Wilsonville's Trevor Antonson and Nolan Thebiay star at Oregon All-Star Series
Wilsonville's Trevor Antonson and Nolan Thebiay accomplished a lot during their Wildcat baseball careers.
In their two years together on the Wilsonville varsity team, they helped head coach Bryn Card's Wildcats go 27-8 in the Northwest Oregon Conference (finishing second once and third once), 37-19 overall and reach the Class 5A state playoffs twice.
With all that history together, it's understandable that Thebiay and Antonson didn't want to let the good times end.
So they didn't.
Antonson and Thebiay — 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.
Together, they helped the North team bounce back from a 13-10 opening-game loss on Saturday to beat the South 12-9 on Sunday and walk off with their team's top honors. Antonson, a shortstop/second baseman who will play next year at Seattle University, batted .444 in the series with a double, three runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base. In response, he won the North team's Most Outstanding Player honor.
"It was really cool being able to finish my high school baseball career in this series because I've always played with or against all of the guys that were in this series," he said. "It was awesome to all be on the field at the same time."
Thebiay, a pitcher/outfielder who will play next year at Montana State-Billings, played right field for part of Saturday's game, then picked up the win as the North team's starting pitcher on Sunday, throwing three innings and allowing two runs on one hit and four walks while striking out two.
"I think I played pretty well and pitched pretty well even though I didn't have my best stuff, but I worked with what I had and competed," said Thebiay, who won the North's Most Outstanding Pitcher award.
Neither Thebiay nor Antonson started in Saturday's opener, but both put their stamp on the series before its end.
In the series' opener — the North led 10-6 after five innings but couldn't hold on — Antonson entered the game as a pinch runner and scored in the third inning. Next, he followed up with a leadoff single to left in the fifth and scored again, led off the sixth with an infield single, then popped out to third and finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored.
Thebiay played the latter portion of the first game as the North's right fielder, going 0 for 2 at the plate in his two at-bats.
"I think I played pretty well overall," Antonson said. "(And) it felt good to be back playing. It was my first couple games in a month after losing in the state playoffs."
"It's really cool to have this kind of experience where you and all your friends from other teams come together all at one place and either play with or against each other," Thebiay said.
Wilsonville's best then brought out more of their best for the North team's Sunday victory. Thebiay saw his North team break through with four runs in the top of the first inning and one more in the third before leaving the game with a 5-2 lead the North would not relinquish.
"As coach Card always said, 'Pitchers have to come out and compete like mad no matter if you have your A+ stuff or your D+ stuff,'" Thebiay said.
Antonson was solid again, too, playing second base and shortstop and going 2 for 6 at the plate with one run scored and one RBI. Defensively, Antonson handled seven chances without an error and turned one double play.
"It felt good playing in the field with no errors," Antonson said. "The most memorable thing was getting to play up the middle again with (Oregon State-bound Tualatin graduate) Kyle Dernedde because in eighth grade, we played together and it was cool being able to get one last game together."
Beyond that, the highlight for both Wildcats was the chance to compete once more, to represent their school once more and to play together once more.
"To represent my family and my high school in the all-star series is truly a blessing. It was really cool," Thebiay said. "I love Trev. He's a great guy and (I'm) grateful to call him a brother, because if it wasn't for him, I don't know if I'd even be at Wilsonville."
"It was awesome getting to play with Nolan one last time," Antonson added. "Getting to know him through high school has been a blast and it was also awesome that he got Most Outstanding Pitcher for the North and I got Most Outstanding Player also for the North. I think that we represented Wilsonville very well."
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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