New look 57’s ready for de­but

Southwest Booster - - PINION -

When the Swift Cur­rent 57’s take the field for the open­ing game of the 2017 Western Ma­jor Base­ball League sea­son the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons will have a new name, team colours, and an en­tirely new ros­ter aside from five ex­pected re­turnees.

Af­ter an­nounc­ing that pitch­ers Bobby St. Pierre and Ai­dan Goodall, out­fielder Thomas De­bonville, util­ity man Bodie Cooper, and first base­man Kyle Macdon­ald would all re­turn, the 57’s next an­nounced four more po­si­tion play­ers that will be play­ing sum­mer ball in Swift Cur­rent. Texan out­field­ers Blake Adams and Nick Canas will join the 57’s along with Colorado born catcher Ma­son Brown and Ed­mon­ton born out­fielder Matt Bon­darchuk.

Adams is a ju­nior at Tar­leton State Univer­sity. The Longview, TX na­tive hit .331 over 48 games with seven dou­bles, three triples, and 10 home runs. He also scored 47 runs to go along with 25 runs bat­ted in for the Tex­ans. He was named an out­fielder on the Lone Star Con­fer­ence First-team ALL-LSC.

Canas is a ju­nior at West Texas A&M Univer­sity. The San An­to­nio, TX prod­uct had a .359 av­er­age with 12 dou­bles, five triples, 35 runs scored, and 29 RBIS over 47 games. He was an honourable men­tion for the ALL-LSC team.

Brown is a ju­nior at Em­po­ria State Univer­sity. The Lit­tle­ton, CO prod­uct had a .390 av­er­age with 16 dou­bles, six home runs, 43 runs scored, and 46 RBIS. He was named to the Sec­ond Team ALL-MIAA af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth in the con­fer­ence in bat­ting av­er­age and was named to the Gold Glove Team af­ter throw­ing out 10 run­ners on stolen base at­tempts for the Hor­nets.

“Blake, Ma­son and Nick will give us some ex­pe­ri­ence of­fen­sively. All three are run pro­duc­ers and have the abil­ity to be im­pact guys,” said Car­na­han.

Bon­darchuck was a fresh­man with Cloud Com­mu­nity Col­lege, where he hit .384 with nine dou­bles, three triples, 51 runs scored, 33 RBIS and 24 stolen bases in 58 games.

“Matt is an­other young tal­ented player we will have this sum­mer. He set his school’s sin­gle sea­son record for hits this spring and has the abil­ity to put pres­sure on op­po­nents’ de­fense with his speed,” added Car­na­han.

Join­ing Macdon­ald in the in­field will be a fresh cast of five new play­ers, all of whom have pro­duced some im­pres­sive num­bers south of the bor­der this sea­son. Adding some Saskatchewan fla­vor to the in­field will be Meadow Lake Saskatchewan’s Brett Esau, who is hav­ing a tremen­dous sea­son at Frank Phillips Ju­nior Col­lege in Texas. Esau is hit­ting .343 with 21 home­runs. The 6’3’’ fresh­man in­fielder also had 11 dou­bles, four triples, and 11 stolen bases to go along with 48 runs scored and 64 runs bat­ted in over 52 games.

Ed­mon­ton’s Tau­ren Langley, Elvis Per­alta from Low­ell, Mas­sachusetts, Daniel Diaz out of Wil­cox, Ari­zona, and Grant Van Scoy from La Vista, Ne­braska round out the 57’s in­field.

“All five are very tal­ented young play­ers. They bring a good mix of power, speed and ver­sa­til­ity and will be very ex­cit­ing play­ers to watch this sum­mer,” com­mented Car­na­han.

Langley is a 6’2’’ third base­man who posted a .305 av­er­age with 19 dou­bles, 10 home runs, 36 runs scored, and 45 RBIS at Cloud Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Per­alta is 5’9’’ switch-hit­ter who played at Crow­der Col­lege, a but has signed a Let­ter of In­tent to play with Divi­sion 1 Mar­shall Univer­sity. He posted a .375 av­er­age, 17 dou­bles, seven triples, nine home runs, 64 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases in his first 58 games with the Roughrid­ers.

Diaz hit .410 with Eastern Ari­zona Col­lege with 30 runs scored and 30 runs bat­ted in.

Round­ing out the in­field is Van Scoy from South­east Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The sopho­more in­fielder hit .392 with 12 dou­bles, seven home runs, 54 runs scored, 45 RBIS, and 22 stolen bases. He has also signed a Let­ter of In­tent to play for the Divi­sion 1 Univer­sity of Illi­nois.

The 57’s next an­nounced four new pitch­ers who will join re­turnees St. Pierre and Goodall for the

2017 sea­son.

Utah’s Joshua Payne, Ari­zona lefty Justin Mcal­lis­ter, Kansas na­tive Seth Hol­man and Mas­sachusetts born Michael Guer­rero have con­firmed

Swift Cur­rent as their 2017 sum­mer base­ball home.

“Josh, Seth, and Justin are all ex­pe­ri­enced pitch­ers who are putting to­gether great sea­sons for two of the top teams in Divi­sion 2 Base­ball. Michael has a live arm and the abil­ity to miss bats. He is the closer for the num­ber two ranked team in Ju­nior Col­lege,” said Car­na­han of his new pitch­ers.

Payne is a 6’6’’ se­nior at West Texas A&M Univer­sity. The 260-pound righty had a dom­i­nant sea­son with a 10-3 record and 2.59 earned run av­er­age, with 98 strike­outs and only 17 walks over 80 in­nings.

Mcal­lis­ter is a 6’4’’ se­nior at West Texas A&M Univer­sity as well. He has eight saves and 44 strike­outs with eight walks over 37.1 in­nings.

Hol­man is a 6’4’’ ju­nior at Em­po­ria State Univer­sity, where he has a 10-2 record, 4.07 ERA with 76 strike­outs and 21 walks over 90.2 in­nings.

Guer­rero is a 5’10 sopho­more at Crow­der Col­lege who has signed a Let­ter of In­tent to join Divi­sion 1 Mar­shall Univer­sity. He had a 2-2 record with three saves, a 3.26 ERA with 30 strike­outs and nine walks over 22 in­nings.

The 57’s will play their home opener on June 1 when they host the Moose Jaw Miller Ex­press.

NATE BURAL/TAR­LETON ATH­LET­ICS

Tar­leton State Univer­sity out­fielder Blake Adams will join the Swift Cur­rent 57’s for the 2017 WMBL sea­son.

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