New faces commit to Express

Katie Brickman
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Three imports announced to roster

Three new faces will join the Moose Jaw Miller Express this season.

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Danny Lokesak, Dylan Hanson and Derek Cornell are imports that have committed to play in the Western Major Baseball League.

All three have ties to previous and present players as well.

Lokesak is from Florence, Ky. and is a teammate of Hank Stewart at Brescia University.  That is where the relationship was formed for Lokesak and the Express organization.

“Through Hank and the head coach and just by going through all the avenues by trying to find quality players,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express.

He is batting with a .362 average with nine doubles, three triples and 23 RBI. The centre-fielder also has a .459 slugging percentage, .441 on-base percentage and is 25 for 31 in stolen base attempts.

“He had a pretty good year and was second in hitting. He is an outfielder that can go and get it. He is a centre-fielder that can run like a deer and we are expecting some pretty big things out of him defensively and on the bases,” stated Hunt. “With his speed and high contact ability at the plate, we are thinking he will be a one-two type of guy at the top of the order, which will compliment Austin Russell nicely.”

Hanson is a 6’0, 210-pound first baseman/catcher from Olathe, Kan.

He is currently at Central Missouri University and has hit .299 in 33 games. He has three doubles, eight RBI and is 10 for 16 on stolen base attempts.

“He didn’t get a lot of playing time at the beginning of the year, but he played himself in a position to be a mainstay in the lineup,” said Hunt. “He has put together a solid year and has raw power.”

Hanson will back up Stewart behind the plate when needed and can also fill in if any injuries come up throughout the season.

Cornell is from Ballwin, Mo. and also plays for Central Missouri. He is currently a red shirt sophomore and was a red shirt freshman last year.

“He is another one of those guys that were buried. He played behind Jon Cotter last year at Central Missouri,” explained Hunt. “He is a young man and he is certainly going to go do special things at Central Missouri and we hope to see it here too.”

Cornell is a 5’10, 185-pound second baseman that will provide solid defence on the right side of the infield.

“Defensively, he is a slick moving guy and has some speed,” said Hunt. “He is a contact guy as he is a smaller guy. He is going to slap the ball around and then we will be able to utilize his wheels on the bases.”

Hunt did say that having some connections already made prior to the season is important and can make the transition a bit easier for the new players.

“It is nice when they already have someone that they know when they are up here. Jon Cotter will be around too, so they will have somebody they played with before that is from the city and is familiar with,” he said.

The Express open their season May 30 at Ross Wells Park against the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets.

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