Studer signs with Okotoks Dawgs

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* C Nick Studer (Toronto, Ont.), right,  a former Toronto Met and LHP Brandon Stennis of the Doane College Tigers have signed to play for manager Brett Thomas with the Okotoks Dawgs this summer. Photos: Doane College Athletics. ….

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By Jonathan Hodgson
The Okotoks Dawgs have signed impact players in left-handed pitcher Brandon Stennis and catcher Nick Studer from NAIA power, the Doane College Tigers.

Studer is a 6-foot-3 220 lb catcher from Toronto, Ontario, who like Stennis, is also entering his senior year at Doane.

The 2014 spring season saw Studer bat .399 and drive in 53 runs with 15 doubles, leading the team in all categories, while guiding their strong pitching staff in 48 games behind the plate. His average and RBIs were both among the leaders in NAIA baseball.

Studer also enjoyed success in the Northwoods League this past summer hitting .265 with 36 RBIs in 66 games as the starting catcher for the Thunder Bay Border Cats.

Stennis is a 6-foot-2 205 lb left-handed pitcher from Omaha, Nebraska, who is entering his senior year at Doane College.

Stennis emerged as a leader on the Tigers pitching staff in 2014, posting an 8-2 record with a 1.92 ERA in 11 starts as a junior. In 70 innings the lefty allowed 47 hits while recording 72 strikeouts. He was among team leaders in all major categories on a staff that worked to a stingy 2.31 ERA collectively.

Stennis has posted similar numbers as a workhorse in the ultra competitive Northwoods League over the past two summers. He led the Rochester Honkers with 22 appearances in 2014, with a 4-3 record and a 3.85 ERA while tallying 48 strikeouts over 51 innings. That followed a 2013 season where he made 15 appearances including 7 starts, recording 37 punch-outs in 48 innings.

Stennis brings another quality left-handed arm to a 2015 Dawgs pitching staff that already includes veteran southpaws Tyrell King and Conor Lillis-White.

These two players will be the first to come to Okotoks from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. The Tigers are coming off of an outstanding 2014 season where they compiled a 42-7 regular season record, and a perfect 20-0 conference record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference of the NAIA under head coach Jeremy Jorgensen.

Brett Thomas, head coach of the Okotoks Dawgs sees Stennis and Studer being core members of his roster.

“We are excited about the signing of Nick Studer and Brandon Stennis from Doane College,” Thomas said. “Nick is a top of the line catcher who has put up monster numbers at Doane. We not only look for Nick to be a rock behind the plate, but hit in the middle of the lineup as well.

“Brandon is the definition of an ace. He gives us another quality left-handed arm, and is a tough, competitive pitcher who we expect to throw in a ton of big games this summer.”

The additions of Stennis and Studer figure to further solidify the core of the 2015 roster as head coach Thomas continues to assemble his team for the 2015 season.

Scott Harrigan
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