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2017 Independent League Champions

With the Atlantic League championship being decided last night, the 2017 Independent League season has come to an end.

Here is a look at all of the champions throughout independent baseball this year.

The Atlantic League – York Revolution

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The 2017 Atlantic League playoffs have come to an end, and the York Revolution are this year’s Atlantic League champions.The Revolution defeated the Long Island Ducks three games to none to earn their third championship in franchise history.

York reached the ALCS by claiming a three games to one win in the best-of-five Freedom Division Championship Series over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots three games to one in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series to claim their second consecutive Liberty Division title.

(September 29, 2017 – York, Pa.): Down a run in the eighth, Telvin Nash launched a go-ahead two-run home run to right-center as the York Revolution came from behind to defeat the Long Island Ducks, 3-2, capping a three-game series sweep as the Revs claim their third Atlantic League championship in 11 seasons. The game was played in front of a raucous crowd of 5,415 fans at PeoplesBank Park on Friday evening.

Trailing throughout the night, the Revs came from behind for the third time in as many games in the series, and won their third consecutive one-run decision en route to the thrilling three-game sweep.

Down 2-1, Rubi Silva (4-for-4) led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a bunt single off lefty Dustin Richardson. Right-hander Matt Marsh was called upon to face Nash, and the Revs’ first baseman connected on a 1-1 fastball, hammering a towering two-run homer that just cleared the fence to the right of the batters’ eye for a go-ahead two-run homer, as the Revs took a 3-2 lead in dramatic fashion.

Having tallied ten outs over the previous two nights, closer Chase Huchingson ceded ninth inning duties to right hander Grant Sides, who had earned the victory in each of the first two games of the series. Marc Krauss clubbed a drive toward the wall in right, but as those in attendance held their collective breaths, Jared Mitchell leapt in front of the fence to reel in the first out. Sides struck out Alex Burg for the second out, bringing the Revs within one out of a championship. Angelo Songco kept the game alive with a single to right and pinch-runner Jordan Hinshaw stole second to put the tying run in scoring position, but Sides retired Delta Cleary, Jr. on a ground out to short, as Ryan Dent gloved and fired to Nash at first, setting off a wild celebration between the mound and home plate as the Revs celebrated their third championship in franchise history and first since 2011.

The Revs trailed most of the night. Long Island struck first with a run in the third as Anthony Vega led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a Giovanny Alfonzo single to right.

Long Island added another run in the fifth as Vega reached on a one-out walk, took second on a passed ball, moved to third on a bloop single by Dan Lyons, and scored on a wild pitch.

Revs starter Victor Mateo was solid, allowing only two runs (one earned) in 5.2 innings.

The Revs were frustrated offensively by Ducks starter John Brownell, missing an opportunity in the fourth when Silva led off with a double to right but was stranded.

York finally got on the board in the sixth with a two-out RBI single to center by Isaias Tejeda, plating Silva who had singled with one out. A walk to Travis Witherspoon loaded the bases with two outs, but reliever Rob Rogers entered to induce a pop out, keeping the Ducks’ lead intact at the time, only to be erased on Nash’s heroics two innings later.

Michael Click (1-0) picked up the win with 1.1 shutout innings in relief. A huge turn of events came in the top of the eighth when Silva ran down a bloop pop by Elmer Reyes, making an over-the-shoulder grab and firing to first where Nash made a great pick to retire Alfonzo on a double play. Click whiffed Lew Ford on a 1-2 cutter for an inning-ending strikeout, setting the momentum for the decisive home half of the inning.

Notes: Following the game, Nash and Huchingson were named Co-MVPs of the Championship Series. Sides added his first save of the playoffs after setting a Revs playoff record with his third win in Game Two on Thursday. Huchingson set a Revs playoff record with three saves during York’s run to the championship. Nash tied a Revs postseason record with three home runs, matching Bryant Nelson (2011), including a pair of last at-bat game-winning home runs. Nash’s eight RBI in the postseason also tied a franchise record (Ian Bladergroen, 2010). The Revs went 6-1 during their playoff run, and won 13 of their final 16 games overall. The Revs improve to 9-1 all-time in Championship Series games (5-0 at home), having secured their second sweep. The championship is their second clinched at home (also 2011 vs. Long Island). In just 11 seasons, the Revs have matched the Ducks for the second most championships in Atlantic League history with three, trailing only Somerset (six).

