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Blue all-stars mesh together

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 6/5/2013

MANHATTAN — Not many times in an all-star setting do the players have a

chance to mesh together. The Blue team in the Kansas Association of

MANHATTAN — Not many times in an all-star setting do the players have a

chance to mesh together. The Blue team in the Kansas Association of

Baseball Coaches All-Star game was an exception to the rule.

The players fit well together and many knew each other from past playing experiences.

That helped spur the Blue squad to an 11-2 win over the Red team Wednesday at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Ottawa High School’s Kaden Shaffer and Greyson LaPlant were Blue team members, which was coached by Cyclones’ Shawn Herrmann.

“We were having fun,” LaPlant said. “It worked out really well. Being your last high school thing, it was pretty cool.”

Shaffer said many of the players were familiar with each other and it made for an easy transition.

“They were pretty relaxed and it showed,” Herrmann said. “We had a lot of athletic guys that can play multiple positions.”

The Blue pitchers were in control. The Red squad was limited to five hits.

“We were loaded on pitching,” LaPlant, who was the starting catcher,

said. “We had [Jordan] Floyd who is going to K-State and [Mitchell]

McIntyre who is going to Wichita State. We held them at bay pretty

well.”

Shaffer, who played third base, said it was easy to play defense behind them.

“Our pitchers definitely dominated the game from start to finish,”

Shaffer said. “It is always more fun on defense when you see pitchers

rolling and you are on your toes. It helps the fielder out a lot.”

Greyson said it was an adjustment catching pitchers for the first time.

“It is always a challenge catching someone you never have before,” he

said. “They feel comfortable throwing certain pitches in certain

situations.

“We talked in the bullpen. I told them to shake me off whenever.”

The Cyclones were involved in the action. Greyson reached base twice, including getting one of the 19 hits, and scored a run.

Both players made nice defensive plays on high pop flies.

“That was the highest fly ball behind the plate I have ever seen,” Greyson said. “The wind kind of swirls, so it is tricky.”

Shaffer had to fight the wind also before making a circus catch in foul territory.

“Both pop flies were tough plays,” Herrmann said.

All three said the experience could not be beat.

“It was a blast,” Shaffer said.

“It was awesome,” Greyson said.

Herrmann said, “This was a lot of fun. This is an experience I will not forget.”

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