May 03, 2017 10:14 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Caledonia Warriors have had quite a year overall in high school athletics--their football team won a second-consecutive Class AA title in November, the volleyball team reached the Class A state championship match, and their boys basketball team was within a game of reaching state for a 4th straight year. Soon enough, their baseball team could make some waves in the postseason.
The Warriors, now the 11th ranked team in the Class AA state baseball rankings, are led by a super sophomore, pitcher Casey Storlie. Storlie has 41 strikeouts this season--25 have come in his last two games on the bump.
"He’s our number one pitcher so every time we roll him out on the mound, we’re a great team with him,” Warriors head baseball coach Brad Augedahl said. “He does a great job of keeping hitters off balance with his pitches and he’s just a smart pitcher.”
The Warriors are 9-1-1 so far in 2017, and Storlie has made an impact with his arm, and with his bat--he has a .444 batting average on the season. In the Warriors win over St. Charles on Tuesday, Storlie was 3-4 at the plate and stole two bases. “He’s very humble," Augedahl said. "He’s a very good baseball player and like I said, he really works hard at practice. He’s a joy to be around and he’s really great with his teammates and his teammates love having him on the team.”
Storlie doesn't like to focus on his personal statistics though--he just wants to help his team win games. “Stats don’t matter to me," Storlie said. "It’s just a number, got to move on, put that past me, and move on to the next game.”
In order for Storlie and the Warriors to make their first state tournament appearance in school history, the team must take one day at a time. “We’re a young team," Storlie said. "We got a couple more years left on a lot of our players and hopefully we can do big things and make a state appearance."
“Every day (Casey) is looking to improve,” Augedahl added. “Base running, working on his stealing, his pick off moves, bunting, so it’s instilled in him already how to be a great baseball player, he gets better every day by working at it."
The Warriors are looking to sustain their momentum and get their 10th win as they host Wabasha Kellogg on Thursday, May 4.
Updated: May 03, 2017 10:14 PM
Created: May 03, 2017 09:32 PM
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