Area baseball players close out high school careers at KABC All-Star Game
Lawrence High senior Austin Quick closed out his high school career in fitting fashion.
Quick entered the game in the top of the ninth during the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches (KABC) All-Star game Wednesday, retiring the only two batters he faced at Hoglund Ballpark. His performance kept the deficit at one run, though the Blue team was unable to put together a rally in a 9-8 loss to the Red team.
For Quick, who plans to pitch at the University of Kansas next season, it was nice way to cap his preps career.
“My last at-bat of my life was at this place, which I think is special,” Quick said. “It was fun competing against the best players in the state. It was a good time.”
Quick struck out swinging in his lone at-bat, and served as a catcher in both the third and fourth innings.
On the mound, however, Quick was dominant and worked quickly against the two batters he faced. Quick, who plans to pitch in Arizona this summer, struck out one batter and got another hitter to line out.
Free State senior Kyle Abrahamson caught the fly ball in right field, which came via the first batter Quick faced.
“It was good to play with Kyle one more time,” Quick said. “He saved me on that line drive to right field.”
The two crosstown foes soaked up every moment of their final game together.
Quick and Abrahamson, who have played summer ball together since they were in the third grade, grabbed breakfast at the Big Biscuit just hours before first pitch. They sat together in the dugout, and celebrated whenever one of them did anything on the field.
Abrahamson’s highlight came in the top of the eighth, as he displayed his strong arm in right field. Abrahamson fielded a two-out single before heaving the ball to third base for the inning-ending putout, catching a runner trying to advance from first to third.
“I knew I had a shot when I got the ball,” Abrahamson said. “I just tried to get it there. I made a good throw, and I was able to get him.”
Eudora senior Khalil Thrasher did most of the damage for the Red team in the one-run victory.
Thrasher recorded a sacrifice fly in the fourth, which went to the warning track in left field, to give his team a 3-1 advantage. Thrasher, who plans to play at Neosho County Community College, also hit a two-run double in the sixth. The Red team added three runs in the seventh for good measure.
Abrahamson, meanwhile, went 1 of 2 in his two trips to the plate. He popped up to first in the bottom of the seventh. He then trimmed the deficit, 9-8, with an infield single to second with two away in the eighth.
Still, it was a solid way to go out before Abrahamson heads to College of the Ozarks to play baseball at the collegiate level.
“It was just fun to be out here,” Abrahamson said. “I’m really excited to try something new and meet a bunch of new people. I’ve been in Lawrence all my life, so it will be fun to get out. It was fun to end it here, especially with Austin.”