KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — For the first time in its ten year existence, the West Coast League All-Star Game is coming to Southern Oregon. On Monday, July 21st, the summer league’s best players will make their way to Klamath Falls for the home run derby and the nine-inning exhibition.
“It’s a really cool experience,” Gems coach Mitch Karraker said. “You know, we get a lot of really good players in this league. The all-star event is something that brings all those guys together. It’s going to be a really fun event. I think the city of Klamath, the county of Klamath, is really going to come out and support the West Coast League. It will be a great event.”
Karraker, in his second season with the Gems, will coach the South All-Stars in the game. It’s a brand new experience not only for him, but almost everyone involved in the process.
“Our goal is to try and get everybody an opportunity to play, get the experience of the all-star game, all the scouts that come out, an opportunity to see the all-stars play,” Karraker said.
“It’s real exciting,” broadcaster Erik Oas said. “You just go around the community and people will talk about the all-star game coming here. Everyone will be down here to see it, and it will be a good coming out party for the Gems.”
Oas said part of the reason he took the job was to call the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby.
“It’s a launching pad so it’s going to make the home run derby pretty fun,” Oas said. “It’s like the Coors Field of the West Coast League so the ball should be flying, make it more fun, more home runs.”
“Guys can really put on a show at this park,” Karraker said. ‘It’s a real hitter-friendly park, and I think the home run derby’s going to be something really fun to watch.”
The Home Run Derby will begin on Monday at 5:10, followed by the All-Star game at 6:35.