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Former Philomath High School baseball standout Dawson Brattain and his head coach, Levi Webber, were both part of the winning team in last weekend’s 37th annual Class 4A All Star baseball series.

Brattain tossed three scoreless innings in a close game Saturday and batted .400 over the series, which included a nine inning contest Saturday and two seven inning games Sunday at Bill Gray Stadium at Legion Field in Roseburg.

“It’s going to be weird because the last 12 years of my life have been sports pretty much,” Brattain said. “I’m not going to be playing anything except intramurals or city league or something. It’ll definitely be weird.”

Although each roster featured 18 players, all saw equal time on the diamond. Brattain said the coaches split up the team into nine players each and would switch lineups halfway through each game.

“I started the first game at third and came out after a couple innings and then pitched three innings,” Brattain said. “In the next two games, I played third.”

Brattain had a little bit of a rough start when he entered Saturday’s game by walking a couple batters. But he settled down and helped the North maintain a 5 3 lead.

“There was not as much hitting overall as I thought there would be in this series,” Brattain said. “The defense was just really good and the pitching was really good.”

Brattain’s two hits came on singles.

“On my first at bat, I got down 0 2 (in the count) real quick and they threw me like a curveball and I lunged out and hit a blooper over the shortstop,” Brattain said. “The other hit was on a fastball. I believe I was down 0 2 again and I was late on it and hit a line drive over the first baseman’s head. It wasn’t by choice but I’ll take it.”

The players did not don their school uniforms but competed in special all star jerseys sponsored by Adidas.

“It was nice to be able to have one more game with him,” Brattain said about Webber. “It was cool because everyone knows stuff about the other schools.”

Webber served as one of the two coaches for the North squad,
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joining Estacada’s Andrew Higgins. Webber played in the all star series as a high school senior at Glide and has now coached in it twice.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Webber told the News Review in Roseburg. “It’s cool to come back and coach the field I started on for three, four years with (Dr. Stewart’s) and Horizon back then, and then I got to play in the All Star series in 2000, so, you know, to be able to come back . it’s a lot of fun with these kids. They have a high passion for baseball.

“It’s even more special when you get to do it in your home park.”

Webber’s parents relocated from Glide to Roseburg, so the trip down became a mini family reunion, including Webber’s wife and young children.

“It’s a chance to visit with family and spend some time at the ballfield as well,” he said. “Coaching baseball is hardly work.”

Besides Brattain, there were three other players out of the Oregon West Conference participating. Yamhill Carlton’s Tanner Myrick and Michael Mitchell along with Cascade’s Russ McGuire were on the North roster.

Hidden Valley’s Jared Norberg was selected the series’ most valuable player. Most valuable pitcher honors went to Estacada’s Jordan McDaniel for the North and South Umpqua’s Hunter Buchanan for the South. Outstanding player honors went to Sweet Home’s Justin Tow for the North and Cottage Grove’s Payton Presley for the South. The most inspirational players were Banks’ David Schorn for the North and North Bend’s Brad Haga for the South.

Brattain enjoyed the opportunity to play in the series.

“I was excited at first and then when it started to approach, I was kind of nervous,
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” Brattain said. “It was just a good experience to play and everyone was super nice. I had a good time.”