Kyle Knigge, a rising senior outfielder for the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team, was named the Player of the Week in the West Coast League – a summer collegiate wood-bat league – on Monday.
Knigge, who is playing for the Cowlitz Black Bears, went 11-for-21 with nine RBI last week against some of the top collegiate competition in the Northwest.
The left-handed hitting Knigge had an on-base percentage of .607 for the week, and now leads the 16-14 Black Bears in RBI with 19. He has settled in as the team’s No. 2 hitter, and has played both corner outfield spots, designated hitter and even some first base for Cowlitz.
Knigge is also the West Coast League’s leading hitter, with a .400 average through 23 games with Cowlitz.
The Lewiston, Idaho native hit .351 in 42 games with the Warriors during the spring, and helped LCSC advance to the final game of the 2013 Avista-NAIA World Series.
Knigge was named to the All-Tournament team after leading the 10-team field with a .530 batting average, including a 4-for-4 performance in the championship game.
Knigge is just one of several members of the 2013 LCSC Warriors who are continuing to play baseball through the summer.
Rising senior pitcher David Murillo is also playing in the West Coast League as a member of the Bend Elks.
Murillo, just as he was for the Warriors, is a key member of the Elks’ bullpen with a 1.14 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He has a record of 2-0 and has allowed just eight hits in 15.2 innings pitched. He has 22 strikeouts and just four walks.
Murillo went 5-0 with a 3.02 ERA in 20 relief appearances with the Warriors during the 2013 season.
Knigge and Murillo have each been selected to represent the West Coast League's South Division in the WCL All-Star Game, to be held July 23rd in Victoria, B.C.
Redshirt senior Terik Gofinch and rising seniors Brian Corliss and Brady Steiger are suiting up for the Seattle Studs of the Pacific International League.
Gofinch is tied for both the team and league lead with four victories, and has a record of 4-1 with a 2.25 earned run average in nine games.
Steiger, who was an honorable mention NAIA All-American for Lewis-Clark State in 2013, leads the Studs and the PIL with six home runs and 37 RBI, and his batting average of .433 through 29 games is second in the league.
Corliss is right behind Steiger on the Seattle roster with a .352 batting average through 23 games. He has two homers and 12 RBI on the summer.
Rising junior pitcher Colton Wright is playing in the West Coast League Portland this summer.
Wright leads the Portland Stars in victories (three) and strikeouts (16), all mainly out of the bullpen. He is 3-1 with a 2.69 ERA in 26 innings over nine appearances on the mound.
Wright went 3-0 in 10 relief appearances in his first season with LCSC during the spring.
Redshirt senior Mike Noteware is pitching north of the border this summer, suiting up for the Swift Current Indians of Canada’s Western Major Baseball League.
Noteware is 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA in six starts for the 20-13 Indians, and has fanned 29 batters against just eight walks in 34 innings of work.
In his most recent outing, Noteware scattered seven hits over seven innings of one-run ball in a victory over Saskatoon. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Noteware made one appearance for LCSC before taking a medical redshirt for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Rising senior pitcher Steve Thompson is playing for the Humboldt (Calif.) Crabs of the Far West League, one of the oldest amateur baseball teams in the nation.
Thompson is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in eight games (two starts) with one save. He has 12 strikeouts and five walks in 20 innings.
Thompson’s last two outings have been starts, and he is 1-0 in those games.
Thompson went 5-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 18 appearances (10 starts) for Lewis-Clark State in the spring.