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Former Rockford Christian standout Nolan Gazouski is one of three Stateline players who have agreed to play for the Rockford Rivets this season.

Gazouski is a Rockford native who played on Rockford Christian’s state championship team in 2015. He currently plays for  Ball State where he splits time between pitching and playing third base. On the mound, Gazouski is 3-3 with a 3.05 ERA and 2 saves in 24 appearances. He’s struck out 61 batters on the season while only giving up one home run and one extra-base hit in 41.1 innings pitched, holding opposing hitters to a .169 batting average. His ERA is the best for any Cardinal pitcher with 10 plus innings. Gazouski has a 13.3 K/9 ratio and has 24 K’s than BB’s.

“Nolan is another local kid who should be an exciting player for us,” says Rivets manager Brian Smith. “His fastball has been as high as 94 this spring and his ability to pitch to weak contact is evident in his Opponents’ batting average.”

Former Hononegah standout Adrian Marquez of Roscoe will also play for the Rivets. He plays his college ball at Wright State University where he’s a junior outfielder. The Raiders have a 36-15 record (22-6 conference). He’s seen action in 19 games this season, starting one. In 2017 he appeared in 59 games starting 56. He hit .261 (57-218), he also added 11 stolen bases.

“Adrian is a Rockford native who we are excited to bring home for the summer,” says Smith. “Adrian has seen time as a pitcher and an outfielder in his time at Wright St. A left-handed bat and a power bullpen arm is always a good combo.  We are hoping that Adrian can come in and try to regain the success he had spring 2017.”

The third local player to suit up for the Rivets will be Forreston graduate Nathan Schneiderman of German Valley. He currently plays for the University of Dubuque where they are the 2018 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions going 23-15. He is a junior left-handed pitcher where he is 3-4 with a 3.18 ERA striking out 55 in 39.2 innings. As a sophomore in 2017, Schneiderman was First Team All-Iowa Conference, D3baseball.com First Team All-Central Region, and D3baseball.com Honorable Mention All-American.

“Nate comes highly recommended from 2017 Rivet, Chase Kueter,’ says Smith. “Nate, 2017 Division 3 All American closer, will come in with a chip on his shoulder to prove that he can compete with some of the top offensive players in all of college baseball. He’s a huge LHP so I can only imagine he’s a nightmare for left-handed hitters.”

The Rivets will open their season Tuesday, May 29th at home against the Green Bay Bullfrogs.

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