Prospect hurler signs with Road Warriors

Stephen Corbett, 22, of Prospect, signed to pitch for the Road Warriors of the Frontier League on Sunday. Corbett, a 2008 graduate of Woodland High School, was a four-year starter for the Hawks and pitched two seasons for Post University. -POST UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

PROSPECT — Prospect resident Stephen Corbett signed a contract Sunday to pitch for the Road Warriors of the Frontier League.

Corbett, a 22-year-old right-hander and 2008 Woodland High School graduate, pitched two seasons at Post University, which announced his signing with the Road Warriors in a press release.

According to the release, Corbett made his debut with the Road Warriors on Sunday. He pitched 1 and 2/3 innings in a 5-4 loss to the Florence Freedom. Corbett retired the final five batters of the game in order for the Road Warriors and threw 14 pitches, 10 of which were strikes.

The Frontier League is an independent professional baseball league with no ties to Major League Baseball. There are 14 teams in the league, which was founded in the early 1990s. The majority of teams are based in Illinois. There are teams in Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Road Warriors don’t have a home stadium currently and are playing all their games on the road this year. The league’s website listed Sauget, Ill., as the address for the team.

Corbett’s fellow pitcher and Post University alum Cutler Ruby of Texas also signed with the Road Warriors this week.

“I’m so very happy and excited for Cutler and Stephen because they worked so hard for this moment and I know how much it means to them and their families,” Post University head coach AJ McNamara said in the release. “They put in so much work over the course of two years and it’s starting to pay off for them. I wish them the very best of luck as they begin this new stage of his life; a challenge I know they are up for.”

During his two seasons at Post, Corbett compiled a 10-6 record as a weekend starter, including a career-high six wins as a junior. During the 2011 season, he led the pitching staff with an ERA of 1.77 and five shutouts, in 71 innings of work. Corbett was named a First Team All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) selection in 2011.

At Woodland, Corbett was a four-year starter on the mound.