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Details Emerge In Drowning Death Of Former Arlington HS Star Pitcher

Evin Kleinganz
Evin Kleinganz Photo Credit: LinkedIn
Norrie Point in Northwest Dutchess
Norrie Point in Northwest Dutchess Photo Credit: Google Maps

A 20-year-old man whose body was pulled from the Hudson River in Northwest Dutchess Saturday morning was not wearing a life vest at the time of his death, according to the Dutchess County County Sheriff's Office.

Evin Kleinganz, a former star baseball player at Arlington High School, apparently drowned after the canoe he was riding in with two friends, capsized near Norrie Point around 7:30 p.m. Friday night, said Capt. John Watterson.

"The other two were picked up by a passing boater," Watterson said.

Kleinganz, a Poughkeepsie resident, was found the next morning by the Dutchess County Marine Unit, Watterson added.

"We do not expect any foul play at this time," he said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning.

The popular former pitcher earned a spot on the Division II baseball team at the College of Saint Rose in Albany as a freshman in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Kleinganz was a right-handed pitcher who was majoring in forensic psychology at Saint Rose before enrolling at Dutchess County Community College, where he was majoring in criminal justice/law enforcement administration.

Friends and school officials throughout area reacted over the weekend to the news of Kleinganz's death including Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro on who said on Twitter:

"On behalf of Dutchess County, please accept our thoughts & prayers. May there be some comfort in the company of friends & family."

Arlington High baseball officials tweeted: "RIP Evin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

And Arlington Central School District superintendent Brendan Lyons, who said he remembers his smile, tweeted: "The Arlington community mourns with the Kleinganz family. Rest In Peace Evin, Class of 2015." ⚓️

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