Herald Journal Columns
August 21, 2006, Herald Journal

The most wonderful time of the year

By Aaron Schultz

It is the most wonderful time of the year, and the busiest, and no, I’m not talking about Christmas.

Starting this past weekend, the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball tournament began in Miesville and Red Wing.

This year’s tournament was originally supposed to be in Rochester, but the state board took it away from them after they failed to guarantee both of their fields for the entire tournament.

With that said, I am not at all disappointed with the decision to move the tourney to Red Wing and Miesville – two of the nicest fields in the state.

What makes this year’s state tournament even better than normal is the fact that I will be in it, as the Winsted Wildcats advanced by finishing second in Region 7C.

The Wildcats played their opening game Saturday against Sobieski.

Like putting two cherries on top of my sundae, the Howard Lake Orphans and the Dassel-Cokato Saints also advanced to state.

The Orphans did so by winning Region 11C, while the Saints were second in Section 8B.

Howard Lake opened state Thursday, beating Bagley 5-0 in the opening round, and then played St. Martin Sunday in the second round.

As for the Saints, they, along with the Class B State Tournament, doesn’t open until Thursday. DC will play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Red Wing against an opponent I wasn’t sure of yet at press time.

That alone makes this probably my favorite time of the year, but throw in the Twins in the wild card race, the start of the Vikings, fantasy football drafts, and high school football right around the corner, and how can you beat it?

At least I know it can’t get much better for me. In that same breath, I don’t think it could get much busier either.

See, while I’m a big fan of everything I mentioned above, all of it keeps me way too busy.

Besides covering the Wildcats and Orphans in the state tournament, I will also be doing the updating for the state baseball website, found at www.minnesotabaseball.org.

Throw in trying to get my fall sports previews done, getting ready for junior high football (which I will be coaching for Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity), making it to my three fantasy football drafts, and just getting my normal work done, and I haven’t found time to take a breath.

But, enough whining about being busy, since I am supposed to be busy.

I can’t wait for fantasy football, the Vikings, the Major League playoffs, high school football, and the cooler fall weather.

This time of year is just awesome, and I hope by next week’s column, I will have two wins, by each the Orphans and Wildcats, to talk about, along with a Saints’ win in their opener.

What a wonderful time of the year!