Mequon, WI – The key to every summer in the Northwoods League is securing, maintaining, and managing young pitchers who are still developing on the mound. The Lakeshore Chinooks are like every other team in the league and have searched high and low to find arms that can blossom during the long summer. Eddy Morgan has announced the addition of three pitchers from various levels of college baseball – Tyler Hasper (Heartland Community College), David Lemasters (Lake Erie College), and Alex Rogers (North Dakota State).
Tyler Hasper is having a sensational sophomore season for Heartland Community College. The 2014 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School in Naperville, IL is 7-0 with a 1.54 ERA in 41 innings of work for the HCC Hawks, a tradition-rich junior college program that is targeting a trip to this year’s NJCAA World Series. The right-hander has struck out an impressive 59 batters, while walking only 15 and holding opponents to a .177 batting average. Hasper brings previous Northwoods League experience after pitching last summer for Alexandria.
David Lemasters will join Lake Erie teammate Lucas Raley in Mequon this summer as the Cortland, OH native looks to test his arm against Northwoods hitters. As a sophomore this year, Lemasters leads the Storm with 59.2 innings pitched and a team-best 4.37 ERA, striking out 68 while walking 28 in ten starts. Lemasters starred for Lakeview High School where he was a three-year letterwinner and all-conference selection and was named team MVP in both his junior and senior seasons.
Alex Rogers, a native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, transferred to North Dakota State after two seasons playing for Trinidad State Community College where he posted a 7-6 record and 3.70 ERA in 15 appearances and 75 innings of work with 54 strikeouts and eight walks in his sophomore year. Making the step up to Division I NDSU, Rogers has started eight games and pitched 32.2 innings for the Bison. With a 1-2 record, Rogers has struck out 22 and walked nine.
You can catch your first glimpse of the 2016 Chinooks roster on Saturday, June 4th when Lakeshore takes on the Green Bay Bullfrogs at 6:35pm. Season tickets, mini game packages, and group tickets are all currently on sale. Single game tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, May 3rd at 10:00am. For tickets and more information, call 262-618-4659 or visit lakeshorechinooks.com.
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 live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com.