Brent Stong named finalist for Mr. Baseball award

Brent Stong, ace pitcher for the Andover High School Huskies, has been named one of seven finalists for the 2012 Mr. Baseball award.

Brent Stong, ace pitcher for Andover High School, has been named one of seven finalists for the 2012 Play Ball! Mr. Baseball award.

Brent Stong, ace pitcher for Andover High School, has been named one of seven finalists for the 2012 Play Ball! Mr. Baseball award.

Stong and his fellow finalists were selected by a panel of Major League Baseball scouts and college baseball coaches from around the state of Minnesota.

“(Brent) is a fierce competitor and one who opponents do not want to face,” said Stong’s Andover High School baseball coach Don Gawreluk.

So far, Stong has racked up 95 strikeouts and six wins – both Husky school records.

“Brent has been a pleasure to coach and work with. He really is a student of the game and wants nothing more than for our team to have success,” Gawreluk said.

“He is absolutely one of the best pitchers our conference has produced – and our conference has produced some fantastic pitchers.”

The Minnesota Minute Men, in cooperation with the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, announced the finalists for the 2012 Play Ball! Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball Awards June 1.

Other Mr. Baseball finalists include Mitch Brown, Rochester Century; Blake Molitor, West Lutheran; Dan Motl, Burnsville High School; Kasey Ralston, Holy Family Catholic; Cody Rutledge, Bemidji High School; and Tim Shannon, Hopkins High School.

A banquet will take place June 17 at Jax Café, Minneapolis, to honor the athletes’ achievements and name the recipient of the Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball awards.

In addition, both Richard Seltz (Austin baseball coach) and Neil Johnson (head coach at Shakopee High School) will be honored with lifetime achievement awards for their dedication to their sport and time served helping youth athletes achieve their goals.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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