Grand Rapids baseball preaching resiliency ahead of state tournament

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The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks had a tough road this post season, having to beat top seeded Hermantown twice to win the section title.

The team did just that when Kyle Henke, in walk off fashion, hit the teams first and only home run of the season.

Sending the black and orange to state for the third straight year.

“Our team battles. When we were down at the state championship a couple of years ago we lost our first game and had to win seven in a row to win at all and we did. So we know how to battle, we’ve we faced adversity before,” said senior Kyle Henke.

“A lot about the leadership, the coaching. We had past players that helped us a lot with that. I had a bunch of seniors when I was a freshman, sophomore that took me under their wing and they helped me out and I can say that for other guys,” replied senior left fielder David Wohlers.

In the Class AAA state bracket the Thunderhawks will face No.2 St. Thomas Academy this Tuesday, first pitch at 10:00 a.m.