Baseball: Abilla chosen to participate in Lions All-Star Series

By STUART GROSKREUTZ – Stillwater Gazette

Stillwater senior Christian Abilla has been selected to participate in this weekend’s Lions All-Star Series at Chaska as a member of the Metro East squad.

Abilla, who was recently named a Reserve on the All-Pioneer Press Baseball Team, is playing baseball this summer for the Hastings Hawks before attending Iowa Central on a baseball scholarship.

The shortstop/pitcher helped lead the Ponies to a 17-8 record, including 12-6 to place second in the Suburban East Conference, and a third-place finish in the Section 4AAA tournament. Abilla batted .406 with an on-base average of .523.

The Metro East team, which will be coached by Ryan Holmgren of Elk River, Kevin McDermott of Woodbury and Tom Quinlan of Hill-Murray, will face the South team in Friday’s opener at 4 p.m., followed by Saturday games against the North team at 10 a.m., and the Metro West team at 6 p.m.