The American Association – Winnipeg Goldeyes

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WINNIPEG, MB The Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Wichita Wingnuts 18-2 in Game Five of the American Association Championship Series at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.

The Goldeyes win the best-of-five series 3-2 and are the 2017 American Association champions.

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It is the Goldeyes’ third championship in the last six seasons and the fourth in franchise history.  The Goldeyes are the first American Association club to win back-to-back titles since the Fort Worth Cats in 2006 and 2007.  Goldeyes’ first baseman Shawn Pleffner hit for the cycle, while starting pitcher Edwin Carl set a franchise record with his fifth postseason win.

Pleffner lined a single to left-centre leading off the bottom of the second and took second when David Bergin singled to centre.  After Wes Darvill sacrificed the runners ahead, Mason Katz smacked a double off the wall in left to drive in Pleffner and Bergin with the game’s first runs.  Andrew Sohn followed with a sharp single up the middle that scored Katz.  After Casey Turgeon singled through the left side, David Rohm singled through the left side to score Sohn and stretch the lead to 4-0.  Alex Boshers relieved Wingnuts’ starter Tim Brown and walked Josh Romanski to load the bases.  Reggie Abercrombie then plated Turgeon and Rohm with a single through the right side.  Pleffner capped the inning with a line drive, three-run homer to left that made it 9-0.

Rohm singled up the middle leading off the bottom of the fourth and advanced to second when Romanski walked.  Abercrombie smashed a double inside the left field line to score Rohm, and Pleffner extended the lead to 12-0 with a two-run double to right centre.  After Seth Harvey relieved Boshers, Bergin crushed a two-run home run over the batter’s eye in centre field.

Abercrombie drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth, took third when Pleffner reached on an error by centre fielder Jacob Morris, and scored the Goldeyes 15th run when Bergin singled through the left side.

The Wingnuts got on the board with two runs in the top of the seventh.  TJ Mittelstaedt and Matt Chavez opened the inning with consecutive singles.  Richard Prigatano doubled down the right field line to score Mittelstaedt.  Chavez then scored on a wild pitch.  Mitchell Lambson relieved Carl and struck out Morris and Leo Vargas back-to-back to end the inning.

After Lambson worked a perfect top of the eighth, the Goldeyes added three more runs in the bottom half.  Pleffner completed the cycle with a leadoff triple to right-centre and scored two batters later when Darvill singled through the right side.  Darvill hit safely in all nine of the Goldeyes’ postseason games.  Katz followed Darvill with a long, two-run home run to left-centre that provided the game’s final margin.

Victor Capellan closed out the game with a scoreless top of the ninth, retiring Brennen Salgado on a groundball to second for the final out.

Carl (2-0) allowed two earned runs on five hits in six and one-third innings.  Carl walked three and struck out three.  His five postseason wins over the last two years surpass Rick Forney for the Goldeyes’ franchise record.

Brown (0-1) took the loss, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in one and one-third innings.  Brown walked none and struck out one.

All nine Goldeyes’ starters had at least one hit and one run scored.  Seven Goldeyes had at least one RBI.  Wednesday was the 13th Game Five in a postseason series in team history.  The Goldeyes are now 7-6 in Game Fives, and improved to 20-15 when facing elimination in the postseason.  The Goldeyes won the Northern League championship in 1994, while capturing the American Association title in 2012 and 2016.

The Can-Am League – Quebec Capitales 

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Quebec stormed out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of play and would never look back as they defeated Rockland in game three, 9-3, to win the 2017 Can-Am League championship. The Capitales pounded out 12 hits in the contest with five batters having multi-hit games. Quebec LF James McOwen went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and RBI while DH Balbino Fuenmayor added a pair of blasts and three runs batted in. Shortstop Yordan Manduley also chipped in two hits in five at-bats, two runs and a RBI for the Capitales.

