Burnsville's Hanson has 'something to prove' with Blaze baseball team

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 30, 2013 - 6:37 PM

Burnsville’s Tyler Hanson has been on a state championship team and another that underachieved. Now he’s a captain with one last shot.

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Burnsville’s Tyler Hanson, a three-year varsity player, will be counted heavily this year. Here he pitched against Rosemount in the first game of a doubleheader.

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Tyler Hanson knows what it’s like to be overmatched, even though it was for a brief period of time. Now that he’s a senior on the Burnsville baseball team, expect to see role reversal from that learning situation of two years ago.

“In my 26 years of coaching, Tyler’s one of the best players I’ve seen,” Burnsville baseball coach Mick Scholl said. “He is the total package.”

Hanson, who plays third base and pitches for the Blaze, vividly recalls his first few at-bats at the varsity level his sophomore season.

“I struck out my first five or six at-bats,” Hanson said. “To go from 15-year-old traveling baseball to this [was] a big step up. I was intimidated at the beginning of the year.”

That all changed when he got his first base hit.

“I had a coach tell me, ‘Just see the ball,’ ” Hanson said. “Once I got my first hit, I knew I could play with these guys.”

2011: Unfinished business

Hanson took over at third base on a team coming off a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament in 2010.

“It was a very intense season,” Hanson said. “Our captains pushed us a lot. They were disciplined. They wanted to get back to state.”

Hanson helped them do just that. The Gopher recruit finished the season hitting .354 with three home runs and 29 RBI. He wound up striking out 12 times in 105 plate appearances.

In his final at-bat of the season in the state championship game, he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Blaze staged a wild comeback.

It scored six times in the inning, rallying for a 6-5 victory over Maple Grove to win its first state title.

“The championship game was kind of crazy,” Hanson said. “To this day, I still can’t believe that happened.”

2012: Tradition never graduates

With most of their starters returning from the state championship team, the Blaze was thinking repeat.

“We were the state champs,” Hanson said. “We didn’t think we had anything to prove.”

That demeanor would eventually catch up with the Blaze, which suffered back-to-back setbacks in the section tournament and failed to reach the championship.

“We were more relaxed,” Hanson said. “We didn’t have a die-hard energy to win. It was a forced energy.”

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