Six players from the division-leading Tarboro River Bandits have been named to the Premier Collegiate League’s 2021 East All-Stars first team. The game, pitting the league’s best from the east and west divisions, will square off Friday at Tarboro’s Municipal Stadium.
Gates will open at 4:30 with the Home Run Derby scheduled for 5:30. The All-Star Game is scheduled for a 7:30 start. Tickets are $12 for ages 13 and older and $10 for ages 6-12. Youngers aged 5 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate or online at www.tarbororiverbandits.com.
First-team selections from Tarboro include shortstop/second baseman Anthony Sherwin (Bucknell), Cather Levis Aquila (Felician), center fielder Michael Dolberry (Longwood), and pitchers Zack Mallia (UNC-Greensboro), Jonathan Peacock (Mount Olive), and Alec Greenblatt (Maryland-Eastern Shore).
Players selected from the Edenton Steamers include second baseman Casey Haire (Milligan), outfielder/first baseman Hunter Cole (Randolph-Macon), catcher Case Kermode (Mount Olive), and pitchers Willie Daniel (Montreat), Jared Davis (Barton), and Blake Gipson (Mount Olive).
Selections from the Greenbrier Knights include outfielder/infielder Trent Hatchey (Norfolk State), outfielder/catcher Lincoln Ransom (Old Dominion), and outfielder/designated hitter (Jose Cazorla (Bryant & Stratton), and pitchers Hunter Perdue (Florida State), Brett Smith (Old Dominion), and Andrew Ramos (Randolph-Macon).
Eighteen players were also selected to the second team.
Players named from Tarboro include third baseman/shortstop Ben Jones (Dayton), second baseman Will Smith (UT-Martin), catcher/outfielder Ethan Fewell (Winthrop), first baseman/outfielder Andrew Casey (Dayton), and pitchers Jack Metzger (Dartmouth), and Luke Carpenter (Dartmouth).
Selections from Edenton include outfielder Joe Haney (Davidson), second baseman Chase Bruno (Montreat), first baseman/designated hitter Josh Pernetti (San Joaquin Delta), and pitcher Cole Bates (Delaware State).
Named to the second team from Greenbrier was catcher/utility player Warren Bailey (Bryant & Stratton), third/second baseman Max Lucas (Panola Junior College), first baseman/outfielder Minjae Hong (Norfolk State), and pitchers Aiden Foley (Randolph-Macon), Dalton Barham (Norfolk State), Hayden Swisher (University of the South), Shane McCarthy (Bryant & Stratton) and Joe Califano (Virginia Tech).
Following the All-Star break, five playing dates remain in the regular season before the divisional playoffs get underway.