Loggers Add Power Arms to 2022 Staff

La Crosse, Wis. – The La Crosse Loggers continue to build their roster for the upcoming 2022 Northwoods League season and today they bolstered their pitching staff with three big right-handed arms with the signings of Matthew Linskey (Rice), Will Watson (West Viriginia) and Sam Mettert (Wabash Valley).

Sophomore righty Matthew Linskey is enjoying a dominant spring thus far for the Rice Owls, pitching out of the closer role.  The 6-7, 265-pound Linskey currently leads Rice with three saves while posting 0.00 ERA over nine appearances which includes striking out an astounding 20 batters in 8.2 innings pitched.  The Humble, Tex. native has also held opponents to a .134 batting average over his one-plus seasons of work for the Owls.

Will Watson from West Viriginia will join Linskey to form the “Twin Towers” on the Loggers staff this summer as the 6-6, 235-pound hurler is enjoying his rookie campaign for the Mountaineers this spring.  Originally from Brampton, Ontario (Canada), Watson has made three appearances so for this spring, striking out three batters over 2.2 innings pitched.  During his prep days, Watson competed as a member of the Canadian National Baseball Team was also a member of Team Ontario in the Canada Cup.

The third right-handed pitcher that the Lumbermen secured today is Sam Mettert from the nationally ranked Wabash Valley Junior College program.  The 6-3, 205-pound hurler has made a pair of appearances for the #3 ranked team in Division JUCO, striking out three batters over 1.1 innings pitched.  Mettert was a standout at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind. during his prep days.

Linskey, Watson, Mettert and the rest of the Loggers will open their 2022 campaign on May 30 when they travel to Eau Claire.  The 2022 home opener is set for Tuesday, May 31 when the Loggers welcome the Express for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.  Season tickets and ticket packages for the 20th anniversary season of Loggers Baseball are on sale now with information available at or by calling the Loggers ticket office at 608-796-9553.  Fans can also visit the Loggers office at 1225 Caledonia Street, La Crosse between 8:30-5, Monday thru Friday.


The La Crosse Loggers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Loggers as your favorite team.

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