Three Wildcats in the Hunt This Summer

Three Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats will be playing for the Swift Current Indians this summer. Bethune-Cookman is a Division 1 program located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference which they have won fifteen of the last eighteen years. Josh Johnson, Eros Modena and Montana Durapau will be looking to make an impact for the Tribe this summer.

Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson is a 5’10, 200lb outfielder from Tampa, Florida. Last season for the Wildcats Johnson earned all-conference honors as he led the team in batting average, hits, doubles, triples and total bases. The fleet footed outfielder also earned All-Star accolades last summer in the Florida Collegiate League. This season Johnson leads BC-U in stolen bases and is second on the team in runs scored and hits. The Tribe will be looking for Johnson to make and impact this summer in all aspects of the game.

“Josh is an extremely strong, physical player. He has game changing speed, good pop and can really run balls down in the outfield. We will look for him to hit at the top of our line up and  be an impact guy this summer. He is going to be exciting in all facets of the game.

 

Eros Modena

Eros Modena

Eros Modena is a 6’0, 200lb outfielder from Miami, Florida. Modena has had a very successful collegiate career first at Indian River State College where he earned all-conference honors and make an immediate impact in all aspects of the game.“

Eros is an outstanding all-around player. He is a threat on the bases, can hit for average, has some pop and can play all three outfield positions. Eros will be an important part of our success this season and will have the opportunity to drive in a lot of runs. He will be an exciting player this summer.”

 

 

Montana Durapau

Montana Durapau

Montana Durapau is a 5’10, 170lb right-handed pitcher from Deltona, Florida. Durapau was the Wildcats’ ace last season earning first team all-conference honors and leading BC-U starters in every category. This season Durapau was named pre-season MEAC Pitcher of the Year and has lived up to the billing. Currently he is 7-0 with 3 saves. He has a 1.51era in 71.1 innings pitched while striking out 58 batters and only walking 10; he also is holding opponents to a .187 batting average. Durapau will be looked upon to play a big role on the mound this season for the Tribe.

“Montana is having an outstanding season. He is a proven top of the rotation pitcher who has won some big games over the course of the season. He is going to be a top of the rotation guy for us this summer and have the opportunity to pitch in some key games. We are very excited to add another high end pitcher to our staff.”

The Swift Current Indians would like to welcome Josh, Eros and Montana to the organization and are excited for their arrival this summer. Go Tribe!

 

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Spillman & Callegari Set to Return

University of British Columbia Thunderbirds infielder Matt Spillman and left handed pitcher Sean Callegari are returning to the Swift Current Indians for the 2014 Western Major Baseball League season. Both Spillman and Callegari are currently in their senior seasons with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. UBC is an NAIA program rich in tradition and currently has a 23-9 record. Both Spillman and Callegari will be looked upon to be key components for the Tribe once again this summer.

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Matt Spillman

Last season with the Tribe Spillman had an outstanding year hitting out of the leadoff spot leading the team in batting average, runs and on base percentage. As a result he was voted as the team’s MVP. At the top of the order Spillman made a habit of getting on base often posting a .452 on base percentage which was 4th best in the WMBL. He also showed he can perform in big games being named the team’s Playoff MVP where he hit .370 and had an on base percentage of .553. Spillman has continued that success into this spring season for the Thunderbirds where he is putting together another solid season.

“The biggest characteristic about Spill is that he plays the game hard each and every day no matter the score. His work-ethic on a day to day basis is second to none. Spill will take a leadership role this summer and is a perfect guy for the younger players on our team to be around and see how to play the game the right way on a daily basis.” – Joe Carnahan

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Sean Callegari

Callegari had a dominant year on the mound in 2013 for the Tribe. He was 3rd in the WMBL with a 1.67 era. Through 43 innings of work Callegari posted a 3-0 record striking out 41 while only walking 11, opponents managed to hit just .218 off of him. Through 54 innings of work so far this spring with the Thunderbirds Callegari has a 3.31 era along with a 2-2 record and holding opponents to a .257 batting average. The Tribe will be looking for Callegari to give them plenty of quality starts this summer.

“Cally had an outstanding year for us last summer. He doesn’t have over powering stuff but has command of four pitches and mixes them well. He loves to compete and is a guy who gives us an opportunity to win each time he is on the mound. Cally will once again be in our rotation this summer and will have the opportunity to win some big games again for us in 2014.” – Joe Carnahan

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Two Lewis-Clark State Warriors Return

Two right handed pitchers from perennial NAIA power house Lewis Clark State College Warriors have signed on to join the Swift Current Indians for the 2014 season. Lewis and Clark State is not only a premier NAIA baseball program but one of the best baseball programs in all of college baseball winning the National Championship 16 times and currently posting a 28-5 record. Both Cody Chartrand and Mike Noteware will be looked upon to make an impact on the mound this summer for the Tribe.

