EXPERIENCED INF STRENGTHENS WILD THINGS LINEUP

The Washington Wild Things announced today the signing of INF Javier Betancourt for the 2019 season.

Betancourt signed with the Detroit Tigers in 2012 out of Venezuela and quickly separated himself as a prospect. After 4 seasons with the Tigers Javier’s reputation grew to the point where he was sought heavily sought after by other organizations. On November 18th, 2015 Betancourt was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for demonstrative closer Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez.

On the field Betancourt has seen nothing but success professionally. In 555 career Minor League games played he is a .265 hitter with 535 hits under his belt. The infielder has posted a strong defensive fielding percentage annually at multiple positions while slashing 80 doubles, 16 triples. 25 homeruns and 204 RBI in 6 pro seasons. In 2018 he joined the Sugar Land Skeeters late in the summer en route to their Atlantic League Championship.

“There is no denying the experience and pedigree Javier will bring to our roster. A Top 20 prospect with the Tigers who has spent his winters playing in the prestigious Venezuelan Winter League, we expect him to be an impact addition”, said General Manager Tony Buccilli. “Defensively he is capable all around the infield and offensively he is a run creator who has shown to be a tough out. Javier has a love for the game that should align well with the current climate in our clubhouse”, Buccilli stated.

The East Division Champions return to the field as they open the season Thursday, May 9 at River City, with the home opener slated for Friday, May 17 at Wild Things Park.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. In 2018, the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

OTTERS SIGN McINTYRE, HANSEN, AND HRBEK

The Evansville Otters have signed right-handed pitchers Mitch McIntyre and Danny Hrbek and inked outfielder Mitch Hansen for the 2019 season.

Mitch McIntyre is from Wichita, Kan. and joins the Otters after a stint with the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 2018.

The right-hander spent 2018 with the Arizona rookie Brewers, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.41 ERA in 18 appearances. McIntyre also struck out 23 batters in 18.2 innings pitched.

“McIntyre should prove to be a quality starter as he came highly recommended by a trusted scout,” said Otters manager Andy McCauley. “And, his agent pitched for me in 1998 with Kalamazoo, which was a helpful connection in signing Mitch.”

“I’m excited to get going this season,” said McIntyre. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Otters and the Frontier League in helping me reach my goal, which is to get back into affiliated ball.”

McIntyre played collegiately at Wichita State, Iowa Western Community College, Indiana State and Tabor College. In his senior season with Tabor, McIntyre went 9-2 with a 3.82 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 77.2 innings pitched and 14 games started.

“We are looking forward to seeing his stuff this Spring, and his numbers last year should translate to success in the Frontier League,” said McCauley.

“I go out to the mound with the intention of striking out every batter that comes up to the plate, and I feel like I am able to accomplish that with all my pitches,” said McIntyre.

Danny Hrbek, an Allentown, Pa. native, joins the Otters after time spent in the Kansas City Royals organization. In 2017, Hrbek split time between Idaho Falls and Arizona League rookie teams in the Royals organization.

“Danny is a power arm that should figure into a late inning role,” said McCauley.

“I’m really excited to be joining the Otters, and after talking to Andy and many others and hearing all of the great things this organization has to offer, the decision to play here became pretty easy,” said Hrbek.

Hrbek played for the Lexington Legends in the South Atlantic League in 2018. For Lexington, Hrbek was 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 24 appearances and 36.0 innings pitched.

“He needs some consistent work off the mound because he was a two-way player in college,” said McCauley. “He had great years with the Kansas City Royals organization and will benefit from working with Max Peterson (Otters pitching coach) to dedicate himself to pitching.”

“I’m a ‘blue collar’ baseball player,” said Hrbek. “I come to the park everyday prepared and ready to put in the work necessary to be successful. I’m an aggressive pitcher who’s going to go right after batters.”

Hrbek played collegiately at Radford University.

“I’m excited for this opportunity and what this season has in store for us,” said Hrbek.

Mitch Hansen, from Plano, Texas, joins the Otters after affiliated time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees organizations. Hansen was drafted in the second round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Dodgers out of high school.

