Johnson to Participate in NWL Home Run Derby

Mequon, WI – Chinooks 1st Baseman Matt Johnson has been selected to represent Lakeshore in next week's Northwoods League Home Run Derby.The junior from South Dakota State has five home runs on the year so far. He is currently batting .240 with 19 RBI's.

The Home Run Derby will take place next Monday night in Kenosha as the Kenosha Kingfish host this year's All-Star Festivities. Unlike typical home run derbies, this year's will take place at Kenosha's harbor on the shore of Lake Michigan. Hitters will bat from a pier extending into Lake Michigan. Sailboats from the Kenosha Yacht Club will serve as foul poles to mark the dimensions of Simmons Field and a floating barrier will mimic the outfield wall.

Nine participants from both the South and North Divisions have been chosen for the event and will feature a nine inning competition between the two divisions. Each player will represent a half inning that will consist of 6 outs. After the nine innings, the division with the most home runs will be declared the winner. An individual winner will also be crowned.

The Home Run Derby starts at 6:30pm, gates open at 5:30pm. Music from Bella Cain and fireworks will take place following the derby. The All-Star Game will take place the following day at Simmons Field in Kenosha.

The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.