Haglund Stands Tall Again

Chase Haglund, far right, shows his athletic ability during his participation in the Baseball Youth All-American Games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last month. The 12-year-old from Frewsburg recorded a vertical jump of 25 inches, one of several physical challenges he participated in.

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Chase Haglund has continued to build up his already impressive baseball resume in recent weeks, before heading back to Frewsburg Central School for the start of seventh grade.

The determined 12-year-old will now turn his attention to modified football during the fall season, but left quite an impact on the coaches and players at the Baseball Youth All-American Games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The All-American Games bring some of the country’s best young players together for a series of physical combine tests as well as exhibition games where they are able to show their skill at a variety of positions.

Starting with the physical challenges, Haglund was able to stand out from his already select peers right away.

The numbers included–a 7-second time in the 60-yard dash, a mark of 7 feet, 3 inches in the broad jump, and a vertical jump of 25 inches.

“He had a great time doing it,” said Eric Haglund, Chase’s father. “It is a whole different group of kids and coaches. It was a good base and learning experience.”

Moving on to competitive games, Haglund had the opportunity to show his stuff on the mound, at shortstop as well as in the outfield.

“He played very well, hit well and also pitched,” said Eric. “He also received the ace award for his team, leading them in strikeouts.”

Haglund pitched seven innings in four games, averaging two strikeouts per contest.

“Getting the ‘Ace’ award automatically inducted him to playing in the Baseball Youth Elite Games, a separate event in Sandusky, Ohio at Sports Force Parks in September or in Florida in December,” said Eric.

The Haglunds are still deciding if they will make the journey to Ohio or Florida, but have come to a decision about travel baseball moving forward.

Chase will bring his talents to the WNY Muckdogs Travel Baseball program, based out of Arcade, New York.

“We’ll start training inside in November with hitting repetitions and throwing, arm care,” said Eric.

The team will travel to elite tournaments across the East Coast.