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The Northwoods League has announced the rosters for the 2011 Northwoods League All-Star Game, which will be played on Monday, July 18th at 7:05 pm (CT) at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
The Eau Claire Express and Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers are the South and North Division teams, respectively, that will be represented by the most players. Both teams finished in second place in the standings during the first half of the season. Eau Claire had seven players voted to the South Division roster, including two catchers. Nolan Clark (Yavapai) and Zac Fisher (New Mexico State) join Wisconsin Woodchuck Carlos Escobar, Jr. (Nevada) as the trio of catchers voted to the South squad. Escobar is the NWL’s leading hitter with a .374 batting average. Brainerd Lakes Area will send six players to the All-Star Game including the League’s top pitcher at the mid-point of the season. Left-hander Joe Willman (Northern Colorado) touts a league-best 0.75 ERA and a 4-0 record through 36 innings.
The Mankato MoonDogs were the North Division Champions in the first half of the season. MoonDogs’ third-year Field Manager Mike Orchard and his staff will coach the North squad in the All-Star Game and be joined by four of their players including NWL home run and RBI leader Shaun Cooper (Utah). Cooper has 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 29 games.
The Battle Creek Bombers won the first-half championship in the South Division. Bombers’ first-year manager Donnie Scott will bring his staff and five players to Witter Field, including half of the starting infield for the South. Brett Wiley (Evansville) is batting .350 and will start at second base while Troy White (Northern Illinois) brings his .315 average and 5 home runs to third base.
Florida Gulf Coast University will be represented by more Northwoods League All-Stars in 2011 than any other school. All three were voted to the North Division team. Willmar Stingers outfielder Sean Dwyer will be joined by right-handed pitchers Jason Forjet of Brainerd Lakes Area and Ricky Knapp of Willmar. Eight other schools have two players apiece.
This year’s All-Stars were chosen in a vote by the 16 member teams of the Northwoods League. Ballots were cast by each team’s field staff and media contacts.
Chris Manship C Duluth Huskies JR Kansas University
Wade Wass C Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers FR Meridian Community College (MS)
Mitchell Garver C St. Cloud River Bats SO University of New Mexico
Mike LeViseur 1B Alexandria Beetles JR Seton Hill University (PA)
Eduardo Gonzalez 1B Willmar Stingers JR Alcorn State University (MS)
Nick Judkins 2B Mankato MoonDogs JR Creighton University (NE)
Jason Leblebijian SS Willmar Stingers SO Bradley University (IL)
Dan Olinger 3B Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers FR University of Minnesota
Jeremy Boyd OF Alexandria Beetles JR Southern Polytechnic State Univ. (GA)
Chris Fritts OF Alexandria Beetles SO University of Tennessee
Steven Brault OF Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers FR Regis University (CO)
Shaun Cooper OF Mankato MoonDogs JR University of Utah
Andy Henkemeyer OF St. Cloud River Bats SO University of Minnesota
Sean Dwyer OF Willmar Stingers FR Florida Gulf Coast University
Anthony Bazzani RHP Alexandria Beetles SO Eastern Kentucky University
Casey Shiver RHP Alexandria Beetles JR Southern Polytechnic State Univ. (GA)
Jason Forjet RHP Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers JR Florida Gulf Coast University
Joe Willman LHP Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers JR University of Northern Colorado
Kye Winter RHP Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers SO Augustana College (SD)
Joey Novak RHP Duluth Huskies SO Harvard University (MA)
Matt Mazzoni RHP Mankato MoonDogs JR Fresno Pacific University (CA)
Blake Schwartz RHP Mankato MoonDogs JR Minnesota State University, Mankato
Nick Dolsky RHP Rochester Honkers SO University of Nebraska
Brad Delatte LHP Thunder Bay Border Cats JR Nicholls State University (LA)
John Straka RHP Thunder Bay Border Cats SO North Dakota State University
Tanner Banks LHP Willmar Stingers FR Salt Lake Community College (UT)
Ricky Knapp RHP Willmar Stingers FR Florida Gulf Coast University
Carlos Escobar, Jr. C Wisconsin Woodchucks SO University of Nevada
Nolan Clark* C Eau Claire Express SO Yavapai College (AZ)
Zac Fisher C Eau Claire Express SO New Mexico State University
Josh Scheffert 1B Eau Claire Express SO University of Nebraska
Nate Theunissen 1B Madison Mallards JR Central Michigan University
Brett Wiley 2B Battle Creek Bombers FR University of Evansville (IN)
Ty Forney SS Eau Claire Express JR New Mexico State University
Troy White 3B Battle Creek Bombers JR Northern Illinois University
Cameron Perkins 3B Waterloo Bucks SO Purdue University (IN)
Dan Dispensa OF Battle Creek Bombers SO Western Illinois University
Daniel Rockett OF Battle Creek Bombers SO University of Texas at San Antonio
Ryan Shober OF Eau Claire Express SO University of Illinois at Chicago
Billy Moon OF Green Bay Bullfrogs SO Gonzaga University (WA)
Jordan Owen OF Madison Mallards JR University of Tennessee at Martin
Davis Hendrickson OF Waterloo Bucks SO University of Illinois
Ben Ballantine RHP Battle Creek Bombers SO University of Michigan
Ben Kincaid RHP Eau Claire Express JR Minnesota State University, Mankato
Miguel Silva* RHP Eau Claire Express FR Yavapai College (AZ)
John Colella RHP Green Bay Bullfrogs SO College of the Holy Cross (MA)
Tim Giel RHP Green Bay Bullfrogs SO Columbia University (NY)
Erik Schoenrock LHP La Crosse Loggers FR University of Memphis (TN)
Brando Tessar RHP La Crosse Loggers FR University of Oregon
Matt Milroy RHP Madison Mallards SO University of Illinois
Rusty Shellhorn LHP Madison Mallards JR Texas Tech University
Chase Stevens RHP Waterloo Bucks SO Seminole State College (OK)
Mike Wisecarver LHP Waterloo Bucks JR Nicholls State University (LA)
Skylar Debilzen RHP Wisconsin Rapids Rafters SO University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Tom Briner RHP Wisconsin Woodchucks JR University of California, Davis
Ryan Iverson RHP Wisconsin Woodchucks JR University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
*Will not play
The 2011 Northwoods League All-Star Game festivities kick off on Sunday, July 17th, the day before the game. At 2 pm it’s the Marshfield Clinic Home Run Health Fest. That will be followed by the Northwoods League Home Run Derby at 4:30. The Field of Dreams Ghost Players game will begin at 6:05. On Monday, July 18th, the festivities begin at noon with the All-Star Luncheon at Hotel Mead featuring Hall of Famer Paul Molitor. The All-Stars will participate in a scouting combine during the afternoon. Gates will open at Witter Field at 6:00 for the 17th annual Northwoods League All-Star Game, which starts at 7:05.
The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any Summer Collegiate Baseball League in North America.