By Steven Gerardy
The South All-Stars defeated the North 8-6 at Florida Atlantic University on a beautiful day in Boca Raton, Florida on Sunday.
The South Florida Collegiate Baseball League held their all-star contest on Sunday in Boca Raton and it was a memorable day with the most beautiful conditions. It was a typical 90 degree South Florida day and the sun was shining on the eighty-two players invited. There were professional and college scouts on hand along with an Olympic silver medalist to enjoy the festivities.
Matt Mackey (Eastern Illinois University) was named the South most valuable player and James Buckley (Stetson University) took home the honor for the North as all eighty-two players saw action in the contest.
Neil Andreoli skippered the victorious South over Beau Mcmillian's North team. It was Andreoli's tenth all-star game and sixth in the SFCBL. There were plenty of runs scored and the showcase of talent was on display on both sides as the South pulled out of reach with four runs scored in the sixth inning.
The South jumped out to an early lead as the North spent the entire game chipping away, falling just short in the end. The likes of Matt Mackey and Jonathan Pichman (University of Tampa) paced the South with timely extra base hits in the game and the pitching led by starter Justin Alintoff (University of Florida) among others kept the North at bay for most of the game.
The playoffs begin this Friday in Delray Beach at Little Fenway with the championship series being held Sunday July 22nd and 23rd.
There will be six teams invited to the playoffs beginning Friday evening and those play in games will run through Sunday evening. Come on out to see the finish of what has been a spectacular summer in South Florida for the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League.