FARMINGTON — Strike Zone took advantage of its pickups for the Connie Mack World Series by inviting seven players to the roster last week.
The CMWS host team added four players from the 4-Corners Club Sox — Matt Martin, Zach Ahlgrim, Kody Russell and Dalton Watson — and Bryce Washburn of the Sting, Victor Chavez from Naa'taanii and James Harrington from Gilbert, Ariz.
The players add to the roster's versatility and provide depth to Strike Zone as it prepares for a Friday night game against the Midland Redskins on the opening day of the Connie Mack World Series.
Harrington, a 2014 University of New Mexico commit, adds another pitcher, along with 2014 Rio Rancho graduate Chavez, to a solid Strike Zone rotation that didn't give up more than three runs in any Connie Mack city tournament game.
"He's a big, right-handed arm," Strike Zone head coach Adam Morrissey said. "We still haven't seen him throw on the mound yet, but we've heard good reports."
The other five players give the host team a variety of defensive and hitting options off the bench.
All five played high school ball in San Juan County this past season — Martin, Ahlgrim and Russell at Piedra Vista, Watson at Aztec and Washburn at Farmington High.
"Anytime we can add other local kids to come experience the event, we're always going to do that," Morrissey said.
This will be Martin's third CMWS with Strike Zone after playing on the team in 2012 and 2013.
With only Connor Calvert returning from the starting lineup of last year's team, Martin said he thinks his experience at the series can help the team.
"I'm looking forward to playing for Adam again. Hopefully, I can get these guys going because I've been there before," said the 2014 4A Player of the Year.
Ahlgrim was also a member of the 2013 Strike Zone roster.
For Washburn, Russell and Watson, this will be their first experience at the CMWS.
Washburn said it is something he has always looked forward to participating in.
"It's a really cool experience, and I'm glad I got the shot," he said. "I'm just ready for the night game with Midland. It's going to be packed."