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Kalamazoo Growlers announce 2021 opening day roster with 11 returners

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Kalamazoo Growlers play opening day on July 1, 2020, implementing social distancing, against the Battle Creek Bombers. (WWMT/File)

The Kalamazoo Growlers announced the opening day roster Thursday with less than a month away from their 8th season.

Eleven players would return from last year including Kalamazoo native Adam Wheaton. The Growlers said Wheaton returns for his fourth season after finishing last summer with a 0.60 ERA in 45 innings pitched. Wheaton tossed six, five-inning complete games.

Growlers would also welcome back Trey Nordmann, a right handed pitcher that they said throws in the mid-90s, and recorded 36 strikeouts in 22.2 innings last season. Other returners include Anthony Calarco who lef the MacDaddies in hitting with a batting average of .321 and recording 44 hits.

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Growlers said a lot of the 2021 players were coming from the Atlantic Coast Conference including players from University of Virginia, Notre Dame, Duke University and the University of Miami. Two other players were traveling to play for the Growlers internationally in Evan Kiser from Ontario, Canada and Luke Krkovski from Australia.

After a COVID affected season in 2020, the Growlers would return to a regular Northwoods League schedule and 9-inning games for the upcoming season.