The Medford Rogues’ Dylan Pearce is headed to the Great West League All-Star Game, and the former Crater High standout will be joined by some of his friends.
Pearce was the lone Rogue and one of seven GWL players who were unanimous choices in voting by the league’s managers. The team was announced Monday by commissioner Ken Wilson.
Pearce will be joined by six teammates, and the All-Stars will be coached by Rogues manager Josh Hogan and his staff.
Medford, which won a league-best 40 games in the inaugural GWL season last year, is again atop the standings. The Rogues had a 29-12 record prior to Monday’s night game at Marysville.
The All-Star Game is next Monday at Nettleton Stadium in Chico, California. In a change from last year, the All-Stars will square off against the host team, the Chico Heat.
Pearce, a right-handed pitcher who has committed to play for Oregon State next year, will be joined by two other Rogues pitchers and four Medford position players.
The other pitchers are Chris Painter, also a Crater alum, and Taylor Frost.
Rogues position players selected were catcher Alex Isola, third baseman Clay Valenzuela-Reece, shortstop Davis Delorefice and outfielder Johnny DeLaCruz.
Hogan’s assistant coaches are Jeff Lyle and Christian Coronado.
The Rogues players “definitely deserved a spot,” Hogan said in a release. “I expect them to go out and represent the Rogues, wear the uniform with pride and just have fun out there.”
Hogan admitted there isn’t a lot of coaching in all-star games.
“I’m just looking forward to watching them showcase their talents, play hard and have fun,” he said, “like they usually do.”
Pearce leads the Rogues in strikeouts (38) and sports a 2.74 ERA and in 39⅓ innings pitched. He’s started seven games and is 3-0. Last year, he earned honorable mention in all-league voting.
“I feel honored,” said Pearce. “It’s a huge opportunity for me. I’m really happy to make the team and to play with some of my guys in this big event.”
Painter leads Medford with five wins, against zero losses. He’s pitched in nine games, starting two, and has an ERA of 3.50.
Frost holds the Rogues record for career saves (eight) and this summer has a 0.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13 innings.
Isola tops the Rogues with six home runs and 43 RBIs. He’s batting .355, which is tied for sixth in the GWL.
“It feels pretty good to get recognized for all the hard work and grind and sweat you put into playing in this summer league,” said Isola. “You play every day, and you just want to give your best effort out there all the time. It feels good to get some results and get some recognition.”
Valenzuela-Reece is third in the league in hitting at .373 and paces Medford with 56 hits. He’s hit safely in 18 straight games, a Rogues record.
Delorefice is fourth in the GWL with a .361 average. He has three homers, four triples, 12 doubles and has driven in 31 runs.
DeLaCruz, an all-league second-teamer last year, has a .308 average with 35 RBIs.
Lincoln led all teams with eight All-Star selections.
The other unanimous choices were Portland’s Zander Clarke, a first baseman, and pitcher Josh Hendrickson; Lincoln second baseman Isaiah Garcia and outfielder Zach Hall; and Marysville pitchers Chris Daddario and Noah Sills. Sills won’t play because he’s been shut down for the season.
Medford hosted the first GWL All-Star Game last season. The Rogues-led North team defeated the South, 6-5, before 2,467 fans.