Three Kingfish Hurlers Returning for 2018 Season
Kenosha, Wis. – Three pitchers who saw action on the mound with the Kingfish in 2017 have signed to play with the team again in 2018. Nick Long (Florida), Max Rimac (Cisco College) and Jacob DeLabio (Northern Illinois) are all committed to the team this season. DeLabio is a 2016 Kenosha Tremper graduate.
“It’s nice to have some pitchers back this season” said manager Duffy Dyer. “I think a key to being successful in the Northwoods League is have a few players back who have experience playing summer ball.”
Long has the most experience with the Kingfish out of the three. The 6’0” 195 right hander made nine appearances for the team last season, including four starts. He was 3-0 with a 4.68 ERA in 32.2 innings pitched. He was third on the team with 41 strikeouts.
“Nick has a good curve ball and despite only making a handful of starts for the Kingfish last season he showed me a lot. I’m looking forward to seeing him pitch in our rotation all season” said Dyer.
DeLabio and Rimac did not see as much time on the mound as Long for Kenosha in 2017, but they will be looked at for bigger roles this season. The local product DeLabio, made three appearances out of the bullpen last year for the Kingfish. The 6’5” righty was 0-1 with three strike outs in 4.2 innings pitched. Rimac a 6’4” left handed pitcher was 1-1 in four appearances for the team last season. He pitched 6.1 innings and had an ERA of 5.68.
“I’m happy that both Max and Jacob are back to show what they can do over a full season” said Dyer. “We saw a few glimpses of their talent in 2017 and we’ll be leaning more on them in 2018.”
Opening Day for the Kingfish is May 29th against the 2017 South Division Champion Battle Creek Bombers. The game begins at 6:35 PM at Historic Simmons Field. “Having pitchers return to the Kingfish who are of the quality of these three is really exciting” said general manager Scott Preimesberger. “It’s going to be fun to watch these guys play this season. Having some local talent on the team is really fun.”
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The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, 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 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.KingfishBaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Kingfish as your favorite team.