BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University baseball sophomore Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) has joined the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League. The Stingers are set to open their season Tuesday at Duluth Huskies.
Hanowski signed a 10-day contract with the organization, in its fifth season in Willmar, after finishing his sophomore season at BSU with a .338 batting average that ranked second on the team. The Stingers have Hanowski listed as a third baseman, where he played 33 games in 2014 and posted a .928 fielding percentage. He is listed on the roster with the number 27.
Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest summer collegiate baseball league in the world with 18 teams, featuring the top college players in the nation and North America. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Each team is operated similar to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips and playing nightly before fans in a stadium.
Hanowski started all 43 games for the Beavers last season and in 133 at-bats recorded 45 hits, 21 runs, 19 RBIs and a team-best 10 doubles. He drew 27 walks to sit tied for sixth in the NSIC and recorded a .451 on-base percentage that ranked 12th in the league. His 0.63 walks per game tied for first in the NSIC (T-73rd nationally) with teammate Cole Bjorge (Sr., OF, Prior Lake, Minn.). A disciplined hitter, the lefty finished fourth in the league in strikeouts per game (0.23 Ks/g). He totaled 58 bases and posted a .436 slugging percentage. Hanowski recorded 12 multi-hit games, which included a four-hit performance versus Malone University March 8.
Playing the hot corner (33 games) and left field (10 games), Hanowski totaled 61 assists with 29 putouts and seven errors.
Former BSU student-athlete and coach, P.J. McIntee, who played from 2005-09 and served as a graduate assistant coach from 2009-11, is currently in his second season as an assistant coach for Willmar.
Last summer, right-hander Jack Hegarty signed to play for the Stingers in mid-July. He pitched in six games with two starts and a total of 16.1 innings. Former BSU outfielder Nick Jelacie (2008-11) played for the Brainerd franchise before it folded in 2011.
With a 21-22 overall record (15-15 NSIC), BSU reached the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive season, which stands as the first time in program history. The Beavers just missed out on the NSIC Tournament, as BSU finished ninth in the final NSIC standings behind Wayne State College (18-15 NSIC). Bemidji State graduates just four seniors from its 2014 squad.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).