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Chippewa Duo Added to Kalamazoo Growlers Roster

By: Parker Brighton, Kalamazoo Growlers Broadcaster

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers are now 80 days away from Opening Day at Homer Stryker Field, and are excited to add Nick Stokowski and Jason Sullivan of Central Michigan University to the 2017 roster. This recruiting trail update is presented by OnStaff Group.

INF – Nick Stokowski, 6’3” (L/R) Junior, Central Michigan University        

Stokowski comes from Monticello, Illinois, and previously played his collegiate ball at Parkland College. He is a four-year letter winner and was named all-state at Monticello High School. Stokowski won both regional and sectional championships as a senior and was selected to the all-area and all-conference teams from his freshman year through his senior year of high school ball. As a senior he batted .484 and set school records in both home runs, with 9, and RBIs, with 60.

During Stokowski’s sophomore year at Parkland Junior College he batted .385 with 69 hits, 9 home runs, 52 RBIs, and 23 walks. He was named all-conference and all-region for the 2015-16 season.

INF – Jason Sullivan, 5’11” (R/R) Sophomore, Central Michigan University

Sullivan is a Bartlett, Illinois, native. He was a four-year letter winner and two-year team captain at St. Francis High School. Sullivan was a 2012 Rich Janor Rookie of the Year Award recipient and a 2013 Rich Janor Golden Arm Award recipient. He posted a .417 batting average, had a .508 on-base percentage with three home runs, 20 stolen bases, and a .961 fielding percentage and was ranked No. 42 in the state of Illinois by Perfect Game coming out of high school.

During his freshman year at Central Michigan Sullivan started 58 of his team’s 59 games. He batted .244 with 17 RBIs and was ranked second on the team in stolen bases with 8. Sullivan finished the 2016 campaign with a total of 12 multi-hit games, landing fourth in total team hits on the season at 49. Of the 49 hits, nine were doubles. He was also hit by a team-high 11 pitches. Sullivan went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs against Illinois, 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored in a win over Saginaw Valley State, and scored a season-high three runs in a 13-inning victory over Ohio.

Fans can guarantee tickets to the team's top weekend dates of the season by locking in the Growlers 5-Game Pack.  5-Game Packs include the best seats at the team's five (5) best games with all-you-can-eat food and beverages with guaranteed giveaways for as low as $65 per package. Fans can call the team's front office at (269) 492-9966 or by email tickets@growlersbaseball.com to reserve their 5-Packs..

This recruiting update is presented by OnStaff Group. OnStaff Group is the largest human resource services firm in Southwest Michigan, maintaining an exceptionally experienced and stable staff. Learn how your company can benefit from over 168 years of expertise from a vast variety of organizations and industries today! 

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The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.growlersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Growlers as your favorite team.