by Tom Callahan

COLUMBUS, GA - The Columbus Chatt-a-Hoots announced today that they will retire the number 29 worn by Brian Trepanier, marking the first time in franchise history a player will have that honor.

Trepanier is a Columbus native and has pitched for the home town Hoots since the team’s inception in 2021. While his totals continue to climb, Trepanier is already the Hoots historical leader in strikeouts (92),innings pitched (76), and wins (10).

“From the first year, Brian has embraced the entire experience of being a Chatt-a-Hoot,” said Head of Baseball Operations and Field Manager Steve Smith. “He’s been invested in the Columbus community, he’s been a great teammate, and he’s also performed on the field. His teammates and coaches have always respected him. He's a person of high character and a great representation of our organization.”

The 23-year-old righthander has pitched collegiately for Augusta State in each of the last three seasons and was at East Georgia State College for two years before that. His younger brother Connor also pitches for the Chatt-a-Hoots as well.

Trepanier and the Hoots wrap up the 2023 SunBelt Baseball League regular season with games against the Brookhaven Bucks on Friday and Saturday night at 7:05 pm. The Hoots have earned a first-round playoff bye and will open the 2023 playoffs at home next Friday night against an opponent to be determined.