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Blue Anchors keep filling out roster

The Alexandria Blue Anchors continue to fill out their roster for the upcoming 2014 Northwoods League baseball season with the recent addition of four more players.

 One of the latest signings is Jake Bergren, a junior at the University of Minnesota. Last summer Bergren played a portion of the season in Alexandria as a temporary player.

“I’m excited to come back to Alexandria and play,” Bergren said in a release. “I had a blast when I was with the club last summer on a temp and am glad I can stay the whole summer this time.”

Bergren is currently majoring in microbiology, cell genetics. He is a native of St. Charles, Illinois and once lived down the street from the artist known as “Prince.”

“We are excited to have Jake back in Alexandria this summer,” Blue Anchors general manager Kendall Hughson said in the release. “Jake came in late last summer and played well, and we will expect the same out of him this summer.”

Alexandria also recently signed right-handed pitcher and first baseman Blake Bass from Angelo State University and Lukas Hermanson, a catcher from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

“Blake will give us some versatility in our lineup,” Hughson said. “He is a kid that has the ability to both pitch and play first base. We look for a strong spring from Blake and look for him to carry that into our season.”

Hermanson is a freshman at Texas A&M Corpus Christi who is currently majoring in business.

“I am excited to come play in the Northwoods League this summer,” said Hermanson. “From what I’ve heard from teammates is that I will learn a lot and become a much better baseball player while having a ton of fun.”

Right-handed pitcher Graylon Brown is another player from Angelo State University who has signed to the Blue Anchors this season, alongside teammate Bass.

Brown is a redshirt sophomore and already has eight appearances with a 1.93 ERA this season.

“I think playing in the Northwoods League will be a great experience,” Brown said. “It is one of the premiere leagues and has more talent than you can ask for.”

In 2013, Brown was named to the Lone Star Conference all-tournament team. Last summer he also played in the Jayhawk league and was rated the number four prospect after posting a 1.73 ERA.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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