For a trio of local baseball standouts, Monday night’s Kansas City Metro Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium was an experience they will never forget.

For a trio of local baseball standouts, Monday night’s Kansas City Metro Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium was an experience they will never forget.

“It was overwhelming for me at the beginning,” said St. Mary’s second baseman Joey Kenney, a member of the Missouri team that fell to the Kansas all-stars 8-4. “I got to the park and I was like a little kid going to his first game. I’d been to a lot of games at Kauffman, but I’d never been on the field, let alone played on the field.

“It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

Ditto for Blue Springs High School teammates Jordan Brown and Dan McGonigle.

“A dream come true,” said Brown, when asked about playing at Kauffman Stadium. “Blue Springs used to play (in the Frank White Rivalry Series) at Kauffman, but we haven’t played there since I’ve been on the team, so this was a chance of a lifetime for me.

“I played center field, and looked into the stands and thought to myself, ‘Wow, what must this place look like when it’s full of fans?’ It takes a minute or so to get back to thinking about the game. It was great that they had the all-star game there so we got to experience it firsthand.”

McGonigle, who played right field, agreed.

“The first was perfect, the stadium was beautiful, it was amazing,” McGonigle said. “The whole night just had that ‘Wow!’ effect. I just kept thinking, ‘Wow! I’m playing at Kauffman Stadium!’ It would have been great to win the game, but at least we had the opportunity to do something not to many players can say they’ve done – and that’s play in a major league stadium.”

Unlike Brown and McGonigle, who had played against or alongside many of the Missouri all-stars, Kenney said he met his new teammates for the first time Monday night.

“I was playing with the best players in the state, and it was great to just talk with them and sit with them in the dugout,” Kenney said. “It was an entirely new experience for me, and it was one I’ll always remember.”

Brown had an RBI single for the Missouri all-stars while McGonigle and Kenney were hitless in their respective at-bats.

“The RBI single was pretty nice,” Brown said, “a nice touch to the game.”

Blue Springs’ Evan Berndt and Grain Valley’s Payton Bosserman also played in the game. They were featured in Tuesday’s Examiner.