Quebec starting pitcher Karl Gelinas allowed three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings pitched to notch the win. Gelinas gave up three walks and five hits to along with four strikeouts.

For Rockland, C Marcus Nidiffer went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run.

This is the Capitales seventh title in the Can-Am League and the first one since 2013.

The Frontier League – Schaumburg Boomers

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FLORENCE, KY – The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, hit four homers on the way to a 6-2 win over the Florence Freedom to become the first team in Frontier League history to win three championships.

Schaumburg set the tone early. Kyle Ruchim led off the game with a double but did not move. Sean Godfrey put the Boomers ahead early for the first time in the series with a solo homer over the wall in left with one away in the top of the second. Schaumburg had fallen behind in each of the first three games.

Florence evened the game in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI single from Taylor Oldham following a pair of walks. The Boomers quickly established control in the top of the fourth. Rock Shoulders led off by pouncing on an 0-2 pitch, roping his second homer of the playoffs over the wall in right to hand Schaumburg a 2-1 advantage. Godfrey followed with his second homer of the game to push the margin to 3-1. Ruchim doubled home James Keller later in the inning to hand Schaumburg a 4-1 lead.

Two more would come across in the top of the sixth. Jack Parenty, who did not homer in 232 regular season at bats, blasted an offering over the right field wall, making the lead 5-1 with the fourth longball of the night. Parenty was making his first start of the series and finished with a pair of hits. Zack Weigel added a sacrifice fly to plate Ruchim and make it 6-1. Florence notched a two-out run in the bottom of the inning to draw within 6-2.

Starter Kit Fowler worked three innings but did not factor in the decision, allowing a run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts.Michael Wood, Fowler’s college teammate at Tennessee Tech, collected the win by working 4.2 innings of relief in his first career playoff appearance. Wood allowed a run on four hits while accumulating four strikeouts. Kyle Westwood recorded a strikeout of Keivan Berges to leave the bases loaded in the eighth. Westwood pitched in three games of the series and struck out seven in 4.1 innings. Jake Joyce closed out the win.

Schaumburg finished with nine hits in the game. Ruchim, John Holland, Godfrey and Parenty all notched a pair of hits. The Boomers had connected on just two homers in the series and four in the playoffs prior to the clincher.

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The Boomers (66-30, 6-2) have won three titles in just six years as a member of the league. The previous championships came in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014. Prior to this season, the 25th in Frontier League history, six teams had won a pair of titles.

The United Shore League – Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers

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Utica, MI – The Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers and the Westside Woolly Mammoths put on a spectacular show at Jimmy John’s Field in the 2017 USPBL Championship Game on a beautiful day this Sunday, September 10th, 2017. Beavers ace Randy Wynne led his team and they were able to produce big runs. The Beavers won the game 5-2 and coming off last years Championship loss, this one felt good.

“I put my club together to win a Championship. I knew that if I had the right players in here we would accomplish every goal I wanted,” Beavers Manager Chris Newell said.

The Beavers finished the regular season with the best record but that wasn’t enough. They consistently dedicated themselves to progressing on and off the field and in turn they were rewarded with the Championship trophy.

Despite the injuries and key pieces of their team not in the lineup, they were everything but absent. One of these members includes DJ Martinez, the Beavers starting shortstop for the 2016 and 2017 season. Martinez went down with a hamstring injury in the later part of the season and was inactive for the Championship game.

“He was our third coach today and he deserves it more than anybody,” Newell said about his shortstop. Martinez may be the epitome of what this Beaver team stood for and that was their heart. They never once flailed their arms and wondered why something went wrong but how they could fix it. So they turned to their best arm in Wynne to inflict a purpose and send a message to the league.

Wynne pitched a complete game and recorded a record-setting 14 strikeouts.

“The strikeouts are nice, but as far as the numbers go, it’s not really about that for me. It is about controlling the game,” Wynne said.

