Kalamazoo Growlers Sign Pair from Huntington
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers announced today the signing of two players from Huntington University. Junior Michael Crowley and sophomore Tyson Dietrich will join the team for the 2016 season.
Michael Crowley: 6’3” – 225lb, C, Bats/R. Throws/R, Junior
Crowley is a 6-foot-3, 225 pound native of Chesterton, Indiana. A catcher since the age of 8, Michael uses his strong arm and blocking skills behind the plate. He ended his sophomore season with a fielding percentage of .982. The catcher started in 38 of 39 appearances in 2015, putting together a .374 batting average in 123 at bats. He tallied 23 runs, 11 doubles, and one home run, landing himself an on-base percentage of .430. Crowley has twice been chosen as an all-conference pick for the Crossroads League.
Crowley graduated from Chesterton High School in 2013, where he was captain of the Trojans baseball team and recognized for his leadership qualities. His senior year the team earned 20 wins and posted a 13-1 Duneland Athletic Conference record. Known for being a hard worker and excellent receiver, the catcher rebounded from knee surgery to lead the school to its first league title since 1985.
Tyson Dietrich: 6’3” – 215lb, RHP, Bats/L. Throws/R, Sophomore
Dietrich is a 6-foot-3, 215 pound pitcher from Archbold, Ohio. The right-hander pitched 23.2 innings his freshman year, appearing in eight games and striking out 13 batters with one save. For the 2014 season he posted a sharp 1.90 ERA, but was forced to sit out due to surgery. He posted his first win of 2016 on Mar. 26 as Huntington swept Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Tyson is a 2013 graduate of Archbold High School where he was a multi-sport athlete. As a senior, he was named a Division III Academic All-Ohio standout by The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. He was also named First Team-Offense in football by the NWOAL and Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.
Fans can guarantee tickets to the team’s top weekend dates of the season by locking in the Growlers new 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. There are two 5-game pack options for fans to choose from and are $69 per package. Fans can buy online here. Fans can also call the team’s front office at (269) 492-9966 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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