“Mitch comes from a trusted agent who has sent me many good players in the past,” said McCauley. “We were interested in him last year before he was signed by the Yankees.”

“I have heard nothing but great things about the team and fan base,” said Hansen. “I’m excited to play for the Otters this year.”

In 2018, Hansen split time between the Great Lakes Loons of the Dodgers organization and the Charleston RiverDogs of the Yankees organization. Combined, Hansen batted .210 with 16 extra-base hits, 20 RBIs, and 22 runs in 72 games.

“Mitch figures to be a middle of the lineup player, and we are looking forward to working with him as is Bobby Segal (Otters hitting coach),” said McCauley.

“I am a player that never takes one pitch off,” said Hansen. “I strive to be a tough out in the middle of the lineup.”

The Otters will open the 25th season celebration against the Southern Illinois Miners on May 10 at Bosse Field.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

MINERS SIGN KELVIN RODRIGUEZ, BRADEY WELSH FOR 2019

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have signed left-handed pitcher Kelvin Rodriguez and right-handed hurler Bradey Welsh for the upcoming 2019 season, adding depth and experience to the pitching staff. Both played last year in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Rodriguez is coming off his best professional season at Single-A Rome in 2018, where he was the Braves’ closer and a mid-season South Atlantic League all-star with a 2.73 ERA, 13 saves, 66 strikeouts and 27 walks in 59 1/3 innings. The 6’5” southpaw played a total of four seasons with the Braves after signing as a 21-year old out of the Dominican Republic, and over 92 career appearances owns 148 strikeouts against 55 walks in 167 2/3 innings along with a 12-9 record and a 2.68 ERA.

“Kelvin has the chance to really impact the back end of our bullpen,” Miners manager Mike Pinto said. “He has velocity and great deception in his delivery. He had an all-star season in the ‘Sally’ league last year, and that will be something he can build on this summer with us.”

Welsh, a 22-year old from Marshfield, Missouri, joins the black and gold after one season with the Braves, posting a 4.21 ERA over 14 games along with 20 strikeouts and 13 walks in 25 2/3 innings between Rookie-levels GCL Braves and Danville in 2018. The 6’1” right-hander finished the season by allowing just two earned runs over 14 1/3 frames in his last eight appearances for an ERA of 1.25 in that span. Welsh turned pro after his junior season at Arkansas State University, where he went 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 14 starts while striking out 70 and walking just 19 in 82 2/3 innings for the Red Wolves.

“Bradey will be in the mix for our rotation this summer,” Pinto said. “He is a guy with good command and a good mix of pitches. He finished his season strong last year, and had a good spring. We are looking forward to seeing him in a Miners uniform next month.”

Be sure to follow the Miners online at southernillinoisminers.com and on social media as they prepare for the 2019 season!

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

SCHAUMBURG UNVEILS 2019 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

With Opening Day on the horizon, the Schaumburg Boomers are excited to release a fun-filled 2019 promotion schedule that not only pleases local fandoms, but also highlights many not-for-profit organizations.

“Coming to a Schaumburg Boomers game isn’t just about baseball, it’s an experience. Our promotions schedule is built around providing the best possible fun and family entertainment.” said Michael Larson, General Manager of the Schaumburg Boomers.

Fireworks once again dominate the schedule with 21 firework shows scheduled for the season, as well as the following weekly promotions and special theme nights.

Weekly Promotion Schedule:

  • Tuesday – Dollar Dog Night! $1 Hot Dogs, every Tuesday, all season long.
  • Wednesday – All-You-Can-Eat Night! Get all-you-can-eat hot dogs, peanuts, and popcorn for only $10.
  • Thursdays Afternoons – The Office themed Business Day Games! May 16, June 20, July 25, and Aug 1
  • Thursday Nights – Thirsty Thursday! $2 12 oz. Domestic Drafts all game. May 23, June 6, and Aug. 8
  • Friday & Saturday – FIREWORKS presented by Wintrust Community Banks.
  • Sunday – Family Day & Post-Game Autographs! Presented by Wintrust Community Banks! Get up to 6 tickets for $30 at the Boomers Box Office. Plus, Post-Game Player Autographs – Stick around after the game to meet the team and get their signatures!

