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RailCats sign RHP Aring to first professional contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (August 20, 2017)
Contact: Austin Anderson
219-882-BALL Ext. 229

KANSAS CITY, KAN – The Gary SouthShore RailCats announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Zach Aring to his first professional contract on Sunday. In a corresponding move, the RailCats have placed infielder Randy Santiesteban on the disabled list retroactive to August 13.

Aring, 22, pitched collegiately at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.  His collegiate career was highlighted by his 2016 campaign, where he was 4-4 with a 2.35 ERA in 11 starts, including a complete game. The Chicago Heights, Illinois native had the unique opportunity to start the final home game in St. Joseph’s College baseball history as the program became defunct after the 2017 season.

Santiesteban, 25, has a .257 batting average, 2 home runs, and 25 RBI in 67 games this season. The Peru State College alum had solidified his position as the cleanup hitter for the ballclub prior to his injury as he recorded five hits in the last three games he has appeared in.

The RailCats begin a four-game series Monday in Lincoln, Nebraska as the RailCats face the Lincoln SaltDogs. The series opener on Monday begins at noon. The starting pitchers have yet to be announced.  

Gary returns home to U.S. Steel Yard on Friday, August 25th, for a three-game series vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. Friday’s game is Stand Up to Cancer Night, features a Hat Giveaway and is another Fireworks Friday. The first 1,000 fans receive a hat, courtesy of Methodist Hospitals, while Fireworks and Stand Up to Cancer Night are presented by Fifth Third Bank.

Jared Shlensky and Austin Anderson bring you all 100 RailCats games this season on WEFM (95.9 FM) and online at Fans can purchase tickets for RailCats home games by calling (219) 882-BALL or online at The RailCats box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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