Bryan, TX – The Brazos Valley Bombers had 11 players named to the 2014 Texas Collegiate League All-Star Team Thursday. The group is made up of three infielders, two outfielders, and six pitchers, all of which will play on the North team.
Representing the Bombers in the infield will be first baseman G.R. Hinsley, shortstop Horacio Correa III, and third baseman Logan Nottebrok.
Hinsley was elected to the 2013 TCL All-Star Team and set the TCL record for RBI last season with 55. Through the first half of the season, Hinsley has posted a .319 batting average with 20 RBI, good for sixth and third in the league respectively. Correa III has batted .216 in 64 at bats, and has the third most assists on the team with 41 in addition to a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Nottebrok didn’t debut with the Bombers until June 18, but made an immediate impact offensively with two homeruns in a 6-0 victory over the Victoria Generals. Nottebrok is batting .424 in 33 at bats and has the third most RBI on the team with 11. Nottebrok is also tied for second in the league in homeruns and was named the TCL Player of the Week in week four of the season.
The pair of Bomber outfielders elected to the team was Matt Hilston and Hunter Haley. Hilston batted .258 through the halfway mark of the season and leads the league in runs scored with 28. Haley has maintained an even .300 average and leads the Bombers in extra base hits with five including three triples. Haley is also tied for third in the league in stolen bases with 16 total.
Bombers starters Garrett Harris, Cody Brannon and Zach Girrens, as well as relievers Eric Polivka, Nick Johnson and Andre Shewcraft rounded out the Bombers’ All-Star selections, giving the Bombers more pitchers on the All-Star team than any other team in the league.
Harris (4-0) has a 1.80 ERA in five starts and is tied for most wins in the league with four. Brannon (2-1) has a 3.00 ERA in three starts this season. Girrens (2-1) has a 2.92 ERA in seven appearances and has the fourth most strikeouts in the league with 35. Polivka (1-0) has posted a 0.48 ERA in 18 2/3 innings over seven relief appearances, good for the second best ERA on the team. Johnson (3-1) is tied for first in the league in games played in with 11, and is also tied for second in the league in wins with three while recording a 2.34 ERA. Shewcraft (1-0) has appeared in nine games with a 2.30 ERA in 15 2/3 innings of work.
The 2014 TCL All-Star Game presented by Cellucor, Program Insurance Group, Brazos Bingo, Sterling Auto Group and Burger King is Tuesday July 8th at 7:05 p.m. at Cellucor Field. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Brazos Bingo TCL Homerun Derby followed by an autograph session with the players along with a memorabilia auction at 6:30 p.m.
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