On the scoreboard, the Class 5A all-stars defeated the 4A all-stars in the Southern Colorado High School All-Star Seniors Game on Monday at Security Service Field. Unlike most games, however, nobody was concerned with the score.
For the 35 participants, thoughts were about endings and beginnings as they wrap up noteworthy high school careers.
“It’s kind of sad that this is my last game,” said Air Academy’s Josh Frausto, who started for the 5A team and threw four scoreless innings. “It is what it is but I’ll still be playing ball in college. I’m really excited – I can’t wait.”
Frausto will be headed to Lamar Community College, a school with a strong baseball tradition.
Two will be playing for NCAA Division I institutions next season, Liberty’s Brent Williams (Oklahoma State) and Cheyenne Mountain’s Bret Helton (Utah).
“Everyone tells me ‘you’re going on to better things,’ but at the same time, this is the last time going to be able to play high school baseball with a lot of my close friends,” said Williams, who drove in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly. “It’s going to be hard but I’m looking forward to some Division I baseball now.”
Some aspects of Monday’s game were hardly all-star material, like the 20 combined walks and four wild pitches. Others aspects, like the 5A team’s four double plays, decidedly were star material.
As the high school seniors left the field, they headed in all directions, literally and figuratively.
It will be a short drive down I-25 to see Kevin Megyeri of Air Academy and Nate Germano of St. Mary’s as the duo will now be teammates at Colorado State-Pueblo. Woodland Park’s Louie Neil will also play for the Thunderwolves, but on the football field. Others playing NCAA Division II baseball close to home will be Lewis-Palmer’s Logan Woish (Colorado Mines) and Nick Flynn (Adams State), Doherty’s Derek Stimpson (Metro State).
Three of the all-stars, Jerry Lacayo and Scott Bowen of Cheyenne Mountain and Spencer Bedwell of Pine Creek, will be teammates at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College.
Others aside from Frausto looking to sharpen their skills at two-year schools include Charlie Coghlin of St. Mary’s, who is headed to Des Moines (Iowa) Area CC, Josh Keaton of Sand Creek who will play at Otero JC and Billy Shatraw of Air Academy who will be at McCook (Neb.) JC.
Thirteen of Monday’s participants have not yet decided on their post-high school direction, although several said they will be attending college but have not decided where yet. Eight others have chosen their respective schools but do not plan on playing baseball.
All, however, will be starting anew.