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Hermann to participate in Northwoods League Home Run Challenge

ROCHESTER, Minn.-Eau Claire Express All-Star Tyler Hermann, a utility man from UW-Milwaukee who has been up near the league lead in batting all season, will get another chance to showcase his offensive prowess in the Northwoods League Home Run Challenge. 

The event will be held Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. before the 6:45 p.m. All-Star Game, hosted by the Lakeshore Chinooks at Kapco Park in Mequon.

Five participants each from the North and the South All-Star teams will compete in a team style challenge that will begin at 4:45 p.m.

Hermann is tied with Jeff Hendrix for the Express lead with three home runs. He also has 18 RBIs and is seventh in the Northwoods League with a .339 average.

The participants in the Home Run Challenge for the North team will include Nick Rivera (Florida Gulf Coast), Willmar Stingers; Chris Paul (UC Berkeley), St. Cloud Rox; Levi Scott (UT Arlington), Mankato MoonDogs; Jeff Campbell (North Dakota), Rochester Honkers and Hermann.

For the South squad the Home Run Challenge participants will be Paul DeJong (Illinois State), Wisconsin Woodchucks; Pat Porter (Ohio State), Kenosha Kingfish; Pete Alonso (Florida), Madison Mallards; Brett Siddall (Canisius), Lakeshore Chinooks and Jared Kujawa (Western Michigan), Kalamazoo Growlers. 

These ten players have combined for 64 home runs this year.

The format will be a ten round exhibition with each half inning consisting of one of the players from the North or South team hitting.  Each player will receive five outs per half inning and the team with the most home runs at the end of the 10 rounds will be declared the winning team. The player who hits the most home runs during their at-bats will be crowned the individual champion. 

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The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit www.eauclaireexpress.com.