Three Gophers selected to NWL's Major League Dreams Showcase
Aug. 9, 2017

Northwoods League's Best on Display in Madison (NWL - 8/8/2017)

Three University of Minnesota products earned the opportunity to display their talents in front of MLB scouts Tuesday as redshirt freshman outfielder Gabe Knowles, junior left-handed pitcher Nick Lackney, and junior utility man Riley Smith were each selected to the Northwoods League's Major League Dreams Showcase in Madison.

Lackney and Smith competed on opposing teams in game two, as Smith's "Home" Team knocked off Lackney's "Visiting" Team 13-7. Smith was 1-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and a walk while playing both middle infield positions. Lackney came in to throw the eighth inning for the visitors, tossing the only hitless outing on the day for the team while striking out one, needing just nine pitches in the process. Knowles was selected but did not participate in the doubleheader.

The day also consists of workouts for both position players and pitchers with batting practice, bullpens, and fielding skills on display in front of nearly 80 scouts. The athletes also participate in a financial seminar at Warner Park, the home of the Madison Mallards.

The NWL regular season wraps up this weekend followed by the eight-team Northwoods League playoffs with First- and Second-half Divisional champions with the quarter and semifinal rounds played in one-game formats and the Championship series a best-of-three.

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