The game was in his control from the beginning and there was no looking back. After falling to the Unicorns in the 2016 USPBL Championship, Wynne was fortunate enough to have run support from his team this particular game. When asked about going back into the ninth inning from Newell, Wynne kept it short and simple declaring, “It’s over.”

The scoring began in the third inning when Thomas Roulis led the inning off with a triple. DonAndre Clark was able to push across the first run with an infield single. The next batter, Brandon Rawe, was able to score Clark on a scorching line drive double to left field.

The Woolly Mammoths tallied two in the seventh inning with an Alex Abbott opposite field two-run home run as he continued to stay hot at the plate. Beavers would quickly regain the lead in there half of the seventh on a clutch RBI single from catcher, Hunter Wood.

The next batter Nicholas Buckner then hit a single to center to score Robert Paller. Paller wasn’t done contributing to the lead as he added an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to tack on an insurance run for the Beavers.

That was enough for Wynne who confidently went out for the ninth inning to complete his game. He struck out the first two batters of the inning and the rest was history. Wynne got a slow rolling ground ball hit back to him and just like that the Beavers were crowned.

In a league so crucial to the development of players, the Beavers may have been the best candidates to win the Championship on this facet alone. They overcame odds, remained dedicated to a common goal and when it mattered most, they performed. A tip of the hat goes to the Birmingham Beavers as they win the second USPBL Championship and steer the league in the direction it was intended. The final score of the game was 5-2 and Wynne earned the win and the Beavers hoisted the trophy with nothing but pride and a bit of justice.

The Pacific Association – Vallejo Admirals

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September 2, 2017 – From worst to first. Usually when they talk about a baseball team accomplishing that feat, it’s through two separate seasons.

The Vallejo Admirals did not want to wait until 2018.

The Cinderella team from the Pacific Association completed the unthinkable on Friday, edging the Sonoma Stompers 11-8 in the league championship on one of the hottest days of the year.

When left-handed reliever Andin Diaz struck out Derrick Fox to end the game, the Admirals dog-piled in front of the pitching mound and soon broke out the celebratory champagne and beer.

Vallejo was an abysmal 12-27 in the first half of the season and then began the second-half slate 1-6 before winning 25 of its next 34 games.

It’s been quite a ride for players like center fielder Tillman Pugh, who played on the Admirals’ inaugural season of 2013 as well as the 2014 team that finished just shy of getting to the league championship game.

“The way things work in life, you have certain situations that occur and they happen for a reason,” said Pugh, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. “You win some, you lose some, you stay relentless, you keep going and keep pushing forward. There were plenty of times in my career when I thought, ‘This might be it,’ but that fire inside of me told me to keep going and getting to this point. This is unbelievable.”

On Friday, the offense battered Sonoma starting pitcher TyRelle Harris for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. Vallejo led 9-1 at one point and then held on for the tight three-run win.

Catcher Mike Blanke crushed a two-run homer off Harris that ricocheted off the press box in left-center to give his team a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

“I’ve hit a few big ones,” Blanke said about where that homer ranked. “I hit one in Tampa to win a Regional Championship but this one definitely is up there in a game like this, especially a one-game championship.”

Harris departed in the fifth after he plunked Chevy Clarke with the bases loaded to make it 5-1. Reliever Logan Gillaspie walked David Kiriakos to force in another run, Pugh followed with a two-run double to left field and Shawn Payne added an RBI single to stake Vallejo to a 9-1 edge.

Gillaspie settled down and retired 11 of 12 before third baseman Chris Fornaci hit a momentum-turning home runs over the bleachers in left field in eighth inning to make it 10-8. This was after Sonoma chipped away and trailed just 9-8 in the seventh inning.

 

“Sonoma is a great team and we knew they were going to battle back,” Fornaci said. “At the end of the day, whatever team stayed in it and fought the hardest was going to win.”

With the Admirals forced to use three of their better pitchers in the final regular season series at San Rafael, manager P.J. Phillips had to go back to Demetrius Banks, who had just two full days of rest.

