OSHKOSH – Shullsburg/Benton’s Chris Trejo finished off his prep baseball career by playing three games for the South All-Star team at the 2017 Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Star Classic held at EJ Schneider Field in Oshkosh on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24.
Trejo, who is the first player from either Shullsburg or Benton to compete in the All-Star Classic, played third base in all three games and took the mound in one game for the South squad, who posted a 1-2 record in the round robin tournament.
The South fell to the North, 13-4, on Friday night, and then split two games on Saturday with a win over the East, 9-6, and an extra-inning loss to the West, 15-10. The North and West each finished with 2-1 records, while the South and East went 1-2.
Trejo went 1-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored in their three games. He scored a run in Saturday’s win over the East, crossing the plate on a groundout by Highland’s John Ross Linscheid during the South’s four-run rally in the fourth inning.
Against the West in game three, Trejo scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run double by Janesville Craig’s Evan Spry, but the South’s rally came up a little short.
The South led 7-0 after four innings of play, but the West scored three runs in the top of the seventh to even the game at seven all and then exploded for eight runs in the eighth to grab a 15-7 lead.
Spry surrendered 13 runs (six earned) on 12 hits and two walks over three and two-thirds innings to take the loss for the South. Trejo relieved him on the mound in the eighth and gave up two unearned runs on three hits before securing the final out.
The South’s Austin Cotharn of Madison West was the Tom Nygaard Most Valuable Player of the Classic after going 5-for-7 with five runs batted in and two runs scored at the tournament.
The South All-Star team was coached by Highland’s Terry Cool, Stoughton’s Jeremy Dunnihoo and Kickapoo’s Eric Wiegel, who is a 1991 graduate of Shullsburg High School.