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Baseball: Tigard's Garcia and Nix and Tualatin's Richmond play in the all-star tilts
by: Miles Vance ALL-STAR PITCHER — Austin Richmond, a 2011 Tualatin High School graduate, gets ready to deliver a pitch during Sunday’s opening game of a doubleheader at the Oregon All-Star Series in Corvallis.

CORVALLIS - A trio of area stars got to finish their high school baseball career playing with, and against, some of the top players in the state.

Austin Richmond, a 2011 Tualatin High School graduate, and Kyler Garcia and Trevor Nix, both 2011 Tigard grads, played in the Oregon All-Star Series, held Saturday and Sunday at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.

The three-game series featured many of the top graduated seniors from Class 5A and Class 6A teams from around the state.

The local trio all played for the South team, which was coached by Sherwood head coach Jon Strohmaier, at the series.

And, although the North squad came away with a sweep in the three-game series, winning 4-0 on Saturday and then winning Sunday's doubleheader by scores of 10-7 and 6-4, each of the three local players had some highlights during the series.

Garcia, an outfielder, started in left field for the South team in the first game of the series and had both a putout and an assist in the contest. He came off the bench to play in left field in Sunday's first game. He went 1-for-2 at the plate in that game and scored a run.

In Sunday's second game, Garcia started in right field. He went 1-for-4 at the plate in that contest with a double and a run scored.

Nix, a catcher, came off the bench in the first game of the series. He had five putouts and also threw out North's Ryan Howard at third base on a stolen-base attempt.

Nix started at catcher for the South in Sunday's opening game. He went 1-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.

Richmond, a left-handed pitcher, started on the mound for the South team in Sunday's first game.

In three innings of work, Richmond gave up three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking three.

Jace Fry of Southridge was named the MVP of the Series as well as earning the North's Most Outstanding Pitcher honor. Jake Azevedo, also from Southridge, was the North's Most Outstanding Player.

Austin Hamilton of North Salem was named the South team's Most Outstanding Player. Parker Vernon of Redmond was named the South's Most Outstanding Pitcher.

Richmond will play at Washington State University next year. Nix will play at Treasure Valley Community College.