POINT BEACH — The Ocean Gulls have finished their first season in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League [ACBL], after making the transition from the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League [ABCCL]. Headed by general manager Angelo Fiore and assistant manager Joe Mazza, both made the league switch to help their players gain more traction from Major League Baseball scouts. “There was just a big void in this area,” said Fiore, who doubles as the Point Beach head baseball coach. “We were approached by the president of the ACBL who was looking to put a franchise on the Jersey Shore because Monmouth and Ocean counties – the Shore Conference – just puts a ton of kids into the collegiate level in baseball.” The ACBL is a collegiate summer league that is backed by Major League Baseball and is sanctioned by the National College Athletic Association [NCAA]. The league provides collegiate athletes a chance to be scouted by major league teams and gain exposure to a possible extension of their baseball career. With teams previously in the ABCCL and the Jersey Shore Baseball League for many years, Fiore and Mazza decided to address a larger issue: helping develop the local talent past their collegiate careers. “The level of competition wasn’t there to get better in the summer, because that’s what it’s all about,” explained Mazza, also assistant coach of Point Beach baseball.
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