By: Dale Nelson, Sept 9-10, 2017
In the middle of last week it looked as if Hurricane Irma could pose a significant threat to the 9th Annual South Atlantic Border Battle in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Participant safety is always paramount at these events and that was no different this weekend.
However, after several conference calls and careful consideration of Irma’s projected forecast, Mother Nature cooperated and the two day event went off without a hitch. Players were greeted with sunny skies and temperatures in the high-50’s Saturday morning at 7:00 AM.
The Miami Marlins (SC 2018’s) and the Boston Red Sox (NC 2018’s) would get the day started with batting practice and a pro style workout. The first game began on time at 9:30 AM and was completed in a crisp two hours. Eleven hours later the San Diego Padres (Mid Atlantic 2019’s) and the New York Mets (SC 2019’s) faced off in the nightcap, ending in a Mets 6-0 loss.
Sunday was more of the same as sunny skies and a light breeze provided a beautiful day for an additional four games between the top prospects, ending in a Mets combined no-hitter versus the Atlanta Braves (NC 2019's), a South Carolina 4-0 win.
DP would like to give a few high fives to all those who make this event one to remember for the participants. First of all, a big thank you goes to all the major league clubs who provide this opportunity. The San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres all stepped up and provided these prospects with an excellent opportunity to showcase their abilities. The chance to put on a professional jersey and play for a professional organization is definitely one to remember. Teams were managed by the area scout of the organization they were playing for. Billy Godwin of the New York Yankees spearheaded the organization of on field activities and kept the event running smoothly.
Over 50 professional area scouts from up and down the east coast as well as cross-checkers were in attendance for the workouts and games. Scouts began piling in at 7:15 AM Saturday for a full day of baseball. Sunday began at 8:00 AM and many stayed until the final out was recorded around 7:00 that evening. These guys put in long days in search of the next potential draft picks.
A big thank you to the city of Holly Springs. If you’ve never visited the North Main Complex in Holly Springs you might want to. It’s a state-of- the art facility that is home to the CPL’s Holly Springs Salamanders. This stadium is a multi-sport grandstand that seats 1,800. The state-of-the art digital scoreboard and sound system gives this event a real pro feel.
Thanks to all the players who make this event special. A wealth of talent was on display over the weekend. Several dozen Division I commits and future draft picks put on a show for those in attendance.
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