Banks wobbled a bit, but gave the Admirals four-plus innings and left with a 9-3 lead in the fifth after throwing 69 pitches in a victory on Tuesday. Marquis Hutchinson, who has been hobbled in recent weeks, relieved Banks in the fifth but could not retire a batter. Even though Tim Holmes calmed things down, the Stompers scored four times and trailed just 9-6.

Sonoma (52-27) kept chipping away with single runs in the sixth and seventh to make it 9-8. Diaz entered the game with the potential tying run at second base in the seventh but he struck out Scott David and Brennan Metzger to end the threat.

Diaz worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Phillips trusted him with the ninth and the lefty responded with another perfect inning. Phillips had usual closer Sammy Gervacio ready in the bullpen in case he needed him.

“I was really surprised about it since Sammy usually comes in for the ninth,” Diaz said through an interpreter. “I think P.J. saw that everything was working and he gave me the confidence to get the ball again.”

The Admirals added one more insurance run in the ninth inning as Kiriakos walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Nick Akins Sr.’s sacrifice fly.

It was quite a ride for owner Kevin Reilly as well. Reilly was a silent partner in 2015 and took over full ownership last season.

“We finished in last place in the first half but (Phillips) told me, ‘Don’t worry. We will take the second half’ and then we went 1-6,” laughed the owner.

Reilly said he started to see the season change when Fornaci took over at third base and the Admirals eventually added Kiriakos at shortstop and Quintin Rohrbaugh at second base to complete the transformation in the infield.

“I recall one week that Fornaci made a great play at third, then Kirikos and Rohrbaugh showed up and then Graylin Derke settled in at first base,” Reilly said. “I said, ‘Wow, hits that used to be doubles are now double plays. There’s a different vibe here.’ Then we started to win series and had that sweep of Sonoma. That was when you started to feel like something was happening.”

The Pecos League- High Desert Yardbirds

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This game was played on 8/8/2017 at Joe Bauman


The High Desert Yardbirds defeated the Roswell Invaders 5-2 to win the Pecos League Championship in Roswell on Tuesday Night. The Invaders made six errors that lead to five Yardbirds runs.

The Empire League – Plattsburgh RedBirds

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Plattsburgh RedBirds have done it. They are the 2017 Champions of the Empire League.

The RedBirds defeated the Old Orchard Beach Surge by a score of 7 to 4. The RedBirds got an early 3-1 lead as Surge starter Eric Mozeika started the game off with a hit by pitch to Christian Nazario-Cruz followed by a 2-RBI single and a run that came in on a walk to give the RedBirds an early 3 run lead.

The RedBirds added on when Josh Martinez had a 2 run single and ended up scoring on a passed ball.

Gevon Jackson hit a solo home run to get things going for the Surge but it wasn’t enough to catch up. Surge would score 4 runs before running out of time.

Closer Zach Breen got the final out with a strikeout looking to end it for the RedBirds to give the Plattsburgh RedBirds their first Empire League Championship.

Brian Brademan was named the Championship Series Offensive MVP and Josh Martinez was named Defensive MVP.

The Thoroughbred League – Mustangs

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After a season full of (some) ups and (mostly) downs- including many issues (covered by Indy Ball Island) – the Mustangs defeated the Blazers to capture the Thoroughbred League Championship in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Indy Ball Island would like to congratulate all of the champions this season!

(All press releases/pictures taken from official league or team websites. Each recap includes the respective link.)

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Atlantic and Frontier League All-Star Rosters Announced

Today, both the Atlantic League and the Frontier League released their All-Star rosters.

The Atlantic League All-Star Game will take place on July 12th at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The Frontier League All-Star Game will also take place on July 12th at Slammers Stadium located in downtown Joliet, Illinois.

Atlantic League

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(Bridgewater, N.J., July 3, 2017) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball have announced the Freedom and Liberty Division All-Stars selected to play in the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game to be hosted at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. The All-Star festivities will begin at the ballpark at 5:00 pm, with the game scheduled for 7:10 pm.

