Ovist lives out Major League dream

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  • Photo provided Beloit's Corbin Ovist poses with friends and family before playing the American Legion All-Star game Sunday at Miller Park.

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    Photo provided Corbin Ovist poses with his parents Jason Ovist and Diana Weiser before Sunday's all-star game.

  • Photo provided Beloit's Corbin Ovist poses with friends and family before playing the American Legion All-Star game Sunday at Miller Park.

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    Photo provided Corbin Ovist poses with his parents Jason Ovist and Diana Weiser before Sunday's all-star game.

BELOIT -Corbin Ovist lived out his Major League dreams Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

Tuesday night, he'll return to the stadium as a fan.

Ovist participated in the Wisconsin American Legion All-Star game, which was held directly after the Brewers took on the Rangers Sunday.

Ovist, a Beloit Memorial graduate, starred for the Rock County River Monsters. The River Monsters enjoyed a terrific season and advanced to the Wisconsin state tournament,

He followed in the footsteps of former Legion teammates Kevin Raisbeck and Miguel Betancourt who participated in the game in years past.

Ovist, who had nearly 20 friends and family members rooting him on, said the experience was one he'll never forget.

"It was awesome," Ovist said. "Being able to play in a big league park was pretty sweet. As soon as I heard I was an All-Star, I knew the game was in Miller Park because of Miggy and Kev. It was just a great weekend, and to have such a great support system there made it even better."

Ovist participated in the All-Star banquet Saturday night at the Radisson Hotel in Milwaukee. The players were introduced to the standing-room only crowd before Sunday's matinée, then settled in to watch Milwaukee's 1-0 defeat to Texas.

Following the game, the players were ushered in to take part in the game.

"There were 24 guys on each team, so everybody played three innings," Ovist said. "I got to play the last three innings. I played second base, and I got one at-bat. I singled and scored a run, and we ended up winning 4-2. It was amazing."

Ovist hit .415 with an on-base percentage of an even .500 while posting a 2.57 ERA on the mound. He also played his typically strong defensive shortstop to help earn his all-star designation.

Ovist said the highlight of his weekend was simply taking the field.

"Being able to go out to second base and take my spot there was pretty incredible," Ovist said. "I've seen so many games at Miller Park on TV, and I've been here a few times to watch a game, but to take the field and look back and see the scoreboard, and then to look out at the stands, it hit me that I was actually there on the field."

Ovist, a former Snappers bat boy whose family has long served as a host family for the minor league players, will be back at the park Tuesday, when several former Snappers take the field as members of the Minnesota Twins.

It won't be long until Ovist turns the page and begins his collegiate career. The first team meeting with his Rock Valley College team is Wednesday, and Ovist said he can't wait for the next chapter.

"Everything is falling into place in the right way," Ovist said. "I can't wait to be around a team with a group of guys that have that same love and appreciation for the game that I do. I've gotten to know a bunch of the guys already, so I'm really looking forward to getting started."

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