Theme Nights

  • May 16 – The Office: Business Day Game
  • May 24 – Jurassic Ballpark Night
  • May 25 – Baseball to End Alz
  • May 26 – Military Appreciation Night
  • May 27 – Military Appreciation Day
  • June 4 – Friendship Night
  • June 6 – Autism Awareness Night
  • June 19 – Stranger Things Night
  • June 20 – The Office: Business Day Game
  • June 21 – Harry Potter Night
  • June 22 – Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Looney Tunes Night
  • June 28 – Peck Cancer Night
  • June 29 – Princess & Pilates Night
  • June 30 – Bark in the Park
  • July 2 – Game of Thrones Night
  • July 3 & 4 – Independence Day Celebration
  • July 12 – Star Wars Night
  • July 13 – Superhero Night
  • July 14 – Jimmy Buffett Day
  • July 19 – LEGO Night
  • July 23 – Fortnite Night
  • July 24 – Pinot in the Park
  • July 25 – The Office: Business Day Game
  • July 29 – Office Space Night
  • Aug 1- The Office: Business Day Game
  • Aug 7 – St. Patrick’s in the Summer
  • Aug 8 – Red Solo Cup Night
  • Aug 16 – Doumak Campfire Marshmallow Fight
  • Aug 17 – Breast Cancer Awareness Night
  • Aug 18 – Bark in the Park
  • Aug 31 – Fan Appreciation Night

Giveaways

  • May 14 – Plate Disc Giveaway first 500 fans will receive a Boomers Plate Disc.
  • June 8 – Mayor Al Larson Bobblehead Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans thanks to Salvi, Schostok, and Pritchard.
  • July 20 – Replica Jersey Giveaway first 1,000 fans will receive a Replica Boomers Jersey thanks to Wintrust Community Banks.
  • July 21 – Baseball Cap Giveaway first 1,00 fans will receive a Boomers Baseball Cap thanks to Illinois Bone and Joint Institute

Giveaway items and the full promotions schedule can be found online at boomersbaseball.com. All promotions and giveaways are subject to change.

Season ticket packages and group and hospitality offerings for the 2019 season can be reserved by calling (847) 461-3695 or emailing info@boomersbaseball.com. Single-game tickets will go on-sale Monday, April 1 at 10:00 AM.!

OTTERS’ FAN FEST SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27

The Evansville Otters kick off their 25th anniversary season at Bosse Field with Fan Fest presented by Action Equipment on April 27 at 12 p.m.

Fan Fest is open to the public and admission is free for everyone. The event will feature plenty of activities to help get fans and families excited about the celebratory season in 2019.

During Fan Fest, season ticket holders are invited to come pick up their tickets for the 2019 season, which will have a new look to commemorate the 25th anniversary season. Plus, fans can select and purchase available season tickets.

Single-game tickets will also go on sale April 27 during Fan Fest. Fans will be able to purchase single game tickets for 2019 home games—including Opening Night.

Attendees will be able to go on the field and take batting practice with Otters’ players from 12 to 2 p.m., weather and field conditions permitting.

Starting at 2 p.m., fans can watch the Otters’ Spring Training workout.

Fans will not want to miss a stadium scavenger hunt courtesy of the Vanderburgh Humane Society. Bring your pets to enjoy Fan Fest with you and help with the scavenger hunt!

Kids will be able to play in the Kids Zone on the first base outer concourse. They can play on giant inflatables and playground area. Kids will also be able to meet Evan the Otter and the Otterbelles.

Fans will also be able to enjoy selected tasty snacks and items from the Bosse Field concessions menu.

Gift shop merchandise will be on sale for fans to buy official Otters’ team apparel, including special clearance items.

There will be door prizes for fans to enter and win Otters’ tickets and gear.

The Otters will open the 25th season celebration against the Southern Illinois Miners on May 10 at Bosse Field.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

SIXTH ROUNDER MONDILE JOINS WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things announced today the signing of RHP Tyler Mondile for the 2019 season.

