Guentherat home as all-star (video, story)

Guentherat home as all-star (video, story)

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Guentherat home as all-star (video, story)

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Don’t ask Damian Guenther where some of his teammates are from.

He just knows they were all in Oshkosh this weekend.

Guenther, who played at Oshkosh West, was the lone Oshkosh player selected for the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Classic that took place at E.J. Schneider Field over the past two days.

“Hanging with the guys is really cool,” Guenther said. “You get to meet a lot of guys from all over the place. A lot of towns I don’t know, but it’s still pretty fun.”

Guenther started two of the three games for the North squad, which went 2-1 at the two-day tournament.

He went 0-for-2 while starting in left field on Friday night, and then started in right field for the second game on Saturday. Guenther was hitless in two at bats in that game, as well, but drove in a run in North’s 5-4 win.

The former Wildcat also came on as a reserve in the North’s first game on Saturday, but did not get an at bat.

“I think (the event) is more about enjoyment — well our team is certainly about enjoyment,” Guenther said. “We do like to win but it’s more about enjoying yourself, getting to know the guys and have fun.”

The annual event draws more than 70 players from around the state and divides the player pool into four teams, based on location.

The teams then play a round-robin tournament over the two days.

It’s a showcase for the top baseball players in the state, which brings with it a bit of pressure.

“A little bit (of pressure),” Guenther said. “Some of the guys are going to big (NCAA Division I schools) and you kind of have to show them a little bit that you belong with them and you made the team for a reason.”

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