Sean Hyink, age 11, was recently selected to play on the USSSA All-State Team. The team is chosen from a state-wide tryout process that takes place in early July. The team consists of seven players from the West side of the state and seven from the East side of the state. The team will practice twice before it attends the National “best of the best” tournament in Wisconsin, August 8-11.
So far this baseball season, Sean has played on two Rockford teams and a travel team for Elite Baseball. He has played close to 60 games so far this summer with fall baseball and the Wisconsin tournament to come.
Sean really enjoys baseball and the challenges each game can bring. He said, “The highs and lows of the game are intense, one minute pure joy and excitement and the next, tears. I’ve been on both sides, sometimes both during one game.”
Recently, the Rockford 11U All-Star team made a terrific nine game run. Facing elimination, Sean pitched five innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. He helped the team come from behind against Byron Center with a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 6th inning with two outs. It was his third home run in nine games, his second grand slam.
Sean would like to continue to play baseball for as long as he can and for as many teams as he can. “My immediate goal is to play for the Rockford high school team and then, who knows, I’d love to play for a college team,” said Sean.