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Spokane Indians place four on NWL All-Star team

Xavier Turner of the Spokane Indians is congratulated at the dugout for scoring in the third inning against the Boise Hawks on July 4 at Avista Stadium. Turner is one of four NWL All-Stars representing the Spokane Indians. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Xavier Turner of the Spokane Indians is congratulated at the dugout for scoring in the third inning against the Boise Hawks on July 4 at Avista Stadium. Turner is one of four NWL All-Stars representing the Spokane Indians. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Indians catcher Seth Spivey, third baseman Xavier Turner, right-handed pitcher Tyler Ferguson and outfielder Chad Smith were named Northwest League All-Stars on Tuesday, the league announced in a press release.

Spivey and Turner are both projected to be starters. Smith, 18, is the youngest player named to the team.

“I’m happy for these guys. This something they are going to remember all their lives,” Indians manager Tim Hulett said. “To be able to have the opportunity to play in an All-Star Game is something special and they’re going to enjoy it and remember it always.”

Returning to Spokane to make the transition to catcher, Spivey is making his second Northwest League All-Star appearance as a starter. He started for the North team in the 2014 All-Star Game at second base.

Turner has battled minor injuries all season but is batting .334 with an on-base percentage of .412 and .461 slugging percentage. Smith is hitting .324 in his last 10 games and .286 on the season. Ferguson has posted a 2.05 ERA and has struck out 41 batters, good for fourth in the league.

“It’s a sweet feeling being an All-Star, but it’s even sweeter representing a division championship team,” Smith said.

“Being a part of a winning team and representing Spokane is an awesome feeling,” Smith said. “I’m very thankful and excited for the whole experience.”

The second annual Northwest League vs. Pioneer Baseball League All-Star Game is Tuesday at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah. The Pioneer League’s Ogden Raptors are hosting. Spokane hosted the inaugural game in 2015.

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