During his youth, Wilsonville 2017 graduate Dominic Enbody remembers attending Beaver games at Goss Stadium with a friend who had season tickets, fetching autographs from Oregon State players and gobbling up grounders after the game.
Flash forward to the summer after his senior year, Enbody, as well as former Wilsonville High pitcher Gage Gloster, had the chance to compete in Corvallis on that very same field.
The former Wilsonville High pitching and catching duo played in the Damler Oregon All-Star Series June 24-25, against some of the top 2017 graduates from 5A and 6A classifications.
The two former teammates, who led Wilsonville to the semifinals of the state playoffs and earned all-state honors this spring, played 27 innings of baseball in a two-day span for the North squad. The North team wound up winning the first game of the series 11-5 and lost the final two games to the South team 9-5 and 12-9.
Enbody, who split catching responsibilities with former Clackamas catcher Jordan Mambaje, was quiet offensively until the final game. In the finale, he went 2-for-3 from the plate including a ground rule double.
"The Redmond kid was throwing hard and he threw everyone a first pitch fastball so I just tried to jump on the first pitch," Enbody said. "It was fun. I was pretty happy with that. It kept us in the game. It was pretty cool to get a ball out there at Goss, especially against some good competition."
Gloster pulled his groin during the Wildcats' state quarterfinals victory over Lebanon in May and rested for weeks in hopes of healing in time to play in the all-star game.
And on the morning of the day he was slated to pitch, he felt spry and ready to compete. But the injury bothered him during an appearance in which he allowed six earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.
"It was really killing me when I was on the mound. I don't want to use that as an excuse on why I did poorly but it didn't help," Gloster said.
But Gloster wasn't the only pitcher to struggle in a series featuring consistently prolific scoring tallies. As it turns out, trying to expel a lineup of all-stars is no easy task.
"I don't think most of the pitchers were used to pitching against that concentrated amount of good hitters. Usually you see one or two guys (like that) on one team and you can pitch around them. Pitching against guys who all hit well over .300 every game was very difficult," Gloster said.
Enbody and Gloster played with five players headed to major Division 1 programs and many others who will play college baseball next year. Enbody will play for Concordia University and Gloster will play for George Fox.
"You can tell all the guys are pretty polished fundamentally. They all are talented. It was pretty competitive. Everyone got to show what they are capable of doing. It was impressive to see some of the kids," Enbody said.
The team stayed at the Corvallis Hilton and hung out together after the series opener. Enbody and Gloster knew most of the players but became even more acquainted with them during the weekend.
Despite his struggles, Gloster throrougly enjoyed the experience.
"It was amazing. Just being able to play in that game and be recognized — that was very humbling and a great experience. Overall, I got to meet a few guys, loved my roommate I stayed with. Getting to know those guys was unforgettable," Gloster said.
Enbody will play about 30 more summer baseball games for his club team before gearing up for fall baseball and Gloster will undergo an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on his groin and hopes to return to the field as soon as possible.
Though they're focused on the next level, the all-star series was a nice bow to wrap around their high school baseball careers.
"I think it's great," Enbody said of the series. "You get to meet new guys, play the game you love to play, good weather and in a great stadium."