Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Numata, Inch to Represent Lakewood in SAL All-Star Game


According to a press release from the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, who will host the South Atlantic League All-Star game on June, 18th...

Catcher Chace Numata and reliever Steven Inch will represent the BlueClaws on the field at the 54th South Atlantic League All-Star Game, held at FirstEnergy Park on June 18th. The announcement of 50 South Atlantic League All-Stars was made Tuesday by League President Eric Krupa.

BlueClaws manager Mickey Morandini and athletic trainer Mickey Kozack have also been named to the staff of the Northern Division.

Chace Numata, Photo- Jay Floyd
Numata, a 20-year-old Hawaii native, is slumping as of late, going through a 4-for-31 (.129 avg) stretch in his last nine contests, but had sported a .298 average prior to his recent cold streak. Numata, a catcher, has slugged eight doubles, mashed two homers and driven in 20 runs in 42 games for the 'Claws. The 6-foot tall 175-pounder was selected by the Phillies in the 14th round in the 2010 draft.

Inch, the team's closer, is 1-1 with seven saves and a 2.28 ERA in 21 games this season. The 22-year-old righty was the Phils' 6th round draft choice in 2009. The Alberta, Canada native stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 205 pounds.

Morandini, a former big league All-Star with the Phillies, is in his second season managing the BlueClaws. Morandini also participated in the 1989 SAL All-Star game as a player, representing the Spartanburg Phillies.

Kozack, a Jacksonville, FL native, is in his seventh season as an athletic trainer with the Phillies organization and his sixth with the BlueClaws, according to the Phils' media guide.

Full rosters for the game can be found by clicking here. Tickets are available for the contest and the Celebrity Hitting Challenge that is set to feature baseball greats Dwight Gooden, Mitch Williams, Matt Stairs, Morandini and plenty others by visiting BlueClaws.com.
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