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TCL Announces Rosters for 2012 All-Star Game

 

 

TCL Announces Rosters for 2012 All-Star Game

The Texas Collegiate League has announced the players invited to its annual showcase event, this year being held in Victoria

 

The Texas Collegiate League has announced the North and South rosters for the 2012 TCL All-Star Game presented by the University of Houston-Victoria. The Victoria Generals will host the event on Monday, July 9, at Riverside Stadium.

As it has the last two years, the TCL will use a North-South format to divide the league for the All-Star Game. The host Generals lead the South stars, joined by the Acadiana Cane Cutters and the Woodlands Strykers.

The North is made up of players from the Alexandria Aces, Brazos Valley Bombers, Texas Marshals and East Texas Pump Jacks, the league’s first-half champions.

Among the all-stars are six players voted Player or Pitcher of the Week in the first month of the season. The league’s top six hitters and five of the top six sluggers have all received invites as well. The TCL’s top hurlers, including the top-three ERA’s, four of the top-five win totals, and the league leader in strikeouts, will also be in Victoria on Monday.

The host Generals boast the most all-stars with nine, including returning all-star and the TCL’s all-time hit king, Chad Kruse. Kruse was selected to start for the South at second base, the only infield position in which a member of the Cane Cutters wasn’t chosen to start.

Acadiana starters in the infield include catcher Mitchell Nau, first baseman Adam Seal, third baseman Gabe Woods, and shortstop Isaac Rodriguez.

By comparison, the North starting infield is more varied in its composition. Catching is Week One Player of the Week Braden Mattson, with teammate and league home run leader Brennyn Smith getting the nod at third base. Alexandria teammates Lucas Quary and Jami Rachal will start at first base and shortstop, respectively.

Holding down second base for the North is returning all-star Kirby Pellant from the Pump Jacks, the Week Two Player of the Week.

Five different teams had an outfielder voted into the starting lineup, with only the Generals placing two. Victoria teammates Billy Richard and Jude Vidrine will be joined in the South outfield by the Strykers’ Ricardo Sanchez. Alexandria’s Nathan Hale, the Pump Jacks’ Tyler Sullivan, and Myles Parmafrom Brazos Valley comprise the starting outfield for the North.

Starting at designated hitter for the North is Hayden Simerly from the Marshals, with the Strykers’ Michael Aquino starting for the South.

The South’s reserves include catcher Eric Weiss and infielder Trace Knoblauch, both from Victoria, along with infielder Carter Burgess from The Woodlands and Acadiana’s Braxton Lee in the outfield.

Backing up the North are catcher K.J. Alexander and infielder Wes Jones from the Marshals, East Texas infielder R.J. Santigate, and Bombers outfielder Brandon Wood.

Voted onto the South staff are right-hander Jordan Pacheco, the Week One Pitcher of the Week, and left-hander and second-time all-star Covey Morrow. They’ll be joined by fellow Generals Dillon Newman and Trae Davis.

Filling out the South staff are three hurlers from The Woodlands – Derrick HadleyAlex Palsha and Talan Roepcke – along with two Cane Cutters,Ben Suit and Kelby Langston.

Like the South, the North staff boasts four pitchers from one squad. East Texas left-hander Kyle Kubat and closer Jason Jester were both voted in, and they’re joined by relievers Jeff Stovall and Gerardo Esquivel.

Alexandria righty Nathan Aultman was voted to the staff, where he’ll be joined by teammate Zach Rodgers. The Bombers placed two in the North bullpen: Franco Pace and Derek Mazzio. Marshals hurler Storm Griffin completes the North pitching staff.

Two-time TCL Coach of the Year Chris Clemons will lead the South, while East Texas head coach Ben Taylor will be at the helm for his third-straight All-Star Game.

Prior to the game, one entrant from each team will participate in the TCL Home Run Derby presented by Victoria Nissan. Each hitter will be paired with a randomly-selected fan who could win $10,000 if the slugger drives a home run through a target over the Victoria Nissan sign in the outfield during the first round.

Last year’s All-Star Game was won by the South, 7-4. The Bombers, who at the time were part of the South squad, hosted the event, with hometown heroJordan Hammerman picking up the MVP award. Nick Smelser won the pre-game Home Run Derby.

For more information on the 2012 TCL All-Star Game presented by the University of Houston-Victoria and to purchase tickets, visitwww.victoriagenerals.com or contact the Generals at (361) 485-9522.

 

 

Rosters for the 2012 TCL All-Star Game presented by the University of Houston-Victoria

(players listed in bold were selected starters)

 

 

North

     

South

 
 

Player

 

Team

 

Pos

     

Player

 

Team

 

Pos

 
 

Mattson, Braden

 

BVB

 

C

     

Nau, Mitchell

 

ACA

 

C

 
 

Alexander, K.J.

 

TEX

 

C

     

Weiss, Eric

 

VIC

 

C

 
 

Quary, Lucas

 

ALE

 

1B

     

Seal, Adam

 

ACA

 

1B

 
 

Pellant, Kirby

 

ETPJ

 

2B

     

Kruse, Chad

 

VIC

 

2B

 
 

Smith, Brennyn

 

BVB

 

3B

     

Woods, Gabe

 

ACA

 

3B

 
 

Rachal, Jami

 

ALE

 

SS

     

Rodriguez, Isaac

 

ACA

 

SS

 
 

Jones, Wes

 

TEX

 

IF

     

Burgess, Carter

 

WOO

 

IF

 
 

Santigate, R.J.

 

ETPJ

 

IF

     

Knoblauch, Trace

 

VIC

 

IF

 
 

Hale, Nathan

 

ALE

 

OF

     

Richard, Billy

 

VIC

 

OF

 
 

Sullivan, Tyler

 

ETPJ

 

OF

     

Sanchez, Ricardo

 

WOO

 

OF

 
 

Parma, Myles

 

BVB

 

OF

     

Vidrine, Jude

 

VIC

 

OF

 
 

Wood, Brandon

 

BVB

 

OF

     

Lee, Braxton

 

ACA

 

OF

 
 

Simerly, Hayden

 

TEX

 

DH

     

Aquino, Michael

 

WOO

 

DH

 
 
                           
 

Aultman, Nathan

 

ALE

 

RHP

     

Pacheco, Jordan

 

VIC

 

RHP

 
 

Kubat, Kyle

 

ETPJ

 

LHP

     

Morrow, Covey

 

VIC

 

LHP

 
 

Jester, Jason

 

ETPJ

 

Relief

     

Langston, Kelby

 

ACA

 

Relief

 
 

Esquivel, Gerardo

 

ETPJ

 

Pitcher

     

Newman, Dillon

 

VIC

 

Pitcher

 
 

Griffin, Storm

 

TEX

 

Pitcher

     

Hadley, Derrick

 

WOO

 

Pitcher

 
 

Pace, Franco

 

BVB

 

Pitcher

     

Suit, Ben

 

ACA

 

Pitcher

 
 

Mazzio, Derek

 

BVB

 

Pitcher

     

Roepcke, Talan

 

WOO

 

Pitcher

 
 

Rodgers, Zach

 

ALE

 

Pitcher

     

Palsha, Alex

 

WOO

 

Pitcher

 
 

Stovall, Jeff

 

ETPJ

 

Pitcher

     

Davis, Trae

 

VIC

 

Pitcher

 
 



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