Both squads will feature 22 players, including 13 position players and nine pitchers (rosters at end of this story). Players were chosen by a combination of balloting of league and team officials, managers, media representatives and fan voting. Nearly 35,000 ballots were cast by fans to help choose this year’s squads.

“Every year I am impressed by the players that represent our league and this year’s All-Stars are no exception,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “Each showcase their talents at a very high level of play, which has led to a league record 38 player contracts being purchased already this season by Major League Baseball and international leagues. Fans will see the very best Atlantic League players in an All-Star setting. TD Bank Ballpark is an award-winning ballpark and I am very excited for our players and fans to experience an All-Star experience in Somerset.”

The home Liberty Division is made up of eight Somerset Patriots, five Bridgeport Bluefish, five Long Island Ducks, and four New Britain Bees. The team will be managed by Somerset’s Brett Jodie, who guided his team to the Liberty Division First Half Championship and a league best 42-28 record. In his five seasons as manager of the Somerset Patriots, Jodie’s teams have made the playoffs every year. He won Atlantic League Championship and Manager of the Year honors in 2015.

The visiting Freedom Division consists of seven Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, six York Revolution, five Lancaster Barnstormers, and four Sugar Land Skeeters. Sugar Land’s Gary Gaetti will manage the squad after leading the Skeeters to their first championship in 2016. The 20-year Major League veteran is the only manager in Sugar Land history and was named Manager of the Year in 2013 when his team set a league record with 95 wins.

“We are honored to be the site of the 20th Atlantic League All-Star Game,” said Somerset Patriots Chairman Steve Kalafer, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic League. “As one of the original members of the league, it’s a fitting place to celebrate this milestone event. The rosters reflect the very best of our league and we owe it to the players and all of the fans to make it an All-Star Game they’ll always remember.”

The 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game is the premiere event of the summer, hosted by the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. The event is presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and will feature the biggest Fireworks Show in ballpark history, commemorative giveaways for all ages, entertainment from the ZOOperstars and Birdzerk, and a Home Run Derby before the game. For tickets, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) 

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

Freedom Division Liberty Division
PITCHERS PITCHERS
Brad Allen York Revolution Duane Below Somerset Patriots
Cody Eppley So. Maryland Blue Crabs John Brownell Long Island Ducks
Brian Grening So. Maryland Blue Crabs David Carpenter Bridgeport Bluefish
Jake Hale Sugar Land Skeeters Amalio Diaz Long Island Ducks
Gaby Hernandez So. Maryland Blue Crabs David Kubiak Somerset Patriots
Chase Huchingson York Revolution Rainy Lara Bridgeport Bluefish
Michael Nix Sugar Land Skeeters Cory Riordan Bridgeport Bluefish
Scott Shuman Lancaster Barnstormers Nate Roe New Britain Bees
Daryl Thompson So. Maryland Blue Crabs Rick Teasley Somerset Patriots
CATCHERS CATCHERS
Anderson De La Rosa Lancaster Barnstormers Alex Burg Long Island Ducks
Isaias Tejeda York Revolution Yovan Gonzalez Somerset Patriots
INFIELDERS INFIELDERS
Kevin Ahrens Sugar Land Skeeters Tyler Bortnick Somerset Patriots
Michael Burgess York Revolution Carlos Guzman Somerset Patriots
Vladimir Frias Lancaster Barnstormers Luis Hernandez Bridgeport Bluefish
Sean Halton Lancaster Barnstormers Elmer Reyes Long Island Ducks
Michael Snyder So. Maryland Blue Crabs Jovan Rosa New Britain Bees
Garrett Weber Lancaster Barnstormers Angelo Songco Long Island Ducks
Zach Wilson So. Maryland Blue Crabs
OUTFIELDERS OUTFIELDERS
Anthony Giansanti Sugar Land Skeeters Conor Bierfeldt New Britain Bees
Alonzo Harris York Revolution Michael Crouse New Britain Bees
Devon Rodriguez So. Maryland Blue Crabs Aharon Eggleston Somerset Patriots
Travis Witherspoon York Revolution D’Arby Myers Bridgeport Bluefish
Justin Pacchioli Somerset Patriots
COACHES COACHES
Gary Gaetti – Manager Sugar Land Skeeters Brett Jodie – Manager Somerset Patriots
Raffy Montalvo – Pitching Coach Sugar Land Skeeters Glen Barker – Hitting/3B Coach Somerset Patriots
Travis Scott – Bench Coach Sugar Land Skeeters Cory Domel – Pitching Coach Somerset Patriots
Fox Beyer – Bench Coach Somerset Patriots
Jon Hunton – Bullpen Coach Somerset Patriots

