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South Atlantic League Announces Rosters For 50th Annual All-Star Game

June 8, 2009 - South Atlantic League (SAL)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL-Eric Krupa, president of the South Atlantic League, has announced the rosters for the 50th Annual SAL All-Star Game, scheduled to be played on June 23, 2009, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia.

For the Northern Division, the Hickory Crawdads and Lakewood BlueClaws tied for the team-high number of representatives, at six apiece. Lakewood's Anthony Gose will start in center field while Hickory's Michael Bianucci will be in right field. Greensboro places four players on the team, including Ben Lasater at first base and Paul Gran at third base. Host West Virginia provides three players, including shortstop Chase D'Arnaud and designated hitter Calvin Anderson. Delmarva, Hagerstown, Kannapolis, and Lake County each provide two players. Each team claims one of the starting spots, with Delmarva's Richard Zagone being voted in as the starting pitcher, Derek Norris from Hagerstown as the catcher, Tyler Kuhn from Kannapolis will be in left field and Lake County's Karexon Sanchez will be at second base.

Lakewood manager Dusty Wathan will skipper the Northern Division All-Stars. Wathan is in his first season in the league, having managed in Williamsport (New York-Penn League) in 2008. Wathan will be assisted by West Virginia manager Gary Green, Kannapolis manager Ernie Young, Lakewood coach Tim Gradoville, and West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson. West Virginia's Keito Homma will serve as the team's trainer.

For the Southern Division, the Greenville Drive led the division with five players, including starting pitcher Casey Kelly and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Asheville, Charleston and Savannah each have four representatives, and each team provides two starters. Asheville's Jordan Pacheco will be the catcher and Scott Robinson will be in center field. Charleston sends Melky Mesa in right field and Daniel Brewer as the designated hitter. Savannah starters include Joshua Satin at second base and Sean Ratliff in left field. Lexington and Rome each send three players, with Lexington's Ebert Rosario starting at third base. Augusta and Bowling Green contribute two players each, with Bowling Green's Tim Beckham named as the starting shortstop.

Greenville skipper Kevin Boles will manage the Southern Division squad. Currently in his ninth season as a manager, and second with the Drive, Boles was on the staff of the Southern Division for the 2008 All-Star Game. Joining Boles on the Southern Division coaching staff will be Charleston manager Torre Tyson, Charleston pitching coach Jeff Ware, Greenville hitting coach Billy McMillon, Greenville pitching coach Bob Kipper and Lexington pitching coach Charley Taylor. Handling the trainer's duties will be Augusta's James Petra.

Both all-star teams will be represented by 27 players, selected by the votes of the team's managers and coaching staffs, local media and front office executives. Appalachian Power Park will host its first SAL All-Star game. The city of Charleston, WV last hosted the game back in 1989 at Watt Powel Park. The annual SAL All-Star Game dates to 1960, when the All-Stars defeated the Salisbury club, 6-2, in Newton, N.C.

"Once again, the talent that will be showcased in this game will be tremendous," said Krupa. "The expectations of the fans are high, and I believe they will have a fun time during this exciting event. Executive Vice President Andy Milovich, General Manager Joe Payne and the staff in West Virginia have been working for a long time to live up to the tradition and host one of the most anticipated events on our baseball calendar."

A variety of events, nicknamed the 2009 All-Star Jamboree, have been scheduled in Charleston along with the SAL All-Star Game. A Country Road Trip during the day on Monday, June 22nd will offer whitewater rafting, tree-top canopy tour, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing and fishing. A Downtown Hoedown is slated for Monday evening in downtown Charleston in conjunction with "Festiv-ALL," the yearly city-wide arts and entertainment festival. An Energy Tour is scheduled for Tuesday morning, and will include a trip to an active mountain top mining operation and underground coal mine. A tour of the John Amos Power plant will conclude the trip that will allow the participants to see the journey of how coal is turned into electricity. The All-Star Game is scheduled to begin at 7:35pm on Tuesday, June 23rd.

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2009 SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE ALL-STAR ROSTERS

POSITION

NORTHERN DIVISION

MANAGER

Dusty Wathan

Lakewood

COACH

Gary Green

West Virginia

COACH

Tim Gradoville

Lakewood

COACH

Ernie Young

Kannapolis

COACH

Jeff Johnson

West Virginia

PITCHERS

Richard Zagone

Delmarva

Tyler Cloyd

Lakewood

Justin DeFratus

Lakewood

Johnny Dorn

Greensboro

Rudy Owens

West Virginia

Yoon-Hee Nam

Hickory

Peter Andrelczyk

Greensboro

Dan Remenowsky

Kannapolis

Alexander Perez

Lake County

Marcos Frias

Hagerstown

Brian Rosenberg

Lakewood

Martin Perez

Hickory

CATCHERS

Derek Norris

Hagerstown

Doug Hogan

Hickory

Travis D'Arnaud

Lakewood

FIRST BASEMAN

Ben Lasater

Greensboro

SECOND BASEMAN

Karexon Sanchez

Lake County

THIRD BASEMAN

Paul Gran

Greensboro

SHORTSTOP

Chase D'Arnaud

West Virginia

UTILITY INFIELDER

Erik Morrison

Hickory

UTILITY INFIELDER

Harold Garcia

Lakewood

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Bianucci

Hickory

CENTER FIELD

Anthony Gose

Lakewood

LEFT FIELD

Tyler Kuhn

Kannapolis

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

David Paisano

Hickory

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Ronnie Welty

Delmarva

DESIGNATED HITTER

Calvin Anderson

West Virginia

TRAINER

Keito Homma

West Virginia

POSITION

SOUTHERN DIVISION

MANAGER

Kevin Boles

Greenville

COACH

Torre Tyson

Charleston

COACH

Billy McMillon

Greenville

COACH

Jeff Ware

Charleston

COACH

Bob Kipper

Greenville

COACH

Charley Taylor

Lexington

PITCHERS

Casey Kelly

Greenville

Jeffrey Kaplan

Savannah

Robert Bono

Lexington

Hector Noesi

Charleston

Christian Friedrich

Asheville

Ezekiel Spruill

Rome

Pat Venditte

Charleston

Ross Seaton

Lexington

Daniel Runzler

Augusta

Jimmy Johnson

Savannah

Armando Zerpa

Greenville

Chris Andujar

Bowling Green

CATCHERS

Jordan Pacheco

Asheville

Tim Federowicz

Greenville

Jesus Sucre

Rome

FIRST BASEMAN

Anthony Rizzo

Greenville

SECOND BASEMAN

Joshua Satin

Savannah

THIRD BASEMAN

Ebert Rosario

Lexington

SHORTSTOP

Tim Beckham

Bowling Green

UTILITY INFIELDER

James Cesario

Asheville

UTILITY INFIELDER

Juan Perez

Augusta

RIGHT FIELD

Melky Mesa

Charleston

CENTER FIELD

Scott Robinson

Asheville

LEFT FIELD

Sean Ratliff

Savannah

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

David Mailman

Greenville

UTILITY OUTFIELDER

Luis Sumoza

Rome

DESIGNATED HITTER

Daniel Brewer

Charleston

TRAINER

James Petra

Augusta

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