Hogen, Thurber, Frederick selected for All-Star game
By Scott Bellile
After the MLB players clear Miller Park on Aug. 9, three local Legion baseball players will step up to the plate to showcase their talents.
The Clintonville Diamond Cats’ Nick Hogen, New London Clippers’ Tommy Thurber and Hortonville Legion’s Reece Frederick are selections for the 2015 Wisconsin American Legion Baseball All-Star game.
Fifty-four young men will assemble for an honorary banquet on Aug. 8 and then divide among two teams for the showdown the next day.
“It is truly an All-Star game with most of Wisconsin’s best and brightest talent all on one diamond,” Clintonville Diamond Cats Coach Mark Doornink said.
The first pitch will be thrown following the conclusion of the 1:10 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers versus Los Angeles Dodgers game that day.
Nick Hogen will represent the Clintonville Diamond Cats. Doornink said Hogen has been dominant both offensively and defensively this season.
“Nick is a fun player to coach, he has a very high baseball IQ and he’s a leader in the dugout for the younger players,” Doornink said. “The entire coaching staff is excited for Nick to play at the All Star Game and congratulate him on a fine high school baseball career.”
Hogen, a 2015 Clintonville High School graduate, was a First Team All-Eastern Valley Conference selection. As a high school baseball player he led the Truckers in batting average (.400), hits (26), RBIs (25) and doubles (9).
Tommy Thurber will represent the New London Clippers.
“Tommy is well deserving of this award,” Clippers coach Jim Thorpe said. “He has put in the time to make himself a great outfielder and a spark for us on offense.
“He is a leader with his play and a very reliable center fielder with a lot of pop in his bat, and made one of the most athletic plays I’ve ever seen on a baseball diamond, hurtling a Bonduel third baseman for a hustle triple,” Thorpe added.
Thurber was named an All-Bay Conference Honorable Mention at the conclusion of the New London Bulldogs’ spring baseball season. There he posted the team’s second best batting average for the season (.348) and a .500 on-base percentage.
Reece Frederick will represent Hortonville Legion.
Frederick led Hortonville Legion in batting average (.406), on-base percentage (.537), runs (25), walks (18) and stolen bases (15).
“Reece is an extremely hard worker that loves the game of baseball,” Hortonville Legion coach Mike Pankow said. “That love of the game shows every time he steps on the field, and his tireless work ethic has turned him into a player very worthy of the honor of playing in the State All Star game.”
Frederick was named a Second Team All-Fox Valley Association selection this spring for his last baseball season with the Hortonville Polar Bears.