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Bombers Sign Ritchie and Swain to 2016 Roster

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Photos courtesy: Athletic Departments of Brown University and Siena College.

BATTLE CREEK, MI – The OnStaff Group Recruiting Trail is bringing two juniors to Battle Creek this summer. Max Ritchie of Brown University and Dan Swain of Siena College are the latest signings for the Bombers 2016 season.

Max Ritchie: 6’8”, 220 lbs, RHP, Junior, (Bats: R/Throws: R), Woodbridge, Connecticut

In his freshman year at Brown, Ritchie appeared in 10 games, and recorded 13 strikeouts over 16 innings. In his sophomore campaign, he made seven appearances, and struck out nine batters in 17.2 innings. So far this season, he has made three appearances, and has three strikeouts in 5.2 innings for the Bears.

Ritchie attended Amity Regional High School, where he led the Spartans to consecutive Southern Connecticut Conference championships, and a state championship as a senior.  

Dan Swain: 6’0”, 185 lbs, CF, Junior, (Bats: R/Throws: R), Newton, Massachusetts

Swain is returning to Battle Creek after playing in 65 games for the Bombers last summer. He lead the team in hits (84), batting average (.315), doubles (13), home runs (5), slugging percentage (.449), runs scored (49), stolen bases (13), and at bats (267). Swain was one of the Northwoods League’s top offensive producers and was selected to participate in the 2015 Major League Dreams Showcase.

In his sophomore season with Siena, Swain batted .266 with three homeruns and 17 runs batted in. Swain also went 12-for-18 in stolen base attempts. In the field, he had a .970 fielding percentage. He had three assists and had 125 putouts in the 49 games he played. He went 8-for-22 in the MAAC tournament and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Swain attended Newton North High School. In 2012, he was a Bay State Carey All-Conference selection as well as a Boston Globe All-Scholastic All-Star. The following year, he was selected to the Boston Herald Dream Team.

Fans can guarantee tickets to the team’s top weekend dates of the season by locking in the Bombers new 5-game pack.  5-game packs are $59 and include the best seats at the team’s five (5) best games with all-you-can-eat food and beverages with 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 emailing tickets@battlecreekbombers.com

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 22-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 140 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 via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com.