By: Austin Alexander - November 3-4, 2012
The Fourth Annual South Atlantic Border Battle landed back in North Carolina for the 2012 version of showcasing top talent from the Palmetto State up to the Mid-Atlantic Region. Burlington Athletic Stadium was the home of this year's event and they were a tremendous host to rosters that had college commitments and professional prospects lining the scoutbooks, toeing the rubber and running the bases..
The Border Battle was initially the combination of efforts between Dynamic Baseball and Diamond Prospects over the first three years. Following the 2011 edition at USC, we were approached about enhancing the annual event... This year, the high-octane showcase took on a new flavor and a much-improved step in the right direction. The Kansas City Royals lent the event one of their minor league stadiums while eight Major League clubs enhanced the Border Battle experience with the use of professional uniforms and their scouts to patrol the dugouts over the weekend.
So with MLB uni's, college and pro scouts galore, it was "game-on" in cool-to-very chilly conditions with a format of BP on the field, INF/OF and games on Saturday... then INF/OF and games on Sunday. Each team from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic fielded a senior team and a junior team, eight clubs total playing two games apiece. Looking back at the past, the alumni list is very decorated, 2012 will prove to be no different.
As you might imagine, DP had a front row seat behind the dish and in the trenches of the dugout too.
We have churned out recaps from each game that the Sandlappers played in, plus prospect info and pictures too...
Saturday Action... Game 1: SC 13 Mets vs NC 13 Red Sox / Game 2: SC 14 Pirates vs Mid-Atlantic 14 Cardinals
Kudos... Are in order to Casey Fahy, the area scout of the Kansas City Royals. He was the brainchild of including pro clubs, did much of the underground legwork and worked his tail off over the weekend to make the Border Battle better... The Royals staff in general for so many things out in front and behind the scenes... My partner in this event since the very beginning, Jeff Petty of the Evoshield Canes and Dynamic Baseball, plus his entire support staff... To Marlin McPhail (Mets) and Sean Heffernan (Pirates) for taking care of each player leading up to the event, in the cages, during the games and after the last out was recorded. Our state's elite were in great hands from A-Z... Last but not least, our entire DP staff led by Will Cheatham, David List and Barry Mabry (in alphabetical order) for helping ensure the South Carolina rosters remain competitive year after year!