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Never too busy to play baseball

SACRED HEART -- It's busy enough when a person has to juggle work and family. But imagine trying to find enough time for two jobs, a family and playing baseball.

If you need any help, just ask Ryan Hebrink and Jeremy Hinderks for advice.

Both Hebrink and Hinderks have day jobs, a wife with two children, coach high school football for Renville County West and play amateur baseball for the Sacred Heart Saints.

"It's been busy but fun the last few days balancing our work schedule plus still having family time," said Hebrink, who is a physical therapist and the head football coach at RCW. "But the understanding from the family has been just fine."

It's busy enough for Hebrink and Hinderks dealing with work and football practice and finding time for family, but the two are also still playing in the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament.

The high school football team still has two-a-days during the weekdays and Hebrink said that the first practice runs from 7:30-9:15 a.m. before the coaches, with the exception of Dan Hup, go to their day jobs outside of the school district. The coaches then come back for another practice from 6-7:30 p.m. But on Wednesdays the day is even longer as the Saints have an hour of practice from 8-9 p.m.

"Wednesdays are the busy nights," said Hebrink who has two sons, Hudson, 3, and Hampton, who will be turing one today.

It's the third straight year that the Saints have played their way into the state tournament. Unlike the the previous two years Sacred Heart won its first-round game as Hinderks hurled a four-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts as the Saints blanked St. Martin 10-0 in seven innings last Saturday. Hebrink ignited the drubbing by hitting a two-run single in the second inning.

Hinderks will again have the ball as the Saints face Belle Plaine today at 1:30 in Willmar. The winner advances to the quarterfinals of the winner's bracket for a 1:30 p.m. game Sunday in Bird Island.

"It was huge for us (to win the first game)," said Hinderks. "We've been here before, but now we are used to the flow of things and know what to expect. It also helps that we are playing in our backyard."

Bird Island is also a host for the state tournament.

"Coming into the season we had high expections of making it again," said Hebrink. "But we knew it would be a tough time to get out of the (Cornbelt South) league with teams like Raymond and Milroy."

It's also tough trying to find time for family, but Hinderks said his wife, Jackie, along with their son Braylon, 3, and daughter Mackenna, 1, doesn't seem to mind, he thinks.

"It's been fun, but my wife is doing a lot of the work and making the sacrifice," said Hinderks, who works has a chiropractor in Willmar three days a week. "She's has a fulltime job and she's working on getting her masters degree online. She's a super mom."

Today will be just as busy has a Wednesday for the Hebrinks as Ryan and his wife, Brittany, will be throwing a birthday party for Hampton. The RCW football team has a scrimmage in Morgan at 8:30 a.m. before the Saints play in Willmar at 1:30 p.m. Then comes Hampton's birthday party after the game.

The Saints hope the party lasts until the late afternoon hours on Sunday.

Jesse Fuchs
I have been with the Tribune since the summer of 1998. I enjoy covering the high school aspect of the business and designing pages.
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