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Gwinnett's first high school baseball all-star game planned at Coolray

The idea, bantered about the past few years by Gwinnett's high school baseball coaches, will become reality on Tuesday.

That's when the inaugural Gwinnett Dugout Club Senior All-Star Game will be played at the Gwinnett Braves' home, Coolray Field.

"There's no question we have some of the top baseball talent in the state here in Gwinnett," North Gwinnett head coach Frank Vashaw said. "I think we've proven that over the last five or six years. So why not showcase it?"

The game will be played at 3 p.m. Tuesday prior to the G-Braves' 7:05 p.m. home matchup with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Tickets purchased to the high school game also are good for admission to the G-Braves' game.

Vashaw and Buford's Tony Wolfe will coach the East team, while Parkview's Chan Brown and Hebron's Heath Kennedy as the West head coaches. The remainder of Gwinnett's head coaches will serve as assistants.

The Dugout Club's all-county teams were used to pick the majority of the rosters, then additional players were added. The selection process made sure that the rosters features Gwinnett's top senior players. Most of them are expected to participate except for Brookwood's Lucas Sims, a projected top pick in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft. Sims originally committed to the game but had to decline because of a workout for a pro team.

Coolray Field has hosted its share of high school games the past two seasons, and the Dugout Club hopes that tradition continues with its postseason all-star game.

"If we do this right over the next couple of years, it has a chance to be a really good event," Vashaw said. "We have so many good players here, and that's shown in the playoffs."

East Roster

Kyler Berrett, Buford

Sam Clay, Buford

Tyler Bethune, Mountain View

Brandon Griffin, Mountain View

Tanner Maloof, Norcross

Andrew Gray, Norcross

Chris Raasch, Norcross

Ryan Hagan, North Gwinnett

Cole Willoughby, North Gwinnett

Danny Parry, North Gwinnett

Robert Sanchez, Peachtree Ridge

Billy Best, Peachtree Ridge

Donald Frew, Peachtree Ridge

Colton Ramsey, Peachtree Ridge

Jimmy Shea, Collins Hill

Wayne Wages, Collins Hill

Chris Rich, Duluth

Zach Erwin, Duluth

John LaMay, GAC

Eric Smotherman, GAC

Nick Tillman, Mill Creek

Tim Hernandez, Mill Creek

Mason Colquitt, Wesleyan

Jamie Stark, Wesleyan

Sheldon Connor, Wesleyan

Chris Custodio, Meadowcreek

Austin Gaskin, Lanier

Austin Wood, Lanier

Head coaches: Frank Vashaw, North Gwinnett; Tony Wolfe, Buford

Assistant coaches: Jonathan Wyman, Norcross; Jason Johnson, Mountain View; Ryan Hanik, Peachtree Ridge; Paul Pierce, Collins Hill; Matt Champitto, Duluth; Cliff Shelton, GAC; Doug Jones, Mill Creek; Brian Krehmeyer, Wesleyan; Chris Reeves, Meadowcreek; Chad Longe, Lanier

West Roster

Dreyvis Perez, Berkmar

Michael Gouge, Brookwood

Cedric Mullins, Brookwood

Ryan Woodard, Brookwood

Aaron Moorhead, Archer

Luis Valdez, Central Gwinnett

Edwin Arias, Parkview

Matt Olson, Parkview

Jack Esmonde, Parkview

Austin Loyd, Providence

Christin Stewart, Providence

Steven Slaughter, Providence

Austin Smith, Providence

Travis Vanderhorst, Dacula

Michael Barnes, Dacula

Brandyn Bartlett, Dacula

Matt Cole, Dacula

Carter Collins, Grayson

Griffin Ebel, Grayson

P.J. Westbury, Hebron

Tyler Hutch, Hebron

Mason Felt, Hebron

Jordan Hillyer, Hebron

Josh Nance, Shiloh

Jesse Foster, Parkview

Jake Mullinax, South Gwinnett

Head coaches: Chan Brown, Parkview; Heath Kennedy, Hebron

Assistant coaches: Will Azbell, Berkmar; Chris Hays, Archer; Rick Howard, Brookwood; David Lamberth, Central Gwinnett; Adam Cantrell, Providence; John Poitevint, Dacula; Seth Rhine, Grayson; Reggie Ingram, Shiloh; Steve Teschner, South Gwinnett

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R 1 year, 10 months ago

We are FINALLY using ONE of our allotted days.... THANK YOU!!!

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