ST. CLOUD – Gavin Husman has had a lot of swings this week. With baseball bat and golf clubs.
The MACCRAY eldest did double duty at two different state events on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Husman played 18 holes of golf as the Wolverines’ only entrant in the Class A State Golf Championships at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. He finished tied for 35th with a two-day total of 171.
And, he was the starting center back for the MACCRAY baseball team that went 2-1 and won the Class A consolation championship at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.
“I’m proud of him, man,” Wolverines head baseball coach Nate Hebrink said after the Class A quarterfinals against Randolph on Tuesday. “It’s a tough business here, to go and play 18-hole golf in this weather and then come and play a baseball game in pants and everything.
“He fought and he’s exhausted.”
The state tournament push began early Monday morning.
“I had to leave my house at 6 a.m. and go to a practice round at Becker,” Husman said Tuesday. “I couldn’t do a (baseball) practice that we had (Monday) night. Then (Tuesday) I had to get up at 7 for an 8:42 departure.
Staying hydrated was vital as Husman fought through 18 holes in temperatures over 90 degrees. He shot an 86 on Day 1.
“It was nice; I could have played a lot better,” Husman said. “It was very windy and difficult, but I’m okay with the way I played.”
Husman had experience this season playing golf-baseball dual duty, but on a smaller scale.
“Earlier this year we had one-day meetings in Minneota and Marshall, and then I had to go to a baseball game afterwards,” Husman said. “Most of the time I choose golf over baseball because that’s kind of my thing.”
Once Husman arrived at Faber Field at 2:30 p.m., the baseball team put him in the shade in hopes of rebuilding his energy. It also helped that the original start time of 3:30 p.m. was pushed back to 4:30 p.m. as previous matches were long.
“We brought him a little more water and a little more Gatorade,” Hebrink said.
It turns out that Husman’s legs still had some life. And he showed it as the first batter of the game.
“They felt good,” Husman said. “I’ve been through a lot of golf, so I wasn’t very sore, honestly, going for that first shot.”
Husman made contact with a dribbler on the third base line. He ended up beating the pitch to first for a single.
“It was a great feeling,” Husman said. He finished the quarter-finals 1 for 2. “It gave us a lot of hope that we could win this match. We got our hopes up.
Husman’s legs were often tested in the state’s premier baseball game. Randolph scored eight points late in the first on his way to a 10-0 victory.
“He had a lot of work to do in center field today,” Hebrink said. “He was chasing a lot of balls, especially in that first set.”
Staying at the baseball team’s hotel in Sartell, Husman was back at Becker for a tee time of 7:48 a.m. Wednesday. He cut a shot from his Day 1 score, finishing with an 85.
On the baseball field, Husman was 0-for-3 with a run and a walk in the Wolverines’ 5-1 consolation semifinal win over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at Bob Cross Park in Sauk Rapids.
His best game came in the consolation championship against New Cathedral Ulm. Husman was 2-for-4 with three runs and two stolen bases. In fact, he was the starting run for MACCRAY, reaching home from second base on a Brooks Asche RBI single to put the Wolverines ahead of New Ulm Cathedral, 8-7.
“I know he’s tired but it’s his last year; he’s going to give it his all,” Hebrink said. “We couldn’t be prouder of the guy.”