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North Adams’ Joe Porricelli slides safely into second base as Vermont’s Paul Witt fields the throw during a game last year. The Mountaineers have been selected to host the 2019 NECBL All-Star Game.

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Mountaineers have been selected to host the 2019 New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on July 28 at Montpelier Recreation Field.

NECBL Commissioner Sean McGrath announced the decision, marking the third time the Mountaineers will host the event. The Capital City was also the site of the 2004 and 2012 All-Star matchups.

“It’s a big deal for us to land the All-Star game for our fans,” Mountaineers President and General Manager Brian Gallagher said. “Our fans create a great atmosphere at the ballpark. And the community’s outstanding support of our organization has made it one of the premier locations to experience summer collegiate baseball.”

The All-Star Game features the NECBL’s top talent in a fun-filled afternoon and evening of the best the league has to offer. Players from all NECBL franchises attempt to show off their skills in front of scouts from every Major League Baseball organization. The event will be sponsored by The National Life Group, which recently celebrated its 170th anniversary.

“As the New England League celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are excited to return to beautiful Recreation Field in Montpelier to showcase some of the best college baseball players in the country,” McGrath said. “Every summer, the All-Star Game is the pinnacle of our season and an opportunity for fans to watch a very high level of baseball that is guaranteed to feature future professionals.”

Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the Home Run Derby will kick off the afternoon’s slate of activities at 3:15 p.m. The All-Star Game will begin with pre-game ceremonies at 5:10 p.m.

“The Mountaineers are one of the best summer collegiate baseball organizations in the country and it will be a treat to the players and coaches who earn the honor to compete in the 2019 All-Star Game,” McGrath said. “We are looking forward to a special evening at the ballpark that will be filled with talented players and wonderful entertainment.”

Tickets will be available for a general admission price of $6 and can be purchased in advance or at the gate. Parking will be available for $2 per car on site, or at the two lots near the ballpark. A free courtesy shuttle service will also be available, starting at noon at Montpelier High School.

“We are delighted to host the NECBL All-Star Game here in Montpelier,” Montpelier Mayor Anne Watson said. “What fun to have such high-level play in our area. In addition, it will be a great attraction for the area, bringing more people to Montpelier. It’s an honor to have this great event in our city and I’m looking forward to it.”

The NECBL is a wooden bat college summer league that fields teams in all six New England states. Partially funded by MLB, the NECBL started play in 1994 and the league has sent nearly 150 alumni to the big leagues. Nearly 100 former NECBL players have been drafted in each of the last 10 MLB Drafts.

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