Eller to Participate in Boise Summer League All-Star Game

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By Adam Bagni

Boise, Idaho ----- Huntingdon senior Kyle Eller has been named to the Boise Summer League Sawtooth All-Star Team and has been selected to participate in the Home Run Derby, the league officially announced following its games on Friday evening.

Both the All Star Game and the Home Run Derby will be held on Monday, July 13, with the Derby being held at 1 p.m. CST and the contest between the Sawtooth’s and the Owyhee. Each of the six teams in the league put six members on the All Star squad.

“It is a great honor to have an opportunity to play again the best the league has to offer,” Eller said. “I got off to a good start and that really carried me during the first half of the season. Heading into the second half of the year, I would like to continue to improve my base stealing. Lately, I have been struggling to get on base and those two things go hand-in-hand.”

Through 14 games this season with the BSL’s Outlaws (7-7), Eller ranks fourth on the squad with a .368 batting average, while tying for the team-lead in hits with 21 and pacing the team with a .561 slugging percentage. He also hit a home run in his first game with the team and is a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases. Eller has added four doubles, two triples, seven walks and has been hit by five pitches.

In addition to his efforts offensively, Eller has also been efficient on the mound for the Outlaws. The Birmingham native has made seven appearances and sports a 1-2 record and an earned run average of 3.27. He has also recorded a save, while posting 12 strike outs in 11.0 innings pitched. In three seasons with the Hawks, Eller pitched only 1.0 inning during his freshman campaign.

A three-year starter at Huntingdon, Eller sports a .361 career batting average, while hitting 11 home runs and driving in 96 runs. He has also scored 122 runs, while successfully stealing 33 bases. He has added 29 doubles, 5 triples and will enter his final season with the Hawks with 165 career base hits.

“This has been a tremendous opportunity for me,” Eller continued. “I have had a chance to meet other players from all around the country and more importantly, learn from them. The whole experience has been a blast.”

The Boise Summer League is a wooden bat league consisting of six teams and featuring players affiliated with the NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and Junior Colleges. The 2009 All-Star Game roster consists of three Division I athletes, nine Division II, four Division III, six NAIA and 14 Junior College athletes.

Additional information about the Boise Summer League can be found at www.boisesummerleague.net.

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