Lake Oswego's Matt Sebolsky and Gabe DeVille compete at Oregon All-Star Series
Lake Oswego's Matt Sebolsky and Gabe DeVille accomplished a lot during their Laker baseball careers.
In their last two years together as starters on the Lake Oswego varsity team, they helped head coach Jake Anders' Lakers go 24-11 in the Three Rivers League (finishing tied for first in '18 and third in '19), 32-25 overall and reach the Class 6A state playoffs twice.
With all that history together, it's understandable that DeVille and Sebolsky didn't want to let the good times end.
So they didn't.
Sebolsky and DeVille — both graduated seniors — got together one last time on the diamond over the weekend, teaming up on the North team in the annual Oregon All-Star Series, held Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.
Sebolsky, an outfielder who will play next year at George Fox University, batted .333 in the series with two walks and two runs scored. He also made two putouts and handled eight chances in the outfield without an error.
"It's very exciting," Sebolsky said. "It's been a great four years at Lake Oswego and I can't thank the coaches enough for helping me become the player I am today."
DeVille, a catcher who will study business accounting next year at the University of Oregon, was solid defensively during his time in the field and also went 0 for 3 at the plate.
"It was a huge honor to be able to finish off my high school career in the All-Star Series, and being able to compete with and against some of the best kids in the state," DeVille said.
In the series opener, Sebolsky started in left field for the North and made two putouts during his time in the outfield. At the plate, he struck out in his first appearance, singled to right in the third inning, then reached base on an error in the fifth and scored on Sage Dunaway's triple.
DeVille, meanwhile, entered Saturday's game in its latter third, catching for Grant reliever Kenji Lamdin and striking out in his only plate appearance.
Lake Oswego's best then brought out more of their best for the North team's Sunday victory.
On Sunday, Sebolsky entered the contest midway through the game in right field and ended up reaching base in all three of his plate appearances, getting hit by a pitch once and walking twice. He got caught on a steal in the sixth inning, but scored in the eighth as the North boosted its lead to 12-4.
"The first game, I thought I played fine for not playing a game since (Lake Oswego's May 22 playoff loss to Clackamas)," Sebolsky said. "(I knew it was) gonna take me a little bit to find my swing again and get comfortable in the box but ... it's always a great time connecting with (the other all-stars) and being on the same team together."
DeVille did his part behind the plate once again, and at bat, he popped out and grounded into a fielder's choice in his two appearances.
"The most memorable part of the experience was being able to talk to and become friends with kids who you're used to competing against for your whole career," DeVille said.
Beyond that, the highlight for both Lakers was the chance to compete once more, to represent their school once more and to play together once more.
"Matthew and I have been playing baseball with or against each other since the fourth grade, so to be able to do the All-Star Series alongside him was really special and meant a lot to me," DeVille said.
"Gabe has been one of my best friends for a long time and always will be," Sebolsky said. "I'd do anything for him. To end my high school baseball career with him was a surreal moment for me. I wish he could still be playing baseball in college, but I know he's gonna do great things at UO next year."
Decker Stedman of Thurston won the series' first-ever Jugs Sports Home Run Derby, went 5 for 9 with three doubles, a homer and four RBIs, and earned a save in the opener to win the Bob Brockman Oregon All-Star Series MVP honors.
Ruben Cedillo of Central was named the South's Most Outstanding Player after going 6 for 10 with four doubles, five runs scored and three RBIs. The South's Most Valuable Pitcher was South Salem's Ryan Brown.
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