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Published On: March 31st, 2021

Grafton, WI – Julio Cortez (South Florida) and Jackson Gray (Western Kentucky) have been added to the 2021 Chinooks roster. Both players will bring a great amount of experience and a strong bat to Lakeshore this summer.

Julio Cortez (C/Jr.) was born in Venezuela, went to high school near Weston, Florida, and is a third-year player at the University of South Florida. Cortez currently has a .273 batting average in 44 at bats and has added 6 RBI’s. During the shortened 2020 season, he appeared in 10 games and started 7 of them at catcher. As a Freshman in 2019, Cortez was a consistent hitter, ending the season with a .354 batting average and adding 16 RBI’s.

Jackson Gray (OF/So.) is an everyday outfielder for Western Kentucky who brings a powerful bat to the lineup. In 68 at bats this season, he has tallied 24 hits with 6 doubles and a .353 batting average. Prior to the 2021 season, Gray spent the 2020 season at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois where he played in 9 games and hit .577 with 15 hits, 11 runs, and 11 RBI’s. The 2019 season was spent at Washington University in St. Louis, appearing in 41 games, producing a .323 batting average, and adding 27 RBI’s.

The 2021 season is presented by Port Washington State Bank with the home opener set for June 3rd at 6:35pm against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. Season and group tickets are currently on sale with single game tickets available for purchase at the end of April.

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