The 21-year old was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 6th round of 2016 MLB Draft out of Gloucester Catholic High School in New Jersey. Mondile created serious buzz as a prospect when he went head-to-head and shined, defeating Red Sox’s first round selection LHP Jay Groome in a high school match-up.

In 3 seasons with the Reds’ affiliates Mondile made 31 starts and posted a 5.37 ERA. He struck out 118 in over 154 innings pitched with only allowing 40 free passes. Most recently he pitched for the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League, throwing a career high 76 innings and striking out a career high 64 batters.

“Tyler will walk into our clubhouse as the youngest player on our roster but most likely having one of the most talented arms”, said General Manager Tony Buccilli. “Being only 21 years old, we see a lot of upside to his game. There’s a natural competitiveness and demeanor to Tyler’s outings that we believe is valuable. Our goal this season is to tap into and refine some of his arm talent and get his starts consistently trending in the right direction”, Buccilli stated.

The East Division Champions return to the field as they open the season Thursday, May 9 at River City, with the home opener slated for Friday, May 17 at Wild Things Park.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. In 2018, the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

THUNDERBOLTS ANNOUNCE FAMILY SUNDAY ACTIVITIES

The Windy City ThunderBolts are excited to announce new pricing and family activities for our Family Sundays presented by JULIE, Inc.  The 2019 schedule features seven Sunday 2 pm afternoon home games with one additional Sunday in August with events & time to be determined.

2019 JULIE, Inc. Family Sunday Pricing:  4 Tickets, 4 Hot Dogs, 4 Bags of Chips, 4 Soda/Bottled Waters and 4 ThunderBolts’ Hats for ONLY $39!  This is 22% decrease in price compared to last season!  Additional tickets can be purchased for $9.75 each.  This deal is available in-advance or on the day-of-the-game.  Tickets go on-sale Monday, April 1st and you can purchase your tickets by calling 708-489-2255, on-line (instructions below), or in-person at the Ozinga Field box office.  There is no option to get the package without hats in 2019.

Purchase Family Pack On-line HERE:  Once you come up to the “Confirm” page while you are going through the process of purchasing tickets on-line, type the word Family in the box down below and click “APPLY PROMOTIONS”

2019 JULIE, Inc. Family Sundays Schedule and Activity:

May 26th at 2:05 pm:  Wildlife Presentation from Big Run Wolf Ranch (from 2:30 – 3:45 pm)

June 2nd at 2:05 pm:  Mr. D’s Magic & Illusion Show (from 2:30 – 3:45 pm)

June 9th at 2:05 pm:  Boomer’s Mascot Mania Day

June 23rd at 2:05 pm:  Petting Zoo courtesy of Animals for Awareness (from 2:30 – 3:45 pm)

June 30th at 2:05 pm:  Chicago Bubble Show by Anastasia Filippova (from 2:30 – 3:30 pm)

July 14th at 2:05 pm:  Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles (from 2:30 – 3:45 pm)

August 4th:  The time of this game, family activity, and ticket status is to be determined.

August 25th at 2:05 pm:  Petting Zoo from Animals for Awareness (from 2:30 – 3:45 pm)

The ThunderBolts will open their 20th anniversary season with Brian Smith at the helm on May 9th in Joliet, where they take on the defending league champion Slammers. Smith will manage his first home game on Tuesday, May 14, when the Bolts host the Evansville Otters.  Group tickets of all kinds including suites, picnics, and our famous Glenmark #WinCity Party Patio are on-sale now! Individual tickets for the 2019 season go on-sale Monday, April 1st at 10 am.  Call us at 708-489-2255 for more information or to make your reservation.  The ThunderBolts play at Ozinga Field in Crestwood, Illinois at 14011 South Kenton Avenue.

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MINERS ANNOUNCE 2019 HOME GAME TIMES

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have finalized home game times for the upcoming 2019 season at Rent One Park.

As in years past, all Friday night contests will begin at 7:05 p.m. CST, with all Saturday night games starting at 6:05 p.m. CST, and all Sunday tilts featuring a 5:05 p.m. CST first pitch.

