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Albert Lea, you will be “California Loving” this next player introduction. Hunter Cooper is 5’11 200 pound dual player from Hope International University is the next player to sign to play for the Lakers. Hunter is an IF and RHP from one of the best NAIA programs in the country. Last year Hope International made the NAIA World Series and was one of the final 8 teams in the tournament. Hope International University is located in Fullerton, California.“Hunter is going to be a big asset for us because of not only his talent, but his versatility. He will be able to play a number of IF positions for us and be able to throw off of the mound. He’s got good velocity on his fastball, but can mix-up very well with his change-up and breaking ball which is something that will make him successful in this league. He’s got a great left-handed swing and I think he’s going to develop quite a bit during the rest of the school year. Being at such a great program is really going to help him this year. I’m excited to see his work-ethic on display day in and day out.” – Coach Keeran
Newest member of the #LakeShow is Minnesota home grown product Thomas Krause! Thomas is a 6’1 185 pound corner outfielder from North Dakota State University of the NCAA Division 1 level. Thomas is in his freshman season for the Bison after a great career at Rochester Mayo High School. Krause was all-conference this past season for Mayo. He hit a whopping .404, with 30 RBIs, seven triples, five home runs and six stolen bases. He also posted a .758 slugging percentage and a .508 on-base percentage. He holds the summer baseball record for triples with seven in 2014 and 2016.
“Thomas has a great lefty swing which will be a big boost in our line-up. He can hit for average and power, while having good foot speed down the baseline. The scary thing is… he’s still developing. He’s a young guy so he has a lot of potential that hopefully we can untap this summer. He can spray the ball very well as a Freshman, which is a great sign that he has a very bright future the next four years.” – Coach Keeran
Mitchell Keeran is an OF from Waldorf University. He was the North Star Athletic Association Freshman Player of the Year. The 2-year starter has hit .295 with 11 HR, 25 2B, 4 3B and 65 RBI with 78 runs scored in his career thus far. He has a .957 fielding percentage. He is a local talent only being 40 mins away from Albert Lea, he was a 3x All-State player and 2X state champ for Iowa High School Powerhouse Clear Lake Lions Baseball !“Mitchell is an incredibly strong kid for his size with a good IQ for the game, he’s got plus power in the gaps and runs pretty well on the bases. He’s had a successful career so far and I am excited to see the damage he does this spring and summer. He is an outfielder with pretty good wheels and a nice arm.” – Coach Keeran
Mitchell is the younger brother of new Albert Lea Lakers head coach Michael Keeran.
“I am very excited to have L’Donta. He is a big, strong, athletic guy who’s going to do a lot of damage at the plate for us in the middle of the order. Coach Brister and the Central Baptist coaching staff always produces not only good players, but quality young men as well. L’Donta is an incredibly polite young man with a great work ethic.” – Coach Keeran
Let’s go Lakers! #LakeShow
Sitorius is currently working on his masters degree in sports management at Missouri State University following his undergrad work at Nebraska Wesleyan University, He has coached at several levels from youth to college baseball with a focus on infield and hitting.
Sitorius played his college ball at Nebraska Wesleyan University, starting all four years as a corner infielder. He was a relief pitcher as well for the Prairie Wolves. He ranked third all-time in games played at NWU. Sitorius was named NWU’s defensive MVP in both 2013 and 2014, as well as being named first team all D-3 Independent and Overall team MVP in 2014. Following graduation Sitorius played an integral part on two MINK League south division championship teams with the Ozark Generals.
“I’d like to thank the Albert Lea Lakers organization and head coach Michael Keeran for the opportunity to continue coaching and help young men reach their life and athletic goals”
“Through hockey I have had the opportunity to see the community support for athletics in Albert Lea and I am looking forward to seeing that same support this summer, as we try to bring home a Pioneer League championship” – Coach Sitorius
“Pete is a well-rounded coach and will work with the infielders and hitters. He’s a hard worker and has a high baseball IQ. He did a great job at Ozark and I believe he will do a great job being the assistant coach for Albert Lea as well. He will be a big help developing players and getting us towards a championship team” – Coach Keeran