The Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League announced their first signings for the 2018 season, and their 2017 season team awards, on Wednesday.
The new Knights are junior right-handed pitchers Landen Bourassa and Daniel Slominski of the University of San Francisco, coach Brooke Knight announced.
Bourassa is a 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Chinook High in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, who pitched at Lane Community College the past two springs before signing with the Dons. He was 4-2, 2.62 in seven games in 2017, with 30 strikeouts in 34.1 innings, and 2-1, 2.29 in seven games in 2016, with a save and 15 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.
A 6-1, 225-pounder from Livermore High in Livermore, California, Slominski was 3-5, 4.96 in 14 games (11 starts) for USF in 2016 with 57 strikeouts in 61.2 innings. He played at the College of San Mateo in 2016 and was 1-0, 2.53, with two saves and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings.
The 2017 team honorees were chosen in a vote by team coaches and Knights Baseball Club CEO Dan Segel.
The MVP and Top Prospect was outfielder/third baseman/pitcher Jordan Qsar of Pepperdine. He set team single-season records in home runs (14), doubles (22) and RBIs (53). His 1.027 OPS and .635 slugging percentage in WCL action led the Knights; he led the league in total bases (115), extra-base hits (34) and doubles (34).
The redshirt junior was named first-team all-WCL, represented the Knights in the 2017 WCL All-Star Game Home Run Derby and in the All-Star Game, and was rated the No. 1 prospect in the WCL by Perfect Game and No. 2 by Baseball America and D1baseball.com.
Right-hander Trenton Toplikar of UC Riverside was named the team's Top Pitcher. He emerged as the Knights' ace and won two games in the playoffs, including the decisive Game 3 of the WCL Championship Series. Both his playoff starts were seven-inning gems and his postseason ERA was 1.92.
Overall the redshirt sophomore went 4-0 with a 3.98 ERA, struck out 34 and walked only three over 40.2 innings in eight appearances, seven of which were starts.
Outfielder Emilio Alcantar of Lewis-Clark State earned Joe Segel Hustle Award honors for a second time, bookending the award he won in 2015. The three-year Knights veteran led by example: showing true grit throughout the entire season, shining most brightly during the postseason.