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BASEBALL: Beavers' Hanowski to play for Willmar of Northwoods League

Bemidji State’s Joey Hanowski turns a double play during a game last season. BSU announced Tuesday that Hanowski, a sophomore infielder from Little Falls, has joined the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League. Pioneer File Photo

WILLMAR — Bemidji State infielder Joey Hanowski has joined the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League, the team announced Tuesday.

The Little Falls native 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 — ranking him second on the team.

The Stingers have Hanowski listed as a third baseman, where he played 33 games in 2014 for BSU and posted a .928 fielding percentage. He is listed on the roster with the number 27.

Former BSU player 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.

The Stingers play their home opener at 7:05 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium. They’ll take on the St. Cloud Rox.

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 with teammate Cole Bjorge.