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Cyclones invited to KABC all-star game

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/31/2013

Many of the most talented Kansas high school senior baseball players from the 2013 season will gather in one place for its annual Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches all-star games.

Nearly 80 players will be featured on four teams in the two nine-inning games, Wednesday, at Kansas State University’s Tointon Family Stadium. The games will be moved to Wichita State University if Kansas State’s baseball team win its regional and is selected to be the host school in a super regional.

Many of the most talented Kansas high school senior baseball players from the 2013 season will gather in one place for its annual Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches all-star games.

Nearly 80 players will be featured on four teams in the two nine-inning games, Wednesday, at Kansas State University’s Tointon Family Stadium. The games will be moved to Wichita State University if Kansas State’s baseball team win its regional and is selected to be the host school in a super regional.

Ottawa will be represented by two players and its head coach on the Blue team. Seniors Kaden Shaffer and Greyson LaPlant will pair together to play for Cyclone coach Shawn Herrmann for one final time. Herrmann will be the Blue squad’s head coach after being selected the 4A coach of the year in 2012. He led the Cyclones to third in the 4A state tournament.

The Blue team plays at noon against the Red squad.

“I am pretty excited,” LaPlant said. “It is pretty cool. It is always fun to meet new people.”

Shaffer said, “It is definitely an honor. Something not expected. It was a distant goal. Definitely fun to reach that goal.”

Herrmann said this is not an honor to take lightly. He said being selected by his peers shows how others view the Cyclone program.

He said it is really neat to coach his two players one more time.

“That makes it more special,” he said.

Greyson said the all-star game is something he will cherish.

“It is my last chance to represent Ottawa High School,” he said. “I want to make the most of it. One last chance to play with [Shaffer] is something special.

“I am glad he is the coach. The last four years, all of us have gotten close.”

Shaffer said this will be a fun experience.

“It is a pleasant surprise to play one more game with Greyson,” he said.

Shaffer is familiar with the other allstar players and the KSU field.

“A lot them are on my summer team,” he said. “It will be pretty fun to play with them. We have played against a lot of the kids during the summer.

“It is one of my favorite fields to play on. The stands will be full. It will be a blast.”

Greyson said he will try to soak in all the things that go with playing in an all-star setting.

Herrmann said Shaffer can do it all on the baseball field.

“He is one of the best all-around players I have ever coached,” Herrmann said. “He played in the outfield as a sophomore. He has played third. In practice, he played shortstop. He is always up for the challenge.”

Shaffer was equally as effective as a reliever or a starter.

“He always rose to the occasion,” Herrmann said. “He pitched against the best teams we played against.”

Greyson grew quickly into one of the main players for the Cyclones.

Herrmann said he was one of those players he could not take out of the lineup.

“He understands how to play the game,” Herrmann said.

He was the field general, calling the defensive plays and all the pitches.

“He thinks baseball all the time,” Herrmann said. “He is so solid and steady.”

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