In a series that included many of the best players from around the state, a trio of local standouts showed that they were among the best of the very best.
Kyle Dernedde, a 2019 Tualatin High School graduate, Sherwood grad Sage Dunaway and Tigard graduate C.J. Rivers all stepped up in a big way, when they concluded their high school baseball careers at the annual Freightliner Oregon All-Star Series, which was held June 22-23, at Goss Stadium on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.
The 2019 Oregon All-Star Series was a North vs. South battle of Oregon's top graduated senior baseball stars. The three local stars played for the North squad in the two-game series.
Dernedde, a shortstop, and Rivers, a first baseman, helped the North team get off to a fast start in the June 22 opening game of the series.
After the South took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Dernedde, batting second for the North, drew a walk in the bottom of the frame, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Rivers then belted a three-run home run to center field, giving the North a 3-1 lead at that point.
The South, however, would come back to get a 13-10 victory.
In that game, Dunaway, who played in the outfield for the North, went 1 for 3 at the plate, hitting a two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the North a 9-6 lead at that point. Dunaway would score later in the frame on a single by Grant Schoen, making the score 10-6.
Dernedde went 1 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Rivers went 1 for 4 with his three-run home run.
On June 23, the local trio helped the North get a 12-9 win over the South, evening the series at 1-1.
Dernedde had one of the big hits for the North in the victory, smacking a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning, giving the North a 12-4 lead at that point.
For the game, Dernedde went 1 for 1 at the plate with a walk and two RBIs. Rivers went 1 for 2 with a run scored and a stolen base, and Dunaway went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Rivers also pitched an inning for the North squad in the victory.
Thurston's Decker Steadman, who played for the South team, was named the Bob Brockman Oregon All-Star Series MVP. Ruben Cedillo of Central was named the South's Most Outstanding Player. Trevor Antonson of Wilsonville was tabbed the North's Most Outstanding Player.
The series Most Valuable Pitchers were South Salem's Ryan Brown for the South and Wilsonville's Nolan Thebiay for the North.
Dunaway, representing the Pacific Conference, and Rivers, representing the Three Rivers League, both competed in the series' inaugural Jugs Sports Home Run Derby. Rivers reached the finals, before being edged by Steadman in an extra round.
Dernedde will be playing college baseball at Oregon State University. Dunaway will be playing at Pacific University in Forest Grove and Rivers will play at California State University of Bakersfield.
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