 

Frontier League

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SAUGET, Ill. – The Frontier League Professional Baseball is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game as hosted by the Joliet Slammers at Slammers Stadium located in downtown Joliet, Illinois on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Normal’s cornerstone first-baseman, Aaron Dudley has been voted to his third All-Star appearance since his arrival in Normal in 2013. Dudley has proven to be a dominant batter with a .332 career batting average over the course of his eight season career in the Frontier League. The slugger has had one-hundred and ten doubles and fifty-one homeruns.

Josh Allen of the Evansville Otter will be taking second base for the West All-Stars. This is Allen’s 3rd appearance at the Frontier League All-Star game (2014 and 2016). Allen is in his fourth season with the Otters. He helped the Otters to the playoffs in 2014 and helped the Otters to their Frontier League Championship last while winning the Morgan Burkhart Award as Frontier League Most Valuable Player season. In his Frontier League career, Josh is batting .303 in three-hundred and nine total games.

First year Freedom, Jose Brizuela will take the start at third base. Jose is in his first season in the Frontier League. Brizuela has been helping lead the bats for Florence with a .339 on the season in forty-five games. He also has ten homers, eleven doubles, three triples and forty-three runs batted-in. the Weston, Florida native has played in the Midwest League, California League, Arizona League and the New York-Penn League.

Santiago Chirino of the CornBelters will get the shortstop duties as he is also elected to his third all-star appearances in nine years (2013, 14, 16). Chirino too offers a great deal of batting support. Since 2013, Chirino has hit .312. Santiago hails from Punto Fijo, Venezuela

Evansville Otter Dane Phillips will take the duties as the backstop for the West All-Stars. Phillips earned Player of the Week on June 11, 2017. Phillips offers power as well as a leader for the West. Phillips is in his third season with the Otters. So far this season with 43 games, Phillips is batting .341 with fourteen doubles, twenty-nine RBI, and nine homers.

Gateway Grizzlie Blake Brown gets his first All-Star selection since coming to the Frontier League in 2015. Brown has been the leader of the Grizzlies so far this season with two games with multiple home runs. Brown will not be too far from his hometown in Joliet as his hometown is Bloomington, Illinois. Brown leads the Gateway charge with a .306 batting average and ten homers.

Evansville will have two starting outfielders in Jeff Gardner and John Schultz. Jeff Gardner now in his second season with the Otters returns as part of the 2016 Championship team. Gardner leads the Frontier League with twelve homeruns and six doubles. Gardner joined the Otters in 2016 after spending time with the Washington Nationals organization.

John Schultz takes the final spot in the West All-Stars lineup in the outfield. Schultz will bring more experience to the roster as this is his third All-Star appearance (2013, 15). Schultz is also a 2016 Frontier League Champion. John sits on a .347 average, with eleven doubles, a triple, four homers, twenty-eight runs and thirty-two RBI. Since 2013, Schultz has a .292 batting average.

West Division Additions– The 2016 Frontier League Champions Evansville will send Alejandro Segovia (1B), Max Duval (P) and Kyano Cummings (P). First place Florence Freedom will send a handful of their own to the All-Star game including Daniel Fraga (2B), Andre Murcurio (OF), Tony Vocca (P), Jordan Kraus (P), Cody Gray (P) and Marty Anderson (P). The River City Rascals will be represented by Josh Silver (3B) and Mike Jurgella (C). Craig Massey (SS) and John Werner (P) will make an appearance for the Southern Illinois Miners. Joining Dudley and Chirino for the CornBelters will be Craig Lepre (C) and Shawn Blackwell (P). The Gateway Grizzlies will be sending Mike Elwood to the join Blake Brown.

