Northwoods All-Star Game a father and son affair
Greg and Cory Vaughn played headline roles
By Donny Henn
Monday was a memorable day for La Crosse Loggers outfielder Cory Vaughn at the Northwoods League All-Star Game.
Vaughn’s dad, former Major League All-Star Greg Vaughn, was the featured guest speaker at the All-Star Game luncheon in the afternoon.
Later that night, Cory won the Star of Stars MVP Award, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and one RBI in the South All-Stars’ 8-4 win over the North. It snapped the North’s three-year winning streak in the all-star game.
Greg Vaughn, who is just 43, played 15 seasons in the Majors, starting as a high draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1989 and finishing his career in 2003 with the Colorado Rockies. In between, he played for the San Diego Padres and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Greg Vaughn, who hit 355 home runs in the Major Leagues, is serving as a special assistant to the Loggers this season.
Cory Vaughn is a 6-foot-3 and 225-pound outfielder who’ll be a sophomore at San Diego State. He’s tied for third in the league with six homers.
RANKED RESPECT: Two Northwoods League teams are ranked among the best summer college baseball teams in the nation by the Internet site Perfect Game Crosschecker.
The Wisconsin Woodchucks (28-15) are No. 11, and the La Crosse Loggers (22-19) are No. 14 on the 16-team list. La Crosse is currently in the South Division cellar in the second half.
The No. 1-ranked summer college team is the Vienna (Va.) Senators of the Clark Griffith League, who won 22 of their first 23 games. It’s the first time in three years that a team from a league other than Cape Cod has been ranked No. 1.
Other summer leagues represented in the poll are: Cape Cod (3 teams); Coastal Plain (2); Valley (2); Alaskan (1); New England Collegiate (1); West Coastal Collegiate (1); Cal Ripken Sr. (1); and Central Illinois (1).
BUCKS BACK HOME: The Waterloo Bucks returned to Riverfront Stadium last Friday for the first time since their home field was flooded in mid-June. A season-high crowd of 4,500 — fourth-largest in team history — saw the Bucks fall 11-7 to Green Bay.
Bucks co-owner John Marso told the Associated Press that the flood cost his team $300,000 in lost revenues. Marso and his twin brother, Steve, spent $100,000 on a new electrical system.
BIG LEAGUE CALL-UP: Former Duluth Huskies pitcher Joe Bisenius was recalled this week by the Philadelphia Phillies. Bisenius, who played in 2003 at Duluth, made the Phillies’ opening-day roster in 2007, but he appeared in only two games and has been in the minor leagues ever since.
WET RELATIONSHIP: Wednesday’s La Crosse at Green Bay game was rained out, but no one was surprised; it was the fourth time the teams have been rained out in a series opener in the last two seasons.
SENNE HONORED: Rochester outfielder Aaron Senne (Missouri) was named the league’s Player of the Night on Wednesday after going 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the Honkers’ 7-3 win at St. Cloud. It was the fifth time this season that a Rochester player has been Player of the Night.