For the City Times
Nine inning competition will feature the top home-run hitters, including three Rafters
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Northwoods League has announced the participants for the 2017 All-Star Game Home-Run Derby which will take place before the Northwoods League All-Star Game in Wausau, Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. (CST). The Rafters have franchise-record three players selected to participate in the derby.
Infielder Christian Jones headlines the Rafters and the South Division, swatting the most home-runs by any South player this season with 12. He trails only Zach Zubia of Rochester (14) for the most homers in the league this year. Jones has five home-runs that have tied or given the Rafters a lead in a game this season.
A pair of All-Star outfielders for the Rafters are set to participate as well, as Dustin Woodcock (six) and Jake Guenther (5) join Jones at the derby. In a recent game against Kenosha on July 9th, Guenther blasted two homers, including a grand slam to help solidify his spot in the festivities. Woodcock belted his sixth homer of the year in Lakeshore last week.
Home Run Derby Participants
|Christian Jones||Wisconsin Rapids||12||Zach Zubia||Rochester||14|
|Stevie Mangrum||Wisconsin||11||Joe Genord||Waterloo||7|
|Doran Turchin||Madison||8||Jordan Hart||Rochester||6|
|Derek Bangert||Kenosha||8||David Villar||La Crosse||6|
|JD Mundy||Battle Creek||6||Nolan Bumstead||Willmar||5|
|Dustin Woodcock||Wisconsin Rapids||6||Matthew Tarantino||St. Cloud||5|
|Jake Guenther||Wisconsin Rapids||5||Scooter Bynum||Bismarck||5|
|Tom Stoffel||Battle Creek||4||Shane Selman||St. Cloud||4|
|Kyle Benyo||Green Bay||4||Ethan Valdez||Mankato||3|
The format for the Home-Run Derby:
- There will be 9 innings with each player having one half inning.
- Any team (North) player bats first in the top of the inning, and home team player next (South) in the bottom of the inning.Each player will have one half inning at bat that will consist of six outs.
- The player with the most home-runs at the end of the nine innings will be the Home-Run Derby Winner.
- The team (North or South) with the most home-runs will be announced as the winner of the team competition.