GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Jacksonville University baseball's Jacob Southern was named an All-Star in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. The game is set for July 11 at 7 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.
The rising-junior catcher was one of two backstops named to the South All-Star Team for his performance with the Bethesda Big Train this summer. He currently posts a batting line of .271/.390/.583 and is third on the team with an OPS of 0.973. After finishing tied for the JU team high in long balls this past season, he is displaying a similar power stroke in the Ripken League as well, currently sitting third in the league with four.
Southern has helped fuel Bethesda to a South Division leading 26-5 record. The season concludes July 20, and the top two teams from each division make the playoffs.
The Ripken League was founded in 2005 to provide a world-class opportunity for college all-stars from across the United States to play wooden bat baseball in the national capital region each summer. Since the league began, 329 alumni have been drafted or signed as free agents with MLB teams. Forty one percent of the alumni of the Bethesda Big Train, Southern's team, have played professional baseball, including the Indians' Cody Allen and the Twins' Brian Dozier.