On Monday, the South Atlantic League announced several late additions to the All Star rosters; two of which were Delmarva Shorebirds, Trey Mancini and Dylan Rheault. The two players would join their teammates Mike Yastrzemski, Drew Dosch, Hunter Harvey, Sebastian Vader and Jimmy Yacabonis on the North All Star team.
Although they were late additions, both Rheault and Mancini performed well in the game. Rheault came in to the game at the beginning of the sixth inning and pitched a complete inning of work, sitting down the side in order with just eight pitches. He also struck out the second batter he faced in the inning.
Mancini did not start at first base, but he very well should have been. Coming into the game at the top of the sixth inning to play at first base for the North, he played well defensively by not committing an error for the five innings he played.
It was his bat that helped his team even more significantly.
Although he grounded out in his first two at bats, his third at bat helped the North tie the game in the tenth inning. Stepping up to the plate with a man on second, two outs, and the North trailing by a score of 4-3, Mancini had the game on his shoulders and on his bat.
Not letting the pressure get to him, Mancini worked the count to 2-2. On the fifth pitch of the at bat, Mancini drove the ball to right field for an RBI single. Although he could not score as the next batter grounded out to end both the inning and the game, Mancini did even up the score with his RBI single.
As a matter of fact, Mancini has been driving in runs all season long thus far. At the All Star break, he has 42 RBIs which is second on the team. His big RBI single when the game was on the line was just another testament to the kind of clutch player Mancini has evolved into throughout this season.