Milaca 11-U makes state run


Provided by David Leom
Milaca’s 11-and-under youth baseball team hoists their trophy after a fourth-place finish at the Gopher State Tournament of Champions, on Sunday, July 30.

Milaca youth baseball established their first 11-and-under traveling team this season.
“When I saw the schedule, I was extremely nervous,” coach Chris Kenyon said. “I was just hoping we would get one win.”
They got a lot more than one.
Milaca finished their regular season 14-2, won the only tournament they entered, grabbing a Gopher State Tournament invite in the process, and last Saturday, took fourth against the top teams in the 11-and-under developmental tier of Minnesota.
At Stelzel and Dodge Fields, in Farmington, on Friday and Saturday, The Wolves outscored opponents, Rogers, Bloomington and East Ridge, a combined 35-8, for a sweep of pool play. The showing advanced them to the final eight.
“We were just kind of going in there for the experience, but we ended up doing pretty well,” Kenyon said.
Then, Milaca opened with an 11-7 victory over Woodbury before losing to eventual champion South St. Paul, 12-7, and Fairbault, 19-6, on Sunday.
“It was a great season,” Kenyon said, “All the credit goes to the kids. They worked really hard every practice and every game.”


Provided by David Leom Milaca’s Colin Marudas unleashes a mighty swing during the Gopher State Tournament of Champions, which occurred in Farmington, July 28 through July 30.
Provided by David Leom Thomas Leom delivers a pitch during Milaca’s 4-2 run through the Gopher State Tournament of Champions, last weekend.