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ThunderBolts Sign Familiar Southpaw

The Windy City ThunderBolts have announced that Matt Jernstad will once again be pitching on the mound at Standard Bank Stadium next season. 2011 will mark Jernstad’s fourth season as a ThunderBolt. Matt is a left-handed pitcher from Oswego, IL. He played his college ball for the Northern Illinois Huskies from 2005-2008. During his time for the Huskies, he compiled 11 wins and 163 strikeouts in 50 games. 
Matt Jernstad made his debut with the ThunderBolts during the 2008 campaign. Although it was only for 3 games, he was successful. In 7 innings of work, Jernstad posted a 1.29 ERA and struck out 6 batters. That success carried over to 2009 where he was still very efficient in a full season. In 2009, Jernstad spent most of his time in relief duty appearing in 44 games. He led the ThunderBolts with a 2.31 ERA to go with 7 wins and 97 strikeouts. 
His accomplishments did not go unnoticed because in the beginning of the 2010 season, his contract was purchased by the Chicago White Sox. After being released from the White Sox a few months later, Jernstad found himself pitching again for the ThunderBolts in 2010. And to no one’s surprise, he was shutting down opposing Frontier League hitters. During this stint with the ThunderBolts, he was used exclusively as a starting pitcher. Jernstad started in 6 games and compiled 4 wins and 2 losses with a 2.23 ERA. He threw 40 innings and struck out 43 batters and two of his starts were complete game shutouts. It did not take long for another Major League organization to want Jernstad on their ballclub; this time it was the New York Yankees. 
Jernstad spent the rest of 2010 with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League. The Single-A Affiliate of the Yankees has seen young stars like Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang before they made it Yankee Stadium. Jernstad pitched well in his 14 games with the Yankees in Staten Island. He had a 2-2 record with a 3.32 ERA and struck out 44 batters in 43 innings. 

Although his numbers were proficient with the Yankee organization, he will be pitching for the ThunderBolts in 2011. Jernstad will be a force at the top of the rotation as the ‘Bolts attempt to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. ThunderBolts’ Field Manager Mike Kashirsky is excited to have one of the most consistent pitchers in the Frontier League over the last few years back on the mound in Crestwood. Kashirsky said, “I just can't say enough about Jerny. It starts in the clubhouse and continues on mound.  Anyway you look at it; he’s a winner and does it the right way. He makes people around him better both on and off the field.”

The Windy City ThunderBolts are a member of the twelve-team Frontier League, the oldest professional independent baseball league in the nation.  The ThunderBolts open the 2011 season at Standard Bank Stadium on Thursday, May 19th.  Season tickets, flex plans, and all group tickets (including suites, picnics, party box, & spa) are on sale now!  Single-game tickets for the 2011 season go on sale Saturday, April 30th.  For more information please call 708.489.BALL or visit wcthunderbolts.com.


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