NORTH ADAMS, Mass.
– Highlighted by three position players who rank among several offensive statistics on the league leader board and two of the finest relief pitchers in the league to date, North Adams will be represented by five members on the Western Division All-Star Team, the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) announced Monday.
On the offensive end, the SteepleCats will serve three position players to do battle at Montpelier Recreation Field next Sunday, July 22, in a showcase of the league’s best talent. Catcher Brett Clements (Nova Southeastern), first baseman Charlie Law (Rutgers) and center fielder Jeff Roy (URI) will represent the black and gold, while relievers Tom Bammann (Dowling) and Matt Longfield (Villanova) will bolster Western Division pitching staff.
Clements has enjoyed tremendous success at the plate over the last few weeks and ranks among the top ten in the league batting average leader board, as the junior receiver has posted a .364 average (28-for-77) with four doubles and three homers while driving in 18 runs. The Riverview, Fla., native also ranks among the top ten in on-base percentage (.467) and at one point reached base in 21 consecutive games.
A pure catalyst at the top of the SteepleCat lineup, Roy’s performance has been exactly as advertised after a stellar season with the Rhody Rams. The A-10 Player of the Year and recently tabbed College Baseball Insider All-American Honorable Mention Team member, Roy has seen time in the first three spots in the lineup over the course of the year.
Not only does he swing one of the sweetest bats on the side (.340 batting average), his speed on the base paths has made him one of the most dangerous players in the league. Roy’s 19 swiped bags not only lead the league, but are tied for former SteepleCat John Schultz (’09) for the single-season record, a mark that Roy is likely to shatter.
Rounding out the trio of position players, the imposing Law – and all 6-foot-7 of him – will provide another capable power swing at the plate for the Western Division. The Linwood, N.J., native has made just one error at first this season while offering a threat to leave the yard with every appearance at the plate. The right-hander has batted .353 (36-for-102) over 28 games and has stroked 11 doubles and five homers while driving in a team-high 29 runs.
Moving to the bullpen, the West will be bolstered by two of the best arms in the form of Bammann and Longfield. The former has posted five saves and two relief wins with no losses up until this point over a span of 14 appearances. His 1.35 ERA ranks second on the team to compliment a 2-0 record while striking out 18 and walking only two over 20 innings, as opponents have hit just .149 against the Dowling College star.
Longfield, meanwhile, has been equally dominant in addition to shouldering the greatest workload of the season indicative of his league-high 21 appearances. The southpaw owns a 5-1 record – one shy of the league lead in victories – while posting a 0.92 ERA over 19.2 innings. He has struck out 27 while yielding only five walks while opponents bat a paltry .194 against him.
The Vermont Mountaineers will host the 2012 NECBL All-Star Game on Sunday, July 22, in what will promise to be a daylong celebration of the best of the best in the league. Components of the day’s itinerary include a skills competition coordinated by MLB scouts; the 2012 Home Run Derby; a special skydiving pregame ceremony; and much, much more. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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