FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Taylor Oldham, Austin Newell, and Jeremy Gooding have been added to the West Division Roster for the 2016 Frontier League Y'All Star Game.
Oldham, Newell, and Gooding will join Andrew Godbold as the four Freedom players who will be participating in the Y'All Star Game next Wednesday, July 13 at UC Health Stadium.
Oldham, a fifth year pro, is having the best offensive season of his career in his first year with the Freedom. Through just half of the season he has tied his career-high for home runs (six), while posting career-highs in hits (52), RBIs (29), and runs scored (32). He currently leads the Freedom in RBIs and runs scored, while ranking second in home runs and stolen bases (13).
Newell earns his first Frontier League All-Star nod in his second season with the Freedom. Florence's outfielder and designated hitter is hitting .278 this season with seven doubles, two triples, and a home run. He has driven in 22, while scoring 20 runs. In his six seasons of pro baseball, Newell has a career .332 batting average in over 1,100 at bats.
Gooding will also be participating in his first Frontier League All-Star Game. In his second season with the Freedom, Gooding ranks second in the Frontier League in strikeouts (58), while posting a 3-5 record and a 4.10 ERA. He was named the Frontier League Pitcher of the Week after his start on opening night when he lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed just one run, while striking out seven.
The four Freedom All-Stars will join the rest of the West Division in a battle against the East. First pitch of the Frontier League Y'All Star Game is set for 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.
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The Florence Freedom are members of the 12-team professional Independent Frontier League and play a 96 game schedule, with 48 home games at UC Health Stadium, located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, Kentucky.
In 2015, the Frontier League recognized the Freedom as the league's organization of the year and awarded the team with the league's All-Star event.
The 2016 season will mark the 13th year the Freedom have played in Florence.