By Greg Bates
ACN & Times-Press sports correspondent
Austin Marcks was trying to take the game seriously, but once he threw a few pitches he knew he could relax and have a good time.
“My catcher, I tried to change the sign and I tried to shake him off and he wouldn’t let me. I thought that was funny,” Marcks said. “He kept calling fastball and I wanted to throw a curve. So I smiled a little bit on the mound.”
Marcks, who just graduated from Seymour a few weeks ago, got the opportunity to be one of 72 of the top seniors to play in the annual Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Star Classic at E.J. Schneider Field in Oshkosh on June 24 and 25.
Marcks pitched for his North squad in the first game, beating the South, 13-4. He then played first base the next two games as the North downed the West, 7-1, and lost to the East, 6-4.
“I thought he was sharp. I thought he kept guys off-balanced just like he normally did,” Seymour baseball coach Curt Jefson said. “He was enjoying the moment, I guess is how I would describe his demeanor. He was having fun. He picked a kid off first. Mainly, he kept really good hitters off-balanced, which he is pretty good at.”
Marcks loved getting a shot to play against some big-time players from around the state. He is the second Seymour guy to compete in the all-star classic in the last three years as Cole Clark played in 2015.
“It was awesome,” Marcks said. “Just being around every single player is good and guys that have just crazy stats. It was really mind-blowing to me, honestly.”
Jefson, who nominated Marcks for the 18-player North squad, and Seymour pitching coach Adam Smet made their way down to Oshkosh on Friday evening to catch Marcks pitch against the South.
Marcks entered the game in the bottom of the fifth with his team up 8-1. He surrendered two unearned runs that frame and an earned run in the sixth as the North offense