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Frackers name three local players to roster

Martin, Wick and Klunder become first Farmington natives to commit for Frackers' first season

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Frackers have landed three city natives on their roster for the club's inaugural season this summer.

The Farmington Frackers will play 35 home games from June 8 through July 13, hosting teams from Arizona, California and Nevada at Ricketts Park.

The Frackers list Matt Martin, Beamer Wick and Logan Klunder on the roster.

"I never thought I'd get to play at Ricketts Park again. It's gonna be fun," Martin said. "To play in front of the hometown crowd again, that's something I really missed. I really enjoyed playing there and feeding off of that energy. I think I'm going to feel right at home."

Martin, a 2014 Piedra Vista graduate, won state titles with the Panthers in 2011, 2012 and 2014. He was named the 4A player of the year in 2014.

Klunder is a 2016 PV graduate who played the 2017 season at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., while Wick graduated from Farmington in 2014 and plays for Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash.

Logan Klunder makes a barehanded play at third base during a 5A state playoff game against Artesia on May 12, 2016 at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque.

The Frackers plan to field a roster of about 30 players. Right now, the team's website lists 21 players on the roster, and many have New Mexico ties, either as New Mexico natives or as players on college teams around the state.

"I'm going to be playing with a bunch of my buddies from New Mexico Junior College. We know how to play, we know how to compete and I'm pumped to start playing this summer," Martin said. "It's going to be fun. We're all excited to play with each other again. We never thought we'd get this opportunity."

Two other players listed on the roster with Farmington ties are Taed Haydinger and Zane Phelps. They are Bayfield, Colo., natives who played in the Connie Mack City League the past few summers.

Beamer Wick runs to third base during a game against Naa'taanii on July 7, 2015, at the Ricketts Park.

After graduating from PV, Martin played two years at NMJC, then transferred to Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, for his junior and senior seasons.

This past season, Martin started 44 of a possible 47 games for the Red Raiders. He compiled a .271 batting average and led the team in doubles (11), home runs (6) and runs batted in (29). With the glove, he posted a .961 fielding percentage.

Klunder appeared in 48 games for Pima this spring, and batted .277 with 16 RBIs.

After working in the oil fields of eastern Montana, Wick landed a spot on the Spokane Falls roster this spring. He posted a .247 batting average while playing in 23 games.

The Frackers' first game of the season is June 8 as they play host to the California Jays at Ricketts Park.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.