Former MHS standout to play in Canada
Former Madras High School standout athlete Turner Gill, playing close to home this summer for the West Coast League's Bend Elks, has been named to the WCL South Division all-star team.
He will help the South take on the North Division all-stars in the WCL All-Star Game on July 23, at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, British Columbia.
The host organization, the Victoria HarbourCats, are an expansion team this season.
"In a season when the West Coast League brought baseball back to Victoria, we are thrilled to be able to bring the league's All-Star Game there as well," WCL president Dennis Koho said. "Victoria has a long history of supporting baseball and the HarbourCats have put together an exciting series of events. I am looking forward to joining the rest of the league at this year's All-Star Game."
Gill, who took a redshirt year this past spring at the University of Portland to recover from an injury, is putting together a solid year for the Elks. As of Tuesday morning, Gill was hitting .309, with a .398 on-base percentage, and a .426 slugging percentage.
In 68 at-bats, he's recorded 21 hits, five doubles and a home run. He has driven in 16 runs, drawn 12 walks and has stolen one base in 25 games played.
Gill was one of seven Bend players picked for the midseason showcase, and one of two University of Portland Pilots. Gill's college teammate, Corvallis' Cody Lenahan, will also play for the South team.
Player selection for the all-star game is done by fan voting, Major League Baseball scouts and WCL managers.
After a hot start, the Elks have cooled down a bit, but still sit atop the WCL South division with a 20-13 record (as of Tuesday morning), just a half-game ahead of the Corvallis Knights.