Mundy’s Mill baseball coach Patrick Smith will lead his American League squad in Thursday’s Clayton County All-Star Baseball Game at Drew High. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
RIVERDALE — For some, it’s the last opportunity to don a baseball uniform.
For others, it’s the chance to continue to improve as they get ready for the next level.
The Clayton County All-Star game will mean different things for the players involved in Thursday’s 5 p.m. contest at Drew High.
Players from Forest Park, Morrow, North Clayton, Mundy’s Mill and Jonesboro will compete for the American League squad while players at Mount Zion, Riverdale, Lovejoy and Drew will be on the National League squad.
Mundy’s Mill seniors DeMarcus Mays and Jordan Robinson are the only two participants in the game that made all-region teams. The two were recently named to the All-Region 4-AAAAA team chosen by the region’s coaches.
Mays, a senior first baseman/third baseball, hit .370 with 13 RBI and 12 hits.
Robinson, a junior outfielder, hit .444 with 28 hits, 11 RBI and scored 25 runs. He also had 24 stolen bases.
Rodney Smith, the region player of the year, will not play in the game. His father, Mundy’s Mill coach Patrick Smith, will coach the American League team in the all-star game.
Drew, the host team, will be represented by seniors Mark Hawkins and Brandon Pearson while sophomores Mason Williams, Antonio Gamble and Demarcus Reid will play in the game. Pearson, a top scholar athlete in the county, signed a football scholarship in February with Division II St. Augustine’s in North Carolina.
This past football season, he passed for 2,200 yards to lead the Titans program. On the diamond, Pearson hit .317 with 13 runs, 14 RBIs and a home run in 23 games.
Lovejoy will be represented by three players that signed college scholarships. Shortstop Jose Martinez signed to attend Western Oklahoma State College, centerfielder D’Ante Matthews signed to Genesee Community College in New York and second baseman Quincy Roberts signed with Paine College.
Also representing the Wildcats is pitcher D.J. Brimer.
Martinez hit .345 with 21 stolen bases and 26 RBI for the Wildcats, which fell a couple of games short of reaching the Class AAAAAA playoffs. Matthews hit .356 and was 3-3 as a pitcher, while Roberts batted .310 with 10 stolen bases. Brimer was 4-2 on the mound this past season.