There will be a change to all midweek home games in 2019, with Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights now beginning at 6:35 p.m. CST as opposed to 7:05 p.m. There are also two scheduled doubleheader nights, with the Miners hosting the Gateway Grizzlies on Wednesday, July 17, and Southern Illinois welcoming the Florence Freedom on Saturday, July 27. These twin-bills will both begin at 5:05 p.m. CST.

All game times are subject to change. Single-game tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 3, and may be purchased at the box office in-person, over the phone at (618) 998-8499, or online at southernillinoisminers.com. Southern Illinois will open their home schedule against the Windy City ThunderBolts on Friday, May 17, at 7:05 p.m.

Be sure to follow the Miners online at southernillinoisminers.com and on social media as they prepare for the 2019 season!

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

LHP WEGMANN RETURNING TO WILD THINGS FOLLOWING SEATTLE STINT

The Washington Wild Things announced today the signing of LHP Nick Wegmann for the 2019 season.

Wegmann joined Washington in June following a team tryout. After 4 appearances and 3 innings of work with the Wild Things, the lefty was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 34th round of the MLB Amateur Draft. In his rookie season with Seattle he showed putaway stuff, retiring 25 batters via strikes in 21 innings of work.

The New York native played his college ball at Binghamton University. His time with the Bearcats was primarily as a starting pitcher, making 32 starts over 4 seasons. As a senior he threw over 70 innings, striking out 56, with 2 complete games and 2 shutouts under his belt.

“We look to explore Nick’s versatility in spring. We only saw him in a limited capacity with a substantial amount of innings already on his arm”, said General Manager Tony Buccilli. “He has an extensive background starting, so it will be intriguing to see how he compares to the competition to join the rotation we created for camp. There is a next level of development we expect from Nick in year two”, Buccilli stated.

The East Division Champions return to the field as they open the season Thursday, May 9 at River City, with the home opener slated for Friday, May 17 at Wild Things Park.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. In 2018, the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

OTTERS’ TO HOST BOY SCOUT NIGHT MAY 18

The Evansville Otters will once again welcome local boy scouts for a night at the ballpark, hosting Boy Scout Night Saturday, May 18 at Bosse Field.

Local boy scout troops are invited to enjoy a fun-filled evening at historic Bosse Field as part of the Otters’ 25th anniversary season. Boy Scouts can watch the Otters take on the Florence Freedom May 18 at 6:35 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for youth and $8 for adults. Registration for Boy Scout Night include a general admission ticket to the game and hot dog, chips and water for each person registered.

“This event is a highlight activity for scouts and their families in our council,” said Scout Executive for Buffalo Trace Council John Harding.

Following the game, scouts can enjoy a team meet-and-greet, participate in a baseball clinic with players, and camp out overnight in the outfield at Bosse Field with breakfast provided the next morning.

“The clinic and overnight opportunity at Bosse Field creates a memory that lasts a lifetime,” said Harding.

Scouts will also receive a commemorative Scout Night patch.

The payment and registration deadline for Boy Scout Night is Wednesday, May 15.

For more information and registration, contact Elspeth Urbina at 812-435-8686 or via email at eurbina@evansvilleotters.com.

The Otters will open the 25th season celebration against the Southern Illinois Miners on May 10 at Bosse Field.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

OTTERS SIGN WILLIAMS, OMANA; EXTEND ALL-STAR CRONIN

The Evansville Otters have signed first baseman Josh Williams and right-handed pitcher Henry Omaña and extended infielder David Cronin.

Williams, a Toronto, Ontario, Canada native, joins the Otters after spending some time in 2018 with the White Sands Pupfish in the Pecos League. With White Sands, Williams batted .333 with six home runs, 30 RBIs, 33 runs, and 13 doubles.

“Williams comes highly recommended from a trusted scout,” said Otters manager Andy McCauley. “He is a power left-handed bat that will be battling for a job at first base and in the designated hitter role.”

“I’m thankful and looking forward to the opportunity to play for this first-class organization,” said Williams.

Williams finished his collegiate career at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where he hit .244 with 19 RBIs in limited at-bats in 2017.

