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TRAVEL TEAM COACHES NEEDED – Hopkins Minnetonka Babe Ruth (HMBR)
HMBR is a volunteer organization that relies on the dedication and participation of parents to create a successful season of baseball. We invite and encourage involvement at all levels to make this happen for our players and families.
HMBR is now accepting applications for Travel Coaches for the 2014 Travel Baseball season. Coaches are required for travel teams at age levels 13-15.
The Board plans on selecting the Travel Coaches at the December Board meeting. Please do not delay in letting your indication of interest be known.
Back in April several dozen 13 year-old boys from HMBR’s four “feeder” leagues attended tryouts with hopes of earning one of the 12 available spots on the 13AAA travel team. When the team headed to Iowa to play its first games – even though there was still snow on the ground and they had yet to practice outdoors back in the Twin Cities – six players from Big Willow, three from Hopkins American Little League, two from Golden Valley Little League and one from Glen Lake’s Mighty Mites quickly realized that while their new team was stacked with lots of amazing baseball talent, it would not be possible to have a successful season unless they found a way to come together and form a cohesive team. The team’s season was definitely filled with ups and downs, but ended up being a huge success because these 12 players were able to play their best team baseball when it mattered the most – during both of the major state tournaments that were held during the final two weekends of its 47-game season.
The team kicked off the 2013 season by going 3-1 in an Iowa tournament that was played while it was still snowing back home. It ended up going 9-7 in the Metro Baseball League’s very competitive Region 1, beating every team but archrivals Plymouth/Wayzata and Edina one or more times. At one point in the season their league record stood at 4-7, but the team managed to win its last five games to finish the season strong. The team only managed to go 2-2 and 0-3 in its Buffalo and Rochester tournaments, but was also able to prove to everyone that it had the potential to be one of the top 13AAA teams in the state by going 5-1 and winning its Bloomington tournament by outlasting the majority of the state’s premier teams and beating league rival Minnetonka Black in the championship game.
As the team headed into the Minnesota Baseball Tournament and Gopher State Tournament of Champions state tournaments, its players and coaches knew the team had the ability to play much better than its #24 and #16 seedings. MBT presented the team with its first opportunity to do so and the team finished 2-1 and advanced as its pool’s #1 seed and then went 3-1 in bracket play, losing the championship game to a very strong Minneapolis Millers team. The highlights of the tournament were a 7-4 victory over league rival Plymouth/Wayzata and a 6-1 victory over league rival Minnetonka Black. Unfortunately Minneapolis’ bats were red-hot and the championship game was never close. The following weekend GSTC presented the team with one final opportunity to win a state championship. The team finished 3-0 and advanced as it’s pool’s #1 seed, including a very impressive 7-6 victory over the tournament’s #1 overall seed Osseo/Maple Grove. The team proceeded to win its first bracket play game and earned a rematch vs. Minneapolis in one of the semifinal games. The Millers’ bats unfortunately remained red-hot and they once again defeated the team. The team proceeded to win the third place game, while Minneapolis became one of very few teams who have ever won both major AAA state tournaments in the same season.
Looking back at the season, the hometown team ended its season with a 30-17 record, took first place in the highly competitive Bloomington tournament, took second place in MBT and won third place in GSTC. If not for a very good Minneapolis Millers team, the team could have probably won one or more state championships. More importantly they learned that team success is only possible when one is able to put individual stats aside and come together and play their best baseball as a cohesive group.
Congratulations to the following members of this team:
Tommy Auth – Golden Valley
Chris Chiriboga – Big Willow
Kyle Chiriboga – Big Willow
George Greeley - Hopkins
Rafael Lewis – Glen Lake
Campbell Morrison – Big Willow
Mason Nadolney - Hopkins
Justin Reifsteck – Golden Valley
Ethan Roe – Big Willow
Soren Roe – Big Willow
Connor Sedoff - Hopkins
Bobby Wilson – Big Willow
And its manager and coaches:
Rene Chiriboga, Manager
All practices and games are on as scheduled.
As we begin planning for the 2014 season we have a few board positions we are looking to fill:
Please contact any Board Member if you would like talk to us about getting involved.