As the new season creeps ever closer, the Dent Wildcats are sad to announce the retirement of one of their stallwarts throughout the years: Eric Weller. Weller got married over the offseason and moved out to Montana so he decided to hang up the cleats. Weller was a well rounded player in his Wildcats tenure. He played a solid 3B on defense where not many got past him; he was a formidable part of the top of the order for Dent where he provided great plate discipline and pop out of the 2-hole; and he was the lock-down closer for years. His skill set will be hard to replace and he will be sorely missed. Thank you Eric for all your years as a Wildcat and good luck in the future.
The Dent Wildcats are excited to announce their new signings for the 2016 season: Taylor Doll, Tyler Doll, Beau Bruhn, Dexter Brown. These players join the Wildcats with quite a few successful years of experience already under their belts.
Taylor Doll had been playing for the Perham Pirates for the previous years but comes to Dent as a familiar face for all the Wildcats as he has been a thorn in their side on the mound from the past few 4th of July games. Doll brings many years of experience to the Wildcats as he played for Perham High School and then at Jamestown College. He is a youthful and yet veteran presence out on the mound where he has both a plan and the arsenal of pitches to get any hitter out. Taylor will anchor the Dent pitching staff, immediately becomes their ace, and gives them a chance to win every game he pitches. The Wildcats are very excited to add Taylor to the roster.
Tyler Doll, older brother of Taylor, was also playing for the Perham Pirates for many years prior to this but he is not foreign to any of the Wildcats. Tyler grew up playing with or against all of the current roster and his high level of play has garnered him Dent's respect. Now that he has joined the Wildcats, the team is thrilled because he brings a high level of play both defensively and offensively. Tyler slots right into the gap in the top of the order that was left when Eric Weller retired. In addition, his high level of defense in the field allows the Wildcats the flexibility to move guys around to fill the hole at 3B as well where Weller used to play. Tyler brings a very consistent and potent bat to the Wildcats lineup as well as consistent defense throughout the infield. Dent is looking forward to seeing him in action this summer.
The Dent Wildcats also added Beau Bruhn to the roster over the weekend. Beau was playing for Perham the last few summers but, like the Doll brothers, decided to join the Wildcats. Bruhn is a solid batter who has the potential to drive the ball over the fence (something the Wildcats don't have in great supply). He also brings a solid defensive glove at 1st base. But he also has the ability to track balls down in the outfield as well. His defensive versatility will help save runs for the Dent pitchers this summer while his bat will drive in quite a few as well. The Wildcats are excited to welcome Beau to the team.
Lacking a lot of natural outfielders, Dent's last addition immediately fills a hole in the team. Dexter Brown joins the ranks of the Wildcats as an established hitter at the top of the order and as a natural centerfielder who has the speed to track down balls in the gap that might be a double against other teams. Brown comes to Dent having previously played for several years in the Victory League for the St. Wendel Saints. His presence at the top of the order will give Dent a constant threat that other teams need to pay attention to.