Matti Doxter pitching for Plattsburgh RedBirds of the EPBL
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Matti Doxter (Somersworth, N.H.), a recent alumnus of the Plymouth State University baseball program, signed a professional contract with the Plattsburgh RedBirds of the Empire Professional Baseball League earlier this summer.
Doxter, who pitched for the Panthers from 2015-16, joins Ryan Wakefield (Sanbornton, N.H.) as the second Panther to sign a professional contract in the last three years. Wakefield played for PSU from 2011-14 before signing with the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things of the Frontier League in March 2015.
"My reason for playing in the Empire League is to gain exposure and play against good competition as a stepping stone in my professional career," said Doxter. "My goal is to make it to higher levels and keep developing as a player. I want to learn as much as I can about the game."
The 6-4 pitcher has started seven games for the RedBirds, posting a 3-3 mark with a 4.28 ERA over 40 innings pitched. He leads the team with 36 strikeouts, which is also good enough for top-five in the league, and his three wins are tied for second on the RedBirds.
"Matti improved as a pitcher every year of his collegiate career," said PSU baseball coach Clay Jenkins. "He works extremely hard and is passionate about what he does. He has explosive stuff and a dominating presence on the mound. The Empire League is a perfect place for Matti to continue to grow; both in his abilities and his baseball career."
Doxter was a two-year member of the Panther baseball team. As a senior he went 2-4 with 2 saves over 12 appearances and six starts covering 46.1 innings. He led the team with 54 strikeouts and a 10.49 K/9 ratio, while allowing only 39 hits and posting a 3.69 ERA.
The RedBirds, based in Plattsburgh, N.Y., are currently 25-18 and tied for first place with the Old Orchard Beach Surge in the four-team league. The EPBL is an independent league formed in 2015, with teams based in New York, Maine and Puerto Rico. Most players are rookie league to Class-A level.
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