HJ-ED-DHJHerald Journal Columns
June 18, 2007

State baseball and some golf

By Aaron Schultz

A little golf, and a day at the state high school baseball tournament were just a couple of things that I’ve been doing since my coaching days have been over. At least for this year.

As most of you know, I am the head baseball coach at Lester Prairie, and we fell to McLeod West 7-3 June 5 in the Section 2A playoffs.

It was the third time we fell to McLeod West this season. Actually, we ended the year with a 20-4 record, with three of those four losses coming from the Falcons.

McLeod West went on to fall to Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in the Section 2A finals, and St. Mary’s then went on and won the Class 1A state championship.

I was happy to see the boys come back last week and beat Brownton in Legion baseball. It must be the coaching.

Anyways, back to the point of this column.

With the season over, I took my two assistants coaches (Mike Kegler and Wade Schultz) out for a day of golf Sunday, June 10 at ShadowBrooke Golf Course.

It worked out well, since my Winsted Wildcat game for that day was postponed.

This was my first time golfing for the year, and it showed. In fact, I hadn’t even swung a club once this entire spring.

So, you would think I might get out there a little early and take a few hacks on the driving range, just to get a feel for it.

Nope. That wasn’t going to happen as I was moving a little slow Sunday.

So, instead, the first time I swung my club was off the tee of hole number one.

As you could guess, my drive was anything but spectacular, and by the time I hacked my way to the green and three putted, I finished with a nine on hole one.

Things didn’t get much better for me until hole seven, which is when I found my groove.

I pared hole seven, and ended up beating both Wade and Mike on the day – after a little overtime golf.

Driving out of the parking lot after my round was over, I thought to myself that I really need to get out on the course more this summer.

I really enjoy golf, and am pretty sure I could get to be a pretty good golfer if I did it just a little more.

But, who am I kidding? Until my days of playing with the Wildcats are over I am not going to golf enough to get any good.

It is nice to know that once they finally don’t let me in the dugout anymore that I will still have a competitive outlet for myself.

With my golf outing tale over with, I’ll turn my attention to the state high school baseball tournament.

I headed down to the Class 1A quarterfinals in Chaska Thursday with Kegler, and it was a hot one.

After figuring out how to get there with Hwy. 212 under construction, we made it for the start of the Maranatha Christian/Red Lake County game.

Maranatha Christian is in the Bulldogs’ conference (Minnesota Christian Athletic Alliance), and was a team we beat 8-2 during the season.

So, it was a little frustrating to watch a team we beat easily during the season play in the state tournament, while we weren’t there.

Maranatha played with Red Lake, and trailed just 3-0 heading into the top of the seventh.

Up until the seventh inning, Maranatha had just two base runners in the game, and both were picked off.

In the seventh, the Mustangs rallied, scoring two runs, and putting the tying run on second base. But that runner was also picked off, ending the game.

Although it was frustrating watching Maranatha, it was still a very fun day, despite the bad sunburn I got.