Jeffco sports: Prep players shine at all-star game

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DENVER — The best prep baseball players in the state invaded the home of the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado high school seniors met underclassmen at the Rockies High School All-Star Baseball Game where Seniors beat Futures 4-1 Sunday at Coors Field.

Monarch senior Cole Maltese hit a two-run single in the second inning with the bases loaded, which was the key moment of the game offensively.

But a handful of the other 40 players showed why they were invited to the marquee All-Star game for the best of the best Colorado high school baseball has to offer.

“It’s a who’s who out here,” Bear Creek’s Alex DeBell said. “It’s all of the guys you hear about and all of the guys you read about. It’s an honor being out here with these guys.”

Playing Sunday afternoon after the Rockies-Dodgers game, the schoolboys got the full boys of summer treatment, having their names announced throughout the stadium as their families and friends watched.

“I thought I would be more nervous than I actually was coming out here. But once we got going it was just baseball again,” said Arvada West’s Justin Mulvaney.

Sponsored by the Colorado Rockies and originally dubbed the Top 40 game, which then became the Top 50 seniors in the state, the Futures Game pits 20 of the state’s top seniors against 20-plus promising underclassmen, as selected by local scouts and Rockies personnel.

“It’s just such an awesome experience being not only out here at Coors Field but out here with such talented players. I am hoping to make it back here next year too,” said Holy Family’s Austin Brown.

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