HOLMEN, WI - On Wednesday, the Holmen Legion baseball team will take the field for the Double AA summer state tournament, but deep runs in the dog days of summer is nothing new for Post 284.
Since 2000, Holmen has advanced all the way to the summer state tournament 8 times, bringing home the gold trophy back in 2012.
This postseason run has been extra special for the current Holmen roster. The team only went 12-14 during the spring season.
Clean the slate in the summer and Holmen has been on a roll, winning their Coulee Region Legion Division, winning regionals, and now has a chance to add another state title to the trophy case.
"Kind of our motto is you grind. They grind out at bats, they grind out working the bases. These guys have worked extremely hard. And when the games are there, they feel confident and they know what they are going to do. And now they're doing it," head coach Charlie Alexander said.
"We are so excited to still be on the field. Ever since the beginning of the season, our coaches have been preaching to us, talking about it. Guys would just get little grins on their face and this is where we always wanted to be," Austin Braund said.
"Last year in regionals we went 0-2 right away. Then that helped us feed into this upcoming Legion season and throughout spring. It wasn't what we wanted so we were trying to make up for it in the summer you could say," Mitchell Torud said.
Holmen's first game is Wednesday at 7pm against Merrill at Merrill.