Photo by Heather Middleton
By Derrick Mahone
The inclement weather that rolled through the Southern Crescent might have postponed practices for next week's Clayton County All-Star game, but it didn't curve any of the enthusiasm.
Players from throughout the county were chosen for the second annual game, which will be held June 4 at Jonesboro High.
"This game will definitely put our best talent on display," Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith said.
"We think this is an excellent showcase for the players," Riverdale coach William Silveri said. "Some times our county gets a bad rap for its baseball, but we have a lot of talent here."
Game organizers said they have heard from several coaches that will attend the doubleheader, which will start at 3 p.m. Mount Zion coach Kelcey White said that five players in last year's game, which was won by the South squad, were extended scholarship offers.
The coaches are hopeful of similar results this time around. Juniors and seniors from the nine county teams were nominated by their coaches to participate. Players were divided up by schools to either represent the
American League and National League.
Last season, the American League, which is called the South squad won the inaugural game held at Drew. The coaches decided to play a doubleheader this season to give players more opportunity
Mount Zion senior Marcus Swint has a scholarship offer from a junior college in New Mexico, but is hoping to impress some schools in attendance.
"I'm definitely looking forward to this game," said Swint, who was named the Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year this season after hitting .602 with 38 RBIs.
He played in last season's game.
"It is a chance to play with some of my teammates and other players that I've known for the probably the last time," Swint said. "I'm hoping to do well and show some coaches what I can do."
In addition to some college coaches, there is expected to be a few major league scouts.
"We are looking for bigger and better thinks as we move forward with this game," White said. "We tweaked a few things from last year. We have gotten great response from the coaches and players."
Said Lovejoy coach Craig Chatman: "It is a great thing. We are hoping to keep it going, and we should with the right support."