After the craziest year in Oregon high school sports history, what did the state's best baseball players do for a swan song?
They went down swinging of course.
And for members of the North team in the annual Oregon All-Star Series — held June 19-20 at Goss Stadium on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis — they went down swinging and hitting it hard.
The North team, which included Lakeridge's Cam Clayton and Mac Elske, West Linn's Caden Parker and Clackamas' J.D. Dorn, swept past the South in both of the series' nine-inning games, winning the first game 14-4 and the second 8-5. The North team coaching staff included Lakeridge head coach Ray Pearson as an assistant.
Clayton, a University of Washington commit, played second base and left field for the North, going 1 for 3 at the plate with a double and one run scored in game one. In game two, Clayton finished 1 for 4 with a triple and one run scored.
Parker, a Clark College commit, played shortstop, second base and left field, and went 2 for 2 with one run scored, two RBIs and a double in the Series opener. In the second game, Parker went 1 for 4 with one run scored and a stolen base.
Elske, who played left field and pitched for the North, went 1 for 3 at the plate with one run scored and a walk in game one, then went 0 for 1 at the plate in game two while also pitching one inning, allowing one run on two hits and one walk.
And Dorn, a Mt. Hood Community College commit, played right field in both games and went 0 for 3 in game one and 0 for 1 in game two.
North pitcher/catcher/DH Kaden Segel of Grant High School was named the series' Bob Brockman MVP. First baseman Jack Nehler of Gresham earned the North's Most Outstanding Player honors, and Sunset lefty Chance Wallace was the North's Most Outstanding Pitcher selection.
The South's Most Outstanding Player was catcher Dane Woodcook of Willamette High School, and the South's Most Outstanding Pitcher pick was Jason Proudfit of North Eugene.
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