ROSSVILLE - The Rossville Rattlers are excited to announce that six players from the team's inaugural season will return in 2013.
Returning to the team are Outfielders Luke Bordewick and Mitch Streeter; Infielders Ethan Beckett and J.D. Garetson; and Pitchers Tyler Patty and Dylan Backman. Bordewick, Beckett, Patty, Backman and Garetson were all key players during the Rattlers 2nd place finish at the NBC Summer Nationals last July. Streeter's season was cut short due to injury, although he would have been in-eligible for the Summer Nationals due to age restrictions.
Luke Bordewick was crowned the Home Run Derby champion during the Summer Nationals and brings his powerful bat back to the lineup this season. Last season for Pittsburg State he led the Gorrillas in batting average (.342) while playing in 28 games. Bordewick, a Topeka native, is a graduate of Washburn Rural High School and was a standout athlete for the Jr. Blues.
Mitch Streeter a native of Valley Falls, Mitch batted .111 last season for Pittsburg State and will provide veteran leadership in the outfield. Streeter is a hard worker who is maturing into a front line player at Pittsburg State. A three-time All-Delaware Valley League performer at Valley Falls High and he helped the Dragons to a Class 2A state tournament appearance in 2010.
"I'm very exciting about returning to the Rattlers this summer, last summer was a great experience. I met a lot of great guys and the coaching staff was great. I'm sure this summer will be the same," - Rattlers Outfielder Mitch Streeter.
Ethan Beckett a graduate of Seaman High School in Topeka, Beckett was Second Team 5A All-State in 2011 along with being named to the 2011 All-City team. He was a member of the 2010 5A State Champion Seaman Vikings baseball team. Beckett will be a freshman at Independence Community College this spring.
"I'm really excited to play more games and play against some different opponents," - Rattlers Infielder Ethan Beckett.
J.D. Garetson earned first team all-state and all-league (2010 & 2011) and was named the 3A player of the year at Rock Creek High School. He is 3rd all-time for RBI in a season with 33 at Rock Creek. J.D. also has the school record with 4 saves in one season. Garetson will be playing at Washburn University this spring after taking a redshirt last season.
Tyler Patty from El Dorado, has transferred this season from Hesston College to Longview Community College in suburban Kansas City. Patty was an Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division III First Team selection in 2011 for El Dorado High School. Last season for Hesston, he went 1-1 with 5.93 ERA and struck out 17 batters in 13.2 innings of work. At the plate, he hit .217 with 3 home runs and 28 RBI in 42 games.
Dylan Backman a native of Silver Lake, is attending Neosho County Community College in Chanute. Backman was a redshirt freshman last season with the Panthers. Dylan played Football and Baseball at Silver Lake High School and will pitch again this year for the Rattlers.
"I'm ready to get back at it and make it to the NBC World Series this time," - Rattlers Pitcher Dylan Backman.
The Rattlers are excited to have these young men back this season and will announce future signings in the coming weeks. The season kicks off on Thursday May 30th as the Rattlers host the Midwest Bruins at 7:00 PM in Rossville. The Rattlers will play 33 games this season, with 20 being in Rossville and 13 on the road.