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Booyah rounds out 2020 roster

With the start of its season, the Green Bay Booyah announced the rest of its 2020 roster on Wednesday.

 

Returning from last year's squad are pitchers Jack Mahoney and Chris Jefferson and catcher Brady West. Sporting some name recognition for Packers fans is outfielder Bo Majikowski, who's dad Don played for the Green and Gold in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

 

The release from the Booyah also featured 10 additional players not previously announced by the organization. You can read their biographies below. The Booyah will take the field for the first time this year at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon on July 1st.

 

RELEASE FROM THE GREEN BAY BOOYAH

Out of the Ivy League, Columbia freshman Andy Blake and Princeton sophomore Nadir Lewis come in with high expectations. Blake, a shortstop, reigns from Hopewell Township in New Jersey, where he produced back-to-back all-area hitter of the year honors. During his 2019 season at Hun School of Princeton, he hit .516 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs. For Lewis, his 2019 season at with the Tigers was one to remember. He started every game, and led the team in runs, walks, and on-base percentage, while roaming the outfield. He also holds the Alpharetta High School record for most triples in a career.

 

On the pitching staff, the Booyah welcome a pair of right handers from the University of Kentucky. Harrison Cook and Ron Cole, both freshmen for the Wildcats, come in with impressive resumes from their high school careers. Cook, a 3-time first team All-State honoree in Iowa, holds his high school’s record for strikeouts in a game with 16. For Cole, he was part of the first team in Neptune High School history to make a state finals appearance during his sophomore season, and was a 2019 Perfect Game and Rawlings Preseason All-American.

 

The Booyah will also be loaded with left handed options on the pitching staff, including De Pere High School senior Ben Hampton. Hampton dominated competition in 2019, going 9-1 with a 0.99 ERA during his junior campaign and take West De Pere to the state semifinals. He will start his freshman season in 2021 at West Virginia.

 

Joining Hampton from that Mountaineers squad are first basemen Alec Burns, and shortstop Tevin Tucker. Burns broke the Souhegan High single-season home run record with 12 bombs in 2017. He was also named the New Hampshire Player of the Year by Perfect Game for the 2017 season. For Tucker, he brings stability, speed, and a great glove at shortstop. The Prince George, Virginia, native started all 60 games in 2019 for West Virigina, and was ranked as the number seven overall player in the state coming out of high school. Both Burns and Tucker make up part of the highest ranked recruiting class in Mountaineer history.

 

Benton Hart, Joe Taylor, and Eric Torres make up three more left handed arms for Green Bay in 2020.  Hart, a freshman from Lakeside, California, he tossed 13 innings with a 2.08 ERA in his debut season at Dixie State. During his final two seasons at Santana High School, he stuck out 111 batters over the course of 113 innings. Joe Taylor, a junior at Nicholls State, did not allow an earned run in 9.2 innings pitched in 2020. Taylor also picked up a save in the Colonels 4-2 upset win over #11 LSU on February 19th. Finally, Milwaukee native Eric Torres stays in state after playing his 2019 summer league season for Wareham of the Cape Cod League. In 2020 with Kansas State, he did not allow an earned run in five out of his six outings, and led the team in appearances.

 

At the dish, the Booyah bring in power with Akron catcher Cameron Tilley. During Tilley’s 2018 season at Colby CC, the Australian born right handed hitter crushed the ball, hitting .377 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs. He was selected as a first team all-conference member, and was also named to the gold glove team.

 

Rounding out the infield for Green Bay in the 2020 season is Tennessee third baseman Ethan Payne. The left-handed hitter was a 2-time Preseason All-American, and brings more athleticism to the Booyah roster. During high school, Payne was the starting quarterback at Germantown, went 23-2 overall, and was named to the first team all-region during his junior year.

 

 

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