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Former Billings baseball standout Cole McKenzie earns all-star honors in West Coast League

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jul 23, 2019


WENATCHEE, Wash. — Billings Senior graduate Cole McKenzie continues to excel on the diamond. The current Purdue first baseman and outfielder earned all-star honors in the West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league, while playing for the Wenatchee AppleSox.

McKenzie has reached base safely in his past 18 games and is hitting .370 this summer for the AppleSox. McKenzie has reached base safely in 27 of the 29 WCL games. That falls in line with his success at Purdue this season, too, as he reached base in 47 of 54 games. He was also the only Purdue player to start all 54 games. During the season he put together stretches of 18 and 22 consecutive games reaching base.McKenzie earned third-team all-Big Ten honors this past season.

As of July 16, McKenzie was third in the WCL in batting average (.370) and on-base percentage (.466). He also leads the AppleSox in hits (40), doubles (9) and stolen bases (11). A sprained wrist, though, has sidelined McKenzie since July 12.

McKenzie is slated to represent the AppleSox on the North Division team on July 23 in Bend, Ore.