Jeremy Giesegh of the Port Angeles Lefties, playing first base, tags a Bellingham runner during a pickoff attempt Sunday at Civic Field. Giesegh, who is batting .373, was selected to the North team for the West Coast League’s first All-Star game since 2019. The game will be played in Bellingham. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

Jeremy Giesegh of the Port Angeles Lefties, playing first base, tags a Bellingham runner during a pickoff attempt Sunday at Civic Field. Giesegh, who is batting .373, was selected to the North team for the West Coast League’s first All-Star game since 2019. The game will be played in Bellingham. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

PORT ANGELES LEFTIES: Slugger Giesegh named to WCL All-Star team

Cal State, San Bernardino product is leading entire league with .373 batting average

VANCOUVER — Port Angeles Leftie Jeremy Giesegh, who is leading the West Coast League in batting average and hits and near the top of the leaderboard in virtually every important offensive statistic, was named to the North Team for the first WCL All-Star Game since 2019.

WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer revealed the all-star selections Tuesday.

The game will be played July 17 at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham. First pitch is 6:35 p.m.

The WCL All-Star game was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had not been brought back until this year.

“After a long hiatus, we’re thrilled to bring back the All-Star Game and celebrate the incredible talent in our league,” Neyer said. “It’s already apparent that the [Bellingham] Bells will present a tremendous event for our fans, our players, and for the many thousands watching the game around the world.”

Giesegh, who plays at Cal State, San Bernardino, has put up spectacular numbers all season for the Lefties. After a two-game stretch of 6-for-7, he raised his season batting average to .373, taking over the lead at the West Coast League. He also leads the WCL in hits with 44. He was named a WCL Player of the Week in late June.

Giesegh isn’t just hitting for average. His three home runs are good for third in the league. He is fourth in the league in slugging percentage at .525, eighth in on-base percentage at .442 and fourth in on-base plus slugging (OPS) at .967 for players with more than 80 plate appearances.

Giesegh is also third in RBIs with 20 and seventh in runs scored with 21. He also has stolen nine bases. He has two more home runs and six RBIs in four non-WCL games for the Lefties.

Giesegh’s numbers are no fluke as he hit .351 this spring for Cal State, San Bernardino and hit .286 with four home runs as a freshman at the Division I program. He is going to the all-star game as a first baseman along with his Cal State, San Bernardino teammate Jacob Mejia, who plays for Bellingham.

The all-star event will run for two days beginning Tuesday. The evening before the All-Star Game will feature players from the Max Higbee Center alongside WCL All-Stars in the Community Champions Game, an integrated baseball game to benefit the Max Higbee Center. The Max Higbee Center supports and empowers teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Half of ticket sales from the evening will go directly to the Max Higbee Center.

Bellingham Head Coach Bob Ralston will guide the North Division squad, while the South will be led by Corvallis Knights skipper Brooke Knight. The North Division consists of the Port Angeles Lefties, Bellingham Bells, Edmonton Riverhawks, Kamloops NorthPaws, Kelowna Falcons, Nanaimo Night Owls, Wenatchee AppleSox and Victoria HarbourCats, with every team represented on the roster by at least one standout player. In the South, the Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Cowlitz Black Bears, Portland Pickles, Ridgefield Raptors, Springfield Drifters, Walla Walla Sweets and Yakima Valley Pippins are all sending players to Bellingham for the All-Star Game.

Corvallis led the South squad with seven selections while Bellingham led the North with six. Interestingly, a fairly small NCAA Div. II school, Westmont College of Santa Barbara, Calif., was tops among schools with all-star selectees with three.

Tickets for the WCL All-Star Game may be purchased at www.bellstickets.com/e/all-star-game. The game will also be broadcast with information on that being released later by the WCL.

Full West Coast League all-star squads

North

Catcher — Conner Smith, Santa Clara (Bellingham Bells); Jonathan Fitz, San Diego (Wenatchee AppleSox)

1B — Jeremy Giesegh, Cal State San Bernardino (Port Angeles Lefties); Jacob Mejia, Cal State San Bernardino (Bellingham Bells).

2B — Michael Soper, Westmont College (Edmonton Riverhawks).

SS — Roman Martin, UCLA (Bellingham Bells); Nevin Noonan, San Diego State (Nanaimo NightOwls).

3B — Nate Kirkpatrick, Yavapai College (Bellingham Bells); Jakob Poturnak, Sacramento State (Edmonton Riverhawks)

Outfield — Bryce McFeely, Westmont (Edmonton Riverhawks); Joey Rico, Westmont (Kamloops NorthPaws); Trey Duffield Rice (Kelowna Falcons); Riley Paulino, Pikeville (Nanaimo NightOwls); Wylie Waters, USC Upstate (Nanaimo NightOwls); Tate Shimao, Hawaii (Victoria HarbourCats); Max Hartman, Washington State (Wenatchee AppleSox) .

Pitcher — Josh Flaugher, Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Bellingham Bells); Tyler Van Dyke, Stetson (Bellingham Bells); Tate Dearing, Reinhardt (Edmonton Riverhawks); Vicarte Domingo, British Columbia (Edmonton Riverhawks); Gavyn Jones, McLennan CC (Kelowna Falcons); Adison Mattix, Everett CC (Nanaimo NightOwls); Carson Cormier, TCU (Victoria HarbourCats); Evan Canfield, Lewis-Clark State (Wenatchee AppleSox); Quincy Vassar, Vanguard (Wenatchee AppleSox).

South

Catcher — Luke Iverson, Utah Valley (Ridgefield Raptors); Dane Woodcook, New Mexico State (Springfield Drifters).

1B — Easton Amundson, Liberty (Bend Elks); Patrick Keighran, San Francisco (Portland Pickles).

2B — Spencer Shipman, Whitworth (Yakima Valley Pippins).

SS/2B — Ty Yukumoto, Pacific (Corvallis Knights); Blake Wilson, Washington (Corvallis Knights).

3B — Kedren Kinzie, Hawaii (Springfield Drifters); Preston Allen, uncommitted (Yakima Valley Pippins).

Outfield – Brandon Cabrera, Lewis-Clark State (Corvallis Knights); Dylan Schlaegel, Dallas Baptist (Cowlitz Black Bears); Tanner Griffith, Saint Mary’s (Portland Pickles); Kolby Felix, Colorado Mesa (Walla Walla Sweets); Davis Mauzy, Wichita State (Walla Walla Sweets).

UTL — Kevin Takeuchi, USC (Corvallis Knights).

Pitcher — Mason Edwards, USC (Bend Elks); Jackson Elder, Utah (Bend Elks); Tyler Wood, UC Davis (Bend Elks); James DeCremer, Oregon State (Corvallis Knights); Tyner Horn, Nebraska (Corvallis Knights); Kaden Segel, Portland (Corvallis Knights); Freddie Rodriguez, Hawaii (Portland Pickles); Shay Timmer of Salt Lake CC (Portland Pickles); Dylan Stewart, Pepperdine (Ridgefield Raptors); Liam Hohenstein, Colorado Mesa (Walla Walla Sweets).

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