Looking to create more interaction between baseball players from Baltimore City public and private schools, organizers of the President's Cup have changed the event's format, eschewing a 16-team public vs. private tournament in favor of a single East vs. West all-star game.
Now in its fourth year, the event -- to take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at Camden Yards -- will feature two 25-man teams comprised of players from a mixture of 18 public and private schools.
Lester Davis, the director of communications and media relations for City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young, said the new format better lends itself to building relationships between players from diverse social and economic backgrounds.
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"You had public schools playing against private schools and there was really limited time for interaction," Davis said. "So now the kids will be in the dugout together, they'll be sitting on the bench together and they're really getting the opportunity to learn from one another."
Here are the rosters:
Sahmar Baker, Digital Harbor, Utility
Vince Bonn, Archbishop Curley, OF
Samuel Bihn-Wallace, National Academy Foundation, RF
Johnathan Brice, St. Frances, OF
Shamar Collins, City College, OF
Eric Cormack, City College, 1B/P
Andrew Davis, Archbishop Curley, 1B/LHP
Chris Day, Digital Harbor, C/1B
Chaz Evans, Benjamin Franklin, 1B/3B
Evan Gross, St. Frances, INF/OF
Eamon Harrigan, City College, P
Jermond Holland, Dunbar, OF
Matthew Johnson, National Academy Foundation, P
Trai Jones, St. Frances, C