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Five Express Selected to Northwoods League All-Star Game


Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League has announced the rosters for the 2019 Northwoods League All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 16 at 7:05 p.m. (CST) at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa. Matt Bottcher, Troy Beilsmith, Spencer Myers, Noah Denoyer, and Brannon Jordan are the five selections from the Eau Claire Express.

Matt Bottcher is currently swinging one of the hottest bats in the Northwoods League. The junior from Illinois-Chicago is hitting .389 with six doubles, 20 runs scored and 21 RBI.

Troy Beilsmith is also strong offensively, with a .341 batting average. Beilsmith has scored 39 runs and has 16 stolen bases on the season. The Evansville Ace leads the league in hit by pitches with 14.

Spencer Myers will appear in his second NWL All-Star Game as he was also selected to play in Kalamazoo last season. The Notre Dame sophomore has picked up right where he left off, hitting .301 with 26 runs and 16 RBI. Myers is also a threat on the base paths, swiping 17 bases this season.

Noah Denoyer leads the Express on the mound with a 2-0 record and 1.12 ERA. The sophomore out of San Joaquin Delta has 19 strikeouts in 16.0 innings pitched. Denoyer is 2-0 on the season in 7 appearances.

Brannon Jordan wraps up the Express All-Star selections. The sophomore from Cowley College has appeared in 6 games, tossing 15.0 innings with a 0.60 ERA and two saves. Jordan has allowed just one run in his time on the mound and has struck out 18 batters.

In the Great Plains Division, the Express and the Rochester Honkers have five selections each. The First-Half Great Plains East Champion Waterloo Bucks and the First-Half Great Plains West Champion Willmar Stingers have three selections each.

The contingent of All-Stars from Rochester features first baseman Tristan Peterson (New Mexico State University) and shortstop Evan Berkey (California State University, Bakersfield). Peterson is currently hitting .318 with six home runs, nine doubles, one triple and 24 RBI. Berkey is having an impressive season as well at the plate. Across 28 games he is hitting .336 with 15 runs scored, six stolen bases and 11 RBI.

In the Great Lakes Division, the First-Half Great Lakes West Champion Madison Mallards have eight players on the roster. Madison is led by Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina University). Bigbie is hitting .353 with eight home runs, 13 doubles and 39 RBI. On the mound, Mallard Lowell Schipper (University of Richmond) has four wins and 35 strikeouts in 31.0 innings pitched. He has a 2.32 ERA in six appearances.

Field Manager Donnie Scott and his coaching staff from the Madison Mallards will be in the dugout for the South. The First-half Great Lakes West Division Champion Mallards currently have a 25-13 overall record.

Willmar Field Manager Bo Henning and his staff will manage the Great Plains All-Stars. The First-Half Great Plains West Division Champion Stingers currently have a 22-16 overall record.

This year’s All-Stars were chosen in a vote by the 22 member teams of the Northwoods League. Ballots were cast by each team’s field staff and media contacts.

The Full 2019 Northwoods League All-Star Game Rosters can be found here: 2019 All-Star Rosters

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The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.eauclaireexpress.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Currently in its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG), World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS) and MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.