7/17 Recap: Tomcats Jump to First Place
Date: Jul 17, 2018
By Justin Paura/Axcess Baseball
The atmosphere at the 2018 HCBL All-Star Game could be summed up with just one word: fun.
“Everybody is doing really well out here and we’re having a lot of fun playing together,” (Adelphi) of the said before the first pitch. “It’s been really great so far.”
“It’s awesome receiving this honor and getting to play with some great players,” Long Island’s (SUNY Cortland) said. “We’re going to have fun and play the game it’s meant to be played.”
“It’s really fun playing ball with guys from all over the country,” Perivolaris’ Road Warriors teammate said. “I’m just looking forward to another great game.”
“I’ve been playing here since I could remember, probably since I was six-years-old,” McNeill, the Commack High School-graduate and two-time all-star said. “Being back here in my college years is really something special.”
As mentioned previously, it was a fun evening and there is nothing more fun than an offensive clinic from both sides. The Red All-Stars ultimately won the game 12-5 in a contest that featured three home runs and 26 hits.
Oliphant took the game over when he pinch-hit for his Riverhead teammate (St. John’s) in the fifth, but he wasn’t the only one in the MVP conversation. McNeill started the game at third and reached base in five of six at-bats, including a solo blast in the eighth.
“It’s awesome sharing this moment with my teammates,” McNeill said when standing with three of the other eight Road Warriors who were selected to the game. “Starting back in February during our school seasons, we’ve been grinding it out and still are playing really hard. It’s fun grinding and getting together with these guys every day.”