Corvallis has become the place for summer baseball, and with the help of the Corvallis Knights and others, there will be an added attraction for baseball fans this summer.
Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Association president Kevin Moffat will announce today that the Oregon High School Baseball 5A/6A All-Star Series will be played in Corvallis.
The series will take place June 18-19 at Oregon State's Goss Stadium. It was held at Linfield College last year after being a staple in The Dalles for many years.
"We are thrilled to host and promote the Oregon All-Star Series and have every intention of making it a premier event, one that delivers memorable experiences, showcases kids and brings Oregon's baseball community together for a good time," said Knights' president Dan Segel.
OSU baseball coach Pat Casey is happy to be a part of the series.
"We're pleased the All-Star Series is going to be played here at Goss. It's going to be a neat thing for the players and coaches for sure," Casey said. "I'm confident the community will embrace this event much like The Dalles did in its heyday."
The All-Star Series thrived in The Dalles from 1971 through 2007 at Quinton Street Ball Park where players such as Danny Ainge, Darwin Barney, Scott Brosius, Kevin Gregg, John Jaha, Mickey Lolich, Dale Murphy, Harold Reynolds and Rick Wise showcased their skills in front of enthusiastic crowds and where coaches and scouts gathered to watch baseball and share stories.
"It's super to see the Knights taking this on," said University of Oregon pitching coach Andrew Checketts. "They will make this a big deal like it was back in The Dalles, and they will do it right."
Checketts pitched in the 1994 All-Star Series representing West Linn High. He started his coaching career with the Knights in 2000.
Nike will be on board providing uniforms and apparel, will host a coaches reception following the opener for all high school, youth and college baseball coaches attending the game.
The opening game is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 18. The final two games will be played starting at 2 p.m. on June 19.