Times Sports Editor
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The 2012 baseball season has been plenty to write home about for former Northview High School and Indiana State standout, Brady Shoemaker.
It was no surprise then that Shoemaker was named a starter in the All-Star game between the Carolina League and California League on Tuesday evening.
Shoemaker continued to impress on the Dash's home field at BB&T Ball Park as he helped the Carolina League end a three-year losing streak to the California League with a 9-1 victory. Shoemaker started in leftfield and went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run. He also won the Home Run Derby that took place prior to the game, hitting the necessary three home runs in the final round to defeat former Winston-Salem teammate C.J. Retherford. Making the evening even more special was that Shoemaker's father Brian was the pitcher during the Home Run Derby. Shoemaker had just four outs when he became the Carolina League's winner after hitting four home runs in the opening round and then three in the finals.
The Dash, first-half Southern Division Champions, were also represented by pitcher Matt Heidenreich, who was the starting pitcher, and Michael Earley, who also competed in the Home Run Derby and hit three long balls. Earley is a product of Tracy Smith's program at Indiana University.
Shoemaker finished the first half on a tear, which earned him his second Batter of the Week award. For the week of June 11-17, Shoemaker led the league with 13 runs batted in over a six-game span and compiled a .526 batting average (10-for-19). The Carolina League All-Star had four extra-base hits and scored five runs. In the opener of a three-game set versus Potomac on June 11, Shoemaker matched a career-high with six RBI. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.
Over his last 10 games, Shoemaker has posted a .452 batting average with 14 RBI and had a hit in nine of the 10 contests, including three hits apiece in the final two games before the All-Star break. He has also posted a remarkable .352 average with runners in scoring position this year.
This is Shoemaker's fourth year in the minor leagues after being drafted in the 19th round by the White Sox out of Indiana State. He is coming off a 2011 season in which he hit a combined .312 with 31 doubles and 11 home runs between the Class A affiliate in Kannapolis and with the Dash. Last season he drove in 77 runs and reached base at a robust 39 percent clip.
The second-half of the season begins tonight in Potomac. Winston-Salem returns home Sunday with a 5:00 p.m. start against the Salem Red Sox.