By JESSICA LUTGENS
On Friday and Saturday, the 22nd and 23rd of June, 80 of Minnesota’s best recently graduated baseball players will gather to participate in the annual Minnesota Lions All-Star Tournament. It is an incredible opportunity and honor to be selected to play in, and one of those players is a member of our own community who graduated from NRHEG High School this May.
Sam Lundberg is a remarkable athlete. Not only was he all-conference and awarded MVP for NRHEG’s 2012 baseball season, but he has also been chosen to play in the Lions All-Star Tournament this weekend.
“The opportunity that I am getting is really one that is pretty incredible,” said Lundberg. “Not many guys get this chance to play in such a prestigious game.”
This baseball season, Lundberg played in 21 of 22 games, had 74 at-bats, 25 runs, 32 hits, 20 putouts, 66 assists, 1 error, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 20 stolen bases, 8 walks, 21 RBIs, a batting average of .432 and a field average of .988. He also pitched in 8 games and was 6-0, striking out 59 and walking 26 192 batters and with of 3.53.
Lundberg is excited to play with some of Minnesota’s best baseball players, and is grateful to be given the opportunity.
“None of it would be possible without my teammates, coaches, and family members surrounding me and helping me become the best that I can be each and every day,” Lundberg said.
This fall, Lundberg plans on attending Gustavus Adolphus, where he will play football and possibly baseball. He will major in physical education and minoring in coaching.
“This is all one more step to leading me to what I really want to do, which is to one day become a collegiate football coach at a big university school,” he said.
If you would like to watch Lundberg, along with 79 other players from the state, this weekend you can visit www.mnlionsvisionfoundation.org for a full roster, schedule and directions. The tournament starts at 4 p.m. on Friday. Sponsored by the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association, all proceeds from the tournament go to the Lions Children’s Eye Clinic at the University of Minnesota.
It’s people like Lundberg who make you realize that with hard work, dedication, and a little support, you can do just about anything. His journey is only beginning, but his future looks bright, and we wish him the best this weekend and in life.