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Holgate, Freilich named to 2019 Northwoods League All-Star Team

Rochester, Minn. — The Northwoods League has announced the rosters for the 2019 Northwoods League All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:05 p.m. (CST) at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa.

The La Crosse Loggers will be represented by outfielder Ryan Holgate (Arizona) and relief pitcher Jared Freilich (Penn State). The left-handed hitting Holgate currently has a .288 average entering play on Friday, and is currently in third place league-wide with seven home runs and 31 RBI. Freilich leads all of the NWL in saves with nine, and has a 2.05 ERA through 22 innings pitches.

In the Great Lakes Division, the First-Half Great Lakes West Champion Madison Mallards have nine 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.

In the Great Plains Division, the Eau Claire 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 All-Stars from the Express are powered by infielder Matt Bottcher (University of Illinois at Chicago). Bottcher is hitting .389 with six doubles, 20 runs scored and 21 RBI. On the mound, the Express are led by Noah DeNoyer (San Joaquin Delta College). DeNoyer has two wins and 19 strikeouts in 16.0 innings pitched and has a sparkling 1.12 ERA.

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.

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 Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Currently in its’ 26thseason, 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.