Oregon State junior Zak Taylor and redshirt freshman Elliot Willy, key members of the Corvallis Knights’ 2017 West Coast League championship team, will return to the club for the 2018 season.
Taylor is a 6-foot-2, 204-pound catcher/corner infielder from Sherwood High. He also played for the Knights in 2016. Willy is a 6-3, 190-pound outfielder from Bend High.
“We’re looking forward to Zak and Elliot leading this year’s team,” coach Brooke Knight said. “Both emerged as leaders last season and were key contributors. We feel fortunate they are returning and are thrilled to be part of their development.”
Taylor hit .307 (43 for 140) in 41 games, with seven doubles, five homers and 25 RBIs in 2017, playing primarily at catcher and third base. He was selected to the South Division All-Star team.
In 2016, Taylor hit .291 (51 for 175) in 50 games, with 11 doubles, a homer, and 21 RBIs. He earned second-team all-WCL honors.
Willy played left field, center field and third base in 2017 and hit .320 (32 for 100) in 38 games, with nine doubles, a triple, four homers and 20 RBIs. He hit .500 (9 for 18) in the playoffs, with a homer, four RBIs and five walks, helping the Knights repeat as champions.
The Knights open the 2018 season on May 30 with the seventh-annual Science, Engineering & Arts Day game against the Portland Sea Dogs.