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Four Smitties Earn NYCBL All-Star Honors

By:Jordan Doroshenko | July 07, 2017

SHERRILL, N.Y. – Four members of the Sherrill Silversmiths were named to the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Team, as announced Friday morning by the league office.

First baseman Michael Wroth (American International College), infielder Jake Coro (Southern New Hampshire University), outfielder Kingley Ballao (San Jacinto North), and catcher Craig Sandford (Hamilton College) will be going to the midsummer classic Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at historic Bradner Stadium, home of the Olean Oilers.

Wroth has played in 25 games this season for the Smitties, hitting at a .256 clip with 23 hits in 90 at-bats. Wroth is fourth on the team with four home runs and has driven in 14 runs to go along with 21 runs scored. He has been exceptional at first base, making just five errors for a .971 fielding percentage.

Coro is fourth on the team with an even .300 batting average and leads the team with 26 games played. The middle infielder has 30 hits in 100 at-bats, including 10 extra base hits with five doubles and five home runs. Coro leads the team with 15 stolen bases, while tallying 23 runs scored and 22 RBIs from the top of the order.

Ballao is batting .311 on the season with 28 hits in 90 at-bats. He has also drawn 12 walks for an impressive .392 on-base percentage in 102 plate appearances. Ballao leads the team with eight doubles and is tied for the second in the NYCBL with six home runs. On the season, the San Jacinto North product has a .992 OPS with 23 runs scored and 23 RBIs. 

Sandford has been a contact machine this season for the Silversmiths, ranking fifth in the league with a .391 batting average. He has seven walks and has struck out just six times in 74 plate appearances, good for a team-leading .459 on-base percentage. Sandford has five doubles and two home runs to go with seven RBIs and 10 runs scored.

The All-Star Game will be the highlight of the day. A Home Run Derby and Pro Day will take place prior to the game. To view the entire list of All-Star Honorees, click here

Coming off a doubleheader sweep at the first-place Syracuse Spartans on Thursday, the Sherrill Silversmiths are just 1.5 games out of first with a 14-13 record on the season. 

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About the Silversmiths

The Sherrill Silversmiths are a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Organization taking part in the NYCBL, a league funded in part by Major League Baseball and sanctioned by the NCAA. Each summer the Silversmiths and the Sherrill Community welcome baseball players from colleges and universities across the country to aid them in their development. The Silversmiths have had 7 former players move on to play professionally, 4 players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, and currently have 4 former players playing in Minor League Baseball.

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