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Published July 17, 2013, 05:35 PM

Crookston's King of the Hill

Crookston's Aaron Hollcraft has 62 strikeouts in 28 innings for the Crookston legion baseball team.

By: Dan Corey, WDAZ

It’s all to familiar to opponents when number ten takes the mound.

Soon to be junior Aaron Hollcraft has spent his summer nights, as "Crookston’s King of the Hill."

Aarpm Hollcraft, "Pitcher is, you're running the show and sometimes it's not a very fun one when you're struggling. But when you're doing well, it feels real good."

And when you’re doing well, people start to take notice. Like Nebraska’s head baseball coach and Jamestown, North Dakota native Darin Erstad, who attended a game to see the lefty in action.

Hollcraft, "That was beyond nerve-racking. The first couple of innings, I was shaking, shaking on the mound."

But number ten held it together, pitching the complete game and striking out 12.

Assistant Coach Ted Hasz, "He throws in the low-80's and the last couple of months he's really worked on finishing his breaking pitches and that's really where he's started to pile up the strikeouts."

Brandon Kresl, Senior, "Fastball, curveball, chang-up. His defense is there when he puts it down and he's always there for us. He's really the ace of the staff."

Hollcraft is a three-sport athlete, competing for the Pirates not only on the mound, but on the football field and the basketball court as well.

Hasz, "He's a very balanced kid and one of the best student-athletes we've had here in Crookston."

All while taking it, one pitch at a time.

Hollcraft, "It's living and dying on every pitch. It's probably the most nerve-racking sport because it's kind of slow and you never know what's going to happen-that's what I love about it."