NORTH ADAMS - Five North Adams SteepleCats have earned a trip to Vermont for the New England College Baseball League All-Star game.
Jeff Roy, Charlie Law, Brett Clements, Matt Longfield and Tom Bammann have all been selected to represent the Western Division in Sunday's game.
Roy will be a starter in the Western Division outfield. Tom Bammann was selected as the division's closer, while Longfield will come out of the bullpen earlier. Charlie Law and Brett Clements were both named to the team as reserves.
Roy currently leads the league in steals with 19. He has a rare combination of power and speed, as he is hitting .343 with 10 doubles and 26 hits so far on the season.
Longfield and Bammann have been a powerful one-two punch out of the bullpen for the SteepleCats and manager Bryan Adamski. In 19 2 3 innings pitched, Longfield has allowed just two earned runs for an ERA of 0.92. He has recorded 27 strikeouts this season and was named the NECBL pitcher of the week this past week. The past week has been a small sample of his entire season. He pitched 5 1 3 innings, and struck out 10 of the 20 hitters he faced. The southpaw has earned five victories on the season.
Bammann has also been lights out for the SteepleCats in the late innings. He is second in the league with five saves, and has recorded an ERA of 1.35 in 20 innings. He has allowed just three earned runs while striking out opponents 18 times.
Law, a first baseman,
Clements has been reliable as the SteepleCats catcher and as the No. 4 hitter. The 5-foot-9-inch catcher is hitting .364 on the season with four doubles, three home runs and 28 hits. He has driven in 18 runs. Clements has made just one error behind the plate this season.
The first-place Keene Swamp Bats will have nine all-stars, while the host, Vermont Mountaineers, will have seven on the roster. The Danbury Westerners will send six players to Vermont, while the last place Holyoke Blue Sox will send just two.