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PaddleHeads Acquire Former 10th Round Pick Austin Bernard from Tri-City Valley Cats

March 14, 2023 – Pioneer League (PL) – Missoula PaddleHeads News Release

Missoula, MT. –
As the days officially start to get longer, the Missoula PaddleHeads are starting to gear up for
spring training. Today, the PaddleHeads have officially announced they have acquired catcher, Austin Bernard
via trade from the Tri-City Valley Cats. Bernard, a former 10th round MLB draft pick has officially signed with
the PaddleHeads for 2023.

Bernard began his professional baseball career in 2017 with the Boise Hawks when they were a part of the
Northwest League. In his rookie year, he had 138 plate appearances and finished with a .231 batting average.

After moving through the Rockies system, he found his way to the Frontier League with the Tri-City Valley Cats
in 2022 where he appeared in 17 games hitting .283/.377/.391.

This move was facilitated by Manager, Michael Schlact after 2023 PaddleHeads Catcher Robert Brooks was
signed to the Rays a few weeks prior. Manager Michael Schlact has built the roster with the best winning
percentage in all of professional baseball each of the past two seasons, but his eyes are set on 2023.

Bernard will be one of three catchers currently on the PaddleHeads roster fighting for a spot in the starting
lineup come opening day.

The PaddleHeads are still looking for a few more host families for this summer. For more information, please
reach out to Dawna Kulaski at dkulaski@gopaddleheads.com or call the PaddleHeads Post at 406.543.3300
for more information.

The PaddleHeads Opening Day is May 30th! Season tickets on sale now at

– or by
calling, 406-543-3300.

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