Riggins set to showcase power in Northwoods League Home Run Derby

First baseman Harold Riggins (NC State) and former Mallards catcher Ben Long (UW-Milwaukee) were selected to the 2009 Northwoods League All-Star Team & both will participate in the Home Run Derby set for Tuesday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. (CST)

Madison, WI – July 14, 2009. Madison Mallards first baseman Harold Riggins (NC State) has been invited to participate in the 2009 Northwoods League Home Run Derby set for Tuesday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. (CST) at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Riggins has eight home runs and a league-leading 40 RBI on the season. He is just eight RBI short of tying the Mallards single-season RBI mark set by Rob Lyerly (Charlotte) a year ago.

Former Mallard catcher Ben Long (UW-Milwaukee) was also selected to play in the Mid-Season All-Star Game and will represent the Woodchucks in the home run competition as well.

The competition will consist of two 10-out rounds with the top 4 home run totals advancing to the second round.

The eight-person field (four from each division) will consist of: (subject to change)

North Division:
(Name, NWL team, College, & summer statistics)
Corey Jones, Rochester (Cal State Fullerton) – League-leading 12 home runs & 28 RBI
Mike O’Neill, Alexandria (USC) – 4 home runs & 14 RBI
Nick Longmire, St. Cloud (Pacific) – 4 home runs & 21 RBI
Adam Courcha, Thunder Bay (New Mexico) – 2 home runs & 9 RBI

South Division:
Harold Riggins, Madison (NC State) – 8 home runs & league-leading 40 RBI
Ben Long, Wisconsin (UW-Milwaukee) – 6 home runs & 18 RBI
Riley Henricks, Green Bay (Portland) – 4 home runs & 20 RBI
Aaron Gates, La Crosse (Pepperdine) – 4 home runs & 22 RBI