Kankakee Valley has put nine players on the North-South All-Star team in Doug Greenlee's tenure with the Kougars.
"Now we've got a coach," Greenlee said. "Nine players and a coach, we could field a team."
Greenlee was named the head coach of the North All-Star team that will take on the South in three games July 13-14 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville.
He will be joined by seven local players: catcher Mike Crowley from Chesterton, infielder Ryan Burvan from Lake Central, outfielder Kyle Joyce of Hebron, and pitchers Zac Ryan (Andrean), Jesse Smith (Griffith), Dean Hill (Boone Grove) and Zach Plesac (Crown Point).
Because there are three games of nine innings each, Greenlee said that each pitcher is guaranteed three innings.
Greenlee's Kougars played twice against Andrean and Griffith this season, and played against Crown Point, though Greenlee said Plesac didn't pitch in that game.
"It's up to me and the assistants to decide who will pitch when," Greenlee said. "I've had nine kids make the all-star team and I've gone and watched the games. I've seen what they've done then, but not until you're in charge do you worry about how it's decided."
This is the second consecutive year a coach from the region has been the head of the North All-Star team. Last season, Griffith's Brian Jennings guided the North to a 2-1 record over the three-game series.
Greenlee said that he and Jennings have already met about the team.
"I made a point to do that, because there are things that he can tell me that will be a big help," Greenlee said. "It's a big responsibility. He was able to give me some tips and tell me all the things that went well for him."