Former GW Baseball Player Tommy Gately Signs Professional Contract With Windy City Thunderbolts
July 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Former George Washington University pitcher Tommy Gately ('11) signed a professional contract with the Windy City Thunderbolts on July 2. The Frontier League, based in Sauget, Ill., is a 12-team professional and independent baseball organization.
Gately, the 2011 Jackie Robinson Award recipient led the Colonials with six victories in 2011 while ranking second on the team with 84 strikeouts. He appeared in 47 games over his career while making 15 starts with 123 strikeouts in 130.2 innings.
In perhaps his best outing, he allowed just three hits while striking out a career-high nine batters in a complete-game effort to lead GW to a 5-1 win over Dayton on April 30.
The Reston, Va., native made his professional debut on July 3, allowing three earned runs with one strikeout in two and two-thirds innings of relief in the Thunderbolts' 7-2 loss to the Southern Illinois Miners.
Gately joins two other GW baseball alumni in the Frontier League. Tom Zebroski ('10) recently signed a contract with the Traverse City Beach Bums and Chris Luick ('10) currently plays for the Lake Erie Crushers.
Zebroski, the 45th-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2010, finished his highly-decorated Colonials career as the all-time leader in runs (213) and hits (299) and also finished second all-time in games played (213), at bats (841) and total bases (455). He broke three single-season records in his 2010 campaign, including 103 hits on the year, 75 runs and 176 total bases.
In the 2010 season, Luick hit .367 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs for the Colonials.
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