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Five Suns, LeCroy selected to All-Star team

June 08, 2010
  • Hagerstown pitcher Dan Rosen- baum will start for the Northern Division in the SAL All-Star Game.
By Kelly Hahn Johnson, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- Television has Kate Plus Eight.

Now, the South Atlantic League has Matt plus five.

Hagerstown manager Matt LeCroy and five members of the Suns were selected to Northern Division team for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 22 in Hickory, N.C.

LeCroy will serve as a coach while pitcher Dan Rosenbaum, third baseman Steven Souza and left fielder Destin Hood were all voted to be in the starting lineup. Catcher Sandy Leon and pitcher Trevor Holder earned spots as reserves.

"It is a great accomplishment for all of them," said LeCroy, who is in his second year as Hagerstown's manager. "All of them had real good first halves and I was proud that they chose them."

With five representatives, Hagerstown tied Hickory and Kannapolis for sending the most players to the Northern team.

Rosenbaum earned the start for the North with his 1-3 record and 1.85 ERA in 12 starts, allowing 11 walks and striking out 56. He was named SAL pitcher of the week on May 17 after 14 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts.

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"It is quite an accomplishment," said Rosenbaum. "It's my first year and I'm really excited about it. The fact we have a lot of players going and LeCroy is going it's going to be a lot of fun."

Souza has eight home runs -- nearly half of the Suns team total -- and 44 RBIs, third-best in the SAL. He is one of two players in the SAL to play all 58 games of the season.

Hood has hit .286 with 32 RBIs in 56 games, including a .356 average and 14 RBIs in April. He was chosen as the starting left fielder for the game.

Holder has been dominant at times in his 11 starts, with a 4-3 record and 2.97 ERA. He leads the SAL in least walks allowed per nine innings (six in 60 2/3 innings). From May 17-24, Holder was 4-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

The switch-hitting Leon is hitting .299, including .387 against left-handers, and has drawn 23 walks. In 44 games behind the plate, Leon has allowed only three passed balls and thrown out 60 percent of base stealer (27 of 45), the only catcher in the league better than 50 percent.

LeCroy, who will assist Hickory manager Bill Richardson in the game, has led the Suns to a 30-28 record this season and is 56-78 in his two years as Suns manager.

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