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Heritage Christian Academy Baseball Team Secures 2018 State Class A Championship Win

Jun 17, 2018 08:54AM ● By Wendy Erlien

Heritage Christian Academy baseball team (photo provided by HCA)

Despite a delayed start due to rain, the Heritage Christian Academy Eagles baseball team secured an 8-0 victory over Sleepy Eye to secure the MSHSL State Class A Baseball Championship title on Saturday, June 16. 

It is the first team to win a state championship in the school's history. 

Heritage Senior and University of Missouri recruit Seth Halvorsen became the fifth player in Minnesota State High School League history to hit two home runs in a state tournament game - "just more than a week after being drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 30th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft," according to the MSHSL. "He was also the winning pitcher after striking out 16 in the seven-inning shutout. He struck out the final six batters that he faced." 

Other highlights of the game included, according to HCA, junior Taylor Broderson, senior Sam Fredrickson, sophomore TJ Guggenberger and freshman Steph Sawtelle "all contributed key hits as Heritage put runners on base in almost every inning. Senior Zach Richards and sophomore Jonny Flynn were stellar on the left side of the infield. Corner outfielders, senior Dawson Penshorn and Wyatt Juelich-Lysne covered the vast Target Field outfield and limited extra base hits with their exceptional throwing arms."

The Heritage Christian Academy team is led by Head Coach Jon Ledeboer and assistant coaches Chad Richards, Manny Walk, and Timmy Thurston.

 

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