• Former local prep stars get firsthand look at Kauffman

  • When Milgram Mustangs outfielder Sam Morman jogged out to right field to start Sunday morning's Ban Johnson All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium, he was overwhelmed.

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  • When Milgram Mustangs outfielder Sam Morman jogged out to right field to start Sunday morning's Ban Johnson All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium, he was overwhelmed.
    “My dad (Russ Morman, a former standout at William Chrisman High School and former major leaguer) played for the Royals in 1994, and I was only 2, so I've never been on this field,” Morman said. “Going out to take my position at the start of the game was pretty amazing. I knew it was going to be a blast, but it was even better than I expected.
    “It was one of my best moments ever on a baseball field.”
    Morman's B All-Stars tied the J All-Stars 1-1 in the game that featured two former Truman High School standouts.
    MSBL Royals outfielder Tyler Bodenstab, a Truman High School graduate, walked and singled in the game for the B All-Stars. He eventually scored on a balk to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning after getting on base with a one-out single. The game ended in a tie due to a 2 1/2-hour time limit because the Royals and Detroit Tigers were scheduled to play at 1:10 p.m.
    “I finally got to play at Kauffman and really enjoyed it,” Bodenstab said after taking some photos with his family after the game. “The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was in here because there weren't a lot of people – and how noisy the fountains are.
    “When you're out in the outfield, they're really noisy. It's funny to notice something like that.”
    Another former Truman Patriot, UMB Bank’s Kyle Clifton had the longest hit of the afternoon – a ringing double to left field – for the J squad. He was sacrificed to third but did not score.
    “This is a lot of fun,” Clifton said. “An all-star game is for fun, and I had a good time today. I got to show off a little bit for my mom (Melonie Clifton), and you always have fun talking with the guys who you usually play against.
    “It's fun to see the reaction of the guys who are playing in their first game at Kauffman. This is my third all-star game here at The K, and I still get a thrill from making the team.”
    He also had a thrill after the game, getting to meet a real All-Star. Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer, a former University of Missouri star who started the Major League Baseball All-Star Game last week in New York, came into the dugout to visit with the players and sign autographs following the contest.
    “That was cool,” Clifton said. “Everyone was scrambling to find something for him to sign.”
    MidAmericare's Stephen Montisano, a former standout for the Blue Springs Post 499/Fike American Legion team, was Clifton's teammate on the J's All-Star team.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This is absolutely awesome, the coolest thing I've ever done in baseball,” said Montisano, a graduate of Plaza Heights Christian School in Blue Springs. “I can say I played shortstop at Kauffman Stadium. The field was so perfect and the batter's box was so flat you could have sat a plane on it and it would have been perfect. I'll never forget today as long as I live.”
    Former Grain Valley High School pitcher Lucas Williams came into the game for the B All-Stars in the eighth inning with a runner on first base and two outs. He struck out a J All-Star batter to end the inning. The Kansas City A's reliever pitched 1 1/3 innings and did not allow a base runner.
    Former Blue Springs South catcher Nate Goff of Regal Plastics played a key role in the lone run for the J All-Stars in the bottom of the second inning. Following a hit by eventual game MVP Jared Patton, his Regal Plastics teammate, Goff hit a one-out single to left field. After a hit batter, Matt Olsen of the BJ Raiders drew a bases-loaded walk.
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