Butte’s Jason Mattila is a Beach Bum

Butte native Jason Mattila is still chasing his dream on the baseball diamond.

Mattila, 24, is playing independent baseball for the Traverse City Beach Bums in Michigan. The Beach Bums are the defending East Division champions of the Frontier League.

The right hander is a relief pitcher in Traverse City, a northern Michigan city that sits on the shore of Lake Michigan.

After closing his career at North Dakota State and taking a year off of baseball, Mattila returned to the game last year. Mattila, 24, was the team’s first-round pick. He was the ninth selection overall.

Last year, Mattila appeared in 18 games and went 1-2 with a 3.34 ERA in helping the Beach Bums win the East with a 62-34 record. They lost in the playoffs to Southern Illinois.

The name of the team that knocked the Beach Bums out of the playoffs, incidentally, is the Miners.

Mattila, a 2007 Butte High graduate, starred for the Butte Miners American Legion team before heading to college. He also played tight end for the Butte High football team and was a reserve on the 2006-07 Butte High basketball team.

Mattila’s most memorable sports moment at Butte High came in the 2007 Class AA State championship at the Billings Metra. Mattila sank a buzzer beater from about 30 feet to send the Bulldogs flying high to the locker room at halftime. Billings West, though, ended up winning that game.

Mattila pitched Thursday, throwing one and a third scoreless innings in relief in a 6-5 win over the Evansville Otters. He surrendered one hit and walked one.

The Beach Bums are currently playing a three-game home series against the Rockford Aviators. The Bums are 3-4 so far on the season.

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