ALL-STAR AC­TION

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGIN­NIS

Those lazy, hazy days of sum­mer have just be­gun for stu­dents in the River­bank area, but a pair of lo­cal high school var­sity base­ball play­ers were part of a spe­cial base­ball game that hung on, just for an evening, to those high school days.

Two 24-man squads played this past Satur­day evening, June 9, in the Modesto Sun­rise Ro­tary High School All-Star Base­ball Classic. The game was played un­der the lights on the War­rior di­a­mond on the Stanis­laus State Uni­ver­sity cam­pus in Tur­lock.

The former Bru­ins, re­cent 2018 grad­u­ates short­stop Nik May­field and catcher Car­los Vil­la­pudua, were part of the Blue team, the North All-Stars, that also in­cluded play­ers from Big Val­ley Christian, Modesto, Modesto Christian, Cen­tral Catholic, Downey and Enochs high schools in Modesto, Pit­man in Tur­lock, Cen­tral Val­ley in Ceres, and Ores­timba High School in New­man.

Vil­la­pudua had an RBI and scored a run; May­field scored a run in the game as well.

On the Gold team, the South All-Stars, fea­tured play­ers from Beyer, Gre­gori, and Jo­hansen high schools in Modesto, as well as Tur­lock High and Tur­lock Christian, Oak­dale, Ceres, Pat­ter­son, Hugh­son and Water­ford.

Gold coaches were from Water­ford and Hugh­son while Blue coaches were from Modesto High and Downey. River­bank var­sity coaches Scott Cham­bers and Bruce Gong helped out the Blue team.

Where most high school base­ball games see two um- pires on the field, one be­hind the plate and one on the bases, Satur­day’s all-star game had um­pires at all four cor­ners.

The play­ers ro­tated in and out of the game so that most got about the same amount of play­ing time, a cou­ple of in­nings each and the all-star con­test was played be­fore grand­stands full of fam­ily and friends.

After fight­ing to a 3-3 tie by the third in­ning, the South team (Gold) ul­ti­mately came out on top of the 11-5, nine in­ning con­test.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

Former Bruin Car­los Vil­la­pudua, play­ing for the Blue team, crosses the plate to score in the third in­ning of Satur­day’s All-Star High School Base­ball Classic at Stanis­laus State in Tur­lock. The ball game, in its 29th year, is spon­sored by the Modesto Sun­rise Ro­tary Club.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

River­bank’s Nik May­field throws across the di­a­mond from his po­si­tion as short­stop after he came into the Modesto Sun­rise Ro­tary High School All-Star Base­ball Classic on Satur­day, June 9 in Tur­lock. Play­ing for the North (Blue) team, May­field and Bruin team­mate Car­los Vil­la­pudua were both named to the all-star squad.

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