MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s state tournament time for high school baseball, and in Delano they have a player to watch.

In fact, Toby Hanson is a player to watch all year long, as he plays basketball in the winter and football in the fall.

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“I have great pride in being a three sport athlete,” Hanson said. “It’s different teammates in every sport, and we all, you know, bond our separate ways.”

In terms of baseball, Hanson has rewritten the record books at Delano. And at the section tournaments, he went on a tear.

“I’ve never seen this before in a high school kid,” said Dan Paulson, the Delano baseball coach. “But he had three home runs in one game…and I think he hit five home runs in four games.”

Hanson has been on the Gophers’ radar since he was a freshman, and that’s where he will play next season.

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“You know, it’s a great program,” Hanson said. “It’s a great baseball program, it’s a great school to get an education – I’m, you know, very excited.”

But his high school career isn’t over yet.

“First things first, we have to take care of business here,” Hanson said. “Couple more games and the state tournament.”

The state tournament starts on Thursday, but Hanson’s legacy is already in place…on and off the field.

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“He takes care of the little kids,” Paulson said. “We got a letter the other day from some parents [saying] that he takes the time after games to go talk to little kids, you know, sign balls, do whatever he has to.”

Mike Max