Four Boomers Voted to All-Star Game

Monday, July 3, 2017
By Tim Calderwood
Four Boomers Voted to All-Star Game

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, had four players voted into the Frontier League All-Star Game as announced by the league today. Joliet will host the All-Star Game on July 12.

Seth Spivey and David Harris have been named as starters. Spivey will start at second while Harris earned a nod in the outfield. Schaumburg also saw a pair of starters in 2016 with Mark Nelson in the outfield and Paul Kronenfeld as the designated hitter. Spivey and Harris have been assaulting the team’s record books in the first half of the season, directing an offense that sits second in the league in runs scored, third in average and third in hits.

Spivey has led the league in hitting by over 50 points for most of the season and is currently batting .423. Spivey leads the league with 45 RBIs and is on a league record pace for both average and RBIs. The first year Boomer, who also owns a team best nine homers, has appeared at five different positions and owns 21 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI performances. Spivey owns a 12-game and an 11-game hitting streak this year. The left-handed hitter has reached base in 22 consecutive contests and owned a 21-game streak earlier this season.

Spivey leads the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases and hits while sitting in a tie for second in doubles and runs. Opponents have held Spivey off base only twice. The utility man has earned three Frontier League Player of the Week awards this year.

Harris sits second on the team with a .323 average despite battling an injury for parts of the first month of the year which required a stint on the injured-reserve list. The right-fielder sits second on the team with six homers and 34 RBIs. Harris set the Schaumburg single game record by notching six hits in a game against Windy City on June 22, matching the league mark. The Texan also matched a team and league record with three homers in the same game while tallying a team record eight RBIs. Harris earned the first Frontier League Player of the Week award of the year after driving home 10 runs on opening weekend including six on May 14, matching a then team mark.

Joining Spivey and Harris at the game will be pitchers Lars Liguori and Alec Kenilvort. Liguori has started eight games this season and owns a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 3.14, currently 10th in the league. The lefty has ranked among the league leaders in ERA for most of the year and worked three innings out of the bullpen in a Sunday afternoon win at Lake Erie. Liguori made three starts for Schaumburg in 2016 and owns four quality starts this season. The Arizona native owns the team’s only nine-inning complete game at Normal on June 16, striking out nine.

Kenilvort joined the team on the final day of spring training and instantly jumped into the back end of the bullpen. Featuring a fastball that reached the upper-90s, the 6-6 tall Kenilvort has tallied seven saves in the first half of the season. The righty is tied for the team lead with 19 appearances and sports a 3-1 record with a 3.10 ERA. Kenilvort has struck out 27 batters in 20.1 innings. The California native struck out four in an inning at Joliet on Thursday and owns six appearances with multiple strikeouts. Kenilvort has allowed runs in just four outings this season.

The four all-stars mark the most for the Boomers since four took part in the game in 2015, when Schaumburg hosted the event. The four players voted to the game mark the second most in team history and the most since five were voted to the 2013 team. Additional all-stars will be named later this week by the managers of the game.

“We are very proud of our guys for making the All-Star team,” sixth-year Schaumburg manager Jamie Bennett said. “They’ve worked very hard and we are excited to have them represent our organization. It will be an honor to have them among such a great group of players in an outstanding league as it celebrates the 25th year.”

The Boomers, who lead the East Division and have sent two players to the affiliated ranks this season, return home for Independence Day celebrations on Monday and Tuesday night against the Southern Illinois Miners. Make the Boomers part of your plans this season by calling (847) 461-FOWL (3695). Hear all of the game action this season on AM 1410 WRMN with the voice of the Boomers, Tim Calderwood.