2015 WCL All-Star Game coaches Jeff James of Bellingham and Brooke Knight of Corvallis announced the probable starting pitchers for Monday’s mid-summer classic at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, Washington.
James named Bells’ ace Andrew Kemmerer of Central Arkansas the North starter. Kemmerer, a senior-to-be from Issaquah, Washington, has made six starts and logged 37 innings for Bellingham and is 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA.
Knight named Knights’ right-hander Slater Lee of Cal Poly the South starter. Lee, a junior-to-be from Carlsbad, California, has made 7 appearances, 5 starts and logged 37.2 innings for Corvallis and is 1-1 with a 2.62 ERA.
Two incoming freshmen were selected to participate in the 2015 WCL All-Star Game presented by John Howie Restaurants – infielder Cadyn Grenier of Bend and pitcher Mickey Walker of Klamath Falls. Check out the below contributed article for more info on the two rising freshmen.
All-Star Game festivities on Monday, July 20th will kick off with a Home Run Derby starting at 5:30 p.m. First pitch for the All-Star Game will take place at 7:05 p.m. Gates will open to the general public at 4:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive an All-Star Game logo baseball, presented by John Howie Restaurants. The game will be followed by a post-game awards ceremony and a fireworks show (provided local burn bans are lifted).
Former big league pitcher Jamie Moyer and Seattle Mariners director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara will attend the WCL All-Star Game and throw out cermonial first pitches. They will also speak to the all-star coaches and players at the WCL All-Star Game luncheon being held earlier in the day.
For more info on the 2015 All-Star Game and to get tickets, please visit: www.bellinghambells.com
Two Incoming Freshmen Named to the South Division All-Star Team
by Bob Webster
Two young men who just two months ago were playing high school baseball have been named West Coast League All-Stars. Cadyn Grenier of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas plays shortstop for the Bend Elks and Mickey Walker of McNary High School in Keizer, Oregon pitches for the Klamath Falls Gems.
Cadyn Grenier hit .472 with four home runs and 65 runs scored for Bishop Gorman. He will be playing baseball at Oregon State University in 2016.
Grenier received a call from the St. Louis Cardinals asking if he would sign if they drafted him #23 overall in this year’s MLB June draft. When the Cardinals couldn’t match his asking price, the OSU commit decided that playing for the Beavers for at least three years was his best option. He was eventually drafted in the 21st round by the Cardinals and reported to Bend to start his college career.
In 28 games for the Bend Elks this season, Grenier is hitting .383 with 3 home runs, 10 stolen bases and 22 RBIs.
Mickey Walker will be attending St. Martin’s University this fall on an athletic and academic scholarship. The McNary High School graduate was named Salem Area Athlete of the Year, unanimous selection first-team All-League, Team MVP and Most Outstanding Pitcher.
Walker has made 7 starts and logged 39 innings for the Gems and is 1-5 with a 4.11 ERA.