The Washington Wild Things proclaimed “Big Red Monster” Kane Sweeney will be the starting first-baseman for the East All-Stars. Sweeney on the season is batting .338 with fourteen doubles, a triple, six homers, twenty-nine runs and thirty-three RBI. Sweeney is in his first season with the Frontier League. From 2015-2016, Sweeney spent time in the New York Yankees organizations.

Three time 2017 Player of the Week, Schaumburg Boomer Seth Spivey will be taking second base for the East. Spivey currently leads the Frontier League with a .423 batting average as well as forty-five RBI. Spivey also has nine homers. Spivey has been the most consistent part of the Schaumburg offensive surge since the beginning of the season.

Joliet Slammer Danny Zardon will be the third-baseman for the East. Zardon who is also in his first season with the Frontier League will show some of his talents as he is batting .255, with eighteen runs, eight doubles, four homers and twenty-one RBI. Before coming to the Frontier League, Zardon spent 2016 and some of 2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies organization. In his short time this season, Zardon has without a doubt gained looks from the voters across the League.

Will Kengor of the Traverse City Beach Bums will get the nod at shortstop for the East All-Stars. Kengor gets his second All-Star appearance after being voted to the game last season. Kengor continues to be one of the most reliable hitters for the Beach Bums as he is hitting .325 with forty-two RBI, twenty runs scored and eight homers.

Larry Balkwill takes the helm at the catcher spot for the East All-Stars. Balkwill joined the ThunderBolts in 2015 and has had 142 total appearances. Balkwill’s defensive leadership and consistency in the offensive side of the ball has been the reason he was voted to this year’s All-Star team. He has appeared in forty-games this season with a .268 batting average with ten doubles, a triple, and seven homers,

Juan Silva will not have leave town to join his other Slammer teammates. Silva is in his first season with the Slammers. Silva has been part of the Reds and Mariners organization. Silva is batting .327 on the season including thirty runs, ten doubles, ten homers and thirty-five RBI.

Brailin Jackson will join fellow Wild Things teammate Kane Sweeney as the second outfielder for the East. Jackson, in his first season in the Frontier League is hitting .306 and has twenty-eight runs, thirty-three RBI, eight doubles, one triple and nine homers on the season.

David Harris will be the other outfielder for the East and that makes him the second starter for the Schaumburg Boomers. Harris was named the first Player of the Week of 2017. Harris continues to dominate his plate appearances with average of .323. He has twenty-four runs and thirty-four RBI.

East Division Additions– ThunderBolts will also send Kyle Wood (1B), Brian Loconsole (P) and Scott Kuzminsky (P) to the All-Star Game. Steven Patterson (2B) will join Kengor for the Beach Bums. Mike Hill (3B), Kyle Pollock (C), Rashad Brown (OF), Trevor Foss (P), Chase Cunningham (P) and Zach Strecker (P) will all be part of the Wild Things crew. The Lake Erie Crushers will be represented by Tanner Lubach (C), Jordan Kurokawa (P) and Chandler Jagodzinski (P). Chaz Meadows (SS) and Luis Cruz (P) will be the other Slammers joining the festivities. The first-place Boomers will also send Lars Liguori (P) and Alec Kenilvort (P).

All-Star festivities include (All times are central)

Monday: All-Star Parade, downtown at Harrah’s Casino Joliet, 6:00 pm

Tuesday: Frontier League Commissioner, Bill Lee Annual Golf Outing 8:00 am -2:00 pm

Home Run Derby 7:05 pm.

Wednesday: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Luncheon 11:30 am

2017 Frontier League All-Star Game 7:00 pm

Tickets for all events are available by calling the Joliet Slammers Box Office at 815-722-2287.

About the Frontier League: The Frontier League is currently in its 25th season in 2017 and includes 12 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to Northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at the Slammers Stadium downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is a 12-team league entering its 25th season of play in 2017.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!