The Montevideo Thun­der Hawks baseball team had the opportunity to be the first high school team to play a baseball game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Monday.

 

The Montevideo Thun­der Hawks baseball team had the opportunity to be the first high school team to play a baseball game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Monday. Their opponents were the Pipestone Arrows, and despite losing the game 10-2, it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to set foot on the same field where the Minnesota Vikings play football.

Senior Jake Mundt, a big Vikings fan, reminded his teammate Derek Kilibarda that “Adrian Peterson has stepped right here!”

The sheer size of the stadium left the players in awe. “It was amazing,” said Kilibarda. “Just walking out and seeing the whole stadium was impressive.”

When head coach Tim Epema received an email last summer regarding the opportunity to play at US Bank Stadium, he knew he had to try to secure a spot.

“I saw it within 12 minutes of getting it and immediately I sent the email saying that we want to play,” said Epema.

After that, Epema placed a phone call to make sure the email was received. He also made follow up calls to the state high school league as well as Pipestone.  His persistance paid off, and the Thunder Hawks and the Arrows were set to play ball on April 1.

However, a monster truck rally caused the game to be postponed to this past Monday.

The Thunder Hawks scored in their half of the first inning when Ian Jahn drove in the game’s first run with a solid single. Pipestone scored a run in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1.

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