Thomas Ayers signs with Williston College

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Miles City Coach Monty Frare (right) and his assistant coach Chad Notbohm (left) watch Lewistown’s Thomas Ayers (center) sign a letter of intent to play baseball for Williston College this year.
Photo courtesy of Thomas Ayers

2017 Fergus graduate Thomas Ayers has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Williston College in Williston, North Dakota this school year. Williston College is a two-year public community college in the North Dakota University system.

Ayers played for the Miles City Outlaws this summer. The Outlaws are a traveling baseball team from Miles City. Ayers said he became interested in playing for the Outlaws after talking to their coach, Monty Frare.

According to the Outlaw website, the Outlaws were formed in 2003 to give players a chance to play against competitive teams and get lots of exposure to college coaches.

“We traveled to Los Angeles and played in a 30-team tournament down there,” said Ayers about his experiences this summer. “We also competed in a big tournament in Washington state. There I had the opportunity to face pitches who were going to play division one baseball and could throw over 80 miles per hour.”

 Due to back surgery in January, Ayers was not able to play an entire season with the Outlaws, but he felt he had a good season with them.

He played in the outfield and third base for the Outlaws. He also did some relief pitching. In the 33 games Ayers played in, his batting average was .339 and had an on base percentage of .470 in his 79 at bats. He had 17 singles for the Outlaws and nine doubles, which was second high on the squad.

He pitched 11 2/3 innings for the Outlaws and ended the season with an ERA of .360. Ayers looks to play in the outfield in college.

While in Miles City, Ayers stayed with Assistant Coach Chad Notbohm and his wife Janelle, who served as his host family.

The Outlaws’ season ended on Aug. 9 at the CABA World Series in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“We lost to a team from Seattle in the championship game when they scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning,” said Ayers.

 

Signs to play college ball at Williston College

Ayers got noticed by the Williston coach while playing in a tournament in Williston.

“I got a text from him that said if I hadn’t signed with anyone else, Williston was interested in signing me. I also had offers from Dickinson State and Dakota State in South Dakota, plus two junior colleges in California. I decided Williston was my best bet as I would get to play there earlier in my career.”

Ayers is the son of Mike and Sandra Ayers of Lewistown.

 

 

 

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