Former Lumberjack called up to the majors

CINCINNATI, Ohio ­ Former Lumberjack all-American Steven Hill has received a call-up from the St. Louis Cardinals and will report to Cincinnati where the team will wrap up a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds today at 11:30 am CT. The game is will be aired on ESPN.

Hill, the 2007 Southland Conference hitter and player of the year, will fill the Cardinals¹ catching void vacated when back-up catcher Jason LaRue was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion suffered during last night¹s bench-clearing brawl with the Reds.

The former SFA first baseman and catcher, Hill has been the primary catcher for the Springfield Cardinals - the St. Louis AA affiliate - this season. He was named to the Texas League all-star team this season and is hitting .280 with 22 home runs and 86 RBI in 93 games. He has three home runs in his last three games, including a 3-for-5 day on August 7 at Tulsa that included two homers and six RBI.

While at SFA, Hill was a two-time all-conference selection and became the first Lumberjack ever to earn all-America honors. He hit .387 with 24 homers and 73 RBI in 2007, all single-season records at SFA that still stand. He parlayed that into a 13th round selection by the Cardinals in that season¹s draft.

Should Hill make an appearance in  a game for St. Louis, he would become the first ever Lumberjack player to play in the Major Leagues.