State baseball and golf: MACCRAY's Husman handles double duty
Wolverines senior played in Class A golf championship, then suited up in CF for the baseball team
ST. CLOUD — Gavin Husman got plenty of swings in this week. Both with the baseball bat and the golf clubs.
The MACCRAY senior pulled double duty at two different state events on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Husman played 18 holes of golf as the Wolverines’ lone entrant in the Class A state golf championships at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. He finished tied for 35th with a two-day total of 171.
And, he was the starting center fielder for the MACCRAY baseball team that went 2-1 and won the Class A consolation championship at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.
“I’m proud of him, man,” Wolverines head baseball coach Nate Hebrink said after the Class A state quarterfinals against Randolph on Tuesday. “That is tough business right there, to go hit 18 holes of golf in this weather and then come play a baseball game with pants on and everything else.
“He battled through it and he’s exhausted.”
The state tournament push began early Monday morning.
“I had to leave my house at 6 o’clock and go to a practice round in Becker,” Husman said on Tuesday. “I wasn’t able to make a (baseball) practice we had (Monday) night. Then (on Tuesday) I had to get up at 7 o’clock for an 8:42 tee time.”
Staying hydrated was vital as Husman battled through 18 holes in temperatures of more than 90 degrees. He shot an 86 on Day 1.
“It felt nice; I could have played a lot better,” Husman said. “It was very windy and tough but I’m OK with how I played.”
Husman had experience this season in pulling golf-baseball double duty, though on a smaller scale.
“Earlier this year we had day meets in Minneota and in Marshall and then I had to go to a baseball game after,” Husman said. “Most of the time I choose golf over baseball because that’s kind of my thing.”
Once Husman arrived at Faber Field at 2:30 p.m., the baseball team got him in the shade in hopes of rebuilding his energy. It also helped that the original start time of 3:30 p.m. was pushed to 4:30 p.m. with preceding games going long.
“We got him some more water and some more Gatorade,” Hebrink said.
Turns out, Husman’s legs still had some life in ‘em. And he showed that off as the leadoff batter of the game.
“They felt fine,” Husman said. “I’ve walked plenty of golf so I wasn’t very sore, honestly, going up for that first hit.”
Husman made contact with a dribbler down the third-base line. He ended up beating the throw to first for a single.
“It was a great feeling,” Husman said. He finished the quarterfinals 1-for-2. “It gave us a bunch of hope that we could win this game. We got our hopes up.”
Husman’s legs got tested often in the state baseball opener. Randolph put up eight runs in the bottom of the first on the way to a 10-0 victory.
“He had a lot of work to do in center field today,” Hebrink said. “He was chasing a lot of balls, especially in that first inning.”
Staying at the baseball team hotel in Sartell, Husman was back in Becker for a 7:48 a.m. tee time on Wednesday. He cut a stroke off his Day 1 score, finishing with an 85.
On the baseball diamond, Husman was 0-for-3 with a run and a walk in the Wolverines’ 5-1 consolation semifinal win over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at Bob Cross Park in Sauk Rapids.
His best game came in the consolation championship versus New Ulm Cathedral. Husman was 2-for-4 with three runs and two stolen bases. In fact, he was the walk-off run for MACCRAY, reaching home from second base on a Brooks Asche RBI single to put the Wolverines past New Ulm Cathedral, 8-7.
“I know he’s tired but it’s his senior year; he’s going to give everything he’s got,” Hebrink said. “We couldn’t be more proud of the guy.”