Extra Points — June 17, 2016


Four Shorebirds named to SAL All-Star team

The Delmarva Shorebirds will be well-represented at the 57th South Atlantic League All-Star game, with catcher Yermin Mercedes, catcher Alex Murphy, pitcher Garrett Cleavinger and pitcher Ryan Meisinger all selected to represent the ’Birds and the Northern Division.

“We are very glad to see these four well-deserving players selected to the SAL All-Star Game,” said Shorebirds general manager Chris Bitters. “They have provided plenty of great moments for our fans in the first half, and we are excited to see them showcase their skills on this big stage.”

Mercedes will get the start behind the plate for the North when the game gets under way on Tuesday, June 21, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Ky.

The South Atlantic League’s Player of the Week for April 18-24, Mercedes was picked up by the Baltimore Orioles’ organization as a free agent in 2014 and is currently batting .337 on the season, leading Delmarva in nearly every offensive category.

A Baltimore native, and product of Calvert Hall College High School, Murphy gets the All-Star nod after being selected in the sixth round by the Orioles in 2013.

So far this season, the 21-year-old is batting .255, with 10 homers and 34 RBIs.

On the mound, Cleavinger and Meisinger will add to the North bullpen. Cleavinger was named Baltimore’s Minor League Pitcher in the Month in April and has held down a 1.62 ERA this season, with 45 strikeouts and five wins. Meisinger is averaging a league-leading 14.03 K/9 IP ratio, with a 0.70 ERA.

The Shorebirds have now had at least three players representing the Orioles organization in the All-Star game for the past three seasons. Fans will be able to follow the game live via the Shorebirds’ website, at www.theshorebirds.com, as well as the team’s social media outlets.

DIAA announces new Executive Director

When high school sports get under way this fall, the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) will have a new executive director, with the recent appointment of Thomas E. Neubauer.

Getting his start in Delaware education teaching at Caravel Academy in 1980, before moving on to Middletown High School, Neubauer is a graduate of West Chester State College with a bachelor’s degree in education and concentration in social studies. He takes over for longtime director Kevin Charles.

“I am humbled and honored that the DIAA Board of Directors and Dr. Godowsky have placed their confidence in me,” he said. “I strongly believe in DIAA’s mission and the positive impact that interscholastic athletics has on students attending our member schools. Over the past decade, DIAA has experienced tremendous growth, and I pledge to work to continue to build on the growth created by the executive directors who preceded me.”

Neubauer is set to officially start on the job on July 11. He will be the seventh executive director since the DIAA got its start back in 1945.

Cripple Creek Junior Golf Program registration still open

There’s still time to register for the Junior Golf Program at the Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro.

Junior golfers ages 5-17 can sign up for as many as three sessions this summer, spanning June 22-24, June 29 through July 1, and July 13-15. There will also be additional sessions held from July 13 through Aug. 25.

New participants to the programs are required to attend one of the initial three-day camps before signing up for the additional sessions.

For $150, the Junior Program includes putting green and practice range access through Sept. 15 (excluding Mondays after 2 p.m.), weekly four- or nine-hole junior tournaments on Tuesdays spanning from July 12 through Aug. 16, open golf after 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, the One Child Parent/Grandparent Tournament, and the end-of-season cookout and pool party.

The Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club is located at 29494 Cripple Creek Drive in Dagsboro. For more information, contact Ryan Diehl at ryan.diehl@cripplecreekgolf.com or call (302) 539-1446, ext. 1.

Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race set for June 21

The 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will hit the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, June 21.

Racers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware will all compete for prize money totaling more than $35,000 in a variety of different categories, including: Big Block Modifieds, Super Late Models, AC Delco PSC Modifieds, Crate Late Model, Modified Lites, Little Lincoln and Delmarva Chargers, and Trucks.

Gates open at 4 p.m., with races getting under way at 7 p.m. and local band Front Page News playing from 5 to 7 p.m. Additionally, the Metal Shop of Delmar will put on a Monster Truck Show at intermission.

Tickets are available at speedway’s ticket booth on the night of the event and cost $20 for spectators and $30 for pit tickets. The rain date is set for Wednesday, June 22.

The Delaware International Speedway is located on Route 13, north of the Delaware/Maryland state line. For more information, contact Jeff Hudson at jeff.hudson@state.de.us.