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Michael Noteware

Noteware will be in this second season with the Tribe coming off a dominant rookie season. After missing the 2013 season for the Warriors due to an injury Noteware came to Swift Current healthy and was an anchor in the rotation. Noteware was 4-1 finishing 5th batting average (.201). Noteware has continued his dominance into the spring season with the Warriors where he is 4-0 with a microscopic 0.99 era through 45.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 48 batters while only walking 11 and is holding opponents to a .190 batting average. Noteware will once again be an anchor in the rotation for the Tribe this season. “Note has everything you look for in a top of in the WMBL in era (2.09) and 4th the rotation guy. Commands four pitches, controls the running game and loves to compete. He is currently having an unbelievable season for one of the top programs in America. He is a guy that every time he takes the mound you know he is going to give you an opportunity to win, and with Note the bigger the game is the better he is. I am very excited that he will be back to anchor our rotation once again.” – Joe Carnahan

 

 

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Cody Chartrand

Chartrand was dominant in the back end of the Indians bullpen in both 2012 & 2013. Each year he led the team in saves and averaged more than a strikeout per inning. The hard throwing right hander is in his first season with the Warriors and is currently ranked #4 on the Canadian Baseball Network Draft List and the #9 ranked prospect in NAIA according to Perfect Game. Chartrand is off to a good start, he is 1-0 with a 2.30 era while averaging more than a strike out per inning and leading the team in saves. Chartrand provides the Tribe with a proven veteran presence that can be dominant as a starter or in the back end of the bullpen. “Cody has done an outstanding job for us these past two seasons and we are looking forward to having him back for another season. He loves to compete, has very good mental make-up and has good stuff.
This spring he has been low to mid 90s with a good slider. Aside from what he does on the mound he has an outstanding work ethic and is a great teammate. I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach him for another summer.” – Joe Carnahan

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Local Roots Lead Off 2014 Player Announcements

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Justin Kehler

 Justin Kehler is a 6’8, 270lb right handed pitcher for the Merced College Blue Devils whom are located in California and compete in the Central Valley Conference. Last season with the Tribe Kehler was asked to be a main contributor right from the start and he responded with a quality rookie campaign. The big right hander finished the season recording three wins while posting a 4.80 era in 24  innings. He struck out 19 batters while only walking four. After red-shirting last season at Merced, Kehler is on the mound this spring and having great success as a freshman. Currently Kehler is 3-0  with a 1.93 era in 23.1 innings of relief for the Blue Devils.

“I am expecting Hoss to make a big jump from last summer to this summer. He changed his arm angle back to ¾ and his velocity has increased as a result. He’s a big presence on the mound and loves  to compete. Last year he showed that he can compete at this level and his arm bounces back quickly after appearances. This spring he is having an outstanding year at Merced out of their bullpen and will have the opportunity this summer to be a shut down guy at the back end of games for us. He is going to be a very important part of our success this summer.” – Joe Carnahan

Luke Barry

Luke Barry

Luke Barry is a 6’0, 195lb junior in his second season at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. The Mount Olive Trojans baseball program is annually ranked and competes for the National Championship at the NCAA Division 2 level each year. Barry played two seasons with the Tribe before missing last season due to shoulder surgery. He is a versatile player whom has  seen time in the outfield, first base and behind the plate. In Barry’s rookie season, 2011, with the Tribe he was named to the WMBL All-Star Second Team as an outfielder. Barry was slowed by injury through the 2012 season but still managed to be a productive bat in the line up. Barry is now completely healthy and is currently hitting .324 for Mt. Olive and will be looked upon to be an important factor in the Tribes’ success this summer.

“I am very excited that Luke will be back on the field for us this summer. He is a very hard worker, ultimate team guy and will bring toughness to the club this summer. He has gained 15 pounds in the weight room since he last suited up for us so I am excited to see the ball jump off his bat. Luke will provide us with a very important left handed bat that is going to have the opportunity to drive in a lot of runs this summer. Now in his third season with the organization he will be looked upon as a leader for us both on and off the field.” – Joe Carnahan

 

Justin Lee

Justin Lee

Justin Lee is a 5’10 170 infielder/outfielder in his senior season at Texas A & M – Kingsville Javelinas. Lee started his baseball career in Swift Current before moving to Alberta. He has competed for two elite programs in Texas during his collegiate career, first at national junior college powerhouse Midland College then after two years transferring to NCAA Division 2 Texas A & M University – Kingsville. Lee is having a productive season so far for Texas A & M – Kingsville while playing multiple positions, he is hitting .300 and leads the team with eight doubles. Lee is looking to help the Javelinas reach the Division 2 World Series this spring where just last year they were one game away from doing so.

“Justin is having a very good season at Kingsville. To have a guy like Justin who can play both corner spots in the outfield and all four infield spots is invaluable especially with how busy our schedule is during the summer. Then throw in the numbers he is putting up offensively, I am very excited to have a player of his talent and versatility suiting up for us.” – Joe Carnahan

 

The Swift Current Indians organization would like to welcome back Justin, Luke and Justin to the community and are very excited to have these three high caliber players with local roots suiting up for the Tribe this summer. Stay tuned for more player signing releases. GO TRIBE!

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Swift Current Centennial

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January 15, 2014 marks the 100th year of Swift Current becoming incorporated as a city!  The ball club is excited to join with other community groups and businesses at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex for the celebration!

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#CITY_SC WELCOME TO SWIFT CURRENT, SK

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