SYRACUSE, NEW YORK—The New York Collegiate Baseball League all-stars defeated the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League all-stars by a score of 7-6, Monday night at Onondaga Community College.
For the Spartans, four participants played on the night. John Mesagno and Lou Miceli each got the start, while Andrew Pedone and David Redfield would see action later in the night.
John Mesagno got the nod at the DH, while Miceli started at the hot corner. The two batted second and third in the NYCBL lineup, and in their first plate appearance, both reached base. Mesagno lined a single to right field off Sean Roberts, and Miceli followed that up with a walk. Both players would also steal a base before being stranded at the end of the frame.
“This was definitely a humbling experience, just being here,” said third baseman Lou Miceli on the all-star game. “I was blessed to be a part of the Home Run Derby in the Westchester-Rockland Wood Bat League last summer. This topped that, you can tell the talent here is among the best around.”
After Mesagno was hit by a pitch in his second at bat, Lou Miceli came up with the bases loaded. Miceli, who had 28 RBI’s heading into the all-star game, delivered with a two-run single up the middle.
David Redfield got into the game in the third inning. The Wesleyan University righty came into the game with runners on base trying to protect a 3-2 NYCBL lead. After walking the first batter he faced, Redfield recorded the last out of the inning via a strikeout.
“I was talking to Coach Willey (Spartans Pitching Coach), and he said ‘They’ve never seen you before, so you can go in there and throw the house at them. Just do your thing,’” said Redfield prior to pitching in the game.
The NYCBL would take a 7-2 lead on a four run sixth inning. Andrew Pedone came into the game in the same inning at shortstop for Dylan McDearmon (Genesee Rapids).
On the day Pedone would go 0-2, but played a nice shortstop recording a put out.
The ACBL had a big 8th inning highlighted by two NYCBL errors. They scored four runs in the top half of the eighth to make things interesting, before Keon Taylor slammed the door in the ninth.
The event started with a home run derby competition that included three participants from each league. After winning the first round for their league each by hitting five home runs, Taylor Fajardo, of the Syracuse Salt Cats (NYCBL) faced off against Jacob Buser of the North Jersey Eagles (ACBL). Buser won the event, using every second of his allotted two minutes to best Fajardo 2-1.
For the ACBL, Tatem Levins took home batter of the game for his side, while Nick Snyder was the ACBL’s pitcher of the game. Levins went 1-1 with an RBI base hit and a walk. Snyder gave the large crowd something to cheer about, as he had the rare four strike outs in one inning of work.
For the NYCBL, Kyler Kent was named batter of the game, while Max Bain was pitcher of the game. After replacing Chris Turco at first base, Kent went 2-2 with two RBI’s. Bain was sharp on the mound, working an inning and striking out the side.
The Spartans return to action Wednesday, July 11th when they travel to take on the Cortland Crush at 5:00. The next Spartans home game will be Sunday, July 15th they take on the Rome Generals at 1:30 pm.