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Battle Creek Bombers Add Two New Catchers to the Roster

Justin Felix and Aaron Antonini added to the Bombers

The Battle Creek Bombers are excited to announce the signing of two catchers, Justin Felix from Arkansas State University and Aaron Antonini from Middle Tennessee State University. This recruiting update is presented by OnStaff Group.

Bombers field manager Brian Solemsaas said adding Felix and Antonini complete a well-rounded catching trio for the Bombers.

BaseballJustin Felix: 6’1”, 225, Catcher, Bats/R, Throws/R, Arkansas State University (Jr.), Rio Rico, Ariz.

Felix will join the Bombers for his first season and his first in the Northwoods League. He also will play in his first year with Arkansas State, as he played the previous two seasons with the New Mexico Military Institute. Before college, the Rio Rico, Ariz. native attended Nogales High School, where he was an honorable mention all-conference selection. 

Felix has gotten off to a fast start with the Red Wolves, through the first two games he has driven in nine runs in 11 total at-bats. 

"Felix comes very touted out of New Mexico Military Institute and now at Arkansas State, and is already having a great start to his first season at the D1 level. I'm excited about signing someone with his skill set and working with him everyday,” said Solemsaas. “He is a middle of the order type bat that does a great job of controlling the game as a catcher. His leadership and ability levels will be a great addition to the club."

 

Aaron AntoniniAaron Antonini: 6’0”, 185, Catcher, Bats/S, Throws/R, Middle Tennessee State University (Fr.), Hollywood, Fla.

Antonini will join the Bombers this summer after finishing his first college season with the Blue Raiders.

The Hollywood, Fla., native attended North Broward Prep, where he hit .355 as a senior and was named to the 2016 all-county team as a catcher.  

"Aaron rounds out a good catching corps with Felix and Blunt,” said Solemsaas. “I'm looking forward to working with him and seeing how he can develop. When he isn't catching, he will provide a good option off the bench as he is a solid switch hitter."

Fans can guarantee tickets to the team’s top weekend dates of the season by locking in the Bombers 5-game pack. Five-game packs are $59 and include the best seats at the team’s five best games with all-you-can-eat food and beverages and guaranteed giveaways. Fans can buy online by going to http://northwoodsleague.com/battle-creek-bombers/tickets/5-game-packs/. Fans can also call the team’s front office at (269) 962-0735 or by email tickets@battlecreekbombers.com

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The Battle Creek Bombers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.battlecreekbombers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bombers as your favorite team.