Caledonia is no stranger to the State Tournament, however now it is time for the baseball team to grab the spotlight as they have never been on the big stage.
" It was our goal at the beginning of the season to get here, and we just worked really hard throughout the season and got it done," Caledonia Senior Jordan Burg said.
" We have a great team," Caledonia Junior Casey Storlie said. " We had a great team last year, just came up a couple games short. I knew we were going to be even better this year, so there was never a doubt in my mind we were going to make it."
The biggest difference this year has been the pitching, specifically Pitcher Casey Storlie, and when he is on this mound, there is a whole lot of confidence from the rest of the team.
" Oh yeah, I don't really feel like I am going to get a ball in the outfield when he's up there," Burg said.
" Casey, I would say is like an anomaly," Caledonia Assistant Coach Shawn Bauer said. " Like he just has the it factor, you know when you talk about athletes, he just has that it."
Storlie holds a .632 ERA, with 76 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings pitched. He will get the start against the two-time State Championship offense in Minnehaha Academy.
" They put the ball in play," Storlie said. " They got some good power, so it should be a test for me and the whole team. I am pretty confident. I believe we are going to go out there and play our hardest, and I got the eight guys behind me that are going to do what they do best."
That outfield is led by two seniors in Mason Staggemeyer and Jordan Burg.
" These seniors are running all over the place, and they are diving around," Bauer said. " It is just infectious with the younger group."
Most of these guys have been together since they were ten years old. They fulfilled their dream of making it to State, but they are hungry for more.
#4 Caledonia and #5 Minnehaha Academy face off at 12:30 on Thursday in St. Cloud.