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From a young age, baseball's been my life

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

It's considered America's pastime.

If you look back on every decade in the 1900s, each decade is a little diverse, but there is one game that America has loved the whole time (through World War I, World War II, the Cold War, etc.) and that game is baseball.

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I still remember seeing my first Twins game on TV. I was 5 years old and my dad and me were taking our weekly trip up to Fargo to see my grandma and grandpa. When I walked in the house it was quiet (quieter than usual).

I remember the Twins were playing the Chicago White Sox, and they were winning 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th inning.

It didn't take long for the game to catch my interest. I started watching games at home with my dad, and I established my favorite players such as Jacque Jones, Eddie Guardado, and of course Tori Hunter. But watching the game wasn't enough.

I remember when my dad got me my first bat (it was just a plastic slugger with a plastic ball to go with it), and we would go into the backyard every day and play. That led to real baseballs and bats and by the time I was 7, I was beyond ready to join an actual league.

I played minor league (for ages 7-8) for the Mets, and major league (for ages 9-10) for the Pirates when I was seven and eight.

I remember I thought it was the coolest thing ever that I got to play both leagues at the same time. I played on the Pirates for two more years after that before I was old enough for Little League.

When I turned 11, I got drafted by the Rockies Little League team sixth overall.

By this age I had turned to mainly just pitching and playing first base (which remains the same today) and Little League was probably the most fun of them all.

The first year, my team went 13-2 before losing in the semi finals to the Red Sox (the No. 6 seed, we were No. 2). This was also the year I hit my first out-of-the-park home run, which was a big deal to me.

The second year my team wasn't real great, but I did manage to throw my first no-hitter.

When I got into seventh grade I was finally able to play spring baseball (or school baseball). This was the age where the pitcher's mound went from 45 feet from home plate to 60 feet, and the bases went from being 60 feet apart to 90 feet apart.

This was the age when baseball started getting a lot more competitive (and also the year that the Twins lost to the White Sox 1-0 in game 163 to decide who won the division).

In the summer I played Bob Hooper (a four team league made up of Detroit Lakes 13- and 14-year-olds, because you didn't get to travel until age 15 in the summer).

But I also got bored with that and decided to play on the Babe Ruth team in Lake Park-Audubon.

I played on that team the last two summers, and to be honest (even though we were absolutely horrible), I had the best time of my life.

Baseball is a passion I've had my whole life, and even though everything else keeps changing, I don't think that will.

My goal is to play college baseball somewhere, and to coach high school baseball once I'm at that age.

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