“I’ve always loved to compete, and I take pride in that,” said Williams. “I’ll be giving it my best and will be pushing to bring another league championship to Evansville.”

Omaña is from Walnut, Calif. and joins the Otters after a couple years playing Mexico. Omaña spent 2018 with Pericos de Puebla and their respective Spring and Autumn teams. Overall, Omaña was 0-1 in 10 appearances and 14.2 innings pitched between the two seasons. In 2017, played for Acereros de Monclova. Omaña had a 4.82 ERA and 10 strikeouts in five appearances.

“Omaña played with Hunter Cullen at Cal State Fullerton and was brought to our attention by Hunter,” said McCauley.

“I am very excited to be getting an opportunity to play with the Otters and to be able to work with Coach (Max) Peterson on sharpening up my game,” said Omaña.

Omaña began his collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton but finished at Cal Poly Pomona. In 2017 with Cal Poly Pomona, Omaña posted a 2.48 ERA in 94.1 innings pitched with 92 strikeouts and a 6-5 record.

“We spoke with the Mexican League team he pitched for and they spoke very highly of him,” said McCauley. “He should figure highly in the mix in our bullpen.”

“I approach each batter as if each and every pitch is important, but I focus on pitching to the catcher’s glove rather than against the individual batter,” said Omaña. “My belief is that if I execute my pitches, the batter will get himself out.”

The Otters also re-signed infielder David Cronin to a contract extension for the 2019 season.

“It was an easy decision to come back to Evansville due to the fact that I really enjoy the coaching staff and the guys that I got a chance to play with as well as having a phenomenal host family,” said Cronin.

In 2018, Cronin batted .296 with eight doubles, three home runs, 49 walks and 37 RBIs in 76 games played. Cronin also had eight stolen bases and scored 57 runs.

“David is a true leadoff guy and has a great approach for that slot,” said McCauley. “He is a fearless hitter that can work deep counts and still hit with some authority.”

Cronin came to the Otters after a stint in the Chicago White Sox organization, spending time in rookie ball with Great Falls.

“Getting to play everyday and getting consistent at-bats last year for all three months I was in Evansville is what worked well for me,” said Cronin. “Unlike my time with the White Sox, there were days where I didn’t know if I was going to play.”

Cronin, an Orland Park, Ill. native, was named a 2018 Frontier League All-Star.

“David will be a big part of the team’s success this year, setting the table for hitters like Long and Castro,” said McCauley.

“This off-season I’ve been working hard at getting better at everything – hitting, fielding, stronger, faster, etc.,” said Cronin. “I had a very productive off-season and believe I got better at all those phases of the game. I’m never going to stop working hard.”

Cronin was drafted in the 20th round of the 2017 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox and played collegiately at the University of Illinois Chicago.

The Otters will open the 25th season celebration against the Southern Illinois Miners on May 10 at Bosse Field.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

GATEWAY’S 2019 EASTER EGG HUNT APRIL 20

It’s that time of year again!  Spring is here, the weather is finally warming up, and baseball is just around the corner.  And, with the start of baseball comes the Gateway Grizzlies’ Annual EASTER EGG HUNT!

The Gateway Grizzlies annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 20 at GCS Credit Union Ballpark! Admission to the event is FREE. Registration will begin at 9:00 A.M, with the egg hunt kicking off around 9:30 A.M.

Expect the Easter Bunny, Izzy the Grizzlie, Lizzy the Polar Bear and many more interactive activities!

The Grizzlies invite ALL families in the local area to this great event. Below are the age groups:
1-2 year olds (1 parent per child)
3-4 year olds (1 parent per child)
5-6 year olds
7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
11-12 year olds
Season Ticket Holders

****ALL season ticket holders (mini-plan, half-season and full-season) are encouraged to pick up their season tickets at this time as well. We HOP to see you there!

RIVER CITY ANNOUNCES AYCE THURSDAYS LINEUP

The River City Rascals announced the return of one of their most popular theme night tickets for 2019 with All You Can Eat Theme Tickets every Thursday Night.

