Austin's Teyghan Hovland didn't get a chance to play his junior season of high school baseball due to COVID-19, but that hasn't prevented him from looking to the future.
Hovland announced this past week that he will attend St. Cloud State University and play Division II baseball for the Huskies. He has been playing this summer with the traveling team Northstar Baseball out of Burnsville and caught the eye of St. Cloud State coaches.
“Looking at everything that happened coming in, obviously with the whole covid situation here, with what they were offering me and looking at other places, I felt this was my best fit," Hovland said.
Hovland, who will be a senior at Austin High School this fall, recently took a visit to St. Cloud State, which sealed his decision.
“I ended up getting up there for a visit, loved it up there and ended up staying in contact,” Hovland said. “Now I’m going to spend the next four years up there.”
Hovland has excelled as a pitcher and position player for Austin. When he is not pitching, he plays outfield or third base. He expects to get a chance to be both a pitcher and position player at St. Cloud.
“They have me as a two-way guy,” Hovland said. “I love pitching, but over the years I’ve wanted to stick with hitting so if they’re giving me the chance, I’m going to take it.
“The nice thing about St. Cloud is that they said if I want to focus more on pitching then I can just drop the whole outfield stuff.," he added. "They’re giving me the opportunity to pick and choose on what I want to focus on.”
On the mound, Hovland throws a fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder said his fastball has been timed in the 87-88 mile-per-hour range.
“I would say I probably like pitching more, although I love being out in the field and hitting and stuff," he said. "I just want to play the game.”
Hovland also plays varsity football and basketball at Austin High.
Mac Horvath of the Rochester Royals had been battling some hamstring issues and missed a bit of time. But he has returned to the lineup and had a strong weekend with seven RBIs in two games. Horvath, who is bound for North Carolina to play baseball this fall, drove in five runs in a 13-3 win over Miesville on Friday night. He added two more RBIs in a 13-2 win over New Market on Saturday.
In the win over New Market, Michael Michalak hit a pair of home runs for the Royals while Hayden Brown and Alex Prindle each hit one. Prindle's homer was a grand slam.
The Royals (8-6) close the regular season with a pair of home games this week. They host Hampton on Wednesday and Elko on Friday. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m. at Mayo Field.
The Royals may be peaking as they head to the section playoffs. Former minor-league pitchers Mitch Brown and Matt Meyer both threw complete games this past weekend in 10-run wins over Miesville and New Market.
Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.