Waupun’s Jordan Daane and Colin DeBoer having been heading out to baseball fields together for a long time.
The two got one more chance this past weekend.
Daane and DeBoer were members of the South squad, while Winnebago Lutheran teammates Maustin Otterstatter and Kevin Seibel played on the North squad at the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Star Classic held this weekend at E.J. Schneider Field.
“Me and Colin have been playing together our whole life,” Daane said following the team’s last game of the three-day tournament. “I thought we had a good shot of making it together and playing together like we have been our whole life.”
Daane and DeBoer were on a South squad that went 2-1 during the two-day event, while Otterstatter and Seibel’s North squad also finished 2-1.
Still, there was more to this weekend than just wins and losses.
“It’s awesome,” said Otterstatter, who threw four shutout innings on Friday night and picked up a hit in the second game on Saturday. “We get to play with guys who are of the same caliber as we are, if not better and you just know that no matter what, you’re going to be playing against good guys. It’s a lot of fun.”
DeBoer might have had the biggest moment of the group. It was his single up the middle in the fifth inning that brought in the go-ahead run in South’s squad 7-4 victory.
DeBoer, though, quickly credited the team’s chemistry for helping him succeed n that situation.
“Our teammates really helped out and really made you feel relaxed,” DeBoer said. “When you’re relaxed the ball seems so much bigger and so much easier to hit.”
Finding that team chemistry can de difficult in all-star event like this one.
However, DeBoer said his team clicked together right from the start.
“It was neat to meet new people and then come out here and play well as a team and have actually good team chemistry, which was neat for not knowing anybody,” DeBoer said. “Turned out we all were friends right away. It was pretty cool.”
As relaxed as someone can be, though, there is still at least a little pressure.
With the gathering of the state’s best players, there is the push inside the players to show they belong.
“You feel a little bit (of pressure),” said Seibel, whose dad, Mike, served as head coach for the North squad. “You want to prove that you belong here and show you can actually play with some of the people that are pretty good.”
The event showcases some of the top baseball talent in the state, which meant when players weren’t actually on the field, their attention was directed there.
“You get to see what the other teams have, too, for pitching and hitting-wise,” Otterstatter said. “It’s pretty cool to see that.”
The WBCA Classic, which involves more than 70 players from around the state and divides the player pool into four teams, was the last time these four players will be donning their high school uniforms for competition.
And the last time that Seibel and Otterstatter, as well as Daane and DeBoer share the field as teammates.
“It was an awesome experience,” Daane said. “We had a lot of fun at the dorms and playing baseball. It’s what me and Colin both love to do. It was just a great experience for both of us.”