The Frederick Keys and Prince William Cannons will be well-represented Wednesday night in the 44th Carolina League All-Star Game at Prince William County Stadium.

Frederick's Wally Moon, who led the Keys to the first-half division title, will manage the Northern Division team, which includes six of his players. The defending league champion Cannons will have a five-player contingent on the Northern squad in the Class A contest.

"I think the selection process has worked out real well," said Moon. "Both teams have good balance and it looks like a toss-up. We'll have to tee the ball up and see how it goes."

Ricky Gutierrez, the Baltimore Orioles' second pick in the '88 June draft, will start at shortstop based on his defensive abilities and .280 batting average. "Gutierrez has progressed daily," Moon said. "He's matured and turned into a good player."

Left fielder Tim Holland, who leads the Keys with 37 RBI, has proved to be a strong hitter, with 13 doubles, 5 home runs and 2 triples. "Holland has really came to the forefront," Moon said. "He's battled a series of injuries and shown versatility, starting in the outfield, first and third."

Right fielder Dan Berthel, who played in the College World Series for Long Beach State in 1989, has made the transition from aluminum to wooden bats, hitting .280 and making the roster as a reserve.

Frederick put three pitchers on the North, including the first 10-game winner in the league, Zachary Kerr (10-5, 2.86 ERA). In 17 starts he has struck out 92. "Being selected to the team was a goal I set coming into spring training," Kerr said. "I am going for the first time in my career. Hopefully I'll have some fun."

One of the longest shots to become an all-star was Keys reliever Todd Stephan. Undrafted out of college, he signed last season with Peninsula, not affiliated with any major league team. After going 6-8 with a 4.72 ERA, he was released. The Keys saw something they liked, and this season he is 4-2 with a 1.72 ERA, striking out 55 in 52 1/3 innings without allowing a home run.

Mike Oquist also has been an effective strikeout pitcher for the Keys, sending back 112 batters in 104 innings. He is 6-4 with a 3.20 ERA.

All three of the bases will be covered by Cannons: J.T. Snow at first, Mauricio Zazueta at second and Russ Davis at third.

"It's a pretty big honor being named an all-star," said Snow, who resides in Seal Beach, Calif. "The biggest thing is the respect from the coaches and other players."

Pitchers Frank Seminara (11-4, 1.35 ERA) and Mike Gardella (4-2, 1.66 ERA, 17 saves) round out the home team's representatives.

"It's great being named an all-star," said Gardella. "I was selected in the {New York-} Penn League, but we didn't play a game. This time we do and I would like to earn a save in the game just like I do here."

The Southern Division all-stars will be managed by Kinston's Brian Graham, joined by nine of his Indians, six Winston-Salem Spirits, five Durham Bulls and one Peninsula Pilot.

The all-stars will be honored at a banquet July 17 at the Dale City VFW, starting at 6:30.