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Published On: May 19th, 2011
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(Battle Creek, MI) – The Battle Creek Bombers added three pitchers from Indiana to the 2011 roster today, signing standout freshman pitchers Matt Dearden, Ryan Halstead, and Tyler Thicke.

Matt Dearden: 5’11-181, R/R, SP/RP, University of Indiana (Fr.), Newberry, FL.

Dearden has made a splash in his first season with the Hoosiers, going 2-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 35 innings pitched. Before his time at Indiana, he had a stellar high school career at Gainesville High School where he won first-team All-Area honors and was voted team MVP. Ryan is majoring in Business at U of I.

Ryan Halstead: 6’4-225, R/R, SP, University of Indiana (Fr.), Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

Halstead boasts a 3-2 record and 2.90 ERA in 21 appearances. Although not billed as the team’s closer, he leads the team with nine saves. He was drafted in the 36th round of the MLB Draft last summer by the Houston Astros but opted to play college ball. A well-rounded student athlete, Ryan is majoring in Biochemistry at Indiana.

Tyler Thicke: 6’0-195, L/L, SP, University of Indiana (Fr.), Colgate, WI.

After recovering from Tommy John Surgery, Thicke is back on the mound for Indiana. As of right now, he has pitched 10 innings and has held hitters to a .250 batting average against him. Tyler is majoring in business management.

The Bombers are set to begin their 5th season on June 1, 2011 in the prestigious Northwoods League. For tickets, fans can call (269)962-0735 or visit