Three Sodbusters make Expedition League All-Star Game
The 2019 Expedition League All-Stars have been announced. Grant Schmidt (OF), Trey Kissack (RHP), and Matt Hess (RHP) have been selected to represent The Hastings Sodbusters in the 2nd Annual Expedition League All-Star Game being hosted by the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs at Corbett Field in Minot, ND. Corbett Field was voted the best ballpark in the country for summer collegiate baseball in 2018. The “All-Star Extravaganza” will feature the League’s best sluggers in a
Homerun Derby Monday, July 15th, at 7:05 CST and the All-Star Game Tuesday, July 16th, at 7:05 CST.
Both the Homerun Derby and the All-Star Game will be broadcast on Expedition League TV. Links to watch can be found at hastingssodbusters.com.
Grant Schmidt (Cloud County CC) is a Hastings native playing in his first season for the Sodbusters. His power displayed has been historic. Schmidt joined the short list of players to hit a ball over the brick walls at Duncan Field in the first weekend of the 2019 season. He has since gone on to be the 5th player to have a multi-homer game and the 7th player to hit a grand slam at the 78-year-old park. Schmidt is on the leaderboard for homeruns, RBIs, and slugging %. Through
the first half of the summer he is hitting .302 with 7 homeruns, 17 extra base hits, and 36 RBIs in 34 games. Schmidt will be representing the Sodbusters in the 2019 Homerun Derby.
Trey Kissack (UNL) is a Grand Island native and reigning Expedition League Pitcher of the Year. Trey has been selected to his 2nd All-Star Game after picking up right where he left off in 2018. Kissack is currently 4th in the league in strike outs and ERA prior to his July 10th start in Spearfish. He is 3-2 in 7 starts with a 1.80 ERA over 40 innings, striking out 54 hitters with only 12 walks; making another legitimate bid at Pitcher of the Year.
Matt Hess is a returning Sodbuster making his 1st All-Star Game. A Scottsdale, AZ native, Hess has been an ace for Hastings again in 2019. Through the first half, Hess sports a 4-1 record in 8
appearances (7 starts) with a 2.93 ERA in 49 innings, 1 save, and 49 strikeouts with only 19 walks. Hess is a daunting presence on the mound at 6’6” with a downhill fastball sitting in the low 90s.