Area trio set to play in baseball all-star series
The games will be played Saturday and Sunday in Corvallis
CORVALLIS - A trio of area high baseball stars will get a chance to compete with, and against, some of the best players in the state this weekend.
Austin Richmond, who graduated from Tualatin High School on Saturday, and Kyler Garcia and Trevor Nix, who both graduated from Tigard High School on Friday, have been selected to play in the Reser's Oregon All-Star Series.
The event, which features many of the state's top graduating Class 6A and Class 5A players, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.
The teams - North and South squads - will play a single game Saturday starting at 6 p.m. and then play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Richmond, Garcia and Nix are all members of the South team.
Richmond, who has signed to play college baseball at Washington State University, is one of nine players on the South pitching staff.
Richmond, who helped lead the Timberwolves to a share of the Pacific Conference championship as well as to the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs, was a first-team All-Pacific Conference selection this year.
Richmond, a left-hander, is the probable starting pitcher for the South team in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.
Garcia is one of four outfielders on the South team. He was a unanimous first-team all-league pick this year when he helped the Tigers take third place in the league standings as well as reach the second round of the state playoffs.
Nix, who will play college ball at Treasure Valley Community College, is one of two catchers for the South team. Like Garcia, Nix was a unanimous first-team All-Pacific Conference selection.
Other Pacific Conference players on the South roster include McMinnville pitchers Zev Egli and Chris Haddeland.
Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier will be the head coach for the South team. Strohmaier led the Bowmen to the Class 5A state championship, with Sherwood beating rival Wilsonville 6-3 in the state title game held June 4 in Keizer.
Wilsonville coach Matt Kosderka will be the South assistant coach.
Westview coach Steve Antich, who led the Wildcats to the Class 6A state championship, is the head coach for the North team.
Ticket prices for each day of the series are $10 for reserved seats and general admission seats are $5.
Horizon Christian shortstop Shane Monahan, who helped the Hawks win the Class 3A state championship, played for the West team in the Class 3A/2A/1A all-star series held last Saturday and Sunday at Linfield College in McMinnville.
The West team won the first game of Saturday's doubleheader by a 6-3 score. The East won the second game 4-3.
In Sunday's final game of the series, the West came away with a 2-1 victory in 11 innings.