Blankenship, Heere Selected to All-Star Team

July 23, 2009


Current Jayhawks Travis Blankenship and Brian Heere have been selected to participate in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association vs. Pacific West Coast Conference All-Star game Saturday at Palm Springs Stadium.

Both Lawrence products are members of the Palm Springs Power, a summer collegiate baseball team, which currently leads the So. Cal. Collegiate Baseball Association with a 33-7 record this summer. Both Jayhawks have been instrumental in the Power’s success.

Blankenship, a left-handed pitcher from Free State High School, is 7-0 on the mound this season with an 0.49 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 37 innings out of the bullpen this summer. The 6-foot lefty has allowed just 29 base runners this season, while opponents are batting just .191 against him. His seven victories lead the Power.

Heere, an outfielder from Lawrence High, is batting .337 with 12 stolen bases, three doubles, three triples and 27 runs scored in 26 games this summer. The Kansas sophomore also has 12 RBIs and has struck out just six times, compared to 17 walks for a .452 on-base percentage.

The all-star game will be played on Saturday at Palm Springs Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 8:15 p.m. CST.