McCurry signs on for another season with Battle Creek

McCurry signs on for another season with Battle Creek


McCurry signs on for another season with Battle Creek


Mountain Heritage graduate Kaleb McCurry.

Mountain Heritage graduate Kaleb McCurry.

Mountain Heritage alum Kaleb McCurry will be playing his summer baseball in Michigan for a second straight year.

The Mars Hill sophomore pitcher has signed with the Battle Creek Bombers, the team announced last week.

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BATTLE CREEK, MI – The OnStaff Group’s recruiting trail presents the signing of two sophomores to Battle Creek’s 2016 roster. Krystien Johnson-Battilana of Davenport University, and Kaleb McCurry of Mars Hill University will suit up for the red and black this summer. 

Krystien Johnson-Battilana: 6’2’’, 185 lbs, RHP, sophomore, (Bats: R/Throws: R), Hamilton, Ontario 

As a sophomore at Davenport, Johnson-Battilana has earned playing time this pitching 6.0 innings of relief, and striking out eight batters. Johnson-Battilana earned his first win of the season against Point Park on Feb. 29, as he came into pitch a scoreless inning of relief, striking out one and walking just one. 

A product of Sherwood Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario, Johnson-Battilana played the past two summers with the Utica Brewers of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. In his first year with the Brewers, Johnson-Battilana started five games and had a streak from late June to early July of 12 consecutive scoreless innings. 

Kaleb McCurry: 6’2’’, 175 lbs, RHP, sophomore (Bats: R/Throws: R), Burnsville, North Carolina 

McCurry appeared in 14 games for the Mars Hill last season, leading the team with a 2.45 ERA. The freshman was one of the Lions top relievers out of the pen, allowing opponents to hit just .200 off of him, and posting 4 saves. In 22.0 innings pitched, McCurry struck out 17 batters, while walking just 9 and allowing only 15 hits. 

A graduate of Mountain Heritage High School, McCurry returns to the Bombers after spending the summer in Battle Creek last season, becoming a steady presence out of the bullpen. In 25 appearances, McCurry posted a 1.61 ERA, good for second on the team. The sophomore also struck out 40 batters while walking just 12, in 39.0 innings pitched. Pitching in relief, McCurry had a 2-1 record with 2 saves on the summer. 

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