Traverse City, MI – Two players from the NCAA Baseball College World Series runner ups are going to be joining the Traverse City Pit Spitters next week.  Current University of Michigan players, Shortstop Riley Bertram and Pitcher Joe Pace are the most recent additions to the Pit Spitters roster.


Bertram, a freshman from Zionsville, IN, came to prominence during Michigan’s run in the college playoffs. He made his first career start in the tournament regionals vs. the University of Cincinnati. Bertram went 4-for-4 at the plate in their 10-4 victory and then went 3-for-10 with three RBIS and two runs scored in the following two games against Creighton to help the Wolverines advance to the Super Regionals against UCLA.


Pace, is a redshirt junior from Valley Village CA, was recently converted to a pitcher and appeared in nine games for the Wolverines this season. He had a 3.86 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.


“We’re thrilled to have these guys on the team.  We enjoyed watching their tournament run and couldn’t be happier for them,” said Pit Spitters Manager Josh Rebandt. “The Northwoods League is about development for top-tier college talent and we’re excited to add these guys to our roster and the fans can look forward to seeing them on the field in the coming days.”


Both players are expected to join the team on Wednesday night for the first game of the holiday homestand. The Pit Spitters are inviting all Wolverine fans out to welcome these two town. For the Wednesday, July 3 game, when fans wear their University of Michigan apparel, they can get box seats for half-price! Box seats are normally $10.00 but for the “Welcome Wolverines” special they will be only $5.00.


The Pit Spitters homestand continues tonight at 7:05pm when the Kenosha Kingfish come to Pit Spitters Park. Saturday is a 7:05pm start and it’s Pokemon Night. Sunday is a 6:05pm start and fans can get half-priced tickets when they show their church bulletin at the box office.


Individual, season and group tickets are on sale and can be purchased in advance by calling (231) 943-0100.