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Knights baseball: Bazzana wins WCL's MVP award

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Travis Bazzana MVP

Travis Bazzana earned the West Coast League's Most Valuable Player award for the 2021 summer. The incoming Oregon State infielder batted .429.

Incoming Oregon State freshman infielder Travis Bazzana of the Corvallis Knights was named the West Coast League's Most Valuable Player on Monday, as voted on by the league coaches.

Bazzana set a new single-season WCL mark for batting average in 2021 as the left-handed hitter from Sydney, Australia, hit .429 over 189 league at-bats.

He also led the West Coast League in runs scored with 46, hits with 81, total bases with 112 and slugging percentage at .593.

“The opportunity to be a Knight made this award possible,” Bazzana said. “The quality of the people around the organization from the top to the bottom allowed me to play with a smile on my face and give 100% every day.”

Counting nonleague and postseason games, Bazzana led the Knights in at-bats with 225, runs with 54, hits with 93, doubles with 20 and he batted a team-leading .413, which set a new Knights franchise record.

Defensively, Bazzana played primarily at second base, but also appeared at shortstop and in the outfield. He made several spectacular plays at second throughout the summer and was a terror on the bases, swiping 23 bags and collecting five triples. The future Beaver also knocked in 33 runs from his lead-off spot in the order.

Bazzana is the third Knight to earn WCL MVP honors joining University of Portland outfielder Briley Knight (2019) and former UNLV shortstop Richie Jimenez (2009).

“Travis is an exceptional baseball player with a very bright future,” Knights coach Brooke Knight said. “We’re thankful we had time with him. His energy was contagious and baseball IQ way above average. He’s going to be a really good player in the Pac-12.”

Bazzana nearly broke the WCL mark for hits in a season held by former Knights outfielder Jake Holcroft of Portland, who set the new mark in 2019 with 82 hits in 54 games. Due to Canadian teams opting out in 2021 because of COVID-19 measures, the league schedule was shortened to 48 games this summer.

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