The Corvallis Knights and Wenatchee AppleSox are a tradition celebrated each summer, one inning at a time. The two baseball clubs partnered from the very beginning as founding West Coast League members in 2005. From that inaugural summer collegiate season forward they have enjoyed extraordinary success on the field and in their respective communities.
In terms of personifying the two organizations commitment to community, leadership and player development, there are no better Knights and Sox alumni we can think of than Mitch Haniger and Marco Gonzales of the Seattle Mariners.
Mitch & Marco shined brightly in the West Coast League in 2010; Mitch with the Knights, coached by Brooke Knight, and Marco for the WCL champion AppleSox led by skipper Ed Knaggs. Both earned first-team all-WCL honors.
About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Also in 2019, 317 WCL alums were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 45 in the major leagues, while overall attendance in the West Coast League increased to nearly half a million fans.