OREM — Just four days after the completion of the 2013 high school baseball season, many of the top senior talent will take the field one more time at the 15th annual XFINITY Utah Valley All-Star Baseball Classic that will be played this evening at Utah Valley University.
"This is the event that coaches and seniors look forward to playing in every year," said Springville coach Rich Fry. "It provides true Utah County baseball fans with the opportunity to honor those baseball players who have provided us with so many great memories over the course of their careers. The organization of this event, the venue and the timing is all fantastic."
The action begins at 5 p.m. at UVU's Brent Brown Ballpark with a five-inning contest that features the All-Stars against a team made up of high school coaches.
At 7 p.m. the North All-Stars will take on the South All-Stars in a seven-inning game.
Fry will be coaching the South All-Stars, while Kim Nelson, one of the state's most respected coaches, will skipper the North team.1 comment on this story
"Both teams are loaded so I don't know who will win," Fry said. "But I know everyone involved will have a good time."
Some of the more prominent players who have participated in this game include: Pleasant Grove's Jordan Smith, who played last year with the Cincinnati Reds; and Spanish Fork pitcher Tyson Brummett, who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies last season. American Fork's Steve Parker, who is at the Triple-A level with the Milwaukee Brewers, also participated in the XFINITY All-Star Classic as did Springville's Mark Pawelek, a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs.
Admission for the game is $5.