Everything Ryan Boldt didn't expect to happen, continues to play out for the humble Red Wing outfielder. The relatively unknown prospect 90 days ago capped off his exceptional summer early Saturday morning with a gold medal.
The 18-and-under United States baseball team defeated Canada 6-2 in the International Baseball Federation World Championship finale in Seoul, South Korea.
"World champions," Boldt tweeted after the victory, the United States' first in the event since 1999. "Words can't describe the feeling."
This has the been the reoccurring response from Boldt following each summer accomplishment. After winning MVP in the annual High School All-American Classic and being named to the All-Area Code Team, he said, "I thought I'd be playing ball somewhere, but I guess I didn't expect to go through all this."
The first Minnesotan to play on a USA National Team since Joe Mauer, Boldt played a significant role. The speedy outfielder was the team's leadoff hitter and a big part of the offensive production. Boldt collected two hits and two runs in the gold medal game.
His speed, though, earned the most attention. He set a tournament record with his 12th stolen base in the semifinal game against Japan. He also scored the tournament's most runs.
There were plenty of opportunities to steal and score. Boldt compiled an on-base percentage of over .400 and a batting average of .250.
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• Paul Nitz of Edina finished sixth in the T52 men's 200 meters at 33.31 seconds.
• Park Rapids' Aaron Pike was part of a U.S. 4x400 men's relay team that failed to advance to the finals, finishing 1.11 seconds behind Canada for second place in their heat.
• Justin Zook of Plymouth swam on the United States' 4x100 medley relay team, which finished seventh.
• Amani Walker scored his team-high sixth goal for Minnesota Stars FC in the 19th minute, but Shaun Saiko scored deep into stoppage time for FC Edmonton to salvage a 1-1 draw at National Sports Center in Blaine. The Stars failed to wrap up a playoff spot but are eight points clear of Edmonton and Atlanta with three games to go.
• The five-time defending NCAA Division II champion Concordia (St. Paul) volleyball team capped play at the Colorado Premier Challenge with two 3-1 victories, beating Metro State and Cal State San Bernardino, the latter game a rematch of last year's NCAA final.