Honkers Salers gets signed to Frontier League

The Northwest Honkers left handed pitcher Jason Salers got a contract with the Lake Erie Crushers earlier this week. The Lake Erie Crushers are part of the Independent Frontier League in Avon, Ohio. The Crushers won the Frontier League in their inaugural year 2011 and took second in 2013.

Salers, a starting pitcher for the Northwest Honkers for the past four summers, had a 6-4 record for the 2014 season with a 3.41 ERA and striking out 66. Salers has lead the league in strikeouts for the past two seasons and was in the top five the other two seasons. He tied for first in wins for the 2014 season and the top five in all other three seasons. Salers was also named All PIL Starting pitcher for both 2012 and 2013 season and is a contender again for the 2014 season. Prior to the Honkers Salers played his college baseball at Pierce College in the NWAACC. He then played in the Philadelphia Phillies Organization and after being released he joined the Honkers.

“Jason has put in a lot of hard work over the past four years in the off seasons to get himself in shape and continues that throughout each season. It is not surprising to me that he is a pro, Jason always handles himself professionally and prepares like a professional, it is just surprising to me the amount of time it has taken for someone to take note of his talent. He deserves a lot of credit in never giving up on his dream to make it in baseball and that is something everyone young and old should take note of. The Honkers are extremely proud of Jason and wish him the best in this endeavor. He deserves this more than anyone I know,” said general manger Martin Lawrence.

Jason Salers on receiving that call after all the hard work he has put in to making this dream a reality, “Well it happened just after midnight, I was almost asleep when I listened to the voicemail. I think I got more excited than anything along with happy and a little sad (of being away from home). At 26 I have thought to myself maybe its getting to the point where I should plan on hanging them up. But just like that there is this opportunity to keep the dream alive.  There is a little bit of pressure to perform and with that will come a little anxiety but at the end of the day its the same game you play since you are a kid, it’s not foreign. I remind myself of that all the time and it settles me down. All in all I am just ready. I am ready to go out and do what I can do and let whatever is going to happen, happen. I mean, I hope it goes the way that I want and I perform well but if it doesn’t it wont be the end of the world. I know now that I can’t stop and I won’t. I can live with the disappointment of getting sent home but what I couldn’t live with is the regret in not chancing it; not traveling across the country and going after what has been my dream since I can remember being alive. I guess I am really just glad I am finally getting another shot, and you can bet I will make the absolute most of it.”

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