Knights have lost just four.

“It’s not too different in the sense that it’s a program that actually cares, rather than other places,” said Lawson, who pitches for both OSU and the Knights. “There is a good structure and we train a lot. It’s easy to improve here.

According to Brown, who is also a pitcher, the fact that the Knights and Beavers share the same goal of winning makes it easier to transition between the two.

It also helps that OSU players who haven’t joined the Knights can still practice with them before the Knights practices officially start.

With the playoffs starting in mid-August, the Knights believe they still have a lot to do until then, according to head coach and former OSU Brooke Knight.

“We’ve got enough talent, we’re a talented team,” Knight said. “The depth of our pitching squad is probably better than the last two summers, but we’re a little more raw, maybe not as old and polished, a little younger, with a little more stuff.”

Included in the roster of young players for the Knights is incoming rookie Ely Kennel. Despite only graduating from high school in June, Kennel has already played 13 games with the Knights.

Kennel ended up joining the Knights after applying to join earlier this year. Kennel learned he would be playing for the Knights just weeks after asking.

For Brown and Lawson, they were sent to play with the Knights so OSU could watch them closely in the offseason, according to Brown.

“We were both already affiliated with the Knights before the season even started, just because they wanted us to grow a little more over the summer,” Brown said. “I think if we were sent somewhere else we wouldn’t take it as seriously as here.”

According to Knight, the density of the number of games in any given week is something that separates the Knights from a normal NCAA team like the Beavers.

“Here we play almost every day,” Knight said. “It’s good when you’re not playing well and you just want to be able to get back on the pitch and wash it down and compete again.”

According to Knight, many top players will be the new entrants. “If they really stick to the plan and focus and just take one day at a time, really good things can happen to them,” Knight said. “[But] it’s hard to do that when you’re young.

For Brown and Lawson, their goal this season is to limit the number of steps opposing teams take off their fields. Brown actually hopes not to miss a single step in the season, which has met its target so far.

“I’m personally excited to see these guys grow,” Knight said. “Some guys are a lot better in 11 weeks, some guys are just a little bit better, but some guys take a big leap and start the fall feeling pretty good.”