Rails’ Senior Duo Has Sights Set On State

Aase & Morin Have High Hopes For Final Season

PROCTOR, Minn- Proctor’s John Aase has been making plays on the diamond for years. Last season, along with senior catcher Jake Malec, the rails southpaw helped lead the team to a perfect section record and an appearance in the state tourney he won’t soon forget.

Aase remembers, “Just one pitch I wish I could take back, it wasn’t even a hitter pitch it was outside, low and away, and he just hit it over the fence, there’s nothing I could do about it but even if you lose you can’t dwell on it, you have to have the most fun you can while at the state tournament because it’s a blast.”

This season there’s a new fist in proctors 1–2 punch. Senior Reid Morin has been playing baseball just as long as Aase, but had to wait a little longer for his chance in the spotlight.

Senior Catcher Ried Morin says, “I knew that I had the talent when the coaches let me know. I’ve been on this team now for 4 years, so I just had to play my game I had to let myself go through that mentality of I am this good, I can be here.”

His relationship with Aase has made the transition an easy one.

Morin says, “He’s been my best friend since 6th grade, we always push each other, we always make fun of each other, we laugh, we fight, it doesn’t matter we’re best friends.”

Aase adds, “You know if you throw a ball in the dirt that he’s going to stop it and you don’t have to worry about trying to aim your pitches you can just go out there and perform how you want. It’s kind of a bonding thing between us, we’re good friends, best friends outside of class and everything.”

As the team’s only seniors, Morin and Aase have added their own edge to the rails new attitude.

Morin says, “Coach always says that the catcher needs to be the quarterback on the field, you can see the whole play, so when he tells me that I have to keep my pitcher calm, I have to keep them throwing strikes and just let our fielders play, and if he does that he’s going to have a good game.”

Aase adds, “We have to lead by example and be a lot more mature than we were last year we don’t have the Jake Malec, Matt Morris, anyone like that.”

The Rails are already gearing up for another run in the section tournament, and one last chance to get back to state

Morin says, “There’s always the target on our back and we have to feel that and strive to push past it.”

Aase adds, “I know for a fact that if we play sound in the field I don’t think there’s a team out there who can beat us, that’s honestly what I believe, because we’ve been losing by 1 or 2 runs and that’s with 5 or 10 errors so if we can clean up our fielding I think that we have a great chance to go to state.”