Blaine resident named Class 1A baseball player of the year

Charlie Turch pitched the St. Agnes Aggies into the Class 1A state championship baseball game with a four-hit shutout of the Blackduck Drakes June 15.

Blaine resident Charlie Turch has been named the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association 2012 Class 1A baseball player of the year.

Blaine resident Charlie Turch has been named the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association 2012 Class 1A baseball player of the year.

A couple of days later the Blaine resident and his Aggies teammates went on to win the state Class 1A baseball title at Target Field with a 6-0 win over Lac Qui Parle Valley High School.

That championship proved a climactic end to Turch’s high school baseball career, but accolades and honors stretched into extra innings when he was named Class 1A Baseball Player of the Year by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association (MSHSBCA) last week.

“It’s just amazing. I’m just really honored to be named player of the year. I never thought it could happen to me,” said Turch.

“This capped off an exciting week for Charlie,” said St. Agnes head baseball coach Mike Streitz.

Turch was also named to the Wells Fargo all-tournament team and finished his high school career with 156 varsity hits, he said.

But that’s not all. Turch, an infielder and occasional pitcher for the Aggies, also received All-State, All-State Academic, All-Conference (for the Tri Metro Conference) and St. Agnes team MVP honors this year.

Not only that, Turch was named to the Metro East team for last weekend’s Lions All-Star Series.

“This has been really great – quite a way to end high school… Winning the tournament was great and then getting this (player of the year) award, too,” Turch said. “It’s just really great and I never thought it could happen to me.”

Turch will attend the University of St. Thomas in the fall and plans to study mechanical engineering when he’s not on the Tommies’ baseball field.

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

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