Congratulations to our Hardware Hank “Nuts & Bolts” Athletes of the Week: Nik Gasner, senior, Austin baseball and Ben Ingbar, sophomore, Blake boys’ tennis.
Name: Nik Gasner
Information: Allowing just three earned runs in his last 20 innings pitched (3-0 with wins over Rochester Century, Owatonna and Lakeville South) Austin senior Nik Gasner helped the Austin Packers win their first playoff game since 2009 with a 2-1 (0 earned runs) complete game performance against Lakeville South on Thursday. Gasner walked three, struck out five, and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Gasner also helped the Packers at the plate on Monday, as Austin (8-11 on the season) defeated Big 9 Conference Champion Northfield in the regular season finale. Gasner was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI in the 12-5 win.
Name: Ben Ingbar
Sport: Boys’ tennis
Information: Blake is heading to state; no big news flash there, but Ben’s contributions are certainly noteworthy. The sophomore is ranked #2 in class 1A and won three straight-set matches to help the Bears win the Section 4 title.