SUN PHOTO BY ROB SHORE
North Port second baseman Brian McAlpine, second from left, thumbs through his letter of intent to play baseball for Jacksonville State in Alabama. Alongside McAlpine are, from left, mother Jessica, North Port coach Rob Rowe, father Jeffrey and North Port assistant coach Zach Maxfield.
NORTH PORT — Jacksonville State didn’t have a sales pitch for North Port High School second baseman Brian McAlpine. As it turned out, the Alabama school didn’t need one.
The Gamecocks had McAlpine by saying the right words: Play right away.
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