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East Ridge’s Luke Ringhofer (from left), Woodbury’s Ben Meyer and East Ridge’s Drew Molin pose side-by-side during the All-Star Series weekend at Chanhassen High School on Saturday. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)

Shining Stars: Meyer, Molin and Ringhofer competed for the Metro East All-Stars

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Shining Stars: Meyer, Molin and Ringhofer competed for the Metro East All-Stars
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It was an unusual sight at Chanhassen high school on Saturday morning.

Woodbury’s Ben Meyer was on the mound, exchanging signs and hurling pitches toward East Ridge catcher Luke Ringhofer.

The two long-time rivals weren’t only on the same team, they were batterymates. And it caused a little confusion.

“He and I mixed up the signs a little bit,” Ringhofer said with a laugh. “I got caught in that a couple of times, but it was fun.”

Meyer, Ringhofer and East Ridge’s Drew Molin were all teammates on the Metro East All Stars squad as all three were selected to the Play Ball! MN All-Star Series by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association over the weekend.

“It’s really cool [to be selected],” Meyer said. “It means that you had a great year and a good career and it’s just nice to be recognized for that.”

All three represented themselves well at the All-Star competition.

Molin went 3-for-6 at the plate with a double, a triple and three runs batted in, while tossing three innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out six on the mound. Meyer threw two shutout innings and Ringhofer was two-for-five with two walks as the Metro East All-Stars went 3-0, including a thrilling 4-3 win over the rival Metro West All Stars to cap off the weekend.

Still, while the results were nice, the weekend was more about the experience for all three athletes.

“We’re playing with everybody that’s the best around and playing with all the kids that we’ve been playing with around the area for a long time,” Ringhofer said. “So it’s fun to get together and play good ball.”

Molin said most of the players on the Metro East squad will be playing college baseball next year. Ringhofer will play for South Dakota St., while both Molin and Meyer will take the field for St. Thomas next season. Meyer was one of a few future Tommies teammates Molin said he was able to get to know better throughout the weekend.

“It’s nice to get to know them before I get to school with them,” Molin said. “It’s just an honor to be here.”

Outside of playing the games, the all-stars were able to attend a banquet and help out at baseball camps.

And while Molin met plenty of new faces throughout the weekend, he had a couple of familiar ones around as well. Along with his teammate Ringhofer, who Molin thew to during his pitching outing on Friday, East Ridge coach Brian Sprout was also selected to help coach the Metro East All-Stars.

“[Coach Sprout has] been there are the way through and he’s taught me a lot of things and helped me get better,” Ringhofer said. “So it’s special to have him here as the last time I’ll ever be coached by him.”

Ringhofer could only recall one other East Ridge player ever being selected to compete in the all-star weekend, so for both he and Molin to be chosen in the same year was special.

Ringhofer said he couldn’t ask for a more fitting way to end his high school career than the experience all three had over the three-day event.

“Throughout high school you just want to play with the best players and get to the best places you can,” Meyer said. “So this is really cool to end it off with.”