Local roundup: Five Tigers named to NY-Penn League All-Star team

Norwich — Five members of the Connecticut Tigers were selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star game to be held Tuesday, Aug. 19 at MCU Park on Coney Island, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The team announced Saturday that infielder Joey Pankake, outfielders Mike Gerber and Ross Kivett and right-handed pitchers Johan Belisario and Chase Edwards have been chosen to represent the Tigers.

Pankake was a seventh-round draft pick earlier this year out of the University of South Carolina. An Easley, S.C., native, Pankake has a .320 batting average for fifth-best in the NY-Penn League. Pankake has two home runs to go along with 24 RBI.

Mike Gerber was a 15th-round pick in 2014 out of Creighton University. He is batting .290 with six home runs and 29 RBI, leading the team in both categories, as well as extra-base hits (22). Gerber had two home runs and eight RBI against the Tri-City ValleyCats on June 28.

Kivett, hitting .291 with one homer and 14 RBI, was a sixth-round pick in 2014 out of Kansas State University. Belisario is 4-0 and leads the bullpen with a 0.77 ERA, giving up only three runs in 23 1/3 innings. Belisario has recorded 17 consecutive scoreless innings. Edwards, a starter, has a 4-3 record with a 3.16 ERA.

The all-star game, which will feature stars from the South Affiliates against the North Affiliates, has in the past featured current major leaguers Evan Longoria, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Cabrera, Jose Fernandez, Andrew McCutchen, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson Cano and Victor Martinez.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (718) 507-TIXX.

• Will Maddox and Kivett had RBI doubles in a three-run first inning that led the Tigers to a 3-1 win over the State College Spikes on Saturday night. Gerber capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly and Maddox finished with two hits for the Tigers (29-26). Confesor Lara (2-2) got the win in relief and Josh Laxer earned his second save by pitching the final five innings, allowing four hits and one run with seven strikeouts and no walks.

World Masters Swimming

• Christie Hayes of East Lyme, representing the Nutmeg Swim Team, won seven medals at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships held over the last week in Montreal.

Hayes took a gold medal in the mixed medley relay, took silver medals in the mixed freestyle relay, women's medley relay and 200 freestyle relay and won a bronze medal in the 400 individual medley, 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke. She was also fourth in the 50 breaststroke.

Also competing from the Nutmeg Swim Team at the event, in which there were more than 5,000 competitors from over 100 countries, were Anne Galliher of Old Lyme and Cecilia Emblidge of Waterford.

Galliher was ninth in the 200 breaststroke, 10th in the 400 individual medley, 11th in the 50 breaststroke, 13th in the 200 individual medley and 23rd in the 50 butterfly. Emblidge was 18th in the 200 freestyle, 23rd in the 400 individual medley, 25th in the 200 individual medley and 29th in the 100 butterfly.

H.S. fall sports

• Montville High School registration is Monday, Aug. 18 at the nurse's office from noon-5 p.m. All fall athletes must register and bring a signed parent permission form, which are available in the main office. Athletes must also bring a copy of a current (within the last 13 months) physical. Football conditioning begins Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m., all other sports begin Aug. 23. Contact: Athletic director Walt Sherwin at wsherwin@montvilleschoolso.org.

• The New London High School football team will be holding a parent/student information night on Aug. 12 in the lecture hall at the school starting at 6:30 p.m. Required paperwork will be available. Practice for grades 9-12 begins Aug. 18 in the locker room at 4 p.m. Contact: Coach Duane Maranda at marandad@newlondon.org.


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