Four Suns selected as All-Stars

Daubach also will help manage Northern Division team

June 05, 2012

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden used to say, “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

The Hagerstown Suns won’t be on the field to start the 53rd annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but they most surely will have a hand in finishing it.

Four members of the Suns — and manager Brian Daubach — were selected as Northern Division reserves for the SAL’s exhibition on June 19 at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park in Charleston, S.C.

Third baseman Matt Skole, catcher Adrian Nieto, outfielder Caleb Ramsey and pitcher Aaron Barrett were selected to represent the Suns on the 26-man roster.

The team was selected by votes cast by team managers, coaching staffs, media members and front-office executives. The managers filled out the pitching staff.

Skole topped the Suns’ selections as one of the leaders in a number of SAL categories. The third baseman is hitting .294 and is second in home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.441) and third in RBIs (53). He leads the league in walks (51) and sacrifice flies (five).

Ramsey is hitting .299 and has committed just one error in 45 games. He has 55 hits — including four doubles, four triples and five homers — along with 32 RBIs.

Nieto enters the game as one of the league’s top offensive catchers. Nieto, a switch hitter, is hitting .261 with eight doubles and four home runs with 25 RBIs.

Barrett has been a reliable reliever for the Suns, especially late in games. He is 3-1 with a 3.05 ERA and tops Hagerstown with six saves.

Daubach returns to the All-Star Game as a coach after managing the Northern team in last year’s game. He has the Suns in second place in the Northern Division with a 33-23 record.

First-place Greensboro will send eight players to represent the Northern Division, while Hickory will send five. The Suns and Kannapolis will be represented with four each.

Lexington will send seven representatives to lead the Southern Division, while Asheville and Charleston will have five each.

— Bob Parasiliti

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