June 25, 2015 at 12:24 p.m.

Will Gillach suits up for Lions All Star Series in Chaska

Will Gillach suits up for Lions All Star Series in Chaska
Will Gillach suits up for Lions All Star Series in Chaska

Recent graduate senior shortstop Will Gillach,  represented the Wildcats as a member of the North team in the Lions All Star series, played at Chaska Athletic Park Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20.  The four teams in the tournament – North, South, East and West – consist of the top senior baseball players in the state.  

Gillach was nominated by Wildcat head coach Jay Brown and chosen to appear in by the selection committee.

Gillach was in all three games for the North team.  He played a few innings in the outfield in the first two games and played his regular position, shortstop, in the third game.  Gillach played flawlessly in the field.  At the plate, he went 0-2, walked three times, scored a run and reached base on catcher’s interference.

Gillach talked about the experience.  “It was a blast,” he said.  “We bonded well in our off time, sitting around, joking and telling stories.  I made some really good friends.  In fact, we are all going to get together in St. Cloud next month to hang out. I think I will keep in touch with most of the guys.

“I will miss all of my good friends next year,” said Gillach.  “The Chisago area is definitely a great place to grow up.  And Coach Brown and Coach Collins are really very much alike.  They are mindful about how the game should be played and I learned so much from them.
 
“They always motivated you to do your best.  They have been role models and mentors to me and will continue to be going forward.  And I can’t ask for a better family.  I love them a lot and will definitely miss them when I am away at school next year.”

Gillach, the son of Jim and Ann Gillach of Lindstrom, will attend St. John’s University in Collegeville, this fall.  He plans to start in the pre-med program and would like to become a doctor or go into another field in medicine. Gillach will play football for the Johnnies, likely as a slot receiver.  He will also try out for the baseball team.

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