Washburn: Unbeaten While Never Having Home Field Advantage
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis Washburn has quite a story to tell. The Millers are unbeaten, and they’ve won all their games without the home field advantage.
Watching the team play looks like watching any another high school baseball game, and, for the most part, it is.
But Washburn is a special team that’s had an unusual season: they’re undefeated.
Zach Austin, an outfielder, said some of the team’s success comes from the fact that many on the team have been playing together for a few years.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who’ve played for our varsity team the last couple of years,” he said. “Now we’re all seniors, juniors – we’re doing good.”
What makes the season special is that the Millers have had so much success without a home field.
Pearl Park is being renovated, so the Millers are making due…and making hey.
But coach Jim Clancy said playing without Pearl Park hasn’t been easy.
“We’ve been in places, using a softball field to practice,” he said. “It’s been a scramble.”
And maybe it’s that attitude of adaptability that makes the team truly unique. In fact, some players find the change in practice venues kind of fun.
“We get to play at a bunch of different fields,” said Josh Pierce, a pitcher.
However, Pierce also thinks that having a field to play on regularly would be nice.
What Washburn has figured out is that their love for the game, which started at a young age, has made for some magic — no matter where they play.