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Bloomington Kennedy Baseball’s Road To State

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –- In Minnesota’s spring, some baseball teams bloom, and that’s exactly what happened at Bloomington Kennedy High School, not to mention Target Field.

The Bloomington Kennedy baseball team is currently celebrating making it into the state baseball tournament.

At the start of the season, the team’s record was 1 – 8. They were the tenth seed out of twelve teams. So it’s saying something that they were able to make it state.

The team’s coach, Matt Hanson, says the team’s journey this year is similar to that of another local team: the Twins.

“From 1 – 8 to where we are now, we’re two completely different teams,” Hanson said. “And I think the Twins are the same way.”

What spurred this Cinderella story? Extra practice, it seems.

The team started practicing before school at 6:45 a.m. According to one Bloomington Kennedy player, Zach Horn, the practices helped bring the team together.

Hanson says the team’s rise to state has been one of the best runs he’s been a part of as a coach or a player.

“Sixty-five runs in five games is pretty remarkable in section play,” he said. “So, it’s been pretty crazy.”

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