CBD Senior Writer Kat Cornetta and CBD Editor Brian Foley were both able to take in the 2011 NECBL All-Star game on Wednesday evening at Fraser Field in Lynn, Massachusetts. The Eastern Division picked up the 3-1 victory over the Western Division as the game only featured 12 hits between the two squads. Here are our five quick takes from the game on Wednesday night. We will have a much longer post in the coming days with more in-depth analysis.
- Jake Reinheimer out of East Carolina went 1-2 with a long double to left field off of Nick Williams (Tennessee). Reinheimer was solid in the field where he made several plays at shortstop make look routine.
- Chris Costantino from Walters State was the most impressive pitcher for us as he pitched a perfect inning striking out two batters. He featured a solid fastball at around 90 MPH but his breaking stuff was outstanding in his inning of work.
- Notre Dame first baseman Trey Mancini was the most impressive player from a physical standpoint as he checks in at 6’4 230 pounds. People in the NECBL have raved about him throughout this summer and he has the ability to become one of the elite bats for the 2013 MLB Draft.
- Maine’s AJ Bazdanes is listed at 6’3 220 pounds but seemed a smaller then that to us. He had the best strikeout curveball in the game as he was getting a ton of swings and misses on them. He also spot his fastball pretty well to set up that dominant curveball.
- Louisville’s Jeff Thompson was a very imposing figure on the mound as he touched 91 on a couple of occasions. This was our second time seeing Thompson throw and he has been impressive in each appearance as the last time we saw him was in Storrs CT against a potent UConn lineup. He did a solid job on that day of shutting down the Huskies coming out of the pen and he did the same thing on Wednesday evening.