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Two Woodchucks picked for All-Star Game

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WAUSAU — Two Wisconsin Woodchucks have been picked to play in the 2018 Northwoods League All-Star Game on July 23.

Frank Frate

Relief pitcher Frank Frate (Walsh University) has a 0.35 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 25.1 innings on the bump, according to a Woodchucks news release. Returner Lenny Gwizdala (Northwood University) is the Woodchucks closer and has a 0.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts through 13 innings pitched. Gwizdala is second in the Northwoods League with eight saves.

Lenny Gwizdala

The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, July 24, at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

According to the Woodchucks:

In the South Division, the First-Half Champion Madison Mallards have eight players on the roster. Madison is led by Tyler Plantier (University of Richmond) and has 10 home runs, 10 doubles and 36 RBI. On the mound, Mallard Trace Norkus (University of North Florida) has 10 saves, two wins and has 26 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched. He has walked only eight batters and has a 0.45 ERA.

In the North Division, the Mankato MoonDogs have five selections while the Eau Claire Express, Duluth Huskies and the First-Half North Division Champion Bismarck Larks have four selections each.

The All-Stars from the MoonDogs are powered by first baseman Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State University). MacDonald is hitting .287 with 11 home runs, eight doubles, 35 runs scored and 49 RBI. On the mound, the MoonDogs are led by Jon Ludwig (Minnesota State University, Mankato) and Adam Lukas (University of Evansville). Ludwig has four wins and 40 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched and has a sparkling 1.18 ERA. Lukas has a 2.43 ERA and is tied for the league lead with five wins and is second in the league with 50 strikeouts.

The contingent of All-Stars from Bismarck features infielder Ripken Reyes (University of California, Berkeley) and catcher Mike Farnell (Murray State University). Reyes is currently hitting .312 with 10 doubles, 11 stolen bases and 15 RBI. Farnell is having an impressive season as well at the plate. Across 33 games he is hitting .314 and has four home runs, 17 runs scored and 23 RBI.

Field Manager Donnie Scott and his coaching staff from the Madison Mallards will be in the dugout for the South. The First-Half South Division Champion Mallards are holders of a league best 30-15 overall record.

Bismarck Field Manager Sean Repay and his staff will manage the North All-Stars. The First-Half North Division Champion Larks currently have a 27-18 overall record.

This year’s All-Stars were chosen in a vote by the 20 member teams of the Northwoods League. Ballots were cast by each team’s field staff and media contacts.

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