Probable Starters Set for WCL All-Star Game

North skipper Bryan Donohue of the second-half first-place Kelowna Falcons and South head coach Grady Tweit of the Cowlitz Black Bears tabbed their West Coast League All-Star Game starting pitchers on Sunday.

Donohue announced that Walla Walla’s Easton Lucas of Pepperdine would start for the North this Tuesday at Lower Columbia College’s David Story Field.

For the summer, Lucas is 6-1 with a 1.41 ERA over 8 starts. The sophomore-to-be has walked 10 and struck out 41 over 44.2 innings pitched. At Pepperdine, Easton made 14 appearances and 13 starts for the Waves. The frosh went 3-4 and posted a 4.58 ERA over 59 innings while striking out 45.

Tweit named Yakima Valley’s Zach Draper of College of Idaho as the probable starter for the South.

Draper is 6-0 with a league-low 0.82 ERA over 9 starts for the Pippins. The lefty has tossed a league-leading 54.2 innings and struck out 46. At College of Idaho, the senior-to-be went 10-4 with a 2.30 ERA over 16 starts and 109.1 innings pitched.

The WCL’s annual mid-summer classic is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19 at David Story Field in Longview, Washington. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm. As in past years, a Home Run Derby will be held prior to the game.

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The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 12-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2015, 59 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 200 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 25 in the major leagues, such as home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (San Francisco) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay) and Josh Osich (San Francisco). Overall member attendance exceeded 400,000 in 2015. The 2016 54-game campaign opens tonight.