David Pastor, Sports Reporter
Hawks’ pitcher Matt Stoddart is joining the Hawks but as a pro.
He signed a professional contract to play overseas in Germany with the Tubingen Hawks in the Baseball Bundesliga.
“Oh, feels great. I’m really looking forward to it,” Stoddart said.
He spent five years with Humber’s men’s baseball team. In his first two seasons with the Hawks, he was a two-way athlete, hitting 16 RBIs on 23 hits with a batting average of .348 which is ranked 10th best in Humber history. He also stole 12 bases over that span.
But it was his pitching that got the attention of the scouts in Germany.
He posted a win-loss record of 7-2 with three saves over 22 appearances in his half-decade as a Humber Hawk.
In those appearances, he has posted an ERA of 2.95 and has struck out nearly a quarter of the batters he has faced.
Stoddart said he will never forget the time he has spent at Humber and the success they accomplished over the years.
“Last year (2018-19), we won the national championship. That was definitely a goal of ours and it took years to finally accomplish,” he said. “The two OCAA championships this year (2019-20) and last year was big.”
Over the summer Stoddart joined North Baseball, a program that saw the best baseball players in North America play against some of the top teams from around the globe.
Stoddart and the team travelled to Germany, Czech Republic and Austria. It was on this trip where he was introduced to Allan Attridge, the assistant coach of the Tubingen Hawks.
He said he’s excited about the new opportunity with Tubingen and is looking forward to the new environment and culture in Germany.
“My goal is to kind of just embrace whatever they give me,” Stoddart said. “Their culture. I want to be able to learn what it’s like to live in another country with a different language, all that kind of stuff.”
Stoddart said the adjustment of going overseas isn’t a major concern for the five-year veteran. He thinks all the North American talent on the Tubingen Hawks will help welcome him to the team and make him feel at home.
“Getting to know the guys, I think they’ll be able to guide me throughout the (season), just because some of them are Canadian and grew up in Canada,” he said.
The Tubingen Hawks are improving what already is a solid pitching staff with the signing of Stoddart as they finished first in the Bundesliga South Division with a record of 26-2 last season.