Grain Valley’s record-setting pitcher, Payton Bosserman, said he will never forget what it was like to stride from the bullpen at Kauffman Stadium and stride the pitching rubber on a major league mound.

The Kansas City Metro Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game left a couple of area all-stars wide-eyed and begging for more.

Grain Valley’s record-setting pitcher, Payton Bosserman, said he will never forget what it was like to stride from the bullpen at Kauffman Stadium and stride the pitching rubber on a major league mound.

For Blue Springs catcher Evan Berndt, his memorable moment came when he stopped running sprints in the outfield at The K and paused to look at the stadium from his position in center field.

“I just thought to myself, ‘Wow, that’s what David DeJesus looks at every night,’ ” said Berndt, the starting Missouri catcher in Monday night’s 8-4 loss to their Kansas counterparts. “We were running from foul post to foul post warming up and I just stopped in center field and looked back at the stadium. I’ve been to Kauffman Stadium a ton of times, but I had never seen it from that viewpoint, and it was incredible.

“It’s the one thing I’ll never forget about the game.”

He paused for a moment and chuckled, adding, “That, and the fact that the dugouts were air conditioned.”

Bosserman, who set career win (19) and strikeout (206) records at Grain Valley, said the time he spent walking from the bullpen made the whole night special.

“What kid hasn’t gone to a major league game and dreamed of playing on that field?” asked Bosserman, who also played in the Missouri State High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game in St. Louis a few weeks ago that lasted just three innings because of rain.

“When I came in from the bullpen, it seemed like it took me forever because I wanted to make the moment last. My dream is to be a major leaguer, and I got a little taste of that at the all-star game.

“I think I got more of a kick out of walking in from the bullpen than I did pitching.”

He pitched a scoreless third inning, leaving the bases loaded before he recorded the final out.

“You can talk to (Grain Valley) Coach (Mark) Lyford and he’ll tell you I tend to make it exciting at times,” Bosserman said, laughing. “But that was just a great experience.”

Bosserman and Berndt were former Little League teammates and they formed the battery in the third inning.

“I played with, or against, a lot of guys on the Missouri team and I knew a lot of the Kansas kids,” Bosserman said, “so that made it special, too.”

Berndt agreed, adding, “Gosh, it’s been a lot of years since I caught Payton. That was pretty special to have him out on the mound and me behind the plate in an all-star game at Kauffman Stadium.”

Blue Springs’ Jordan Brown, who has signed with the University of Kansas, drove home the first Missouri run with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

Lee’s Summit North’s Caleb Cole added an RBI triple later in the game. Blue Springs outfielder Dan McGonigle also took part.