(WATERLOO, Iowa) – The excellent All-Star Game festivities that the Cleveland Indians put on last week may be over, but all-star action is still in full swing. Ryan Middendorf will continue the trend as he plays in the Northwoods League All-Star Game tomorrow evening.
The right-handed hurler has been playing for the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers and sports one of the best ERA's in the league. Through eight games and six starts, the West Chester native sports a 4-1 record with a 1.50 ERA with 42.0 innings pitched. He's struck out 33 against five walks, and has allowed just 35 hits. His ERA is second in the league, just .01 behind Andrew Hoffman of Traverse City who plays collegiately at Division I Oakland.
The Honkers play in the leagues Great Plains West Division and are 26-22 overall. They currently sit just a single game back of St. Cloud Rox, champions of the first half of the season. This year's All-Stars were chosen in a vote by the 22 member teams of the Northwoods League. Ballots were cast by each team's field staff and media contacts.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Currently in its 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind.
A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 200 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG), World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS) and MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.