Congratulations to 2018 PA alumnus Keenan Hodgkin who was selected to represent Providence Academy in this year’s Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association (MSHSBCA) All-Star Baseball Series. Games were played Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at Chaska Athletic Park. Hodgkin was part of the 44th annual All-Star Series, which featured 100 players selected by the MSHSBCA All-Star committee from a pool of nominees generated by high school coaches. The six teams were then selected by the All-Star team coaching staffs. The six team coaches were last year’s state champion coaches. Hodgkin played for the Metro West team, who won this year’s tournament. Hodgkin is the second player in PA history to be invited to play in this all-star series. Recent MLB draftee and 2012 alumnus, Ryan Tapani, was the first.
The Bethel University recruit went 1-3 for the series with a BB at the plate and no errors in the field.
For his 2018 high school season, Hodgkin chalked up some impressive stats. He went 21 for 44 for a .477 average and 9 walks at the plate while driving in 9 runs and stealing 8 bases. On the mound Hodgkin earned a record of 3-1, giving up 9 earned runs in 16.2 innings for a 3.78 ERA while striking out 27.
Of his experience, he said, “It was really fun playing with and against guys I have competed throughout my time in high school baseball. Every single person selected was good so there were not any pitchers or batters that were not challenging.”
Reflecting upon his time at Providence Academy, Hodgkin mused, “My experience was really fun. PA Baseball gave me the opportunity to play with a lot of my friends and enjoy the experience. I got to start on varsity for three years and learn a lot from high intensity games as a sophomore. I am proud that my class left a mark as one of the best teams and showed the younger classes how to compete every day for starting spots and wins. I will really miss playing and competing with my best friends.”
We wish Keenen all the best as he matriculates to Bethel University in the fall. We will miss his talent and leadership in the dugout as well as in the classroom. Good luck, Keenan!