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.

hide

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.

Photo: Photos by Bruce Bisping • bbisping@startribune.com ,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

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.”

A disappointing season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Lakeville North in the losers’ bracket of the section tournament.

“That loss summed up our season,” said Hanson, who saw his average drop to .318 with one home run and 11 RBI. “We didn’t come to play.”

2013: Redemption

The three-year starter and captain plans on providing plenty of leadership for this year’s young squad.

“We have the talent to compete,” Hanson said. “We have a lot of unknowns, but we’re going to be a good club.”

A lot will depend on the arm of the 6-2, 210-pound Hanson, who consistently throws 88 to 89 mph. Scholl has primarily used him as a closer up to this point, but will count on the veteran as his No. 1 starter in 2013.

“We have something to prove this year,” Hanson said. “We have to redeem what we should have done last year.”

  • related content

  • Burnsville’s Tyler Hanson, a team captain, said his team has a lot to prove this year after underachieving last year when defending a state championship.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Brooklyn 12:00 PM
Boston
Cleveland 6:00 PM
Orlando
Indiana 6:30 PM
Detroit
Milwaukee 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Houston 7:00 PM
Memphis
San Antonio 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Charlotte 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City
LA Lakers 7:30 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8:00 PM
Denver
Philadelphia 9:00 PM
Portland
Phoenix 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Central Mich 48 FINAL
Western Ky 49
Fresno State 6 FINAL
Rice 30
Illinois 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
(15) Arizona State 12/27/14 1:10 PM
Duke
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is your favorite Gophers head coach?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close