The Lakeshore Chinooks have added Florida Gulf Coast teammates Sterling Koerner and Jake Noll, along with Nic Barnes from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, to the 2014 roster.
Sterling Koerner is a 6’0” right-handed pitcher from Fort Pierce, FL. Thus far in his freshman season, Koerner has appeared in ten games for the tradition-rich Eagles and has posted a 3.38 ERA and a 2-1 record. In 29.1 innings, Koerner has struck out 14 and walked just four batters. Showing his versatility, Koerner also has played on the infield and pinch-hit with a .333 batting average. A 2013 graduate of John Carroll Catholic High school, Koerner was named the 2013 Scripts Treasure Coast Player of the Year and selected to the FACA All-State Team.
Jake Noll has been impressive at the plate in his first season with FGCU. He’s currently second on the team with a .366 batting average with eight doubles and 16 RBI, and leads the team with 31 runs scored and 53 hits. The 6’2” Noll improved his versatility last season as a red-shirt after graduating from Charlotte High School in Punta Gorde, FL. With 17 stolen bases, Noll brings more speed to the Chinooks line-up and will be able to play several positions.
A native of La Crosse, WI, catcher Nic Barnes will bring the experience of more than 48 starts behind the plate in his three seasons at UW-La Crosse. Barnes will add early depth to the Chinooks’ catching position. This season, Barnes has hit .264 including one home run and seven RBI in his junior season. He’s also posted a .983 fielding percentage. A versatile athlete at Aquinas High School, Barnes lettered four times in hockey and three times in both baseball and football.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.lakeshorechinooks.com.