Luke Dudycha came in as relief during the Subsection game against Blooming Prairie. Hayfield lost 5-3.
By Coach Kasey Krekling
After a slow start to the season that saw Hayfield with a 1-4 record through five games, the Vikings caught fire and ended the regular season with a 14-6 record. This record was good enough for the #1 seed in Sub-Section 1A West and a first round bye.
In the second round Hayfield faced off with #4 seed USC. The Vikings showed their youth with a lot of nervousness. Hayfield pitching issued seven free passes, the defense committed two costly errors, and the bats left 12 runners on base. All of this wound up with an upset for USC as they sent the Vikings to the loser-bracket with a 10-6 defeat.
In the loser-bracket #1 seed Hayfield would take on #2 seed Blooming Prairie as they were also upset in the second round. Hayfield took an early 1-0 lead, but a five run third inning gave the Blossoms the cushion they would need. Hayfield had their chances in the final innings but couldn't get the big hit as the Vikings were eliminated with a 5-3 loss. Hayfield pitching allowed only five hits but issued nine free passes in the game.
Although it was an abrupt ending to a successful season, the future is very bright. Hayfield graduates just one senior, Zach Nelson, and will look to be very competitive again next season.
At the year-end banquet six Hayfield baseball players were honored. Zach Nelson, Mason Tapp, and Easton Fritcher all received HVL All-Conference Honors. Jake Risius, Luke Dudycha, and Brady Nelson received HVL Honorable Mention All-Conference Honors.