New for this year, each specialty all-you-can-eat ticket also includes unlimited hot dogs, the specialty item of the night and water, lemonade and iced tea. The Rascals will have additional beverage options available for purchase at a discounted rate only for All You Can Eat ticket holders. Tickets are $21 for box seats, $19 for infield bleacher and $17 in the lawn. The buffet begins when gates open and runs through the 3rd inning.

All You Can Eat Thursday tickets are specialty tickets. The all you can eat buffet is NOT automatically included with every game ticket.

All You Can Eat buffet tickets are subject to availability and can be purchased in person at the Rascals Box Office at CarShield Field, by calling 636-240-2287, online at www.rivercityrascals.com/tickets/allyoucaneat. Fans already holding tickets to any Thursday game may add the all you can eat option to their ticket for an additional $10, if availability remains.

The schedule for the season is:

May 9 – Chicken Tenders

May 23 – Mac & Cheese Bar

June 6 – Pasta

June 20 – Pizza

June 27 – Rib Tips

July 18 – Nachos

August 8 – Tater Tot Bar

August 22 – Boneless Wings

August 29 – Chef’s Choice

About the River City Rascals

The Rascals open their 21st season at CarShield Field on Thursday, May 9 against the Washington Wild Things. For more ticket information, visit www.rivercityrascals.com/tickets.

SLAMMERS ANNOUNCE RETURN OF PRINCESS NIGHT & FIREWORKS FRIDAY

The Joliet Slammers are excited to announce that they will hold two Princess Nights during the 2019 season. This fan favorite will return on Friday, June 14 at 7:05 pm and Saturday, July 20 at 6:05 pm.

Each night will include appearances by Anna, Elsa, and other princesses provided by Magic, Music, & More, a costume contest (all fans dressed as a princess or prince will receive a voucher for a FREE small soft drink), and a post-game princess themed fireworks show.

The Slammers full slate of Fireworks Friday games with fireworks provided by Lumina Pyrotechnics includes:

Friday, May 17, 7:05pm

Friday, June 14, 7:05pm

Friday, June 21, 7:05pm

Friday, July 5, 7:05pm

Friday, July 19, 7:05pm

Friday, August 2, 7:05pm

Friday, August 16, 7:05pm

Friday, August 30, 7:05pm

Additional fireworks shows will include:

Saturday, June 15, 6:05pm

Wednesday, July 3, 7:05pm

Thursday, July 4, 7:05pm

Saturday, July 20, 6:05pm

Saturday, August 17, 6:05pm

Sunday, September 1, 5:05pm

The complete 2019 Slammers promotional schedule will be released at a future date.

For more information on purchasing tickets for these themed nights, contact the Box Office at (815) 722-2287 or visit jolietslammers.com.

 About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at Joliet Route 66 Stadium in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!

MINERS ANNOUNCE NEW BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have partnered with River Radio in an exclusive, multi-year agreement to broadcast their games online at 1035espn.com.

The five-year agreement, beginning in 2019, covers all Miners regular season and postseason games, as well as two preseason games per year. Jason Guerette will return for a sixth season in the broadcast booth as the “Voice of the Miners,” providing live play-by-play commentary for each contest.

All home games at Rent One Park will also continue to be simulcast on Ustream.tv, and feature a four-camera, HD setup in addition to live game audio from 1035espn.com.

“This is exciting for us,” Miners COO Mike Pinto said. “We have had a longtime relationship with River Radio, and the decision to partner with them for our broadcasts was a natural one. We have worked with them on so many things over the years. They have invested in the technology to help bring our fans the best broadcasts possible, and have the depth of marketing to be sure all Miners fans in the area know about our games.”

“River Radio is very excited to take our long-standing relationship with the Southern Illinois Miners to the next level as the new home for Miners baseball on 1035espn.com,” said Steve Falat, GM and Market Manager for River Radio. “With technology continuing to improve and grow as it is, listeners are finding new ways to listen to their favorite radio stations for news, sports, music, and entertainment. So now, fans of the Miners can listen to both home and road games on their desktop, tablet, smart phone, and smart speaker on 1035.espn.com.”

Be sure to follow the Miners online at southernillinoisminers.com and on social media as they prepare for the 2019 season!

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.