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Riese rises to All-Star level
File photo Monroes Taylor Riese makes a throw to first in a game earlier this summer. Riese was selected to the American Legion All-Star South team. Riese will play in the All-Star game Aug. 8 following the Milwaukee Brewers game against the Houston Astros at Miller Park.
MONROE - As a second baseman Taylor Riese may get a chance to play in the same position Milwaukee Brewers' Rickie Weeks plays at Miller Park.

Riese was named to the American Legion All-Star team recently and will play in the 39th annual All-Star game Sunday, Aug. 8 at Miller Park.

When his father gave him 10 Brewers tickets one day after work as a way to inform him of the honor, he was excited.

"I think it will be exciting to meet some of the better players in Wisconsin," Riese said. "It will be a little nerve wracking at first."

Riese is one of 54 baseball players selected to play in the All-Star game. The game will be played after the Brewers game at 1:10 p.m. against the Houston Astros. Riese has been to Miller Park as a baseball fan, but now he will have his first chance to take the field.

It marks the second straight year Monroe will have a player in the All-Star game. Mike Demianiuk represented Monroe last year.

Riese hasn't talked to Demianiuk about the experience yet.

"I definitely will have to talk to him to see what goes on and how to handle things," he said. "It's a good opportunity. It's a big thanks to my team. I couldn't have done it without them."

Riese said the biggest difference in his game this year is that he is hitting the ball better.

"He earned it," Monroe Senior Legion baseball coach Eric Losenegger said. "No one deserves to play in it more than he does. He has put in a lot of extra work and swings."

Riese credits his coaches and teammates.

"My coaches and team put me into a position to improve and gave me an opportunity like that," he said. "It helped me get into that game."