The dream lives on for Sugar Creek native and former Park University right-handed pitcher Michael Barbosa.

The dream lives on for Sugar Creek native and former Park University right-handed pitcher Michael Barbosa.
Barbosa, a St. Mary’s High School graduate, made his professional baseball debut Thursday in  Laredo, Texas for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the United League Baseball, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to save the WhiteWings’ 5-2 win over the Laredo Broncos.
Barbosa was named the WhiteWings’ closer after snagging a spring training invite, the result of competing in an open tryout earlier this month.
 By signing with the WhiteWings, Barbosa became the second pitcher in his family to play professional baseball, as his brother, Joe, played three years for the Rockford Riverhawks in the Frontier League.
Joe Barbosa also played for Park from 2002 to 2003, posting seven wins and 55 strikeouts on the mound in 2003 while also belting 10 home runs at the plate during his Park career.
Michael Barbosa made nine appearances and eight starts for Park in 2010, going 6-2 with a 3.64 ERA in 47 innings.
His only relief appearance resulted in a save and he fanned 41 batters while surrendering just 11 walks.
Rio Grande Valley began the 2010 United League schedule with road games Thursday and Friday before a home opener Saturday against nearby rival Edinburg (Tex.) Roadrunners.
Fans can listen to Barbosa and the WhiteWings throughout the 2010 season by logging on to www.audiosportsonline.net.