Ellsbury is replacement Carolina League all-star


by: Submitted Photo  - Jacoby Ellsbury

   After a hamstring injury dampened his May, Wilmington Blue Rock Jacoby Ellsbury is having a great June.
   Ellsbury -- a 2002 Madras High School graduate, Oregon State All-American and 2005 first round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox -- was last week named to the Carolina League All-Star team as a replacement player.
   On Sunday, his infield single in the ninth inning helped his Blue Rocks win their eighth game in the row, 4-3 over the Winston-Salem Warthogs, which clinched the Northern Division first half championship, guaranteeing the Blue Rocks a spot in the league championship playoffs.
   What's more, Ellsbury's went five-for-nine at the plate over this last two games, which pushed his batting average to .335 -- tops in the Carolina League.
   The California/Carolina All-Star Game, which pits stars from the Carolina League against those from the California League, the premier West Coast A league, will be played in Salem, Va., on Tuesday, June 27.
   Ellsbury was not originally named to the team, primarily because he had missed over two weeks with the injury. However, he replaced Trevor Crowe, a standout with the Kingston Indians, after Crowe suffered an injury. It was Crowe's .329 batting average that Ellsbury surpassed to win the first-half batting title.