|July 5, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – On Sunday four Rockford RiverHawks players were named to the 2009 Frontier League West Division’s all-star team.
Outfielder Jason James will join pitchers John Muller, Tanner Watson and Kyle Wright in representing the ‘Hawks as they host the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 15, at Road Ranger Stadium.
Players were voted to the team by Frontier League managers, coaches, broadcasters and writers. The manager of each division leader as of the end of play on July 8, 2009, manages each division’s all-star team.
James, a previous two-time all-star (2007, 2008), will be a starting outfielder. James is the league leader in batting average (.446), hits (70), and on-base percentage (.492). He currently has a league-best hitting streak of 30 games, which ties the league record for a single season.
Watson (3-0, 2.70) returned to the RiverHawks in June, the team with which he previously spent three seasons (2005-2007). Watson has no losses in his four appearances this season, all as a starter. He is the Frontier League active wins leader with 26 career victories.
Wright (4-1, 2.22) is among the league leaders for best ERA, strikeouts (51), and innings pitched (56 2/3). Wright pitched at least five innings in each of his eight starts this season and has one complete game victory. This is his first nomination to the All-Star team.
Muller (1-3, 2.89) played the role of closer for the RiverHawks this season. He is tied for second in the Frontier League with nine saves. This is his first appearance on the All-Star team.
Tickets are available for the All-Star festivities at Road Ranger Stadium on July 14 – 15, 2009. Tuesday, July 14 will feature a Cubs/Sox Legends game at 6:00 p.m. and the Frontier League Home Run Derby at 8:30 p.m. The All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the All-Star Game are $15. A two-day pass for all events at Road Ranger Stadium is $25.
In addition to James, the West Division starting lineup for the 2009 All-Star Game will include first baseman Charlie Lisk (Gateway), second baseman Gilberto Mejia (Windy City), third baseman Ryan Wehrle (River City), shortstop Tony Roth (Southern Illinois), outfielders Chris Colton (River City) and Joseph Scaperotta (Gateway), catcher Zach Aakhus (Windy City) and designated hitter Chad Maddox (River City).
The East Division starting lineup will feature first baseman Jimmy Baker (Midwest), second baseman Billy Mottram (Florence), third baseman Andrew Davis (Lake Erie), shortstop Roberto Mena (Midwest), outfielders Brandon Anderson (Kalamazoo), Ryan Basham (Florence), and Tim Binkoski (Lake Erie), catcher Justin Pickett (Florence) and designated hitter Gordon Gronkowski (Lake Erie). (See below for a complete list of all-stars.)
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.
Below is the complete list of 2009 Frontier League All-Stars:
1B Jimmy Baker – Midwest
2B Billy Mottram – Florence
3B Andrew Davis – Lake Erie
SS Brad Hough – Florence (Tie)
Roberto Mena – Midwest
INF Joe Ramos – Kalamazoo
INF Grant Psomas – Washington
OF Brandon Anderson – Kalamazoo
OF Ryan Basham – Florence
OF Tim Binkoski – Lake Erie
OF Luke Hetherington – Lake Erie
DH Gordon Gronkowski – Lake Erie
C Justin Pickett – Florence
C Jett Ruiz – Kalamazoo
P James Albury – Midwest
P Demetrius Banks – Florence
P Brett Bostelman – Traverse City
P John Brownell – Kalamazoo
P Paul Fagan – Lake Erie
P Tommy Mejia – Kalamazoo
P Nick Peterson – Washington
P Jeff Williams – Traverse City
1B Charlie Lisk – Gateway
2B Gilberto Mejia – Windy City
3B Ryan Wehrle – River City
SS Tony Roth – Southern Illinois
INF Brad Miller – Southern Illinois
INF Javier Brown – Evansville
OF Chris Colton – River City
OF Steve Holdren – Gateway
OF Jason James – Rockford
OF Joseph Scaperotta – Gateway
DH Chad Maddox – River City
C Zach Aakhus – Windy City
C Frank Meade – Evansville
P Dylan Axelrod – Windy City
P Ryan Bird – Southern Illinois
P Jason Lowey – River City
P Josh Lowey – River City
P John Muller – Rockford
P Ross Stout – Windy City
P Tanner Watson – Rockford
P Chris Wiman – Southern Illinois
P Kyle Wright – Rockford
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