July 21, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A trio of Tennessee baseball rising sophomores competing for the Mat-Su Miners in the Alaska Baseball League have been named ABL All-Stars. Both infielder A.J. Simcox and outfielder Christin Stewart will play for the North Team at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage tonight at 9 p.m. ET., while right-handed pitcher Trevor Bettencourt earned All-Star status but will not compete.
Sitting in a tie for second place in the league with three home runs through 30 games, Stewart is also an automatic qualifier for the ABL Home Run Derby, which will take place at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.
Simcox and Stewart currently rank first and second, respectively, in the league's batting title race. Simcox is hitting .342 for the summer, while Stewart follows closely at .339. Stewart also leads the league in doubles (12) and RBI (28), while Simcox holds the lead in hits (40) and runs scored (24).
On the hill, Bettencourt is 3-1 through seven starts with a 2.42 earned run average. The San Jose, Calif., native ranks second in the league in both innings pitched (41.0) and strikeouts (35).
Winners of six straight, the Mat-Su Miners currently lead the Alaska Baseball League with a 19-11 record.
Tonight's ABL Home Run Derby and All-Star Game will be broadcast live online at this link.