Northwoods League Announces 2019 Home Run Derby Participants

The Northwoods League has announced the participants for the 2019 NWL All-Star Game Home Run Derby which will take place before the Northwoods League All-Star Game in Waterloo, Iowa on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:05 p.m. (CST). Nine participants from both the Great Lakes and Great Plains Divisions have been chosen for the event which will feature a nine-inning competition between the two divisions.

The Great Lakes team is led by Drew Benefield (University of Louisville) and Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina University) of the Madison Mallards. Benefield has nine home runs and 26 RBI in 37 games for the Mallards while Bigbie has also hit nine home runs, driven in 45 runs and is currently hitting .357 over 40 games.

The team from the Great Plains features Ryan Holgate (University of Arizona) of the La Crosse Loggers and Patrick Ferguson (Kent State University) of the hometown Waterloo Bucks. Over 33 games, Holgate has eight home runs and has scored 23 runs while driving in 36. Ferguson has six home runs in 39 games and has driven in 27.