Joey Hanowski joins Willmar Stingers of Northwoods League

Little Falls graduate Joey Hanowski, a sophomore on the Bemidji State University baseball team, has joined with the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League.

Hanowski signed with the Stingers, in their fifth season in Willmar, after finishing his sophomore season at Bemidji 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.

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 and 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 record a .451 on-base percentage.

Hanowski also earned a spot on the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference spring all-academic team.