TJ Reynolds of Van Wert throws the ball to first during the Ohio Veterans Four County Memorial All Star game in Ottawa on Friday. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)
Eight area High School seniors competed in the Ohio Memorial All-Star Game at Ottawa Memorial Field over the weekend.
The event was organized by Abram Escamilla, the head baseball coach at Allen East, who rounded up a number of sponsors and volunteers to make the four exhibition games in two days possible.
Friday night’s opener consisted of a split squad matchup between seniors from Blanchard Valley Conference school. BVC Red came out on top over BVC Blue by a final score of 10-2.
Game two featured teams made up of “Limaland All Stars” with the White team including players from Findlay, Ottawa-Glandorf, Elida, Lima Senior, Perry, and Delphos St. Johns.
Their opponents, Limaland Grey, consisted of players from all remaining Western Buckeye League schools.
The Van Wert Cougars trotted out three players, all of which stared the game in Parker Conrad, TJ Reynolds and Keaton Brown.
Brown started the game in left field and batted second. Throughout his high school career, Brown has accumulated eight letters across four different sports, and has earned WBL Honorable mention in baseball and cross country.
Parker Conrad began the night playing first base and batting sixth in the lineup. As a junior, he batted .347 and earned All-District honors. Conrad was recently named to the All-Academic Ohio list, and will finish his time at Van Wert as a three year letter-winner in baseball.
TJ Reynolds batted third and opened the game at shortstop. Reynolds has committed to playing collegiate baseball at Muskingum University after lettering in all four years of his career at Van Wert. As a junior, he batted .313, successfully following up an impressive .340 average in his sophomore season. Reynolds was also recently named to the All-Academic Ohio list. During the game, he even had the privilege of joining zsports live broadcast multiple times, including once while he was in the field playing shortstop.
As for the contest, the Limaland White All Stars came out on top 7-5 despite a furious seventh inning comeback attempt by the Grey team. Reynolds stole three bases on the evening as he and Conrad both recorded hits in the game.
Saturday night’s first game featured seniors from all schools in the Putnam County League. “Team MCK” which consisted of Miller City, Continental, Kalida took the intersquad match 17-2 over a team consisting of players from Ft Jennings, Pandora-Gilboa, Columbus Grove and Leipsic.
For the fourth and final game of the weekend, the Putnam County teams combined into one to take on the seniors from the North West Conference. Gavin Carter from Lincolnview, and Michael Joseph, Kaden Short, Drew Mosier and Jacob Forewerck from Crestview all took the field in the events closing game.
Carter batted fourth and started the game on the mound, pitching 1+ innings, striking out two batters and touching 85 miles per hour multiple times on the radar gun. Carter has committed to Indiana Tech to further his education and baseball career this coming fall.
Kaden Short was the only Knight in the starting lineup as he batted seventh and started at second base. Short recorded a bunt single in the game.
Mosier, Joseph and Forewerck all recorded at bats in the game after coming in off the bench. All four Crestview seniors plan on attending college in the fall to focus on furthering their education.
The PCL All Stars did every bit of the scoring in the game to take an 11-0 win over the NWC All Stars.
All eight of the seniors from the Van Wert area will have an opportunity to participate in the 2020 Van Wert County Summer League. Crestview, Lincolnview, Van Wert, Delphos Jefferson and Delphos St. Johns will participate in a five team league as a way to make up some of the games missed this season. The league will start on June 15 and the final week of scheduled games will be July 17.
Original article courtesy of Times Bulletin