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Four ‘Claws garner postseason honors

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Lakewood BlueClaws manager Marty Malloy (far left), pitcher Will Stewart (left), infielder Jake Scheiner (right) and pitching coach Brad Bergesen (far right) were named to the SAL Postseason All-Star Team. (Photo courtesy Lakewood BlueClaws)

Four BlueClaws have been named to the 2018 South Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team. Manager Marty Malloy, pitching coach Brad Bergesen, infielder Jake Scheiner, and left-handed pitcher Will Stewart were named South Atlantic League Post-Season All-Stars.

Malloy is in his second season with the BlueClaws and led the team to the postseason this year. Entering Tuesday night, the BlueClaws have won 82 games and could become just the sixth team since 2000 to win both halves of a South Atlantic League season. Lakewood is two wins shy of tying the franchise record for wins in a season with 84. Malloy joined the Phillies organization last year as the manager of the BlueClaws after spending the previous three years managing the Gulf Coast League Astros.

Malloy joins 2009 BlueClaws manager (and current Phillies third base coach) Dusty Wathan and 2010 BlueClaws manager Mark Parent as BlueClaws skippers to be recognized as the league’s top manager.

Bergesen is in his first year as a coach following a playing career that included four major league seasons. This year, the BlueClaws have a league-best 2.74 ERA, which would be the best in franchise history (3.04 is the current record from the 2010 BlueClaws). The BlueClaws lead the 120 Minor League Baseball full-season teams in ERA, 0.14 ahead of Buies Creek (High-A, Astros). Additionally, they have thrown 23 shutouts, the most in franchise history. Four BlueClaws pitchers – Stewart, Ramon Rosso, Addison Russ, and Kyle Dohy – were selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in June.

Scheiner was named as the team’s Utility Infielder. He was a fourth round pick in the 2017 draft from the University of Houston. This year, he has started more than 20 games at third base, first base, and left field. He enters Tuesday hitting .299, third-best in the league and has hit .341 in the second half. Since the All-Star break, he leads the league in both batting average (.341) and on-base percentage (.431).

Stewart was the all-star team’s left-handed Pitcher. So far this year, he is 8-1 with an ERA of 2.06, second best in the league. On May 30th, he threw a nine inning complete-game shutout in a win over Greensboro, striking out 10. He has allowed two earned runs or less in 16 of his 20 starts this year.

Stewart, a 20th round pick in 2015 from Hazel Green (Alabama) High School, is the fifth BlueClaws pitcher to be named to the league’s Post-Season All-Star Team, following: Carlos Carrasco (2006), Matt Maloney (2006), Jesse Biddle (2011), and Will Hibbs (2017).

Lakewood will enter the South Atlantic League postseason for the fifth time in team history beginning Wednesday, September 5th. The BlueClaws will host games two and three of the SAL Northern Division Championship Series on Friday, September 7th and if necessary, Saturday, September 8th.

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