The Sylvan Hills pitcher, who signed with the University of Arkansas, struck out seven batters in three innings of work while only allowing one run in the Arkansas Coaches Association All-Star Game. The right-hander earned a no-decision as his East squad fell 8-7 in the first game of a doubleheader.
"Every chance you get to play at Baum is always a fun time," Baxendale said. "I think this was my fourth game out here and I'm looking forward to getting out here and playing a lot more games the next few years and helping the Razorbacks get back to Omaha."
Baxendale was one of three future Hogs playing in the doubleheader along with Franco Broyles of Fayetteville and Ben Crumpton of Hot Springs Lakeside. Baxendale got the better of his two future teammates, striking out Broyles twice and Crumpton once.
"They're great hitters," Baxendale said of Broyles and Crumpton. "They're going to a top Division-I school to play for the Razorbacks. Any time you face a great hitter like that you step up to the challenge and today I stepped up.
"My arm felt really fresh. I took a few days off so I could be ready for the All-Star Game. It felt really good today, so I'll take it."
Broyles, who will room with Baxendale next year in Fayetteville, said it might take a while to live the two strikeouts down.
"He probably will (hold that over my head)," Broyles said. "DJ and I are both competitive with each other and I think that's good. It's fun. He's got me four times (in my career) and I've got him once, but I'll get another chance at him this fall."
Broyles hit a home run off Baxendale in the first game of the 2009 season. It was one of the few blemishes on Baxendale's 12-0 record that included a 0.27 ERA and 115 strikeouts.
"He's by far the best pitcher in the state," Broyles said. "I think he showed it today, too, working a 93 and 94-mile an hour fastball and a slider around 78 to 80.
"His velocity and his arm angles (make him so good). You can't go up there guessing and if you get down 0-2 he can have his way with you. I think he really impressed today. He showed the coaches he was ready."
Baxendale and Broyles' relationship dates long before this week. The duo has had plenty of opportunities to get to know one another in the off-season as well. Baxendale has relatives in Fayetteville and makes frequent trips to Northwest Arkansas.
Broyles said having that friendship will benefit both going into their college tenures.
"It was weird because when we were younger it would always be DJ pitching against our team," Broyles said. "That's cool because I haven't always known him, but I've known of him. When we found out we were both going to Arkansas it made it easier to talk with one another and stuff like that. It's made it more comfortable."
The pair has found a third wheel this week with Crumpton in town for the all-star festivities.
"Let's just say I'm glad he's going to be on my team next year," Crumpton said of Baxendale after going 0-for-2 against him. "I'm sure he'll have some words and say he got the best of us, but as long as we're on the same team and playing with each other, and trying to get to the College World Series, it's all good."