West Coast League All-Star Game managers Ed Knaggs of Wenatchee (North) and Mitch Karraker of Klamath Falls (South) announced their starting pitchers for this Monday’s WCL midsummer classic at Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
The host South will start Corvallis Knights right-hander Jackson Lockwood of University of Portland while the North team will counter with Bellingham Bells ace Seth Martinez of Arizona State.
The two hurlers faced off last night at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham with Martinez getting the best of Lockwood as the sophomore-to-be tossed 7 scoreless innings to earn the win while facing the minimum (21 batters) and allowing only one hit as the West Division-leading Bells beat the South Division-leading Knights 4-0.
Martinez is 4-0 over 6 starts and has posted a 2.62 ERA for Bellingham. Lockwood leads the WCL in wins with 6. The junior-to-be right-hander is 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA. The Knights’ ace has struck out 34 over 39 innings pitched; Martinez has struck out 31 over 37.2 innings.
Seth went 5-0 with a 4.32 ERA for the Sun Devils this past spring, making 12 appearances and 7 starts, while Jackson went 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA for the Pilots, making 16 appearances and 5 starts.
First pitch is set for 6:35 pm on Monday, July 21st. The WCL All-Star Game HR Derby starts at 5:10 pm. For more info on WCL All-Star Game events, click here.
The WCL All-Star Game was established in 2006. It’s inaugural host was Wenatchee. In 2007 and 2008, the ASG was held in Bellingham and Moses Lake, respectively, before taking a brief hiatus. The All-Star Game was brought back in 2011, and hosted by Corvallis at Goss Stadium. In 2012, Walla Walla hosted and last summer the Victoria HarbourCats set a league single-game attendance record at the 2013 All-Star Game by drawing 4,210 to Royal Athletic Park.
Other WCL All-Star Game news:
* Medford catcher Tanner Lubach of Nebraska left the Rogues. He will be replaced on the South roster by Kitsap catcher Ryan Matranga of San Francisco.
* Yakima Valley pitcher Brandon Williams of Central Washington has been replaced on the North roster by Victoria’s Logan Lombana of Long Beach State.
For a complete listing of WCL All-Star Game rosters, please click here.