By Rodger M. Wood
I feel like a fire cracker on the 5th of July reporting about a South Atlantic All Star Game on July 22nd that took place over a month ago at Greenville, S.C. but I want to display the game photos and give the young all stars credit for participation in a great game..
SALLY League and Greenville Drive management did a great job hosting game festivities at magnificent Fluor Field, which with a Green Monster in left field, is an almost exact replica of the Drive’s parent team Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park.
The Washington Nationals Hagerstown Suns tied for the largest team representation with six, manager Matt LeCroy, RHP Dan Rosenbaum, RHP Trevor Holder, who was called up to Fast A Potomac before getting a chance to participate, 3B Stephen Souza, OF Destin Hood, and C Sandy Leon.
Boston minor leaguers, RHP Dennis Neumann, OF Ronald Bermudez, and C Dan Butler, an undrafted Arizona University backup catcher quickly emerging from an unsung Cape Cod League past to Red Sox prospect status, represented the host Greenville Drive.
Baltimore Orioles Low A – Delmarva Shorebirds was represented by RHP Jesse Beal, from nearby
Fairfax Station, VA, SS Garabez Rosa, and OF Brian Conley.
Atlanta 2006 #1 Draft RHP Cory Rasmer and LHP Chris Masters represented the Braves
Low A – Rome.
The game was a nail biter after the 5th inning, when both North and South scored a couple runs for a
5-5 tie, which lasted the remainder of the game until called at the end of 10 innings.
Wesr Virginia Power (Pirates) OF David Rubenstein hit a double and single in 2 AB, Greensboro C Kyle Skipworth hit a HR in the first inning to put the North ahead 1-0, and Lakewood SS (Phillies) Jonathan Villars hit a solo HR in the 3rd.
All the displayed photos were taken during the festivities before the game.