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Submitted by Rob Isbell, CNCMSBL 50+
The Central North Carolina Men’s
Senior Baseball League (CNCMSBL) 50 + division held their All Star Game on July
15th at Holly Springs High School. This year’s format was unique to
any other all-star game in that representatives from each team were allowed to
compete with the other teams. With five teams in the league it was decided that
each team would select five members to represent their team and they would
compete in a round robin type contest.
A pre-determined pitching and
catching rotation was developed and posted so that the transition between
innings was smooth and efficient. Twelve different pitchers were used for
the game spreading the load amongst all five teams. No pitcher threw more than
Each team of five were allowed to
bat until they got three outs at which point another team would come in to bat
while pitchers and the defense were rotated.
This was continued until each team
had batted three times (for a total of 15 half-innings).
Like many all-star games, this
contest was dominated by good pitching and great defensive play. The Fayetteville Mets and the Holly Springs Senators ended up tying with three runs
The MVP of the game was Rob Woods,
player/manager of the Raleigh Red Sox, due to a double-robbing backhanded play
at third base.
Representing the Fayetteville Mets were: Larry Bowstring, Terry Johnson, Izzy Rodriguez, Allen Byrne and Eddie
Representing the Holly Springs
Senators were: Rob Isbell (Manager of Senators), William Garner, Mark Simpson, Jeff
Moore and Dave DiMartino.
Representing the Burlington Giants were: Jimmy Chrisco, Ron Russo, Jeff Pate, Bob Patterson (Giants Manager) and Mike
Representing the Raleigh Red Sox were: Rob
Woods (MVP and Red Sox Manager), Ron Daniel, Bob Musser, Mitch Rosen and Rich
Representing the Smithfield Reds were: Randy
Batten, Gene Shackley, Robo Poole (Reds Manager), Mark Radcliff and Rick French.