05/16/2001 12:03 PM
For immediate release: 16 May, 2001
Cape League All-Stars will head north to play NECBL top squad
KEENE, NH -- In lieu of another mid-summer classic against TEAM USA, the 2001 Sprint PCS Cape League All-Star Team will be traveling on July 28 to play the all-stars from the New England Collegiate Baseball League in front of an expected crowd of 5,000-6,000 fans.
For some time, the burgeoning NECBL has prodded Cape League officials for a match-up but it wasn't until this past winter that CCBL officials opted to make the trek to Keene, NH to stage a match-up between the two leagues' best players.
Slated for July 28, 2001 at Alumni Field in Keene (NH), the Cape League All-Stars will face off against collegiate-level all-stars culled from 10 NECBL franchises spread across Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Interestingly, TEAM USA this season could not fit another match-up against the CCBL stars in what would have been a rubber match following the 2000 game at Veterans Field in Chatham. In front of 10,000 fans, the CCBL's best talent staged a 2-2, 12-inning battle versus some of the top collegiate amateurs in the nation. Instead, according to the NECBL, TEAM USA will be playing 4 exhibition games versus NECBL teams this summer.
Nevertheless, the CCBL All-Stars versus the NECBL All-Stars - dubbed "The Boys of Summer - Heat It Up!" Game - promises to be a fun-filled event.Tickets for the event will be $8 and $2 for students. The following is a schedule of the day's events:
-- 1:00 pm Players arrive at Alumni Field
· Preceding the game will be a fireworks display produced by the world-renowned Atlas Pyrotechnics
CCBL / NECBL All Star Game Chairperson