(left Dave Erickson, Top M Cy Vojak, Bottom M Kyle Gamez, Right Max Hewitt)
Believe it or not Fort McMurray baseball season is just around the corner! The Giants open up the season on the road in Lethbridge on June 2nd, and at home on June 6th so mark your calendars. while there are still a lot of things to do before then the roster for this upcoming season is all but complete. It is a roster the Giants staff are VERY excited about as it features some amazing talent! Currently there are 31 players on the roster, and unless there are injuries there are on only a couple spots left to fill on the roster. With this many talented players on the roster for the upcoming season the team looks to be much deeper, and prepared to handle the grind of a WMBL season compared to last season.
While the roster is full of new, and exciting faces there are still a few retuning players from last season. Local boys Josh Iannetti, Tyler Hodder, and Ryan Dunn are all back for a second season along with Bonnyville native Nick Cardinal. The 2017 Giants will feature a very talented team, with a good balance of younger, and more seasoned college players which should set the team up for years of success. Players are coming from all over North America to play for the Giants even as far away as Puerto Rico.
With the roster almost complete now is a good time to check in with some of our players and see what they have been up to. most are off to a very impressive start, and are making a name for themselves on the college baseball scene.
INF Max Hewitt Connors state – 27 GP .534 AVG 2 HR 9 2B 30 RBI 4 SB .627 OPB
Max leads all of NJCAA DIV 1 baseball in batting average, and has had a hit in 26 of 27 games he has played this season. Max will be a huge piece of the Giants offense, and a name to watch in the future.
RHP Dalton Harvey Dodge City cc – 9 GP 1 W 0 L 10.2 IP 1.69 ERA 16 K 4 saves
Dalton has had a very impressive start to the season only giving up 2 runs and none in the last 7 games. His 4 saves rank him 15th in all of NJCAA baseball, and has yet to give up a home run. Look for Dalton to be a huge piece of the Giants pitching staff.
C/1B/3B Richard Ortiz Taft CC – 23 GP .287 AVG 6 HR 8 2B 19 RBI .386 OBP
Richard has done some serious damage with the bat this season. He is in the top 10 in homeruns in the CCCBA, and is the anchor of the Taft offense. Richard is also a very valuable player with the glove. on any given night he can be the starting catcher, 1st basemen, or 3rd basemen. . Richard is committed to DIV 1 Grambling state university for the 2017-2018 season
OF Travis Turner Taft CC – 22 GP .301 AVG 1 HR 2 2B 11 RBI .314 OBP 3 SB
Travis is the starting center fielder for Taft, and after a bit of a slow start to the season his bat has really come alive sense conference play has started hitting for a .481 AVG in the last 7 games.
INF Ryan Villarreal Waldorf Warriors – 24 GP .349 AVG 2 HR 2 2B 2 3B 18 RBI .469 OBP 2 SB
In his senior year Ryan has got off to a hat start with the bat, and with the glove with only 4 errors in 24 games. Watch for Ryan to be a leader with the Giants this summer.
RHP Trevor Bauer Waldorf Warriors – 6 GP 33 2 W 2 L 33 IP 4.09 ERA 23K
Trevor has made the transition from closer to starting pitcher, and hasn’t missed a beat. Throwing 2 complete games already this season with one being a 2 hit shutout. Trevor is going to be a work horse for the Giants pitching staff, and will make life very difficult on opposing hitters.
OF Hector Benitez Savannah State – 17 GP .246 AVG 2 2B 3 3B 9 RBI 14 walks 7 SB
Hector is the starting center fielder for his college team. He has a very good eye at the plate, with speed to burn in the field , and on the base paths, watch for Hector to give opposing pitcher fits when he is on base, and make some outstanding catches in the field
LHP Cy Vojak San Francisco state – 6 GP 1 W 1 L 12.1 IP 2.92 ERA 8 K 1 save
Cy is a very versatile pitcher who can excel in any role, and does a very good job at holding runners on base. with only 4 walks on the season he will look to come right after batters.
Some other Giants playing major roles, and will have a huge impact with the Giants this summer they will be highlighted in out next up date are.
3B Keegan Marsden .262 AVG 4 HR
INF Corey Conklin 8 GP 2 2B 7 RBI .400 AVG
RHP Kyle Gamez – 9 G 4.38 ERA 12.1 IP 9K 1 save
RHP Cale Thorton – 7 GP 16.2 IP 1 save 13K 4.32 ERA
INF Logan Burke – 13 GP 1 2B 1 HR 7 RBI .261 AVG
OF Austen Butler – 17 GP 4 2B 3 3B 9 RBI .333 AVG
OF Tyler frills – 18 GP 1 2B 3 SB 3 RBI .268 AVG
C Brendan Halstrom – 7 GP 1 2B 5 RBI .333 BA ( in conference play)
INF Joey Nicastro – 14 GP 1 2B 1 RBI 2 SB .279 AVG
RHP Alex Nolan – 3 GP 3 W 21IP 13K 3.43 ERA
As you can see there are lots of Giants doing big things for their college teams!
You can get your tickets now to watch all these great players this summer right here in Fort McMurray. We have lots of ticket options to meet every shift and life style! Plus the flex packs are a GREAT DEAL!! You can get them here or at the box office at shellplace.
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GO GIANTS GO!!!